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  • Day161

    The Grampians

    March 20, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    We have spent a few days with relatives and we are now back on the road.

    Things have changed a great deal in a few days. We feel slightly removed from the whole event as we are not getting bombarded by constant messages about Covid19. Our niece, who has decided to quarantine her family, doesn’t think we are taking it seriously enough. Towns we travel through are certainly quieter. Campsites all have sites and cabins available. Different states are now going it alone with two states shutting their borders and others shutting schools which is against the federal government advice.

    In a few days time, if we continue to travel around, we may start feeling like social outcasts.

    I went out with Dale to deliver some straw, it’s the first time I’ve driven in a large lorry “King of the road”.

    Anyway, we are now in the Grampians and managed to get some washing done ✅. We are planning so spend a couple of days walking around this national park. There is hope that the weather will improve, having dropped from the 38C of last week.
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    Deb German

    Stay safe over there!

    3/22/20Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    Showed Hilary the vid of the spider, OMG, not the reaction I was expecting... “If you think I’m going out there with these things in the bedroom your out of your mind!!!!”... a little harsh I feel 🤣

    3/22/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    A bit OTT. It was very friendly and quite harmless, just a big Huntsman spider.

    3/22/20Reply
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  • Day15

    Johanna Beach - Warrnambool

    March 6, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Unsere erste Nacht auf einem Nationalparkcamping ohne Strom, fliessendes Wasser und Duschen hatten wir super überstanden.
    Heute wollten wir früh los, um vor den Tagestouristen aus Melbourne bei den 12 Aposteln zu sein.
    Die ersten Apostel entdeckten wir ein wenig Klischeehaft beim 'Secret Apostels Lookout' , denn nach einem kleinen Aufstieg zu Fuss erstreckten sich 2 der Apostel zusammen mit den massiven Sandklippen vor unserem Auge.
    Wie Vera bereits gestern im Reiseführer gelesen hatte, wollten wir jedoch vorher noch bei den Gibson Steps an den Strand hinunter gehen, um die Grösse der Apostel von unten zu sehen. Leider waren diese aus nicht ersichtilichen Gründen gesperrt und wir mussten auf diesen Anblick verzichten.
    Beim Touripunkt angekommen parkierten wir unseren Camper und gingen zu Fuss auf die Aussichtsplattformen. Das frühe losfahren hatte sich zum Glück gelohnt, denn Menschen waren noch nicht übertrieben viele da. Trotz des Windes und des bewölkten Wetters hatten wir einen wunderschönen Blick auf alle stehenden Apostel.
    Nachdem auch unsere Fotokamera ein paar mal geblitzt hatte machten wir uns zurück zum Camper und wir fuhren weiter zur London Bridge.
    Von Australien direkt nach London war ein kurzer Weg und wir bestaunten die eindrückliche 'Brücke' unter der das tiefblaue Meer und die Wellen durchströmen.
    In Warenambool fuhren wir auf unseren bereits vorreservierten Campingplatz und verlängereten bei Ankunft auch gleich um eine Nacht, da der Camping und das dazugehörige Dörflein einen sehr guten Eindruck machen.
    Der Campingplatz ist jedoch pumpenvoll, denn dieses Wochenende ist wieder einmal ein verlängertes Aussie-Wochenende, an dem JEDER Australier seine übergrossen Camper auf einen Campingplatz chauffiert.
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  • Day14

