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  • Day141

    Australian wildlife again

    March 26, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 34 °C

    The morning was once again filled with administrative work. We are also part of a WhatsApp group with other 'stranded' Dutch people in Australia. Just keeping up with that group chat already takes some time. We also needed to fix accommodation for the next week. The first AirBnB we booked this morning suddenly said it was only available a day later due to maintenance. The second one we booked eventually worked after our first 2 credit cards had not enough credit anymore thanks to flights and 2 cancelled but not yet refunded AirBnBs. Luckily we have 3 cards and the third worked. If there had been a cricket match in our front garden this morning we wouldn't have noticed.

    Around noon we were finally done and left the campsite with the destination being Yanchep National Park. Our aim was to spend our last vanlife day there and also camp in the park. We saw a lama farm on the way. From the campsite we could easily walk around in the rather small national park. There were lots of loud cockatoos as per usual. This time a different species though. There was also a protected area in the park for koalas, who wouldn't know the difference between that and the real wild anyway. But it's been a while since we saw them on the Great Ocean Road and therefore worth it. We spotted several of them and two were actually pretty close. While they don't do much more than sleep and, if you are lucky, move an arm or leg, they are still very cute to look at. Lots of grey kangaroos hopping around as well. We hadn't seen many 'roos lately in the outback. So it seemed like the perfect last day with the van.

    For dinner we made a basic pasta dish for probably (hopefully) awhile. While eating it in the van (we had to escape from the mosquitos outside once again), we had a new first time experience. A not so small spider was walking next to the table behaving as if it was at home here. Luckily it was brown and with that, according to our knowledge, not dangerous. In a heroic move we caught it in one of our cups and released it in the wild.
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  • Day24

    Yanchep NP

    January 29, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Vor unserer Reise in die einsame Wildnis des Nordens, hatten wir noch einiges zu erledigen. Dazu gehörte natürlich der obligatorische Besuch der Koalas im Yanchep Nationalpark, gefolgt von einem Mittagessen an der Strandpromenade in den Neubauvierteln nördlich von Perth. Sowie ein Grosseinkauf und einige kleinere Reparaturen am Surfboard.Read more

    Barbara Meier

    ein Kommentar zu Allem: superfantastisch, genial, einfachtoll eure fotos und eure ferien 😘 omi

    Guido Rota

    Gefällt mir, dieses Board! 🙂

  • Day340

    Hello Perth

    September 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 21 °C

    ▪️Heute hat Vica Geburtstag, haben sie mit einem Kuchen und den Happy Birthday Song geweckt
    ▪️Im Yanchep National Park konnten wir viele Kolas beobachten - so süß :D
    ▪️Das war die letzte gemeinsame Aktivität als Convoy - Abschied nehmen hieß es nun
    ▪️Anschließend sind wir endlich in Perth angekommen und direkt zu unserem Airbnb nach Cloverdale in die 2 (Chuck) Norris Street gefahren
    ▪️Nach genau 6 Wochen Roadtrip endlich im richtig Bett schlafen und warm duschen zu können - ist das beste auf Erden :D
    ▪️Sind zu 7. (Leo, Alisa, Vica, Béla, Elodie, Nik, Vivi) für eine Woche in einen Haus ganz für uns alleine gezogen :D
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  • Day235

    Life on the open road

    April 29, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 16 °C

    Today we picked up our new hire car (a Toyota Corolla sedan) and left Perth. After having spent the past 2 weeks in cities, it was nice to be out on the open road, with our own 4 wheels, again. We visited Laura's friends Claire and Josh and their 2 children Lewis & Charlie, who live in Kinross, half an hour North of Perth. We had a nice lunch with them and Solana enjoyed playing with the boys for a couple of hours too.

    We then continued North and visited Yanchep National Park. There was some great bird life there - including water birds, parrots and galahs (rose-breasted cockatoo). We finally got to see some cute koala bears here too. Although koalas are native to Eastern Australia, they have been trying to introduce them here in the West and these ones are part of a breeding programme. It was in Yanchep that we saw our first kangaroos in the wild too - a small group of them feeding on the grass as we were walking back to our car - we were all very happy to finally see kangaroos, especially Solana. We saw a couple more kangaroos by the side of the road as we drove later in the afternoon too - they tend to be more visible around dawn and dusk, when it gets cooler. However, it became apparent that we were enjoying the wide, relatively straight, open roads a bit too much when we were stopped by the police this afternoon for speeding... A hefty $200 (approx. £120) fine meant that we had to settle for take-away fish & chips for dinner, rather than sampling the lobster that this area is famed for... This evening, we visited the Pinnacles Desert, an area with hundreds of limestone rock formations. We arrived just before sunset (delayed by our brush with the law!) - so the light was good but unfortunately didn't last very long. We're spending the night in the small town of Cervantes (population about 500 people), in a B+B recommended by Laura's Uncle Bob & Aunt Angela (thanks Bob & Angela - it is lovely).
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    Sandra Buckley

    Ooooops!!!!! Police record then like me lol!

    Sue Jones

    How fast were you going????


    106kph in a 90 zone (short 90 zone sandwiched between 2 long 110 zones)...

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  • Day84

    Yanchep National Park

    February 22, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 27 °C

    Calm morning for us, we were up around 8 am.
    It was raining a little bit during the night and still this morning, but really just a little bit. You can not call it rain to be honest.

