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  • Day90

    Nimbin to Suffolk Park

    January 9, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We went back to Nimbin for a drink and then lunch before heading off to the coast. We both think it’s a bit of a sad place. Back in the 70s it may have been a counter culture but that no longer appears to exist. The Aquarius Festival of 1973, that put Nimbin on the map, was supposed to be a reaction to many things, including consumerism, yet Nimbin appears to be all about consumerism. There is high unemployment and some pretty substandard housing.

    The drug culture has been stamped on very hard by the NSW police. While drugs were being sold quite openly in a cafe where we had coffee, it was still “under the counter”. Yes, CBD products are available, but then they are also available in Holland & Barrett in England - not really counter culture anymore. Even the tie-dye was pretty dismal so no new Ts for me.

    Having said all of that, some communes were established outside of the town in the 70s and 80s and we didn’t see how they’re are working, or if they still exist.

    The journey from Nimbin to Suffolk Park was along the very bendy roads over the hills/mountains. Great views. We came across coffee and macadamia nut plantations - not together, although I quite fancy coffee macadamias. Several bends were labelled as 25kmh approx. 15mph, we actually had to slow down for those! At one point we were in a queue of traffic following a lorry carrying lumber; for once we weren’t the slowest, but couldn’t have gone any faster ... but no one knew.

    The caravan campsite at Suffolk Park is the most expensive we have stayed at. I’m expecting someone to come around, valet Bertha, give us both a massage and cook dinner. However, it’s good to be back by the sea again.

    We went for a walk along the beach and I watched young people diving into the large waves, just as I did with my brothers 50 years ago ... I can’t believe it’s that long ago either. Simple pleasures don’t. Hangs. I was surprised to see a seagull doing the same while others were off diving for fish.

    Tomorrow we will go to the market at Mullumbimby, look in on Brunswick Heads, look around Byron Bay and then south to Yamba. Well those are our thoughts, let’s see what happens..

    I attach a picture of a jelly fish with “things” attached to it. Any ideas what these are?
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  • Day37