    Lorne - Johanna Beach

    March 5, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 18 °C

    Duschen, frühstücken, einkaufen, alles verstauen und weiter ging es heute Morgen.
    Nach einem kurzen Abstecher zu dem Erskina Wasserfall fuhren wir weiter auf der Great Ocean Road.
    Nach ein paar Stopps für Fotos von schönen Stränden kehrten wir im Koala Kaffee ein.
    Der heutige Tagesvorsatz war: Wilde Koalas sehen!
    Tatsächlich entdeckten wir nur wenige Schritte vom Kaffee entfernt zwei Koalas.
    Glücklich und zufrieden, trotz Nieselregen, ging es zum Cape Otway, um einen bekannten Leuchtturm zu besichtigen.
    Dort angekommen mussten wir den Leuchtturm regelrecht suchen, denn ein weisser Leuchtturm, auf weissen Himmel ist schwer zu finden!
    Nach einem kurzen Spaziergang machte es ein wenig auf und wir konnten den Leuchtturm doch noch von mehr als 2 Meter Distanz sehen :)
    Hier wurde einmal wieder bewiesen, dass Internetfotos nicht immer der Realität entsprechen...
    Auf dem weiteren Weg an den Johanna Beach sperrte Sandra weiterhin die Augen auf um Koalas zu finden. Glücklicherweise sahen wir nochmals zwei, welche sogar am Essen waren.
    Angekommen im Nationalparkcamping genossen wir leckere, selbstgemachte Burger.
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  • Day116

    Jacuzzi for giants

    March 1, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    The goal of the day was to visit the western coast of the Great Ocean Road and return again to the same campsite for the night. After a bit of a lzay morning we headed towards the rough coastline. The waves were very high and it was great to stand at plenty of viewpoints just watching them crash against the limestone cliffs. We saw some very impressive splashes that must have been tens of meters high. In some of these inlets or coves the ocean looked like a jacuzzi for giants.

    After some viewpoints we stopped in a Port Campbell for lunch. We parked with a perfect view of the local swimming beach. Personally we found it way too cold to go in ourselves. But it was a lot of fun watching others in the waves with air tyres and surfboards. Eventually we got really sleepy and decided to take advantage of having a bed in our trunk: we went for a power nap.

    Part two of the day consisted of more viewpoints of cliffs and waves. We actually also made it to the famous 12 apostel everyone talks about when bringing up the Great Ocean Road. It was expectantly very crowded and in our opinion not as nice as what we had seen at other viewpoints along the road. There aren't really 12 apostles anymore, it's more like 5 or 9. Not that this matters anyway.
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    Suzanne Schönbeck

    Mark and I sat on that beach in Port Campbell ten years ago with a bottle of wine for so long that all the restaurants were closed and we had to beg some snack joint owner to please make us some fries at 21:30 😂

    3/3/20Reply
    Susanne and Machiel

    🤣 that's great. Happy to see you guys are able to relive that through our blog

    3/3/20Reply
    Herman Cordes

    Ghehe

    3/9/20Reply
     
  • Day115

    When emu's attack

    February 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    Our campsite was probably the least glamorous so far. There wasn't even a toilet. The only nice thing about it could be that it's a viewpoint on a mountain, however it was completely foggy so it was invisible until we almost left. We quickly made our way out of there and drove towards what we had left behind some days ago: the Great Ocean Road.

    On the way we stopped at the Tower Hill Lake. We read that it was a great spot for seeing wildlife and that turned out to be true. We went on a small walk around some wetlands and indeed spotted some sleepy koalas hanging in the trees. Very cute to see again. We also saw some emus walking around and one kangaroo. Back at the car park we decided to have lunch on one of the nice picnic benches. One of the emus also liked it there and seemed quite interested in our beetroot dip and wraps. It's slightly discomforting if an emu gets so close that it looks like it's gonna pick on you or your food. Luckily he didn't attempt too much and quickly found more interesting targets.

    Our next stop was the Cheese World. We had a quick look around their free museum on all sorts of old stuff like the first washing machines and a very old toaster. Then it was time to get one of their fresh milkshakes, which were really nice, especially the coffee flavoured one Susanne picked.

    The last stop of the day was called Childers Cove. We had finally made it to the Great Ocean Road again and saw some very beautiful coastline with a very nice beach and cool cliffs and limestone formations.

    Our chosen free campsite of the night was surrounding a cricket field, and when we arrived there was in fact a game going on. As we still didn't understand much of it we watched a YouTube video about the rules. We had a lentils curry for dinner in the sun before crawling into our sleeping bags again.
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  • Day138

    GOR day 4 - Almost blown away

    February 26, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We camped on Tuesday night at a remote show ground campsite, quite busy, quite exposed, just 100m back from the sea and down 800m of corrugated road.

