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    • Day 896

      Dardanup West to Kulin

      October 3, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

      I have been sick for a couple of weeks so i am behind on blogs. Starting the catch up.
      We left Sandy Cape and went to Wanneroo just north of Perth to get the car serviced and do a couple of jobs. Tried to find someone in the area to fix the fridge in the car. 2 to 4 weeks to look at it. However if we drive 180km to Bunbury they can look at it in about a week so we drive to Bunbury. We stayed at Taralea Macadamia Farm Stay (where we will stay at Christmas) and then decided to go to wave rock. We are taking it slow and we stopped at Towerrinning Lake, Dumbleyung and then Kulin. From Kulin we drove the Iron Horse Highway to Hyden (only some of the photos of the highway are in this blog).Read more

    • Day 28

      Goodbye Western Australia

      April 17, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 8 °C

      The farm in Hyden is huge: 20000 acres of land where they grow lupins, canola, wheat and barley. They also have 4000 sheep. Not many farmers have sheep anymore because they are a lot of work. Since everything is so spread the kids go to boarding school to Perth from the age of 12. Here they do not home schooling, a bus brings them to the school in Hyden.
      If they need medical advice they go to town and there is a nurse. If she thinks they need a doctor they put him/her on vidocall and then they decide if hospital, an ambulance or the plane is needed. I was very impressed by this way of life and especially by Mark and Melinda. I am very looking forward to see them again in Switzerland!
      Tonight it's my goodbyes to Oli, Tom and Lea since I am flying out to Sydney tomorrow morning. I am very sad to leave them after spending such a good time with them. I will miss you!
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    • Day 400


      February 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 34 °C

      Ab und zu kommt aber doch noch etwas besonderes hinzu. An einem Sonntag machten wir mit der Familie einen Ausflug zum Schwimmbad ins 118 km entfernte Kulin. Dort gibt es eine Wasserrutsche, die mit 18 m Höhe und 182 m Länge die zweitgrößte Rutsche in ganz Western Australia ist.

      Bevor wir losfahren konnten, packten wir genügend Essen, Getränke für alle und Spielsachen für die Kleine ein.
      Als wir dort ankamen, war es noch recht ruhig im Schwimmbad und es gab noch ausreichend schattige Plätzchen für uns. Mit gerade mal 29 Grad ließ es sich gut aushalten. Durch den Wind fühlte es sich ab und zu sogar ziemlich frisch an, sodass wir uns ein wenig in die Sonne legen mussten. Ja, man kann bei fast 30 Grad tatsächlich frieren!

      Die Kleine genoss ihre Zeit im Wasser sehr. Ohne sich zu beschweren ließ sie sich ins kühle Nass setzen und patschte fröhlich quietschend durch das Babybecken. Als sie durch Zufall sogar unter den kleinen Wasserfall krabbelte, stutzte sie kurz und fing an zu lachen. Sie scheint wohl eine kleine Wasserratte zu sein :)
      Auch wir genossen die Zeit für uns sehr und tollten im Wasser herum wie Teenager.
      Wir konnten nicht genug davon bekommen zu zweit die Rutsche herunter zu rutschen oder uns gegenseitig ins Wasser zu werfen. Naja, bei Aron klappte es besser, er ist nun mal etwas stärker als Lara.
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    • Day 151


      October 14, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

      More wildflower hunting in Kulin.

      -Fox Banksia
      - Trigger Plant
      - Orange Flame Gravillea
      - Stylidium Caricifolium
      - Common Rootstock Spiderhead
      - Roe's Caulifower Verticordia
      - Showy honey - myrtle
      - Trigger Plant
      - Dampier's wellsiana
      - Prince of Wales Feathers
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    • Day 149–152


      October 12, 2023 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

      Another lovely little country town. Home of the Tin Horse Highway. A fun display of tin horse made by local farmers. Missed their very popular bush races by a week.

      There is also an amazing men's shed that does up old cars and tractors. They had a wonderful display.

      I also think it has the largest colony of ladybugs 🐞 in Australia. We keep having to move them out of the van and car, back out to the shrubs. Was lovely to see them in such big numbers.

      They also had a great free 72 hr RV site. Also, home to the waterside that used to reside on the Qld Sunshine Coast. We took the boys there when we lived in the Sunshine Coast hinterland
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