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Eurobodalla

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  • Day113

    A bit stranded

    February 1 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    We awoke to a very strong smell of smoke in the air and a very strange light. The sun couldn’t penetrate the smoke and gave the sky a colour that we’d only seen once before and that was during a solar eclipse. The firies had all left at around 7am and a couple of the mobile homes had already left.

    We sought advice from the camp manager. It has never been our intention to become part of the problem .... but not sure if nature will help us to achieve that.

    The Rural Fire Service released a map overnight showing the fires and the burnt areas, just as I have on my app, however, they added their prediction for fires if the temperature reached the expected 40C and the wind became westerly. The map put us in the middle of a fire hazard. This was purely a prediction but the advice was that we shouldn’t stray too far, Narooma is a safe place.

    We decided to go to Mystery Bay, apparently it hadn’t been evacuated yesterday, somewhere else had been. We set off the few miles down the A1, arrived at the Mystery Bay Road to find it closed. Back to Narooma for b’fast.

    We found a lovely cafe with views across the bay and treated ourselves to b’fast and work out what to do today. The reasons for coming to the area are to visit Mystery Bay and to see if we can get a trip to Montague Island to snorkel and dive with the seals. The boats were not going to the island because most of their bookings had cancelled coming to the area.

    We planned a couple of maintenance chores for Bertha and then drove down to see if the seals were about. The one we had seen the day before was still sleeping in front of the fish gutting table on the quayside. We then drove around to the harbour entrance where a number of seals were sleeping on the rocks on the inside of the breakwater. The sea was looking quite ferocious with waves breaking over the breakwater.

    Time for a dip. The temperature wasn’t 40C and there was little sun, but there wasn’t much wind either. There were a number of places to choose from, the beach in the estuary near the bridge, the beach with the shark net or the beach without the shark net. Knowing we weren’t going to be in the sea long enough to attract sharks, we elected for the final option..

    I’m sure the sea today was no colder than yesterday, but without the sun, it felt a lot cooler. A quick swim and out, back to Bertha for a cuppa. Back to the campsite to get a pitch, do some laundry and then go out to the cinema to watch Jo Jo Rabbit, a bit weird but quite entertaining.

    We walked over the road to the pub for a beer and watch the sun go down and the bats fly into nearby trees to eat the fruit and then we went back to camp. The new moon is bright red as the sun was when it went down. Smoke has been in the air all day, but the horizon showed a blue line between the sea and the smoke, so we guess the smoke was quite high.

    As I finish this, the wind has picked up and is shaking Bertha, the weather f’cast says winds of 46-59km/h, I wonder what that will do to the fires and what tomorrow will bring?
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  • Day15

    Narooma

    November 22, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 18 °C

    Next Stop: Narooma.

    Heute sind die Temperaturen wieder etwas angenehmer. 🥵

    Wir sind jetzt im zweiten Bundesstaat von Australien im New South Wales. Victoria haben wir mit dem letzten Campingplatz hinter uns gelassen.

    Seelöwen konnten wir auch von der Nähe betrachten, aber das einzige was einem da im Sinn bleibt ist der Geruch.... 🤢
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  • Day45

    Anywhere is paradise... it's up to you

    February 11, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    „Don‘t go back to Germany...“ Mit diesen Worten verabschiedet sich unser heutiger Nachbar am Campingplatz in Tuross Head von uns und winkt uns freundlich nach. Die Australier sind die Weltmeister im Small Talk und ergreifen gerne die Initiative für ein kleines Gespräch. Nachdem uns am vorigen Tag schon unsere Nachbarin mit wertvollen Reisetipps für unseren restlichen Weg versorgt hat, erhalte ich heute einige Lebensweisheiten und Ratschläge für mein zukünftiges Lebensdomizil 😊 Unser Nachbar scheint selbst schon viel herumgekommen zu sein und hat bereits zwei Jahre in Europa, größtenteils London, gelebt. In Australien sei aber alles ein bisschen wärmer, die Landschaft atemberaubender, das Leben sei chilliger, die Menschen alle freundlicher... da kann ich ihm nicht wirklich widersprechen 🙂 Nur über seinen Appell, mir ein Visum zu besorgen und in Australien Fuß zu fassen, muss ich noch etwas nachdenken 😉 Zumindest bestätigt er mich darin, dass wir unbedingt Neuseeland besuchen sollen. Ein tolles Land mit noch freundlicheren Menschen, er selbst habe fast 14 Jahre dort gelebt.

