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  • Day67

    56 • S...wetter & Buchan Caves

    September 21, 2016 in Australia

    Mist, wieder Regen. Zum Glück erst heute 😗
    Unsere geplante Küstenwanderung zum Point Hicks fiel somit ins Wasser.
    Nach knapp 8 Wochen Reiserei und reichlich 6.000 km entlang der Ostküste sind wir nun fast am südlichsten Punkt Australiens angelangt. Wetter und Camping hinterlassen so langsam ihre Spuren. Die Mädels sind erkältet :-(
    Von nun an führt unser Weg nach Westen. Da wir einige kalte Nächte hinter uns haben, werden wir auch keine Abstecher in die Australischen Alpen oder Snowy Mountains machen, die sicher sehr interessant gewesen wären.
    Etwas abseits der Küste haben wir heute die Buchan Caves besucht, die uns positiv überrascht haben. Ein Tropfstein-Höhlensystem in dem es tausende Jahre alte Stalagmiten und Stalaktiten in den schönsten Formen und Farben zu sehen gibt. Unser kleines Duracell-Häschen wollte natürlich alles selbst erlaufen. Und sogar Kängurus und Wallabies sind uns dann kurz nach Verlassen der Höhle ganz zahm über den Weg gelaufen.
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  • Day78

    trip Melbourne day 12

    December 3, 2016 in Australia

    This morning I woke up and had some breakfast. Then we went for a drive of 2 hours. First trough the forrest and next into the mountains. Saw sheep, cows and Kangaroo's on the road. It was a really good ride. It was almost 2 hours of gravel road.

    Then we arrived at a gorge, it was 610m deep with a little River in it. Then we went to the waterfall of the little River and did a short hike.

    Afterwards we went on the road again and it was only asphalt. But it was a nice ride trough the mountains.
    Time-lapse video: https://youtu.be/3XS8X9rUDlg

    Then we arrived at some caves, unfortunately it was only tours and stuff so we didn't got in the caves. The drive back to the coast was pretty easy but still with a lot of corners. We had some other nice views. Then we did some groceries and again some pizza from domino's!

    Unfortunately is the Powersteering still leaking and it's making more and more noise. For now it's working so just drive.

    In the evening we drove to an other city and parked the car there for sleeping. The way to the city was totally the opposite whe had this morning. The street was totally straight and the landscape was pretty flat. Almost thesame as in the Netherlands.
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  • Day6

    Bairnsdale, Bruthen and Buchan

    September 29, 2016 in Australia

    Up very early this morning to take Rae's car to Bairnsdale to try and get the fuel detector fixed. We left around 7:30 and were in Bairnsdale just after 8. We were a bit far from the main town centre, so the guy loaned us an old dog of a Nissan - no papers or anything to sign, and we left looking for somewhere to have breakfast, which we found. I had actually packaged up some muesli, but Rae of course preferred something hot.

    After a bit of wandering around, (nice bandstand!) we went looking for church someone had told us about the previous day - St Mary's Catholic Church, which we found pretty easily. We were quite staggered when we went inside. We have seen plenty of European churches in our travels, but the frescoes inside took us completely by surprise. They were painted by an Italian, Francesco Floreani who was an immigrant looking for work during the depression, and after a casual conversation with the priest began the job of painting the interior of the church. It took him four years, with stunning results - he depicted himself in one of the frescoes.

    After we left we ducked into the Information centre looking for stuff about the area, and I bought a mug of a robin redbreast - I'd seen several in the area, and thought it would be a good memento. Just as we were leaving the heavens opened. Rae went for the car, and I chatted to Helen who had phoned after just returning from her overseas trip. Also Rae's car was ready for pickup. They couldn't find anything wrong with it, but the 'low fuel' alert was still there. A bit of a wasted trip but at least we got to see Bairnsdale and there wasn't a lot else we had our hearts set on. (Annoyingly, that night Rae filled up with fuel, and the alert magically disappeared!)

    With the afternoon in front of us on our last day here, we decided to head for Bruthen and look for the Bullant Brewery. The township itself was quaint, again with a bandstand, but quite sleepy and not much going on. We had a quick look at the Brewery and a coffee but that was about it.

    Buchan was another 50km to the north east, and we decided that we still had plenty of the afternoon left, so headed that way. We were glad we did, as the valley in which it stood was very pretty. We ended up at Callemondah cafe - next to an historic home which the owners were doing up as a BNB. There were some caves nearby which we ummed and ahhed about visiting, and decided to go. Well, the entire reserve area was really picturesque, green, leafy with a pretty creek running through it, and with lots of wildlife around - kangaroos, wombats, etc. We took a guided tour of the Royal Cave (the only one available as the other was booked out). What an experience! The entrance was down a narrow tunnel with may places where stooping was necessary. This was not a place for claustrophobics, and Rae was a bit sweaty from time to time. It was an extensive and varied system, and I thought probably the best example I had seen - not as cavernous as some of those I'd seen, but quite different with the narrow little passage winding it's way around through the various points of interest. Very worthwhile!

    On exiting the cave, Rae made his way back to the car and I walked along a path for a while expecting to see some promised kangaroos. I did see a few but they were leaping away in the distance so I didn't get a chance to take any photos. However, I spotted a mother and baby wombat ambling along minding their business and sniffing around for food. I watched them for about 10 minutes in wonder and became almost the highlight of my trip. Never seen this before.
    After our cave adventure, we made our way back, both very satisfied with the afternoon. Went back to the club again for dinner as we had enjoyed it so much last night.
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  • Day12

    Royal Cave

    September 5 in Australia

    Wie gestern Abend beschlossen waren wir heute morgen nochmal bei Nicks frühstücken wo wir gestern schon zum Abendessen waren. Danach ging es dann weiter in Richtung Gipsy Point wobei wir einen Umweg über 2 Tropfsteinhöhlen gemacht haben. Wir haben uns für je 28$ eine Profesional geführte und auf Englisch erklärte Tour gegönnt. Wirklich schön und super angenehm von der Temperatur. Die Höhlen selbst waren auch sehr interessant und schön anzusehen.
    Als wir wieder draußen waren hatten wir dann einen strahlend blauen Himmel und 20 Grad. Als wäre das noch nicht genug haben wir beim Rückweg zum Auto dann noch links und rechts des Weges einige Kängurus getroffen inklusive Babys im Beutel. Der Tag hat sehr viel versprechend angefangen, deshalb auch ein extra Eintrag für den Vormittag. Danach ging es dann ziemlich lange mitten durch die Pampa, oft waren wir ziemlich alleine auf den Straßen. So bekommt man dann ein kleines Gefühl dafür, was man unter "Outback" versteht. Wobei wir ja noch nicht im Outback sind. Im nächsten Beitrag geht es weiter.
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