    Byron Bay and Ballina

    July 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Heute morgen nach einer erholsamen Nacht mit bewölktem Himmel aufgewacht. Entschieden uns dann unser Frühstück im Auto zu uns zu nehmen! Kalina sagte sie schmiert sich erstmal ein Nutella Toast und ich meinte nur ich auch bitte. Dann machten wir uns beide noch dazu ein Müsli. Nachdem meine Schüssel leer war freute ich mich schon auf den Nutella Toast 😍 voller Vorfreude nahm ich das zusammen geklappt Toastbrot und biss hinein, Kalina Murmelte noch mit halb vollen Mund was machst du denn!? Halt. Aber es war zu spät. Mein Brot.. war Plank! Sie war so freundlich und hatte mir meine nicht mit geschmiert!? 😱 Sie einen halben lachanfall bekommen und beinahe am Müsli erstickt, ich erstmal mein nutella Toast geschmiert 😶😠 Hexe !!
    Danach machten wir uns auf den Weg nach Byron Bay um an den Leuchtturm und den Strand zu gehen. Nachdem die Parkplatz Auswahl nicht all zu viele Möglichkeiten offen ließen nahmen wir den nächsten möglichen um uns dann wundern zu dürfen das die Herren in Byron Bay als einziges echt so dreist sind und über all Park Automaten aufgestellt haben, in der ganzen "Stadt". Nirgendwo sonst haben wir bis jetzt einen Automaten gesehen nicht Mal in Brisbane.
    Doch das war nicht alles 😬😵 4$ die Stunde 😭😨 die haben echt en Knall. Am Leuchtturm oben sogar 8$, aber da einen der maximal 10 Parkplätze zu bekommen grenzt wahrscheinlich sowieso an die gleiche Chance wie beim Lotto zu gewinnen 😂
    Naja haben uns dann eine Stunde gegönnt um den Strand und fisherman's Lookout anzusehen.
    Am Lookout hatten wir das Glück in einiger Entfernung eine Gruppe von ca 15 Delphine bestaunen zu können!
    Zum Leuchtturm laufen war von dort aber wirklich zu weit. Also fuhr ich Kalina hoch da sie unbedingt an den Leuchtturm wollte, sie machte ein paar tolle Fotos und genoss die Aussicht. 30 Minuten später holte ich sie wieder ab und wir verließen Byron Bay auch schon wieder!
    Fuhren dann weiter nach Ballina, was ein etwas kleineres Städtchen ist. Dort ins Touristik Center gehüpft um uns ein paar Infos über die weitere Strecke bis Sydney einzuholen, doch damit war nichts. Das war eher ein lokales Info Center mit umliegenden Sachen, nicht weiter schlimm. Ich hatte nämlich plötzlich einen Flyer für Disc Golf in der hand. Kurz durchgelesen und sofort bemerkt was der Vorteil ist wenn es nur lokale Sachen vor Ort hat. Nicht wie sonst lag der lookout, mountain, waterfall etc 2 Stunden entfernt, sondern es war einfach am Ende des Örtchens was ca 10 Minuten Fahrt bedeutete. Haben uns dann für 10$ Zwei Discs ausgeliehen und einen Plan bekommen für den 9 Loch Platz samt Punkte Karte. Sofort gings los.
    Anfangs am Trainings basket etwas geübt und schon hatten wir Lust es richtig zu versuchen. Also ab an Loch Nummer 1 und ab gehts. Die Regeln sind wie beim Golf. Anfangs war es gar nicht so einfach, auch nicht direkt die Bäume zu treffen oder in Bach zu landen aber wir haben die Hürden gemeistert bekommen. Die Disc ist auch etwas schwerer und fliegt nicht so lang und weit wie eine normale Frisbee.
    Riesig spaß hat es auf jedenfall gemacht und würden es sofort wieder machen wenn wir es irgendwo sehen würden 😋😍✌
    Danach vesperten wir noch unsere zwei letzten Chicken Burger von gestern Abend, bevor wir kurz einkaufen fuhren und dir Discs zurück brachten. Wir hätten sie zwar für 48h ausgeliehen bekommen aber da wir ja bekanntlicherweise am reisen sind brachte uns das nicht sehr viel 😬😜
    Kurz in der library noch Internet genossen um euch wieder neue Geschichten und Bilder hochzuladen und schon gings Richtung Rest Area.
    Dort gemütlich einen Stellplatz für die Nacht gesucht und später gabs noch richtig leckre Meatballs in Tomaten Soße mit Käse auf Baguette 😍
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    Petra Kellner

    Wie auf Sylt mit dem Leuchtturm 🌈 Der ernste Blick hätte dich gewinnen lassen müssen 😂

    7/12/17Reply
     
  • Day30

    Alstonville

    January 11, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 31 °C

    Today I woke up and quickly packed and ate breakfast before texting Annika who I had planned to go snorkeling with. She had found something else to do but it turned out John wanted to go too so we met up at the beach around 10. The snorkel site was a shipwreck only about 40 meters offshore on the main beach that was marked by the top of the mast that stood about 5 feet out of the water. It didn't look very far but as soon as we got in the water we knew we were in for a tough swim out against the rough and constant waves. After lots of complaining and mouthfuls of water we finally made it out to the mast. I tried holding on to it for a second but quickly realized it was a bad idea after a swell pulled all the water out from under me and I was left hanging only to be ripped off of it by the wave. I took a look and was met with utter disappointment that came in the form of one fish and the three feet down I could actually see before the water turned dark green. After one look I knew it was hopeless and we headed back to shore. We played in the water a bit and made a lumpy sandcastle before heading to the train station to meet the rest of the Swedish crew. After saying goodbye they boarded and headed off but not before giving me some free fries. I headed back to the hostel and had a quick shower and made myself some pasta before heading to the library in hope of better wifi. The wifi was still bad and it took a few hours to download less than an hour and a half of content. In that time I bought a book and had a nice long nap. Then it was time I retrieve my belongings and head to the bus station. Thankfully the bus was less than half full so I could put my bags anywhere and still stretch out over two seats. We stopped in two hours at a very small town named Alstonville which I explored for a bit before buying banana bread and a pineapple fritter. Then I sat under a huge tree with hundreds of parakeets until the bus left. We were off again and I started my book before I got distracted by a lightning storm we were passing by. I was pretty sleepy so I decided to put the book down and blow up my neck pillow and quickly fell asleep.Read more

