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Australia

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  • Day29

    We stopped for 3 relaxing nights at Bitter Springs and thoroughly enjoyed our numerous "laps" of the Springs which were a short walk from the shady caravan park - actually, the perfect distance to walk back after a dip and still be slightly damp and cool by the time we reached the van! We soon acclimatised to the warmer day time temperatures (about 32 degrees) and enjoyed the nights dropping down to about 14 degrees.
    The Springs were truly amazing - crystal clear and a constant 34 degrees (slightly warmer in the middle of the day) with enough flow to hop in and float down stream with minimal effort. With masks/snorkels and goggles it was the perfect combination of pool + movement to keep the kids entertained for hours on end!
    Roy and the kids attempted a spot of fishing in the nearby river after spotting an impressive Barramundi caught by one of the long term residents...seems it takes slightly more experience (and dry cat food as bait!) to catch a big one! In the end we decided to head 2km up the road for the free Barramundi fish feeding sessions (held daily at 9.30 and 1) and the kids each got a turn to feed the super-size specimens a pilchard!
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  • Day30

    Not much to report today. Evie went back to daycare after having last week off. Meaghan and I did our exercise circuit this afternoon. Did we mention we are using your sewing room as a makeshift gym?! These are our red faces post workout! 😩😡😳🏋🏻‍♀️

  • Day219

    Had a fantastic 5 night stay at Dales Campground at Karijini. We visited heaps of gorges, swimming holes, hikes and lookouts, our favourites being - Hancock Gorge including Kermits Pool, the Spider walk, & the Amphitheatre, Dales Gorge including Fortescue Falls, Circular Pool and Fern Pool, and Hamersley Gorge.

    The hike into Hancock gorge was beautiful and quite challenging at grade 5 (highest difficulty). We had to descend ladders, wade through thigh deep water, and negotiate the infamous Spider Walk where we straddled the walls of the gorge to reach Kermits Pool.

    Still travelling with Rob & Karen from Mackay and having a great time. We set up the sat dish here and kept the whole campground awake as we cheered on the Maroons to win the State of Origin series AGAIN!

    Fantastic weather again. 8 - 29°
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  • Day175

    Nach 4 Monaten, 12.943 Kilometern, zwei Mitfahrern, einer Insel, vielen Raststätten, zwei Farmen, einem Ölwechsel und unzähligen Abenteuern ist es jetzt soweit: Charlie reist ohne uns weiter. Da unser Rückflug bald ansteht, haben wir unseren treuen Reisebegleiter in Sydney an einen französischen Backpacker verkauft. Da er Teddy heißt, haben wir Vertrauen, dass er sich gut um Charlie kümmern wird.

    FOR SALE: NISSAN Pathfinder 2000 4x4 with Rooftop Tent

    🌴 Selling in Sydney 🌴

    As the semester in Germany starts soon, we have to sell our home and reliable off-road companion of the last few months, "Charlie".

    We bought her from a dealer and equipped her with a high quality MickeyBlu rooftop tent - you'll always have a good night's sleep on the queen size mattress and be fit for the next day's adventures. The attachable annex comes in handy on rainy days or as a second bedroom if you're traveling with 3 people (as we often did). This car will take you further than a normal Pathfinder with its additional LPG tank, which will even save you lots of money since gas is cheaper than fuel. And Charlie comes with cruise control which will help you avoid a lot of really expensive fines!

    The car:
    - NISSAN Pathfinder R50 with V6 3.3l engine
    - Year: 2000
    - Rego: SA (like WA, easily renewable online)
    - Kms: 287.xxx
    - 70l Petrol tank + 50l LPG tank
    - 4x4: high / low range
    - Transmission: automatic
    - Cruise control: very handy for driving long distances
    - Air conditioning: hot + cold
    - Power steering
    - Power windows + power side mirrors
    - Trailer hitch

    The main features:
    - Rooftop tent: high quality "Mickey Blu" tent with queen size mattress, sheets + sleeping bag for cold nights
    - Annex: can be used as second bedroom or kitchen in bad weather
    - Thule roof racks

    The camping equipment:
    - Excellent storage system with wooden shelves + pull out storage boxes
    - Electric fridge ❄ (no need to buy ice)
    - 3 burner stove + gas tank
    - Cooking equipment
    - Camping table + chairs
    - LED camping lamp
    - 10 litre water container
    - Lonely Planet Guide for Australia
    - 2 person dome tent for traveling with a third person
    - some more surprises since we can't list everything here

    The 4WD equipment & tools:
    - Tire deflator / inflator
    - Spare tire + jack
    - Basic tool set
    - Other handy things like bungee cords, duct tape etc.

    Our improvements:
    - Sony Radio with CD, Bluetooth, AUX
    - High quality Jensen JRX650 speakers
    - New timing belt on 20.06.
    - Fully serviced on 20.06.

    We always took really good care of the car, had it regularly serviced and kept all the receipts. It provides you with everything you will need during your journey. Now it's your turn to get in and start your big adventure!
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  • Day175

    Nach 4 Monaten, 12943 Kilometern, zwei Mitfahrern, einem teuren Strafzettel, viel Nudeln mit Pesto, zwei Farmen, vielen Nächten auf Raststätten und einer Menge Abenteuern ist es jetzt soweit: Charlie hat einen neuen Besitzer bekommen.
    Um genau zu sein einen Franzosen namens Teddy, welcher ihn hoffentlich mindestens so sehr schätzt wie wir es getan haben.

    🌴 Selling in Sydney 🌴

    As the semester in Germany starts soon, we have to sell our home and reliable off-road companion of the last few months, "Charlie".

