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  • Day15

    Fahrt i Süde

    March 17, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Nachdem mier schön usgschlafe hend, simmer usgiebig go Zmörgele und hend üs nomal richtig mit Sunnecreme ideckt. Denn isch sie au scho los gange, üsi 6 stündig Autofahrt richtig 1770.
    Nachem znacht hemmer denn no e churze Spieliabig gmacht.🎲🃏♠️Read more

  • Day18

    Roadtrip Tag 9

    March 6, 2020 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 26 °C

    380 km Fahrt bis Rockhampton standen heute auf dem Programm. Also ca. 4Std. Da wir ja sehr zeitig auf waren, konnten wir auch zeitig los. 8h ging es für uns auf den Weg, 8:15h hat Leo geschlafen! Und das auch glücklicherweise für 2Std. Das frühe Aufstehen hatte also auch etwas für sich.
    Als er wach war, sind wir noch 1Std weitergefahren und haben dann zum füttern von Leo und futtern für uns gestoppt. In irgendeinem Kaff mit Tankstelle.
    Es gab nämlich auf der Fahrt viel NIX. Darauf wurde auch auf vielen Warnschildern hingewiesen, dass es auf den nächsten 250km zu Auffahrunfällen kommen kann wegen Unachtsamkeit. Auf den Warnschiler stand z.B. Rest oder RIP, Rest and save life, how long is it Mum, ...
    Es gab lediglich viele Wiesen, Kühe, Bäche, 10000Schmetterlinge (ein paar küssten unsere Windschutzscheibe) und Rohrzucker! Sieht aus wie hoher grünes Gras. Wird hier in Massen angebaut und in Mühlen verarbeitet. War uns nicht bewußt.
    Mach dem Essen und einer weiteren Stunde Fahrt kamen wir in Rockhampton an. Nachdem wir den Camper abgestellt haben ging es zum Einkaufen ins Shoppingcenter. Dieses war zu Fuß nur 10min entfernt, also gingen wir zu Fuß. Jetzt wissen wir allerdings auch, dass das bei 33Grad Außentemperatur und den Einkäufen eine blöde Idee war.
    Also musste sich diesmal nicht nur Leo abkühlen, sondern wir auch und es ging in den Pool.
    Die nächsten beiden Tage soll noch mal etwas Strecke gemacht werden, bis wir Richtung Gold Coast kommen.
    Campingplatz: Discovery Parks -Rockhampten 37$ die Nacht
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    Laura Hartmann

    ❤️

    3/6/20Reply
    Eduard Simons

    Das war aber unheimlich für Leo 🦁

    3/7/20Reply
    Monika Reck

    Fand er nicht so gut 🙈

    3/7/20Reply
     
  • Day46

    Great Keppel Island

    December 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Um 09:45 Uhr brachte uns der Shuttle-Bus vom Camping zum Hafen von Rosslyn, wo die Fähre nach Great Keppel Island losfährt. Great Keppel Island ist eine von 18 Inseln der Inselgruppe Keppel Islands. Die Fahrt dauerte nur 30 Minuten, da sich die Insel sehr nah am Festland befindet. Mit Sack und Pack marschierten wir mit unseren super Wanderadiletten über Berg und Stein zum Monkey Beach. Ausser einer Gruppe Backpacker waren wir die einzigen am Strand. Der steinige Weg hat sich also gelohnt. Nach einem feinen „Ihklemmte“ flog Marco seine Drohne aus, wo mit der Vogelperspektive die Korallenriffe sehr gut zu erkennen sind. Die Insel ist in eine Art „Dornröschenschlaf“ gefallen und wirkt sehr verlassen.Read more

  • Day45

    Yeppoon

    December 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Zurück aus dem Paradies machten wir uns einen gemütlichen Sonntag in Yeppoon. Ein 15-minütiger Fussmarsch am Strand führte uns ins ins Zentrum. Heute war Jahrmarkt und die Verkaufsstände waren rechts und links neben der Fussgängerpassage aneinander aufgereit. Nach einem Kaffee Latte bei 29 Grad benötigten wir dringend eine Abkühlung, die uns die Yeppoon Lagoon geben konnte. Eine künstlich erbaute Lagune im „Infinity-Style“, in der man einen wunderbaren Ausblick aufs Meer geniessen konnte. Beim Camping wurde dann spontan noch der nächste Tagesausflug für Morgen gebucht.Read more

