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  • Day1174

    Gold Coast, Tweed Heads & ein Riesenrad

    June 21 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 17 °C

    A short trip to the Gold Coast to set-up a new ferris wheel. But this time I had to travel without Janine as she stayed and worked in Darwin while I helped out in Tweed Heads. After a few exhausting days I had one day off to explore the area. I climbed the skypoint Q1, the highest residential building in the southern hemisphere, swam in the ocean and found a real Kölsch in the Bavarian House Surfers Paradise! But after 1,5 weeks and a lot of hours working I am now back in Darwin.

    Für mich ging es auf einen Kurztrip an die Gold Coast um ein neues Riesenrad aufzubauen. Dieses Mal musste ich allerdings alleine fliegen denn Janine ist in Darwin geblieben um dort weiter zu arbeiten. Neben der vielen Arbeit hatte ich auch einen Tag frei um die Region ein bisschen zu entdecken. Es ging für mich zunächst zu einer Klettertour auf das Skypoint Q1 Hochhaus, dem höchsten Wohngebäude der Südhalbkugel (322 Meter) und endlich konnte ich auch mal wieder im Meer schwimmen gehen ohne Angst vor Krokodilen haben zu müssen. Am Abend habe ich dann auch noch ein frisch gezapftes Früh Kölsch im Bavarian House gefunden, das erste Kölsch seit über drei Jahren!!!
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  • Day25

    The start of our walkabouts adventure

    November 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    While our presence in Australia appears to have solved the drought problem (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-australia-5028…) the last two days have been frustrating. We had hoped to have been on our way several days ago. We’d hoped to have Big Bertha on Friday but it didn’t happen.

    On Sunday we made a trip to an enormous DIY type warehouse that sold everything, literally everything. We made a list of things we would need for Bertha, a couple of camping chairs, a camping table .... repairing stuff, kitchen stuff, emergency stuff, eating and cleaning stuff .... quite a list.

    On Monday we hung around awaiting the call to pick up Bertha but received a call to say that the part still hadn’t arrived. While the engineers had cut a hole for the new part, so that it will be fitted as soon as it arrives, the work still needs to be approved by the gas inspector.

    Today we were told that the part had arrived and was being fitted, but we still had to hope that the inspector would have a chance to inspect it and approve it. Today is Melbourne Cup day so we just hope that no one involved is a horse racing fan.

    So that we didn’t spend our time kicking our heals we decided to head for the Gold Coast and look around or lay on the beach. On the way we would drop into IKEA to buy Bun an orthopaedic pillow for her neck. On our way we received a call that the van was finished and approved, no beach today

    When we arrived to collect Bertha she was wired up to the mains with the a/c working and was beautifully cold inside. When she had been sold to the dealer, she contained “everything needed” and this was in a pile in a garage. We were told that we could take anything we wanted. Cutlery, cleaning materials, fuses, spare fan belts, picnic chairs,and table, toaster, kettle ... and so forth. We loaded it all on board.

    Bertha comes with about 3kg of keys! I don’t know how many sets there are. There are a number of storage spaces each accessible from outside and each with their own door that has a lock or two. Why each lock isn’t suited the same, I don’t know. Tomorrow we will sort them all.

    We were shown how to sort the toilet, the gas, the fridge, the cooker .... information overload. Then we moved Bertha and were shown the awning. Time to go home.

    We travelled 20yds to the fuel station and filled Bertha up I was using my hone for satnav and it sat happily on the dashboard until about 400yds down the road and I’d turned onto the motorway. The remaining 50 miles (plus detours from missed turnings etc) was miserable with respect to directions, but Bertha behaved well.

    She’s parked up, locked up and will be sorted out tomorrow. Will we leave Brisbane tomorrow or Thursday? No plan yet.
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    Tony German

    Wow. Thank you for posting it feels like we are there with you. Great 🥰

    11/5/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    I wish you had been - I probably wouldn’t have become lost!