    We have slept in Bertha during some heavy rain storms, thunder and lightening etc, but this night it was windy. The wind was 50kmh (30mph) with just much greater. Laying bed was a bit like being at sea. If we’d been on an African safari I would have said that there was an elephant trying to push us over. Fortunately, 3.5 tons stays fairly well put, some of the tents didn’t fare so well. There was some debris in the hedges just past us. One of the large steel rubbish containers was turned over.

    We didn’t have much hope for the weather on Wednesday, but it was bright, although very windy. A we set off to continue along the GOR, we could see the sea crashing against the rocks. I could have spent all day watching the waves such was the size and ferocity of them. No photos do them justice.

    The GOR is a motorhome motorway, so many RVs along the way and meeting the same people at each site along the way. We stopped at Loch Ard Gorge and then walked on to Thunder Cave.

    We went on to Port Campbell where we had some soup to warm up, not even all of the layers were keeping us warm.

    Next stop London Arch, formerly London Bridge. ”London Arch (formerly London Bridge) is an offshore natural arch formation in the Port Campbell National Park, Australia. The arch is a significant tourist attraction along the Great Ocean Road near Port Campbell in Victoria. This stack was formed by a gradual process of erosion, and until 1990 formed a complete double-span natural bridge.

    The span closer to the shoreline collapsed unexpectedly on 15 January 1990, leaving two tourists stranded on the outer span before being rescued by police helicopter. Prior to the collapse, the arch was known as London Bridge because of its similarity to its namesake.”

    Bay of Martyrs came next, getting a bit bored with rock stacks in the sea now. The waves are great though. “There is a fascinating history surrounding this part of Victoria, which is alluded to in the place names of other bays and lookout points – Massacre Bay, Massacre Point, Bay of Martyrs. According to stories that have spanned generations, Europeans killed a large group of Karrae-Wurrong Aboriginal men here. They did so by running them off the cliffs, whilst the women and children were supposedly killed in a swamp that is close by.

    However, there are many contradicting stories and, more importantly, no written evidence of what happened. All that is known is that the population of Aboriginal people dropped from a few thousand to almost none. Some theories believe this was caused by mass migration, but local folklore has other ideas.”

    Lastly, Port Fairy known for being “voted as one of the world's most livable cities with a population under 20,000 after winning the 2012 International LivCom award” - it didn’t impress us much, but the waves on the beach were huuuge.

    We continued along the GOR until it ended at Allansford. We wanted to push on as far as possible before stopping for the night and ended up in a small campsite next to Yambuk Lake where we found hot showered to warm us up.
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  • Day137

    The Twelve Apostles

    February 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    A “must see” stop along the great ocean road, these sandstone pillars were originally called “sow and piglets”

    “What are now universally known as the Twelve Apostles were originally named, “The Sow and Piglets.” The Sow was Mutton Bird Island, which stands at the mouth of Loch Ard Gorge, and her Piglets were the 12 Apostles.” “An English man, George Bass named the The Sow And The Piglets in January 1798 . Charles La Trobe’s map dated 1846 also shows them as the Sow and Piglets, and included a lot more than 12 stacks, including lots of smaller ones”. “When they were christened the 12 Apostles by Victorian tourism in the 1920s, there were only nine in the cluster. Now there’s eight. ... There are actually many more spectacular limestone formations along the wild coastline.”Read more

    Wayne Bampton

    Beautiful pics, and Bunny’s interpretation of standing at the bow of the Titanic

    2/26/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Lucky a gust of wind didn’t lift her off the platform and over the edge

    2/27/20Reply
    Mandy and Johnnie

    Sooo jealous of this one! Looks fab x

    2/27/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Bun said that you’d missed it during your travels. Jessica and Chris also missed it due to the crowds. One good thing about coronavirus is that there are almost no Chinese tourists, so everywhere is pretty quiet.

    2/27/20Reply
     
  • Day304

    Great Ocean Road - Teil 2

    February 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    We continued on the Great Ocean Road and visited many lookouts today. Really amazing this coast line.

