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  • Day5

    Mother's Day

    May 12 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 20 °C

    We had a great day - a Mother's Day lunch and gathering. We started the day with a special breakfast from Miles - waffles, fruit - strawberries, kiwifruit and raspberries - and cream too. We gave Mum a bunch of flowers. Before everyone arrived we visited Nathan & Caroline's new flat, which is just around the corner on a canal. Then we visited the new house that Meghan & Dominic have just moved too.
    For lunch we had all of the above and Caroline's parents. We have a big lunch - roast, vegies etc.

    It was great to see them all and catch up.
    Tomorrow we leave for Noosaville, but before that we need to pick up Mark & Penny at the Brisbane airport.
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  • Day2

    Not the best start to the morning!

    July 3 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 14 °C

    Thank god for a morning full bladder despite a planned sleep in.
    Kate checked email.... and found out Brisbane to HongKong flight was cancelled!
    Luckily the travel agent (who we had to use after our initial cancelled flights) had rebooked us but on an earlier flight and check in was already open!! FFS!
    Mad dash to get up and get everything into the Uber.
    Anyway now all checked in and having a coffee to wake up and gather ourselves- not sure starting a trip with 2 cancelled international flights is a good omen! Thank god i don’t have to do my hair!!
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  • Day4

    2nd day in Sydney

    September 4 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Today we walked 2 hours to the famous Bondi Beach full of excitement, but were bitterly disappointed by too many people and too many houses.
    From other angles though, it looked really nice, so we let our inner Touri out.
    In the end it was a great day🤗

  • Day107

    Blue Mountains National Park

    October 7 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

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    The early bird gets the worm! At 7:00 a.m. we took the train to leave for the famous Blue Mountains ⛰. Quick educational excursion: the Blue Mountains carry their name because they look blue when seen from Sydney. This is due to the fumes of eucalyptus oil, which rises through the heat of the sun and looks blue from far away.
    After 2 hours train ride to Katoomba and 30 minutes bus, we reached the first stop: the Three Sisters. Three parts of the canyon forming three peaks of the mountain.
    After a short hike „into the first sister“, we took the bus to Katoomba. There we noticed that on Labour Day there are no buses to Evan's Lookout. We absolutely wanted to do the Evan‘s Lookout and Canyon Walk, because the dear family Trupke, who let us stay with them the first days in Sydney, had recommended us the Hike and spot. Well, we had two options. The first one - Uber - was too expensive and didn't really drove towards there. So we went for the second alternative: take the train to Blackheath and then hitchhike 👍🏼😅. Good old Hitchhiking 🤪. And it worked fabulously, it took one traffic light phase until the nice Liane picked us up and took us up the road for 3 km. A real Australian woman (well, as far as it can go to be real Australian) 😃. Not two minutes we stood at the road, which led to the Evans Lookout before two dear Jehovah's Witnesses ladies stopped, turned around for us and drove us to our destination😊. Hitchhiking works perfectly ✅.
    The hike down and up the canyon was very nice. It went through damp rain forest, dry rock walls and small rivers 👌🏼. After the hike, we were well done and ready for the train back. The same luck as before, we had when hitchhiking the way back from the Lookout. Two travellers picked us up and dropped us in Blackheath close to the train station. What a successful day! 🤩👍🏼

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    Der frühe Vogel fängt den Wurm! Um 7:00 Uhr früh ging es mit dem Zug los zu den bekannten Blue Mountains ⛰. Kurzer lehrreicher Eintrag zwischendurch: die Blue Mountains trage ihren Namen, weil diese, von Sydney aus gesehen, blau aussehen. Das liegt an den Dämpfen des Eukalyptus Öls, welches durch die Hitze der Sonne aufsteigt und so von weitem blau erscheint.
    Nach 2 Stunden Zugfahrt nach Katoomba und 30 Minuten Bus, erreichten wir den ersten Stopp: die Three Sisters. Drei Teile des Canyons, die drei Spitzen des Gebirges bilden.
    Nach einem kurzen Hike bis “hinein in die erste Schwester”, ging es mit dem Bus nach Katoomba. Dort stellten wir fest, das am Labour Day (Feiertag) keine Busse zum, etwas nördlich gelegenen, Evan‘s Lookout fahren. Den Evan‘s Lookout und Canyon Walk wollten wir jedoch unbedingt machen, da uns die liebe Familie Trupke, bei denen wir die ersten Tage in Sydney schlafen durften, den Hike und Spot empfohlen haben. Nunja, die erste Möglichkeit Uber war zu teuer. Dann ging es zur zweiten Alternative: mit dem Zug bis mach Blackheath und dann Trampen 👍🏼😅. Good old Hitchhiking 🤪. Es hat fabelhaft funktioniert! Eine Ampelphase hat es gedauert, bis die nette Liane uns aufgabelte und 3 km die Straße lang mitnahm. Eine waschechte Australierin (na gut, so waschecht es eben geht)😃. Keine weiteren zwei Minuten standen wir an der Straße, die auf den Evans Lookout zuführte und zwei liebe Zeugen Jehovas Damen hielten an, drehten für uns um und fuhren uns bis zum Ziel 😊. Trampen klappt einwandfrei ✅.
    Der Hike den Canyon runter und wieder hoch war sehr schön. Es ging durch feuchten Regenwald, trockene Felswände und kleine Bäche 👌🏼. Nach dem Hike, waren wir gut geschafft und bereit für den Zug zurück. Das gleiche Glück beim Trampen hatten wir auf dem Rückweg vom Lookout, wo uns ruckzuck zwei Traveller aufgabelten und in Blackheath nah an dem Bahnhof absetzten. Was ein erfolgreicher Tag! 🤩👍🏼
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  • Day8