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  • Day24

    Halloween avec les kangourous

    October 31, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 24 °C

    CA Y EST !! On a enfin vu des KANGOUROUS !! 🦘🦘

    Bon ok, c'était dans le Wildlife Sanctuary de Currumbin, qui est une sorte de zoo/sanctuaire pour les animaux sauvages d'Australie. Mais quand même ! On a même pu en caresser et en nourrir !🤩
    Du coup on y a passé l'après midi d'halloween avant d'aller boire une bonne bière bien méritée avec vue sur la plage.
    Un petit résumé du parc : Panda, Kangourou, Panda roux, Kangourous des arbres (???), serpents, dingos, diable de Tasmanie, wallabies, porc-épic...! Que du bonheur🦘🐨🦔🦜
    On a juste raté le wombat, qui est parti se coucher à notre arrivé !

    Bref, ça nous à fait plaisir de voir tout ce petit monde !
    Y a plus qu'a les trouver à l'état sauvage 😁
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    Julien Baessens

    Sympa cette position détente sur le cul de l'autre !

    11/5/19Reply
    Elodie Ligney

    C'est tellement mignon 😍

    11/6/19Reply
     
  • Day4

    Currumbin

    October 1, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Tuesday, I took a train down to Nerang, which is near the border with NSW. My great nephew picked me up from the station and we went sightseeing to Currumbin, on the Gold Coast.

    It was one of the first areas to be developed into a seaside tourist mecca, though it is greatly overshadowed by Surfers Paradise these days. We had lunch at the surf lifesaving club, then went to the Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary, and I caught the train back home in the evening.

    Again, the transit experience was fantastic--trains are clean, frequent and punctual.
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    The Little Tune Runs Away

    In the parking lot of the surf lifesaving club, you could rent a surfboard. The lookout is atop Elephant Rock, which is right next to the club building,

    2/2/20Reply
    The Little Tune Runs Away

    This little tyke's parents weren't taking any chances that he might get a bad sunburn!

    2/2/20Reply
    The Little Tune Runs Away

    Food at surf lifesaving clubs is legendary for the amount, the low price, and its deliciousness. Strictly speaking, you need to be signed into the restaurant and bar by a club member, but "guest" status is available even if you don't know a club member.

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  • Day25

    Coolangatta

    November 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    Fingal Head, ein Dorf im äussersten Nordosten von New South Wales und ca. 5km südlich der Grenze zwischen New South Wales und Queensland. Vom Lookout Point hatte man eine Aussicht auf zwei fast menschenleere Strände und die Skyline von Coolangatta. Nachdem die Grenze zu Queensland überquert war, wurde die Zeit um eine Stunde zurückgedreht. In Coolangatta am Greenmount Beach badeten wir zum ersten Mal im Meer, lagen im weissen Sand und sahen den Surfern zu. Während die Mittagssonne brannte, kümmerten wir uns ums Einkaufen, Campingplatz suchen und Mittagessen. Am Strand von Kirra Beach war nicht viel los, da die Sommersaison noch nicht begonnen hatte. Den Abend beendeten wir mit einem Spaziergang durch die Strassen von Coolangatta.Read more

  • Day22

    Gold coast, surfer paradise & Currumbin

    October 29, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    Toujours plus au nord !

    Nous voilà arrivés en Gold Coast, un peu au sud de Brisbane pour un nouveau workaway. 🙌

    Première étape : le nord de Surfer Paradise, dans un coin un peu loin de tout 🤭 à 1h de marche de notre arrêt de bus. Et sa plage immense avec vue sur les buildings de la Gold Coast. 🌁
    Beaucoup de brouillard-fumée en ce moment, du aux incendies dans le Bush 😞😞🔥

    Ensuite, direction Currumbin pour aider sur la rénovation d'une maison d'architecte 🔨🔧💪
    A vrai dire on a surtout fait les gentleman du déménagement 🥵 et de nettoyage pour retirer les filtres UV des fenêtres 🧽🤫

    Cette fois, étant plus proche de la ville nous en avons profiter pour visiter un peu plus et faire plus d'activités en dehors du workaway. Résultats : visite du Wildlife Sanctuary et de ses kangourous 😍 mais surtout première leçon de SURF 🏄😎
    On va pas se mentir, on a pas trop réussi à prendre des vagues et on a eu des courbatures pendant plusieurs jours 🤭🤭 mais au moins c'est testé. Et on recommencera !