  • Day44

    Ab ins Paradies - Teil 2

    December 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 33 °C

    Beim Marine Center, wo diverse Informationen über die Wassergezeiten, der beste Tauchort, die Temperatur, den Wind, etc. standen konnten wir die Schnorchelausrüstung (Taucherbrille, Schnorchel und Flossen) beziehen. Die beste Schnorchelzeit ist zwei Stunden vor und nach der High Tide (Hochwasser), um die Korallen nicht zu gefährden. Bei Low Tide (Tiefwasser) ist mit Badeschuhen eine vorsichtige Riffwanderung möglich. Jeden Tag schnorchelten wir mit Riffhaien, Rochen, Schildkröten und vielen Fischen über die Korallen, spazierten durch den Nationalpark und rundherum um die Insel. Etwa 100 Schildkröten krochen jede Nacht aus dem Wasser um ihre Eier im Sand abzulegen. Auch nach Sonnenaufgang traf man noch sehr viele am buddeln, legen oder ins Wasser zurückkriechen an. Die Insel war so klein und doch gab es so viel zu entdecken. Nach vier unglaublich schönen Tagen ging es zurück in den „Alltag“. Aufgrund starkem Wind waren die Wellen sehr hoch und das Boot schwankte hin und her. Wir waren froh, als wir wieder festen Boden unter den Füssen hatten.
    Dann hiess es ab in den Camper und weiter nach Yeppoon.
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  • Day38

    St Lawrence Recreational Ground

    November 18, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Had we arrived during daylight, we would have seen what an endearing campsite this really was. As we arrived in darkness, all we found was a vast empty space with one other car parked with a tent pitched next to it. Darkness, shadows and imagination didn’t make for a peaceful night’s sleep.

    When we woke up (early) we walked around the site. Kangaroos and wallabies roamed around. The site was exactly a recreational ground used for events. There were large kitchens and a bar. There was a horse race track. The camping area was simply the car park and the local town utilising the space, the toilets etc, to make money when it wasn’t being used for anything else. The town of St Lawrence was a few hundred yards away on the other side of the rail tracks. We had showers (had to pay $1 for 3 mins), and then I made breakfast

    We set off to St Lawrence to refuel. The town is a single, very wide street, but the street has planted areas between the two lanes. As we drove along and reached the end of the street our hearts sank as there was no sign of a fuel station. We turned down the other lane and decided to drive around again and stop at the store to ask them where the fuel was. We pulled up behind a big lorry to find he was refuelling from a single, very old pump. Bertha’s fuel tank is on the off side, so on a one way street I wasn’t sure how I would fill her up as the pipes were certainly not long enough to go around her. When I asked the driver filling his lorry what to do I could just see the disbelief in his face, he must have thought - what an utter drongo, “go up the road, turn around and come down the wrong way”. Obvious when you think about it.
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    Mandy and Johnnie

    How much is fuel in the back of beyond??

    11/23/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Fuel ranges from 139.9 to 160 at Mount Coolon, but we have heard it can get as high as 190. St Lawrence wasn’t particularly expensive as there were a lot of trucks using it for a local company. I guess they wouldn’t accept too much of a price hike. Luckily they don’t do two prices ie locals and tourists

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  • Day37

    Capricorn Caves

    November 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 27 °C

    Sometimes the most unexpected places deliver a treasure. I have visited a number of caves since I was a young boy. I have been lucky enough to go pot-holing, plus we have the internationally acclaimed caves at Wookey Hole where we have taken the kids.. I was not expecting these caves to astound me.

    We decided to go to these caves because they have good reviews. They are technically above ground. “The caves developed in limestone which was formed from corals growing in shallow waters around volcanic islands. After becoming exposed on land, the limestone was dissolved by acidic rain and underground water.” “Riddling the Berserker Range some 24km north of Rockhampton, this vast cave complex is one of the Capricorn Coast's foremost attractions. Technically not subterranean (they were formed by water working on the limestone of an ancient reef, thrust upward by tectonic pressure) they contain cave coral, stalactites, dangling fig-tree roots and little insectivorous bats. “

    The deepest we went was approx 2m below surrounding ground level. The local fig trees have roots that will search down 100m or more to find water. They penetrate the rock as the thinnest of roots and then, as they grow, they can break the rock apart.

    So why special? One of the caves is called the Cathedral cave and weddings can take place in there. There is a natural alter, a fig tree root comes down appearing like a bell rope and a stalagmite below the root looks like a fallen and broken bell. We were told that the acoustics are “better than the Sidney Opera House”. Certainly it made no difference in which direction the guide was speaking, her voice was totally clear. She then played “Hallelujah” with a very subtle light show that included periods of total darkness. Darkness that does not allow you to see your hand in front of your face. The combination of the music, the acoustics and the darkness were stunning and something that I will always vividly remember.