    Nach dem Tag im Otway Nationalpark gestern ging es heute weiter entlang der Great Ocean Road. Man kann einfach nicht genug bekommen von dieser Küste!Read more

  • Day52

    Great Ocean Road zum ersten

    January 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Entlang der bekannten Küstenstrasse Richtung Adelaide. Erster Halt mit einem kuzen Marsch entlang einer Strasse an dem wilde Koalas🐨 zu sehen sind. Und ja wenn auch meinst schlafend sehen wir diese Schnügels, wie auch wieder Papageien. Entlang der Küste die abwechslungsreich ist mit Felsen ,Strände und vielen grossen Wellen. Kurz vor Apollo Bay geht die Fahrt in die Berge, durch einen der letzten Urwälder im Süden zu unserem Nachtlager
    (ca.3km von den Beauchamps Falls entfernt.) Die Wasserfälle werden natürlich sofort aufgesucht. Durch ein Waldstück geht es ca 40 Minuten Bergab. (Dann natürlich auch wieder Bergauf🤗). Heute war das Wetter besser und vorallem der Wind nicht mehr, so das wir wieder einmal draussen Essen konnten 🤗🤗🤗🤗🤗
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    Emanuele Guarino

    Das Paradies ☀️😃

    1/25/20Reply
     
  • Day28

    Ein neuer Plan muss her

    December 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    Heute gibt es einen verspäteten Post von dem gestrigen Tag😅 Wie es der Titel schon sagt, lief alles ein wenig anders als geplant.
    Zuallererst jedoch haben wir die „Beauchamps Falls” besucht, welche uns sehr beeindruckt haben.😱 Der Weg dorthin verlief durch einen Regenwald und war somit ein kleiner „Abenteuer-walk“. 😍📸
    Anschließend haben wir einen Zwischenstopp in Kennet River eingelegt und im „Kafe Koala“ zu Mittag gegessen.😋🍕
    Danach ging es mit guter Laune und großer Vorfreude Richtung Lorne, zum „Falls Festival“, wo wir mit einigen coolen Sängern ins neue Jahr starten wollten. 🎆 🥳
    Da wir aber den ganzen Tag über kein Netz hatten,
    haben wir erst als wir ankamen mitbekommen, dass das Festival gecancelt wurde. Grund sind die schlechten Wetterbedingungen, also extreme Hitze. 🌞 😅
    Unsere erste Reaktion: sehr traurig und vor allem planlos, wie Silvester verbracht werden soll😬
    Hinzu kam der Fakt, dass wir keine Ahnung hatten wo wir die kommende Nacht schlafen sollten, da es bei unserer Ankunft in Lorne schon halb 6 abends war.🤦🏽‍♀️ 🏕
    Wir waren komplett überfordert mit der Situation und machten uns verzweifelt auf die Suche nach einem Campingplatz. 🙄
    Da die Festival-Sängerin „Halsey“ ihre Fans nicht enttäuschen wollte, veranstaltete sie ein Last-Minute Konzert “ in Melbourne. 🎵 🎤
    „Halsey“ hat sich dafür eingesetzt die Einnahmen des Konzerts an die „Country Fire Services“ zu spenden, um dem Land zu helfen.😇
    Als wir dann spät Abends davon erfuhren, haben wir uns sofort auf den Weg gemacht, um eventuell noch Karten zu bekommen.
    Schlussendlich hatten wir ja nichts zu verlieren und fuhren mit neuer Motivation zum Konzert. 😱
    Somit hatten wir noch einen wunderschönen Abend, waren trotzdem auf einem Konzert und haben nun einen neuen Plan für Silvester gemacht. (Fortsetzung folgt🥳🎆)
    Um 3 Uhr nachts kamen wir dann auch am kostenlosen Campingplatz nach diesem sehr ereignisreichen Tag an.😂 Nach diesem Auf und Ab mussten wir dann erstmal unsere Gedanken sortieren und alles in Ruhe verarbeiten.😂😊
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    Luisa Thum

    Geil

    12/30/19Reply
    Luisa Thum

    Ihr macht das super. Ihr wisst euch immer zu Helfen

    12/30/19Reply
    Eva Mastrino

    Happy New Year girls🎉🎉🎉🍀🍀🍀😘😘😘❤️❤️❤️Great Job👍🏻💪🏻😎ACE🥂

    1/1/20Reply
     

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