    We bought her from a dealer and equipped her with a high quality MickeyBlu rooftop tent - you'll always have a good night's sleep on the queen size mattress and be fit for the next day's adventures. The attachable annex comes in handy on rainy days or as a second bedroom if you're traveling with 3 people (as we often did). This car will take you further than a normal Pathfinder with its additional LPG tank, which will even save you lots of money since gas is cheaper than fuel. And Charlie comes with cruise control which will help you avoid a lot of really expensive fines!

    The car:
    - NISSAN Pathfinder R50 with V6 3.3l engine
    - Year: 2000
    - Rego: SA (like WA, easily renewable online)
    - Kms: 287.xxx
    - 70l Petrol tank + 50l LPG tank
    - 4x4: high / low range
    - Transmission: automatic
    - Cruise control: very handy for driving long distances
    - Air conditioning: hot + cold
    - Power steering
    - Power windows + power side mirrors
    - Trailer hitch

    The main features:
    - Rooftop tent: high quality "Mickey Blu" tent with queen size mattress, sheets + sleeping bag for cold nights
    - Annex: can be used as second bedroom or kitchen in bad weather
    - Thule roof racks

    The camping equipment:
    - Excellent storage system with wooden shelves + pull out storage boxes
    - Electric fridge ❄ (no need to buy ice)
    - 3 burner stove + gas tank
    - Cooking equipment
    - Camping table + chairs
    - LED camping lamp
    - 10 litre water container
    - Lonely Planet Guide for Australia
    - 2 person dome tent for traveling with a third person
    - some more surprises since we can't list everything here

    The 4WD equipment & tools:
    - Tire deflator / inflator
    - Spare tire + jack
    - Basic tool set
    - Other handy things like bungee cords, duct tape etc.

    Our improvements:
    - Sony Radio with CD, Bluetooth, AUX
    - High quality Jensen JRX650 speakers
    - New timing belt on 20.06.
    - Fully serviced on 20.06.

    We always took really good care of the car, had it regularly serviced and kept all the receipts. It provides you with everything you will need during your journey. Now it's your turn to get in and start your big adventure!

    P.S.: We speak English and German
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  • Day32

    Quiet couple of days. Cleaned Evie's and my room. Found the floor underneath the baskets of unfolded clean washing! Evie had swimming today. This afternoon Evie has spent a good 20 minutes trying to open a box with a plastic knife and fork. Sorry, it's a slow news day! We had a thunderstorm last night and extremely gusty winds today. We will pin Germany on the map tonight.

  • Day11

    In the morning we hired a car and set out to Gantheaume Point to try and find dinosaur footprints. We didn't. But there was amazing scenery and views though and it was an incredible start to the day. Then we went to a 22 mile long section section of Cable Beach where you could drive a 4x4 AND WE ALMOST LOST CONTROL!!!

    At the beach James and I body boarded on what seemed like 4m high waves, whilst our parents sat in the morning sun. James and I almost got crushed in 4 m waves!

    For lunch we went to a small restaurant on the coast where we ate some lovely pizzas and refreshing drinks. In the afternoon we played table tennis and had fun at the pool. In the evening we went to another cool restaurant by the beach and all of us tried kangaroo steaks, they were delicious! By the way, sitting outside soon after dusk we witnessed the flight of hundreds of huge fruit bats, at first we thought they were birds, that's how big they were!
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  • Day1

    So, those who followed our last rip to Scandinavia kept up with my blog on Travelpod. Well, as of June 19 this year, Travelpod shut up shop. A great pity, as it was a really good journaling tool.

    So, I had to find a good replacement. Find Penguins is a stupid name for a journaling tool, but, it promises to be good. So, I am testing it out with a preamble to our North America trip, leaving on August 2.

    Hope you stick around, and travel with me!!! Feel free to comment, or ask questions. It'll make me feel like we're not alone, and you miss us!!!

    Love to all,
    B
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  • Day10

    Really early start to take the most scenic flight by seaplane to see the horizontal falls. Boarded the plane at the crack of dawn from Broome airport and an hour later of smooth flying over the most stunning scenery, long white beaches, undulating lush forests and beautiful islands we landed on water at the horizontal falls.

    We then had a fast boat ride crossing the horizontal falls in both directions which was most exhilarating. Against the tide our fast boat had to cruise at 12 knots just to remain stationery. Full throttle and against the tide was the most exciting ride, and this was no amusement park. One of the falls was too narrow to traverse safely, which was a relief given how impossible it looked as we were approaching it.

    Afterwards we had breakfast on board a larger boat and then got ready to feed the sharks! John eagerly volunteered to get as close as possible by swimming in an opposite cage to the sharks feeding them over the barrier. We got a bit worried when he shouted out there was a hole in the barrier though he quickly realised it wasn't big enough for the sharks, phew!

    To conclude this early morning adventure we had a sedate cruise amongst the islands and were in awe with the impressive sedimentary rock formations that we'd only heard about in science text books but never experienced in such vast displays. Then back to Cable Beach and it wasn't even midday! For the rest of the afternoon a bit of relaxation by the pool.
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  • Day85

    What a fabulous place! Beautiful Shark Bay, sheltered and serene with wonderful dolphins who've been coming here for freebie fish for forty years. Their feeds are strictly controlled these days as is access to them which is great. Everyone gets close enough to see these guys without too much interaction. We did a couple of cruises on a huge catamaran, the skipper a direct descendant of Dirk Hartog and clearly passionate about the area.

    We were lucky enough to spot more dolphins , a loggerhead turtle and a dugong as well as a great sunset. Being a resort there was Foxtel so Graham got to see a Crows game and We both enjoyed the luxury of power in the van and a restaurant meal or two. Bucket list item ✅!
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You might also know this place by the following names:

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