  • Day6

    Lismore & Platypus Pool

    April 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 25 °C

    We stayed for the night in the city center of Lismore, a medium-sized town with a good atmosphere. As we wanted to explore the parks of the town in search for the Koalas we stumbled across the "Friends of the Koalas". A wildlife sanctuary located in the city that rescues, treats and prepares injured or sick Koalas for being released in the wild again.
    The tours coincided with our schedule so we decided to make a stop there first. But it turned out to be such a great experience that we stayed there for almost three hours. First the volunteering ranger told us about the things they do and how the Koala status is. Then he took us out in the nearby woods to show us one in the wild! The ones that we were able to have a closer look at were in cages and surprisingly awake. The tour was interrupted because of a Echidna was found with a spine injury and needed to be transported to the Wildlife Hospital near Gold Coast. We were able to get a look at this huge hedgehog porcupines :)
    For the afternoon we drove to Casino, half an hour away from Lismore. There is a short walk to the Platypus Pools where we hoped to get a glimpse at these shy animals. But it wasn't the right time of the day as they usually come out in dusk or dawn. Instead we saw an impressive amount of Flying Foxes in the trees along the river. We spent an hour watching them fighting, chattering and looking at us with their cute big eyes.
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  • Day15

    Byron Bay

    February 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Trendy little happening beach town. Lotza backpackers. Still have the two Rainbow Lorakeets. Bought them a $2 mango and it’s bringing them back to life.
    Hung out with two kids from Austria. Very warm and sunny. Bought two nights and got one night free.
    Some flooding over the road.
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  • Day10

    Kyogle NSW

    November 22, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Hopped over the boarder into NSW to visit Shane’s mum before we head off again. Kyogle was once beef cattle & logging town, cedar getters once coming for Red Cedar. Sadly that’s no longer but the beef cattle still continue. Kyogle nicknamed BUSH TURKEY Country, due to large amounts of them or so the story goes .population around 4000.Read more

    Georgina Giles

    I think I will enjoy this road trip 😎😎😘 xx

    11/22/18Reply
    Jackie Blake

    That’s a big turkey don’t think I will get it in the oven lol xx

    12/11/18Reply
     
  • Day679

    Freebies and fire

    November 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 15 °C

    It's been a big week for freebies. A Skype interview on Thursday morning proved that we're charming enough to warrant an offer of 9+ nights of free accommodation in a beautiful Hawaiian paradise.
    I've just booked our first points redemption flight.... big pat on the back there.
    And meanwhile, a fiery apocalypse surrounds us and I feel guilty about leaving our beloved Country in such a state.
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  • Day24

    Whiporie

    January 5, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 25 °C

    Süßer aber gruseliger Rastplatz - wir waren hier ganz allein, irgendwie am Highway, nachdem wir die Instruktionen per Telefon von der Besitzerin erhielten. Wir hatten gelesen, dass es im General Store den Bester Burger der Welt zu essen gäbe. Leider waren wir nach einem erneuten Schotterpisten-Abenteuer zu spät dran. Das war aber kein Problem, denn Giuli konnte morgens um 9 den lang ersehnten und so sehr gelobten Burger probieren. Hat sich wohl richtig gelohnt!!

    Leider konnte wir unterwegs in dieser Region das erste mal die Ausmaße eines Buschfeuers (2018) sehen. Total erschreckend, aber auch beeindruckend, da bereits jetzt neue Pflanzen auf den abgebrannten Baumstämmen wachsen. Das gibt Hoffnung!
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  • Day25

    Gut angekommen

    October 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Sehr freundlich Familie nun heißt es einleben. Erst mal selbst Pizza gebacken 😊

    Irmgard Huppertz

    🤗🤗Hurra liebe Fee🤗🤗Du bist a n g e k o m m e n‼️ Jetzt wirst Du die Familie „bezaubern“. Alles Liebe ❤️‼️

    10/16/19Reply
    Vrena on tour

    Dankeschön 😘 leider war es nicht so wie ich es mir vorgestellt habe 🙈

    10/18/19Reply
     
  • Day87

    Casino, NSW

    April 2, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    An afternoon sunset in Casino. After one of the foggiest mornings ever. Most of the morning was dull with the afternoon clearing a bit but still quite a cloud feature. Quite a God show but it was over very quickly.Read more

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