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  • Day44

    Tag 2 in Mandurah

    November 30, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Heute Morgen nach dem Frühstück machten wir eine Züglifahrt das wir noch in die letzte Ecke der Ortschaft kamen. Wir sahen eine schöne Beach die wir am Nachmittag besuchen wollen. Nach der holprigen fahrt mussten wir uns mit einem Kaffe stärken. Das Restaurant liegt direkt am Quai. Bevor wir uns setzten konnten sahen wir einen Delphin ganz nahe am Quai in den Wellen schwimmen und eine Roche besuchte uns auch noch 😀. Auch als wir am Nachmittag an der Beach wahren schwamm plötzlich ein Delphin ganz nahe um die Leute herum, sowas haben wir noch nie gesehen! Im übrigen Bidä war Heute zum 1 mal ganz im Meer !!!!! Den Abend verbrachten wir im Irishen Pub bei Fish and Chips mit Bier 🍻 und es spielte noch eine Live Band. Jetzt wird es Zeit das wir ins Bett kommen, die Fahrt geht morgen Richtung Augusta weiter.Read more

  • Day56

    Mandurah

    November 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Da es im Süden noch zu frisch war (und wir mit unserer vorhandenen Garderobe nicht darauf eingestellt), drehten wir um und fuhren Richtung Perth zurück. Wir hatten nicht eine Jacke dabei ;) Wir haben uns wieder für einen Platz mit großem Luftkissen (Jumping Pilow) entschieden.Read more

  • Day103

    Perth week one

    October 7, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    It is hard to believe we have been in Perth for an entire week already. It has been a very social week catching up with old friends. There have been quite a few changes since we left and we have visited new houses, met new children and fur babies. It was so good to properly catch up again.

    We managed a visit to Kings Park which was as beautiful as I remembered. As the park only plants Western Australian natives it was a good time to view more wildflowers.. The kangaroo paw display was fabulous with the most intense colours. It is also the best place to view some of the changes to the city. While we were in town we went past our old apartment and walked around some of the streets we used to frequent.

    After the weekend we drove down to Mandurah to see Bill and Marie. We parked the van on the driveway and decamped into their spare room. It was a little strange to be back in a house again. It has been a lovely few days exploring Mandurah and surrounding areas. We were also the recipient of fabulous hospitality. We head back to Perth tomorrow for the next 10 days to catch up with more people including a belated 90th birthday celebration.

    Our big news is we have decided to make the move back to New Zealand this month. We managed to secure a quarantine hotel room and flights from Perth to Auckland on 25th of October. It is only 2 weeks away so now the brain is whizzing with all the things we need to do before we put the van and ute on the ship and board the plane. Exciting but a bit daunting.
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    Gerard Hansen

    Looking forward to seeing you again soon

    10/7/21Reply
     
  • Day245

    Reflections on Australia

    May 9, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 13 °C

    As we approach our final week, both in Australia and of our Big Adventure, here are a few reflections on Australia. Although Laura had visited Australia twice before this trip, I never had. Honestly, I have to say that I am enjoying it here more than I expected to. The country is vast, and very varied - even in the relatively small proportion of the country that we are managing to explore on this trip. There are some similarities to its nearest neighbour, New Zealand, but also many differences. Overall I would say that whilst NZ has more similarities with UK, Australia seems to have more similarities with USA. The landscapes and wildlife in the 2 countries are very different. There are very few animals that live in both Aus and NZ - the only ones we've come across are possums (which were introduced to NZ from Aus, with subsequent regret!), pukeko (which are called swamp hens in Aus) and some of the seabirds (including little blue penguins). Australia has a lot of parrots - both many different types and high numbers of them - I wasn't expecting that and it is lovely to see such colourful birds almost everywhere you go. There are also an awful lot more mammals in Australia than those that are commonly associated with the country - i.e. not just kangaroos and koalas (although we haven't yet seen any of the less obvious ones) Both Auz and NZ have great animal road signs, warning you of the menagerie that you might encounter as you drive around! Aus has the same "space invader" sounding road crossing as in NZ; petrol is much cheaper in Australia. In fact, Australia seems to be cheaper in general than NZ was (although it helps that the exchange rates are getting better - trust that to happen now, as we near the end of our time away - I think we picked the most expensive time of the past 10+ years to travel, exchange rate wise!). Beer is more expensive in Aus than you might expect though (especially given the volume consumed!). The houses here are mostly single-storey - I guess because there is plenty of space. Traffic jams are more common here than in NZ but still much less common than in Britain. There seems to be less recycling done in Aus compared to NZ or UK and they don't appear to make the most of their natural resources; particularly sunshine and wind - we haven't seen many solar panels or wind farms and there is certainly no lack of either sun or wind here... However, toilets with a "half-flush" option (to save water) are the norm here (they were common in NZ too). NZ had a lot of beaches, as does UK, but Australia has thousands - many coastal towns have several beaches just in the one town. There are also water fountains (known here as "bubblers") everywhere except the most remote places - which is handy because you need them in a country as hot as this. There are also public BBQs aplenty, including at many beaches, on campsites and in some National Parks - it is a cliché but the Aussies really do love a barbie! Both Aus and NZ still use the plastic bread clips that we had in Britain in the 70s - remember those?, a real blast from the past! Sunscreen is also everywhere (necessarily so), including often free in cafes, outside bars, etc.

    Before we arrived, I thought this would be my first and last visit to Australia - but now I'm not so sure...
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    Sue Jones

    Interesting reflections and make the most of the next week xxx

    5/9/17Reply
    Wendy King

    What a fabulous experience for you all! I'm going to miss your blog!

    5/10/17Reply

    Expected you to say....'if I was 20 years younger I would emigrate here' or is that limited to older types such as myself? Glad to see you enjoyed Oz and agree, much different to NZ but both fabulous JT

    5/11/17Reply
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