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    • Day1174

      Gold Coast, Tweed Heads & ein Riesenrad

      June 21 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

      A short trip to the Gold Coast to set-up a new ferris wheel. But this time I had to travel without Janine as she stayed and worked in Darwin while I helped out in Tweed Heads. After a few exhausting days I had one day off to explore the area. I climbed the skypoint Q1, the highest residential building in the southern hemisphere, swam in the ocean and found a real Kölsch in the Bavarian House Surfers Paradise! But after 1,5 weeks and a lot of hours working I am now back in Darwin.

      Für mich ging es auf einen Kurztrip an die Gold Coast um ein neues Riesenrad aufzubauen. Dieses Mal musste ich allerdings alleine fliegen denn Janine ist in Darwin geblieben um dort weiter zu arbeiten. Neben der vielen Arbeit hatte ich auch einen Tag frei um die Region ein bisschen zu entdecken. Es ging für mich zunächst zu einer Klettertour auf das Skypoint Q1 Hochhaus, dem höchsten Wohngebäude der Südhalbkugel (322 Meter) und endlich konnte ich auch mal wieder im Meer schwimmen gehen ohne Angst vor Krokodilen haben zu müssen. Am Abend habe ich dann auch noch ein frisch gezapftes Früh Kölsch im Bavarian House gefunden, das erste Kölsch seit über drei Jahren!!!
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    • Day12

      Camper Vans - Tweed Heads South

      October 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

      Our plan .... no, it’s not a plan because we are not allowed to have one, our thoughts are to buy a camper and go walkabouts. Head north, see the barrier reef, do some diving, back to Brisbane for Christmas, see the kids, see in the new year, head south, Sidney, south coast, Melbourne, maybe Adelaide, back to Melbourne, catch a plane back to KL. Simple. Just need a camper van.

      We have been looking at vans on the Aussie gumtree. There are many good looking vans. Some basic, some quirky. The cost is less critical than what we lose on it between buying in Brisbane and selling in Melbourne. The most basic camper will cost us around Aus $50 per day to rent, approval $7,500 for 5 months. However, the most basic won’t allow us to take the six of us when Toby, Jessica and their partners come over for Christmas.

      We decided to go to a dealer in Tweed Heads South (THS) so that we could have a look at a range of.vans.

      THS is across the border in New South Wales. The time zone is currently one hour ahead of Queensland. If we were to fly the airport terminal is in NSW but part of the runway goes into QLD and is, technically, in a different time zone.

      The dealership had about 20 vans, we were looking at the more budget end. The photos on gumtree must have been taken by the same person who does house sale photos and can make a tiny box room look like an enormous double bedroom. We learnt a lot, mostly about what we didn’t want, a little about what we would lik (all round mosquito curtains) but couldn’t find a van we liked. Decided to retire for a coffee and rethink.

      The coffee shop was in NSW, south of THS and shut at 4. We set of and were due to arrive at 3:30 if we got a wiggle on. When we arrive£ we found that, despite being in NSW, they worked on QLD time and it was only 2:30. Very confusing.

      The previous day we had arranged to meet Carl and his girlfriend who had a quirky camper for sale. They had driven it from Brisbane to Sidney bcuase someone had said that they would buy it, but then didn’t. They were driving back from Sidney and we arranged to meet in the IKEA car park south of Brisbane. The van was certainly quirky and had been built to a high standard, but it was tiny. Not sure our marriage would have survived the time in that van. https://youtu.be/dq_TdykIqt8

      We drove back through Brisbane and continued the search for vans on gumtree and eBay.
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      Traveler

      Good luck with your search; that van was tiny indeed!!! Xx

      10/24/19Reply
      Traveler

      Like the video, why not get one each 👍

      10/25/19Reply
      Traveler

      What does ‘quirky’ mean in the context of a camper van?!

      10/26/19Reply
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    • Day35

      34. Tag Snapper Rock/ Coolangatta

      September 8 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

      Für uns ging es heute erneut auf das Surfboard und wir gingen am bekannten Snapper Rocks Beach surfen.
      Hier findet normalerweise jährlich der bekannte Quicksilver Pro Gold Coast Wettbewerb im Surfen statt. 🏄🏼‍♀️🌊🤙🏻Read more

      Traveler

      Wir sind ganz bei eurer Reise dabei und freuen uns auf die weiteren Bilder.😘

      Traveler

      ❤️

      So ganz ungefährlich ist das ja nicht, bitte vorsichtig sein und alles gute [Christine + Joachim]