    Malgré le travail assez dur du workaway, on a quand même bien apprécié la maison, les host et les anecdotes. On a testé le rhum Australien 🥃🍻 et on a enfin vu des oppossums 🥰

    Cheers !
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    Natacha Andria

    Au top !! Des pensées pour vous 😘

    11/4/19Reply
    Julien Baessens

    Sympa la vue !

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  • Day24

    Byron Bay day 3 oder auch Gold Coast

    April 26 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    Heute morgen gings früh los Richtung Gold Coast, eigtl wollte ich mir die Gold Coast selbst ansehen wurde dann aber von meinem gespeicherten Punkt dem Currumbin Wildlife Sanctuary abgelenkt. Naja was soll ich dazu sagen. Geil wars nicht. All die Tiere hab ich schon so in der Natur gesehen dafüe muss man die nicht einsperren. Vllt was füe Kinder wegen wasserspielplatz und kletterpark. Man kann auch ein foto mit winwm Koala auf dem Arm machen für 70$?!Find ich auch eher semi cool. 49$ dafür ist ganz schön wucher. Das einzige Highlight für mich war das man Kängurus streicheln konnte.Read more

    Thomas Goeke

    konnte man die auch streicheln? wenn ja, wahrscheinlich nur 1 x

    4/26/22Reply
    Chrissinadine

    ja konnte man :) nee ganze zeit wenn sie bock hatten

    4/26/22Reply
    EarthTraveller

    das Foto ist wunderschön!

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  • Day23

    Surfers Paradise & Currumbin Sanctuary

    January 19, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Höt Morge hemmer grad nomol es Surfbrett gmietet & uf eigeti Fust probiert s Erlernte vo gester omzsetze 😁🏄🏼‍♂️🌊 Da mer scho uscheckt hend, hämmer zwongenermasse z'mitzt in Surfersparadise en Parkplatz brucht zom nomol a Beach chönne z go. Esch weder ned ganz eifach gsi & mer hend denn weder mösse bibere dases kei erneuti Buess ged , wägem z chline Parkfäld😟

    Am 15.15 semmer erneut im Currumbin Wildlife Park itroffe & es hed alles klappet met üsere VIP Koala Experience Tour. Mir hend döffe zo dene süesse Schnügel Koalas is Chäfig ine, jensti schöni Fotis schiesse & Frage stelle. S' jöngste esch 15 Mönet alt gsi. S' Highlight esch denn nochhär cho, wo mer de Koala hend döffe uf de Arm näh, de Duft vo Eukalyptus iiatme, s flauschige Fell streichle & alles bildlich festhalte! 🌿🐨 Itrett för de Park hemmer zwar keine zahlt ( mer gönd denn no i Australia Zoo) Well mir aber nach dem Ganze scho im Park enne gsi send, hemmer die Chance glich no schnell gnötzt und no paar anderi Tierlis chönne gse. Tasmanische Teufel, Wombats, Kängurus, Echse, Schlange, Flädermüüs usw. 🦇🦎🐍 Super härzig esch au de Momänt gsi, wo s Babykänguru emmer weder usem Bütel gheit esch & sofort weder inegompet esch 😍

    Jetzt semmer ufem Wäg ad Sunshine Coast, ca 2h Fahrt. 🚐🌅
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    Myriam Berteletti

    ❤❤❤

    1/19/20Reply
    Myriam Berteletti

    super Strand

    1/19/20Reply
    Judith Münger

    Mis Kuschel-Wuscheltierli😍😍

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  • Day14

    House Sitting

    October 25, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    To be able to own a vehicle we need to have a CRN (Customer Reference Number) this will allow us to register the vehicle. Sounds very bureaucratic and time consuming. We need various identification, passport, two bank cards etc.

    When we arrived at the offices we were given the forms to complete, plus forms for Mike to complete to verify our address, plus a queuing number similar to a delicatessent’s. Before we had managed to get half way through the form we were called to window 3. 10 minutes later, all sorted. The brits would have been able to make this process far more tortuous and time consuming.

