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    • Day 31


      October 31, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

      Von Coffin Bay gings über Cowell per Fähre nach Glenelg und dann nach Adelaide. Leider ist Kangaroo Island dem Wetter zum Opfer gefallen... dafür gabs sonst einiges zu tun. Aber jetzt sind wir im Flugi nach Sydney. Auch hier: Empfang besser als in Menzingen😅Read more

    • Day 114

      III. AUS - OA/NSW 3; Bourke-Mildura EN

      December 21, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 22 °C

      Tu, 20.12. Bourke - Cobar
      Long day on the roads through Australia's Outback. Unfortunately there was not so much to see in Bourke and we then enjoyed another outdoor swimming pool in Cobar (another small mining and farming town).
      Pretty common for Australia we had to pay extra for Ester to use the water slide - especially in the Outback they are pretty much after your money :P
      In the evening we found a very nice free campground close to a river, enjoyed the sunset and im the night an awesome sky full of stars :)
      Unfortunately there were a lot of issues with Aboriginals who turned off our gas and thus the fridge and punched a hole in one of the tyres on Ester's bike - unbelievable.

      We, 21.12. Cobar - Broken Hill
      Another long driving day: we drove through the Outback for roughly 5hrs and the only thing we saw was a very little bizarre and remote looking Aboriginal town named Wilcannia and a petrol station.
      After arriving in Broken Hill we went to a playground before enjoying a beautiful sunset and a nice stargazing in Australia's Outback desert.

      Th, 22.12. Broken Hill
      Broken Hill was finally again a bigger town with nice buildings, a lot of shops and plazas.
      It is especially known for its chocolate factory as well as an Art Gallery with a huge painting, the so called 'The Big Picture' - but unfortunately you were not supposed to take any pictures or videos.
      After a short Christmas shopping we drove to Silverton, another mining town 20km outside Broken Hill. There was a traditional cafe as well as an old pub and for Car addicts a Mad Max Museum.
      The region is also known for sand sculptures and its Geo Centre.
      On the way to our campsite we took some funny pictures with a headless Santa and enjoyed another nice stargazing night.

      Fr, 23.12. Broken Hill - Mildura
      From Broken Hill we continued our road trip to Mildura. It was another interesting drive through Australia's Outback: a lot of desert, stones, some bushes every now and often or even trees as well as emus or kangaroos - when we suddenly spotted a bra tree in the middle of nowhere :P It was located on the Silver City Highway and people had put up a lot of several types of bras and bikinis over the last few years; bizarr and funny at the same time ;)
      I then had a butter fish for lunch - a speciality and apparently only available in Wentworth and Mildura or on South Australia; very delicious, soft and yummy.
      We then crossed the border from New South Wales NSW to Victoria VIC via the Murray River and thus had another time difference of plus half an hour (1 - 1:30pm).
      After 5 days in the Outback and dry desert landscapes to see green landscapes and more fauna again. There were a lot of farmlands, wineries and palm trees everywhere - holiday feelings at its best :)
      Later we went to an adventure swimming pool inclusive wave pool before heading to our first paid campground in a caravan park for this and the three following nights. It was located on a beautiful river with many amenities such as 2 great pools, a jumping pillow, playgrounds, shops and especially toilets & showers - perfect for the Christmas celebrations :)))

      Sa, 24.12. - Mo, 26.12. Mildura
      Oh yes, this was definitively a completely different and special Christmas for me.
      It was already 35* at 7am and went up to 42* during the day and night, amazing blue sky and sun, a lot of time for riding the bike along the river, have a swim in one of the pools, doing some exercise in the fresh air surrounded by palm trees etc. ;)
      With 35* we also bought and wrapped up the last presents before I got creative and made a Christmas tree and some elves out of fruits together with Ester :)

      On Sunday morning we put on our Santa heads and opened the presents - see pictures in the German post ;)
      I did a little bit of washing afterwards (which dried within an hour) before we went again to the jumping pillow, pools or just rode our bikes, played frisbee or relaxed.
      By the way, there is also some Australian snow coming down from the surrounding trees ;)
      In the evening we then enjoyed a nice Christmas light show and very beautiful decorated winter wonderlands :)

      On Monday / Boxing Day we went to the cinema to watch Trolls, a really nice movie about happiness :)
      We then went to a playground before relaxing for the rest of the day - Mildura was really relaxing and a clean, also richer looking town. Speaking about that, our campground was located on the other side of the Murray River in NSW, Mildura in VIC - daily border crossing ;)
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    • Day 13


      December 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 36 °C

      We stayed at the Sunraysia CP as temperatures were expected to hit 40 plus for next few days. It was a very unusual setup for a caravan park. We did a cruise down the river on a paddle steamer through lock 11. A drive out to Red Cliffs and on the way back we stopped at a fruit stall and bought some lovely fresh fruit. On our last night we enjoyed an awesome sunset.Read more

    • Day 39


      October 22, 2022 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

      This morning's run started from Crystal Brook. Had lunch at a vineyard in Cadell after putting the van on the Morgan ferry. It bottomed out getting on and off. The park put on music and a BBQ which finished the day off very wellRead more

    • Day 2

      Mildura - Part 1

      July 5, 2016 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 11 °C

      End of Day 1 - Mildura
      Roadkill winner for the day: Kangaroos
      No wombats today - 5 banged up kangas.

      Got to Mildura and went to the info centre to book a Mungo National Park tour, only to be told that the park would be closed on Wednesday due to the rain. Bugger! I was looking forward to it. I'll have to see if I can fit one in on the way back. I grabbed a bunch of brochures to see what's worth checking out while I'm in town.

      Checked in to the Seven Pines Motor Inn which is clean and well located. Just a bit tight on the parking and the rooms could do with a bit of soundproofing.

      The main drag is within an easy walk, so I traipsed down to "Feast Street" to scope out dinner options. The street was light on people, being a Tuesday night, but the street itself was gorgeous at night. I ended up walking down to the Black Stump Burger Bar which was pretty quiet (only one group of people). The staff were friendly, the food ok but not spectacular.
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