       
    • Day25

      Coolangatta

      November 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

      Fingal Head, ein Dorf im äussersten Nordosten von New South Wales und ca. 5km südlich der Grenze zwischen New South Wales und Queensland. Vom Lookout Point hatte man eine Aussicht auf zwei fast menschenleere Strände und die Skyline von Coolangatta. Nachdem die Grenze zu Queensland überquert war, wurde die Zeit um eine Stunde zurückgedreht. In Coolangatta am Greenmount Beach badeten wir zum ersten Mal im Meer, lagen im weissen Sand und sahen den Surfern zu. Während die Mittagssonne brannte, kümmerten wir uns ums Einkaufen, Campingplatz suchen und Mittagessen. Am Strand von Kirra Beach war nicht viel los, da die Sommersaison noch nicht begonnen hatte. Den Abend beendeten wir mit einem Spaziergang durch die Strassen von Coolangatta.Read more

    • Day123

      FINGAL HEAD, QLD

      March 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

      Für drei Tage sind wir auf einem Campingplatz direkt am Strand. So konnten wir heute morgen den Tag im Meer beginnen. Nach der Stranddusche dann gemütlich Frühstück inmitten der Aussi-Piepmätze...
      Manchmal sieht es aus, als wenn wir von der Vogelwelt wie im ZOO bestaunt werden.
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      Traveler

      Magisch

      3/2/20Reply
      Traveler

      Vorsicht: unpatroled Beach

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    • Day16

      Time to relax

      October 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      De temperatuur begint lekker op te lopen, dus wordt het tijd even rustig aan te doen en de was te doen. Hier zijn we een ochtendje zoet mee en genieten ondertussen van het zonnetje bij de camper. Hierbij hebben we gezelschap van een lizard die net zo geniet van de zon als wij. Nadat alle was droog is (en dat ging behoorlijk snel met die warmte) lunchen we even wat en vertrekken we naar het strand. Daar aangekomen staat er een iets hardere wind dan op de camping, terwijl het maar 2 min lopen was... We proberen een plekje te vinden waar we niet gezandstraald worden.. dit is vrij onmogelijk op dit gedeelte. Dan maar een duik de zee in. In het begin voelt deze erg koud aan, maar als je er doorheen bent is het eigenlijk best lekker. Het enige nadeel, zijn die hoge golven😅hierdoor is echt zwemmen onmogelijk en bij sommige golven is blijven staan een hele opgave🙈. Als we wat zijn opgedroogd, proberen we iets zuidelijker op het strand een plekje uit de wind te zoeken. We hielden het even uit achter een paar rotsen, maar dat snijdende zand heeft deze keer gewonnen😅 dan maar de laatste kleine boodschap doen en eenmaal bij de camper even goed afgespoeld. Na het eten hebben we nog gezellig met onze buren Olly & Colleen een paar drankjes gedronken. Hij komt uit Engeland en zij uit Ierland, samen reizen ze nu 3 maanden door Australië. Ik (Maris) heb ook nog een typisch Australische wijnsoort gedronken, Goon, wat best goed te drinken is. Wij zouden het beschouwen als een dessertwijn. Na een paar uur gezellig zitten kletsen over vanalles en nog wat houden we het voor gezien en gaan we lekker slapen. Nog maar 2 nachtjes in de camper, voor we hem inleveren en Australië bijna gedag zeggen. Sleep tight😘Read more

      Carla en Dick

      Wat een schatje! Hielp tie niet met de was? 😜

      10/19/19Reply
      Carla en Dick

      Net zulke als op Boa Vista?

      10/19/19Reply
       
    • Day25

      Point Danger

      August 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 17 °C

      [Wie sich spaeter noch mehr herausstellen wird, hat das Wort Lookout magische Anziehungskrafte.] So konnten wir natuerlich nicht an diesem vorbei vorallem da auch noch Sonnenuntergangszeit war. Also aus dem Auto gesprintet, Kamera geschnappt und los.
      Vom Point Danger hat man einen wunderbaren Blick auf die gesamte Gold Coast und Surfers Paradise (was ein Stadtteil von Gold Coast ist). Direkt dort verlaeuft auch die Grenze zwischen Queensland und New South Wales. Von hier aus stieg dann ich auf der rechten Seite ein und die wilde Fahrt ging zu unserer Unterkunftnach Byron weiter.
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    • Day226

      Gold Coast, Snapper Rocks & Delfine

      November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

      Back on the coast we stopped at the Gold Coast. Of course we were visiting the Hard Rock Cafe and had some fun playing mini golf. During the day we were swimming in the rock pools of the Snapper Rocks and we finally saw the first dolphins on our whole trip! It was great!