    Unfortunately getting a SIM card for our old Nokia was not so simple. The Nokia works OK in England. Our iPhones have plans that allow roaming, using the 8GB data, unlimited call to UK and 500 minutes of international calls - we are sorted. Unfortunately it’s expensive for anyone within Australia to phone us, therefore we need an Australian SIM. Our Nokia is only 2G, that’s fine because we don’t need any data, but there isn’t a 2G network in Australia 😡 so we need a new phone. The Vodafone store do sell them $60 but don’t have any in stock, they do have the $159 available. The same story in Telstra store. The second hand phone store only sell upmarket phones - all with 1 or 2 day battery life whereas the cheap keypad phones can be left on standby for weeks. The suggestion is to go and get a phone from a supermarket.

    Target is a big store, but no staff. When Mike eventually found some staff, they could sell us a phone, but couldn’t tell us about the various plans ... The Telstra store could tell us about the plans but didn’t have any of the cheaper phones so back to Target to buy the phone and try to sort out the plan online.

    We had arranged to go to the house we will be sitting at 7:30 pm. M&R meet up with friends each Friday evening at 5pm at a bar in the small shopping complex near the house. A drink, back home for something to eat and then back to 19 Akuna Street for introductions and to be shown around.

    This area of Brisbane is hilly. It was very steep walking up their drive, not easy for Bun in a skirt. Kami and Andrew are both teachers, well Andrew is a school chaplain which is a pastoral rather than a religious position. They have two kids, Hayley and Lochlan (Lachlan?). The house is 4 bedrooms, two with en-suite, an open plan kitchen/sitting room, a large balcony, back garden and swimming pool. This looks like a tough assignment for 4 weeks, but someone has to do it. Our ward is Penny, a 6 year old black Labrador cross Kelpie. She is very affectionate. Penny has her own dog door and spends much of her time on the balcony. 2hrs 15mins later and a number of games on a board game I hadn’t played before, we left and went home feeling quite happy about where we will be over Christmas and that the kids will have somewhere to stay too.
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  • Day12

    Camper Vans - Tweed Heads South

    October 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Our plan .... no, it’s not a plan because we are not allowed to have one, our thoughts are to buy a camper and go walkabouts. Head north, see the barrier reef, do some diving, back to Brisbane for Christmas, see the kids, see in the new year, head south, Sidney, south coast, Melbourne, maybe Adelaide, back to Melbourne, catch a plane back to KL. Simple. Just need a camper van.

    We have been looking at vans on the Aussie gumtree. There are many good looking vans. Some basic, some quirky. The cost is less critical than what we lose on it between buying in Brisbane and selling in Melbourne. The most basic camper will cost us around Aus $50 per day to rent, approval $7,500 for 5 months. However, the most basic won’t allow us to take the six of us when Toby, Jessica and their partners come over for Christmas.

    We decided to go to a dealer in Tweed Heads South (THS) so that we could have a look at a range of.vans.

    THS is across the border in New South Wales. The time zone is currently one hour ahead of Queensland. If we were to fly the airport terminal is in NSW but part of the runway goes into QLD and is, technically, in a different time zone.

    The dealership had about 20 vans, we were looking at the more budget end. The photos on gumtree must have been taken by the same person who does house sale photos and can make a tiny box room look like an enormous double bedroom. We learnt a lot, mostly about what we didn’t want, a little about what we would lik (all round mosquito curtains) but couldn’t find a van we liked. Decided to retire for a coffee and rethink.

    The coffee shop was in NSW, south of THS and shut at 4. We set of and were due to arrive at 3:30 if we got a wiggle on. When we arrive£ we found that, despite being in NSW, they worked on QLD time and it was only 2:30. Very confusing.

    The previous day we had arranged to meet Carl and his girlfriend who had a quirky camper for sale. They had driven it from Brisbane to Sidney bcuase someone had said that they would buy it, but then didn’t. They were driving back from Sidney and we arranged to meet in the IKEA car park south of Brisbane. The van was certainly quirky and had been built to a high standard, but it was tiny. Not sure our marriage would have survived the time in that van. https://youtu.be/dq_TdykIqt8

    We drove back through Brisbane and continued the search for vans on gumtree and eBay.
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    Jill Underhill

    Good luck with your search; that van was tiny indeed!!! Xx

    10/24/19Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    Like the video, why not get one each 👍

    10/25/19Reply
    Geri Briggs

    What does ‘quirky’ mean in the context of a camper van?!

    10/26/19Reply
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