    We had our breakfast and got the tip to visit the Yanchep National Park as you can see Koalas here.
    Koalas are not living on the west coast of Australia so this National Park has some of them in an extra area for them. As Kara is not going to travel the east coast and it will probably be her only chance to see them, we went there after breakfast, with a short stop in town.
    We arrived there after 11 am and first we fixed our 14 days pass for the National Parks here. You need to pay entry to the Parks, it’s only 15$ per car but a 14 days pass costs only 40$ and we can go to as many National Parks as we want during these 14 days.

    After that, we walked to the Koalas and saw a few of them relaxing in the trees 🥰
    Not so much going on here as they are nocturnal animals and mostly sleeping during the day.
    We then went for a walk around the park, we saw a lot of cockatoos and parrots but all pretty far away and hard to catch on a picture.
    And we saw a few kangaroos right beside us!
    We probably have missed them if two of them weren’t standing up while we were passing them! So it was a really nice wk for us here!
    Still super cloudy but at least not raining anymore.
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  • Day103

    Yanchep National Park

    August 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    Mit ein paar Leuten bin ich heute zum Yanchep National Park gefahren, welcher ca anderthalb Stunden nördlich von Perth gelegen ist. Dort sieht man Koalas und Kangaroos in freier Wildbahn sozusagen 🐨🦘. Sehr schöner Ausflugsort😁 Danach ging es noch zu einem Ort namens,, The Spot '', um sich dort am Strand den Sonnenuntergang🌅 anzuschauen, bevor es am Abend wieder zurück in die Stadt ging.Read more

  • Day16

    Yanchep NP: Bei Kangaroo & Koala

    April 20, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 16 °C

    After two very cold, wet and stormy days we have left the Swan Valley. Good news we now know that the tent is water and storm proofed! Today we drove north to Lancelin our next destination. On the way we stopped at the Yanchep National Park. There we saw our first Koalas and Kangaroos!

    Die letzten zwei Tage waren etwas anders als ursprünglich geplant. Es gab eine Unwetterwarnung für die Region Perth und so konnten wir unser Zelt direkt mal auf Herz und Nieren überprüfen. Jetzt wissen wir jedenfalls, dass unser Zelt sowohl sturmfest als auch wasserfest ist. Glücklicherweise sind wir mit lediglich einer vervogenen Zeltstange (hat dem Wasser auf dem Dach nicht standgehalten) davon gekommen. Allerdings hätten wir uns mit dem Wissen das nur wenige km entfernt ein Haus sein Dach verloren hat wohl besser ein Hostel für diese Nacht besorgt, aber: et hät ja noch mal jot jejange!

    Jetzt wo das Wetter wieder deutlich besser ist haben wir uns auf den Weg Richtung Norden gemacht. Unser nächstes Ziel sollen die Sanddünen von Lancelin sein! Auf dem Weg haben wir aber zunächst einmal im Yanchep Nationalpark gehalten. Der Stop hat sich gelohnt, denn hier haben wir unsere ersten Kangaroos und Koalas 🐨 gesehen!
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  • Day41

    Yanchep National Park

    May 14, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 24 °C

    Today we decided to spend the day here as there are plenty of walks and wildlife to see. After visiting the 10 resident koalas we went on a walk called the Ghosthouse Walk, intrigued by the name. It turns out, half way around the 12km loop, there was a derelict building. Didn't see a ghost but heard something moving about in the undergrowth! (It was probably a kangaroo or wallaby). The weather was kind to us as bad wind and rain was forecast but it turned out really hot and sunny. It was good to see the kangaroos jumping around the campsite in the evening.Read more

    Tom Ralph

    Your time in the park / wild life watching is great , glad you had fun with your old friends xx

    Lyndsay McDonnell

    The koalas are so cute and cuddly. Pleased you didn't see the ghost although I am sure you two wouldn't have been frightened!!!! Have fun, love xxxx


    Glad you enjoyed Yanchep. It was one of our favourite places. Does that mean you actually stayed in one place for 2 nights?!

    Lynda Ralph

    Koalas are just so cute. Doorway in middle of nowhere quite creepy !!! Enjoy xxx

  • Day40

    Yanchep NP and van troubles

    May 13, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After leaving our friends Laura, Julie and Solana in Bunbury we headed North to the rental depot to check out our van. We'd been keeping an eye on the range and fuel consumption (something all men do at a certain age!!) and something wasn't right. We could get just over half the fuel capacity the van should have. This was a wee bit of an issue South of Perth where petrol stations are quite common, but a big issue North of Perth where we may not have the range to refuel. Delays ensued, a replacement was eventually sourced and off we went, only to find the leisure battery (the one that runs the lights/fridge etc) was dead. Too late to return that night so a trip back to the depot the next morning. They dealt with the issues fairly efficiently but still 1.5 days lost. Source of the fuel problem was previous hirer had run over something and dented the tank to such an extent it was 30 litres smaller!
    This afternoon we drove to Yanchep National Park and wetland (named Loch McNess!!) where we are spending the night. On the way we stopped at the Western Australia remote control aircraft airfield. A proper airfield in minature with 6ft long jet models and a crazy air race that takes place in a huge caged area where models fly round in circles on a tether at 140mph (look up tether racing) There are koalas in the National Park and kangaroos that hop around the area and camp ground.
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    Lyndsay McDonnell

    Such a pity that you lost so much time while the van was sorted out but so much better than running out of fuel and electricity miles from anywhere and in the back of beyond. Hope everything is now sorted out with the van. Take care, love xxxx


    Glad you got the van sorted in the end - a real pain but worth the investment of time whilst you're still in civilisation, before heading off to the remote North.

    Lynda Ralph

    Better to get sorted than to run out of petrol miles from anywhere ! Snoozy koala looks very comfy, love koalas. Take care now xxx


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