    Ich mag das Reisen, die Überraschungen, die man immer wieder erlebt, die unerwarteten Highlights, die jeder Tag mit sich bringt. Wir haben uns angewöhnt, unsere Reiseroute äußerst kurzfristig zu planen (ein Gegensatz zu den sonstigen Urlauben, die natürlich immer perfekt durchorganisiert sind, um jeden Tag maximal auszunutzen 😉). Wir wissen, wann wir unseren Campervan in Sydney abgeben müssen, dass wir also täglich im Durchschnitt etwa 200 km zurücklegen müssen und legen danach unseren nächsten Stop fest. Meist sieht das in der Praxis so aus, dass wir abends kurz vorm Schlafen gehen oder am Morgen beim Frühstücken die Google Maps Karte abscrollen, einen Radius von ca. 200 km ziehen und dann nach Bauchgefühl ein potentielles ansprechendes Ziel auswählen. Der Luxus, in der Nebensaison zu reisen, erlaubt es uns, all unsere Campingplätze kurz vorher zu buchen und so wurden wir von unserer Reisepraxis bisher noch kein einziges Mal enttäuscht 🙂

    Tuross Head ist wieder Mal ein gutes Beispiel unserer Reisepraxis und ein echter Glückstreffer. Unser Campingplatz ist direkt am Strand gelegen, wir blicken aus unseren Stühlen auf weißen Sand und türkisblaues Meer. In unsere Bucht fließt zudem ein Fluß ins Meer, so dass sich eine tolle Mischung aus Meeresbrandung und ruhigem Flussgewässer ergibt. Zudem ist dieser Abschnitt mal wieder von vielen Pelikanen bevölkert und ich kann mich einfach nicht daran satt sehen, wenn diese in majestätischem Flug knapp über das Wasser gleiten. Diese Bucht hat etwas unheimlich friedvolles und schafft es auch mich nach langem mal wieder zu einer morgendlichen Yoga Session zu überreden 😄

    Damit verlassen wir heute die große südaustralische Seen-, Fluss- und Küstenlandschaft, in der wir die vergangenen drei Tage verbracht haben und machen uns auf die letzte Etappe unseres Road Trips entlang der Ostküste Richtung Sydney.
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  • Day36

    Princes Highway

    October 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 10 °C

    Nachdem wir gestern bereits ein paar Kängurus auf unserem Campingplatz entdeckt hatten wollten wir heute noch einmal vorbei schauen. Tatsächlich sie waren noch da, mitten drin statt nur dabei. Schnell ein paar Fotos und mal schauen wie weit wir hinkommen bevor es weiter ging Richtung Garnelen baden.
    Eine Stunde später starteten wir in Richtung Batmens Bay. Wir stoppten in Pambula, Merimbula und Batmens Bay. Nach 300km auf dem Princes Highway starteten wir die Suche nach einem geeigneten Campingplatz. Schnell wurde uns, dank der CamperMate App klar, dass alles rund um Batmens Bay etwas teurer ist also ging es noch ein Stück weiter. Als wir dann auch noch an einen Platzwart geraten der uns eine Nacht für 38$ und den Australiern vor uns für 32$ anbot, kehrten wir um und fuhren zum ersten Campingplatz in Wobbegang Bay zurück. Dies lag zwar in einem Nationalpark und man musste für warmes Wasser extra zahlen aber immerhin war dies der günstigste aber auch der vollste Platz. Pluspunkt an dem ganzen war natürlich das wir wieder unzählige Kängurus um uns hatten die sich sogar streicheln ließen, vom Tisch aßen oder ein Besuch im Campingzelt unternahmen. Verrückte Tierchen🦘
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  • Day5

    Rocks of Australia

    April 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    All the named rocks down this coastline has their name for a reason. We chased the Camel Rock, the Horse Head Rock, and the Australian Rock on the way to spot seals in the sun.
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  • Day104

    Die besten Pfannkuchen der Welt ;)