    6th day in Sydney

    September 8 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    Weeell, today we drove to Bondi Beach again but today we did the Coastal Walk to Coogee Beach.
    It‘s a route along the cliffs which is 6km long.
    Normally, this hike would take about an hour but it took us about 6 hours because we paused, what felt like every hundred metres, because we were so fascinated with the views. The only bad thing about the route, were the hundreds of people which were walking it together with us.
    After arriving in Coogee, we took the bus back home and ate a baking dish full of pasta, which was really yummy. 😋
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  • Day20

    Hideway Bay

    September 20 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    We spent a day at beautiful Hideway Bay, to escape the daily car trips of 7 hours.
    We thought over the day, the beach would get pretty full but that wasn‘t the case. Over the whole day we have only seen a little family and a couple walking along the water.
    The beach itself held the most beautiful view with wooded mountains that kind of looked like the Jurassic Park Island 🦖🦕
    We spent the day at the beach, realaxing and came home to our Tony 🚙 with a pretty bad Sunburn 😓
    Still, it was one of the best days until now!
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  • Day31

    Rafting in Tully River

    October 1 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    After spending a few days resurrecting from the jar we experienced at Windin Falls we decided to drive into crocodile territory and search for those, to face both of my fears.
    Just kidding, even though crocodiles really live in Tully River they do not live in the part we went rafting in.
    Linisa and I experienced a few fun hours with the best guide, the best people and the best views imaginable.
    We had plenty options to take a swim in the river and to drift with the stream or jump off a cliff about 7 metres above the water.
    I also did a backflip off the boat. Unintended, but I did.
    We came home with several bruises and even more aching muscles than before but it still was the best day we had until now.
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  • Day45

    Broome - Kimberley / 450 km

    May 20 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Long drive again today. First 220 km on Northern Highway to Derby and then 230km via Gibb river road more or less on dirt roads to the Camping ground nearby Bell Gorge in the King Leopold Conservation park. Driving on Gibb river road was not relaxing due to quite rough road conditions and cattles crossing the road without notice out of the bush...

    Nearby Derby we made a short visit to the Aboriginal center of art. Very interesting movie about the culture, art and history of the Aboriginals from the Kimberly region.

    Beautiful landscapes while driving into the Kimberleys. Now camping here for two nights without power in the pure nature...

    First time since 1994 without access to the outer world for three days. Special situation for someone being online all the time. But there is not much to be missed....
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  • Day24

    Barron Falls

    September 24 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    After sleeping at a beautiful and quiet campingplace with a huge lake we did a literal short trip to Kuranda to visit Barron Falls. When we arrived at the lookout we saw a huge lizard crawling around railway tracks.
    Shortly after taking pictures and enjoying the view we continued our way to Daintree Rainforest, simply because we couldn‘t find the entrance to the hiking track.Read more

  • Day28

    Windin Falls

    September 28 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    On this day we decided to hike to the only spot I researched back home in Germany. The one spot I desperately wanted to visit.
    Windin Falls are located in the Wooroonooran National Park, which is a NP pretty far away from civilization. This means that the whole way, there was no service. If something happened we‘d have to walk all the way back to our car and drive until we‘d be outside.
    Our journey began when we parked our Tony a few kilometres away from the starting point so we had to walk about half an hour to just hike one and a half hours more.
    After about the half of the way, a german couple, Linisa and I stopped right before a corner because about 10 metres in front of us stood a big bird. A cossowary. Just of all things, there stood the most dangerous bird in the world, which I was afraid of for all the time we‘ve been in North Queensland.
    We still don‘t know who started running, either the bird or the german couple but suddenly all 5 of us were running all the way back.
    I can‘t even tell you how scared we‘ve been with a bird which reaches a body height of 2 metres and has claws which are 10 centimetres long.
    And the bird gets as fast as 50 km/h, faster as most humans.
    So we just ran for our lives with this bird only one metre behind us. When Linisa and I ran out of breath we did what you are supposed to do from the beginning. We hid behind a tree. The bird stopped with us and gazed at us for about 5 minutes. But then it just turned around and walked away.
    We continued the way up but couldn‘t really enjoy the view because the only thing we could think of was the way down we still had to take.
    Obviously we survived everything and are left with nothing but paranoia and beautiful pictures.
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