      Zurück an der Küste haben wir an der Gold Coast angehalten. Hier hatten wir Spaß bei einer Runde Minigolf und haben uns natürlich einen Hard Rock Cafe Burger gegönnt. Tagsüber ging es zum schwimmen zu den sogenannten Snapper Rocks. Hier haben wir auch tatsächlich die ersten Delfine unserer gesamten Weltreise gesehen. So cool!
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      Traveler

      Delfine 🐬😍

      11/17/19Reply
       
    • Day88

      Going South

      January 7, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

      Bill - RIP, will be much missed

      We left Brisbane on Monday 6 January. We had taken over our house-sit, the kids had arrived with their partners, we’d hired a car to take all six of us, plus luggage, we had a memorable Christmas with Bun’s family, the kids had left, we watched the fireworks in Brisbane on New Year’s Eve, we gave the house back. Now time to hit the road.

      Thanks is never sufficient for what Mike and Renate have done for us while in Australia, but we thought we’d give them the biggest gift we could ... and left them to the peace and quiet of their daughter’s family and children 😂

      The plan is simple, head south, arrive in Melbourne mid-February for a holiday with Bun’s sister and her family, then off towards somewhere else and back to Melbourne for flights to KL on 23 March. The fact that much of the area we want to go to is currently on fire ... well it’s an adventure.

      Another problem is that, as it’s the school holidays in Australia, many campsites only want a 7 day booking, not single nights. They are also full. We didn’t find this out until we tried to book our first night. Oh dear ...well it’s an adventure.

      The first leg was a quick drive down the M1 to Kingscliff where we stayed at a campsite under the flight path to an airport and next to the M1. Actually it was one elf the quietest sites we’ve been on. A jet plane or lorry is pretty quiet compared to a flock of sulphur crested cockatoos.

      We visited Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, very interesting and informative, but a bit tired. There are huge politics around aboriginal history and I’m not going there except to say that the cultural centre said that more aborigines were killed by “white mans” diseases than guns. The centre gave the impression that the local aborigines willingly worked for the Europeans and wanted the tools and benefits of this new culture. It gave the impression that, in this area, the young aborigines left the land and their heritage before it was taken from them. Enough said.

      The centre includes a walk and a “Bora”.

      Bora is an initiation ceremony of the Aboriginal people of Eastern Australia. The word "bora" also refers to the site on which the initiation is performed. At such a site, boys, having reached puberty, achieve the status of men. The initiation ceremony differs from Aboriginal culture to culture, but often, at a physical level, involved scarification, circumcision, subincision and, in some regions, also the removal of a tooth. During the rites, the youths who were to be initiated were taught traditional sacred songs, the secrets of the tribe's religious visions, dances, and traditional lore. Many different clans would assemble to participate in an initiation ceremony. Women and children were not permitted to be present at the sacred bora ground where these rituals were undertaken.

      Unfortunately, while the Bora has been saved from being built on, there has been no restoration back to what it was and hasn’t been used since 1908. I wonder why?

      We visited the place we bought Berth from. I think they were concerned that we were going to give them grief rather than simply ask for advice.

      We had a walk around Kingscliff beach and the estuary, then on to Hosannah Farm Stay Campsite where we can feed the piglets, sheep, calf etc. Actually all we want to do is cuddle a dog but none of their dogs are cuddly.

      Tomorrow we head for Nimbin that has an alternative livestyle ... pass the space cookies 😍😜🤪🥰
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      Traveler

      Sorry to hear about Bill...

      1/7/20Reply
      Traveler

      I see from the calm way you left (video) in Bertha that you haven’t kept up the D.I.L.Y.S.I. philosophy 😋

      1/7/20Reply
      Andy n Bunny Briggs

      Bertha doesn’t respond to that philosophy, lots of gear changes, being aware of what’s ahead and praying the brakes will work.

      1/7/20Reply
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    • Day124

      Porpita porpita, BLUE BUTTONS JELLIES

      March 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

      Strandspaziergang mit vielen Entdeckungen. So finden wir die Blue Buttons Quallen vereinzelt am Strand. Gestern früh war der Strand davon übersäht und auch im Wasser gab es genug Sichtungen. Ein Local hat mir nun den Namen verraten und das die Berührungen Hautirritationen verursachen. Abhilfe in solchen Fällen schaffen nicht die aufgestellten Essigflaschen, sondern Waschung mit warmen Wasser... So weiß ich jetzt, warum ich eine unruhige Nacht hatte. Zum Glück war noch AUTAN-Gel im Kühlschrank! Vielen Dank Töchterchen für den Vorrat!!Read more

      Traveler

      Aber optisch sehen sie toll aus 😍 Vorsicht beim Baden 🤷🏼‍♀️

      3/4/20Reply
       

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