    March 3 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 19 °C

    Im Free Campground in Bodalla haben wir uns Mal etwas Gutes gegönnt. Jakobs Pfannkuchen... 😄😍

    Dass war auch der letzte an dem das Wetter noch einigermaßen gut war. Seit ein paar Tagen ist es ziemlich kühl und regnerisch, was nicht so ideal ist, wenn man nur so einen kleinen Wohnraum zum Leben hat. Wir haben aber das Beste daraus gemacht und haben die letzten Tag oft in der Bücherei verbracht. Jakob konnte hier gut arbeiten und ich hab hauptsächlich gemalt, gelesen und Tagebuch geschrieben. 😊

    In Bodalla auf dem Campingplatz haben wir ein Paar kennen gelernt (George & Mary) die uns ein Buch gezeigt haben, indem alle kostenlosen Campingplätze abgebildet sind. Genial! 😌 Da haben wir die Chance doch glatt genutzt und uns ein paar Seiten abforografiert. Danach haben wir uns noch eine Weile unterhalten und mit dem Welpen Honey gespielt.
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  • Day112

    South to Mystery Bay ... almost

    January 31 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    We set off to visit Batemans Bay not really sure what to expect other than it had an information centre that we wanted to visit to sense-check our plans/options. We are heading to Melbourne and want to take in Canberra. One option is to visit Mystery Bay and then travel up to Canberra and along the main road to Melbourne. Another option is to go to Canberra and then back to the coast and go via the coast roads. Google maps shows one road closure in the south, so I was pretty sure that wouldn’t be a problem. The lady in the info centre suggested we download the Victoria State Roads app. When I did this I could see a mass of red closed roads around a lot of the south east corner that will make the coast route to Melbourne impossible. We were also told tat there is a fire outside of Canberra, the temperature is heading to over 40c and fire risks will increase. Frankly we’d prefer to be on the coast during high temperatures so our plan of going further down the coast road to Mystery Bay and then up to Canberra when the temperature drops appeared the best option. We went for a wander around to get some food and a coffee.

    Of the little we saw of Batemans Bay it was tired with many shops empty and up for lease. It was difficult to find a cafe (first world problem) that wasn’t part of something that deep fried everything. We eventually found one and Bun had a lemon curd and almond slice that she enjoyed so much she didn’t get around to taking a photo of it! 😂.

    Most of the main A1 Highway that we travelled on went through burnt forest and bushland.

    We continued down the coast and stopped at a small beach called Lilli Pilli. We stopped for no other reason than we loved the name. We walked onto the beach to be told that there were blue bottles in the water and on the beach 😡. We didn’t paddle, just looked around and set off to find a beach facing a different direction where the NE wind hadn’t blown the critters in.

    A mile or so further on we came to. McKenzie Bay, a lovely beach where there were many people swimming. We went In for a swim to cool off and emerged unscathed from jellyfish.

    We continued south to head for Mystery Bay. We found the info centre in Narooma, a large town about 10km before mystery bay but it was shut with a sign saying it would be open on Sunday 2 February, all enquiries to “the evacuation centre”. Would Brexit celebrations incapacitate them for that long? We drove to where we thought the evacuation centre was but were waylaid by a seal in the harbour so we stopped to watch it and chat to the fishermen.

    Apparently we have driven into a high fire risk zone and Mystery Bay (being a campground in the bush) has been evacuated to Naroomba. There are also between 200 and 400 Rural Fire Service firemen being accommodated in Naroomba to either go out and fight the fires or defend the town, it all depends upon the wind.

    The weather f’cast is for temps to exceed 40c and the wind to change from NE (blowing the fire back to areas already burnt) to westerly. Blowing the fire onto unburnt areas. If the wind strengthens then embers will go ahead of the fire and start more fires. Oh well, all part of the adventure.

    We found a camp ground that had a significant RFS presence with two fire truck parked next to our pitch, it was like having our own personal fire brigade.

    Let’s see what tomorrow brings.
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  • Day114

    Canberra - ACT

    February 2 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    Well that all ended with a bit of a damp squib, which is probably best. The firies were up even earlier at about 6am. By the time we stuck our head out of Bertha the place was like a ghost town, The wind had turned to the west, but the weather was cold - unpack the fleece!

    We took our time clearing up and decided to try Mystery Bay again and found the road was no longer closed so we went down to see what we could find.

    Mystery Bay (https://www.southcoasttravelguide.com.au/mystery-bay) obviously has a mystery, but we weren’t going to attempt to solve that. It also has a very large natural campsite, one of the few remaining on the east coast of NSW, but we didn’t need to camp. The reason for going was to find the beach of souls, a place I had been told about at a previous campsite. The beach is a sacred place for the local aborigines, some of whom still camp permanently at the Mystery Bay Campsite. There is a mound of blue stones and no one knows where they have come from. If you sit near the stones then you feel closer to your ancestors. Well it has to be worth a try.

    We found the bay and the stones without too many difficulties, although the campsite has an eeriness about it that made us a little uncomfortable.

    Well I tried, I did my best mindfulness experience but I didn’t feel any closer to my ancestors. But I gave it a go.

    We went over the next headland but there wasn’t much to see so we wandered back to Bertha, drove down the road a bit further, looked at another bay and then decided to find out if it was safe to make the journey to Canberra.

    The Narooma information centre was open and said everything was fine, but things can change. We looked around the museum about the local lighthouse before going to find a coffee to plan our route.

    As we sat deciding whether to go north or south to Canberra, the skies opened and it poured with rain. That was probably a relief for a lot of people.

    We took the road north, via Batemans Bay. When we had driven south, we had taken the tourist routes that went closer to the coast. The route we took today was the A1 that was more direct but went through a great deal of burnt forest.

    Later we went through the town of Mogo, full of boutique shops, rather hippie and Asian. Several houses/shops in the high street had been burnt down. One shopkeeper said that Mogo used to be a tourist town in the middle of a forest, now it’s just a town in the middle of a burnt forest.

    The road from there was very steep and made Bertha puff a lot. Second gear at 40km/h was not fun. The problem was that some of the bends were hairpin and signposted for 25km/h. From that speed, on a steep gradient, I couldn’t get Bertha into third .... well I could, but she just slowed down. Fortunately there are plenty of overtaking lanes and, for the longest stretch, there wasn’t anyone behind us. We came across more burnt out forest and a small patch of smoking forest, but the rain continued to fall so we guess all but the largest fires would be dowsed “naturally”.

    We arrived in Canberra, found the campsite, went for a swim ( they have a pool), made dinner and have worked out all of the sights we will need to see. The weather is set for warm with a chance of rain - all adds to the adventure!
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  • Day103

    Ein neuer Besucher

    March 2 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    Bei unserem heutigen Angelversuch hatten wir zwei überraschende aber sehr süße Zuschauer, die sich am Steg ausgeruht haben.

    Wir konnten gar nicht glauben, dass wir so nah an die Seehunde heran kommen konnten.
    Es ist echt unglaublich, wie viele Tiere wir hier in Australien schon gesehen haben, für die andere Leute in den Zoo gehen müssen😍😊

    Gefangen haben wir leider nichts (wir haben es auch nicht lange versucht), aber als Trost gab es dann eine leckere Pfannenpizza. 😌
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  • Day12

    Canberra, Batemans Bay

    October 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Heute sind wir der Kälte entflohen. Die Reise führte uns von den Blue Mountains über Canberra zur Batemans Bay. Der BIG4 Batemans Bay Beach Resort Campingplatz liegt direkt am Meer. Von den Bergen an die Küste sind wir durch eine unendliche weite gefahren. Kilometer lang nur Wald, Rinder und Schafe. Heute habe ich zum ersten mal Kängurus und Wombats gesehen, leider nur tot am Strassenrand 🙈. Wir fuhren auch durch Ortschaften, wo wir uns im Wilden Westen fühlten, cooler Baustil! Als wir uns neu Installiert hatten und unser Bauch knurrte, wollte ich mich ans kochen machen. Leider wurde daraus nichts. Unsere Gasflasche ist leer bevor wir sie einmal brauchten. Wir wissen nicht wo das Gas verschwunden ist 🤨. Unser Z‘nacht viel etwas mager aus. Aber der Verkäufer im Weinladen wünschte mir ja „you have a beautiful evening“ als wir 3 Flaschen Rotwein kauften 😁.Read more

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