    The story were were told is that it took 5 years to map the caves in the late 1800s. During that period the explorer (was first discovered in 1881 by a Norwegian migrant john Olsen) had candles and matches but the matches didn’t work in the caves due to the damp. If the candle went out, then the explorer had to retrace his path, in the pitch darkness, back outside. I wonder why he didn’t use a Tilley Lamp - invented in the early 1800s?
    We left there later than we had hoped. All advice is not to drive after dusk as the wallabies, Roos and emus (camels too) come out of the surrounding scrub to eat the grass on the road verges, crossing at their will. The chances of hitting on is far higher in the evenings. We looked fr a nearby camp ground and decided upon St Lawrence Recreational Ground. The site has good reviews. We arrived after dark, drove past it because it was poorly signposted and then when we drove in, we wondered what we had let ourselves in for. We were certain that “Duelling Banjoes” (the theme tune to the film “Deliverance) was playing somewhere. The site was a huge expense of dirt with a building at its centre. Tree was only one car parked in the corner. Do we go or do we stay? We stayed ....
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  • Day36

    Yeppoon at night

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    When we drove through Yeppoon on Friday evening, we commented that it was the busiest place we had come across beyond Brisbane. OK, there may have been an influx of people going on to the island for the music festival, but it still looked busy.

    We had been recommended a Thai restaurant on the esplanade. We walked the mile to Yeppoon and came across a tree where Lorikeets were gathering for the night; the loudness of their chatter was quite extraordinary.

    The meal was lovely, the esplanade was full of people out eating and the beach still had families walking along it.

    As we walked past the tree with the lorikeets in, Bun said she couldn’t see any. I stopped under the tree to spot the little rascals when one pooped on me, in the eye and down the shirt. A lovely end to a lovely day 🤮
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    Wayne Bampton

    Da da, da da, da da, do do do do do... YOUR GONNA NEED A BIGGER BOAT

    11/17/19Reply
     
  • Day36

    Headbanging on Great Keppel Island

    November 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    “It's back! Sunset Sessions is coming back to Great Keppel Island Hideaway, Saturday 16th November!
    Join us for a full day of live music and fun in the sun. Further info & line up coming soon...”

    Whooo - obviously our entire trip has hinged on being at an idyllic island to hear good music played very badly 😊

    We had hoped to get on a snorkelling tour of the island, but they were full. Instead we caught a boat across, somewhat mystified why young peeps were going across with cases of beer. When we arrived at around 10:30, the music was already in full swing and the sand too hot to walk on with bare feet. Head banging was underway. 1,600 people were expected to be there by later in the evening.

    We stopped for the obligatory refreshment, checked out the dive shop and then rented mask, snorkel and fins and set off to walk to another beach. The guy in the dive shop told us the path was steep, but he’d “taken some old .... it’ll be OK. I think he realised he was taking to some aged people.

    The path was steep and the weather was hot. What I need to pass on is the danger of brimmed hats - maybe all hats are brimmed otherwise they’re a beanie or similar. Anyway, walking along wearing a brimmed hat, looking down, watching where we put our feet to ensure we don’t trip on the rocks and the exposed roots, well the brim stops you seeing what’s at eye level and WHACK, we walk straight into low hanging branches. Head banging again. You’d think we’d learnt but no, WHACK again.

    The beach was beautiful and deserted. A number of boat were moored 150m off the beach, near the reef. What, we have to swim 150m to the reef? We didn’t make it, not through exhaustion, it was just unnerving and a bit disconcerting. We’ll do it another way. Had a good swim, a bit of a sunbathe and then back up the hill back to the main beach.

    The trip back was distinctly rough. I thought that catamarans are supposed to be stable but this was going all over the place. Sick bags were offered. Those sat outside were enjoying the spray from the waves. What would the boats returning with the young revellers be like? Bun spotted a turtle just as we had slowed down to go into the port.

    The campsite had sent a minibus to collect us and take us back to the site. That morning, on the way to the port driver showed us a colony of fruit bats and a nest that a pair of Ospreys had made on the lights in the marina, we must try to get some photos, but no sign of any birds.

    Back to Bertha for a shower, change and then hit the town.
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    Wayne Bampton

    Bird pooping on you is meant to mean good luck - haven’t quite worked out how that is... Andy, go and do their lottery 😁, small % commission if you win the $M’s he he

    11/17/19Reply
    Jessica Briggs

    Looking very tanned!

    11/18/19Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Getting there v slowly

    11/23/19Reply
     
  • Day22

    Roadtrip day 4

    September 16, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 26 °C

    Vom Unglück verfolgt, ziert nun ein dicker Steinschlag unsere Windschutzscheibe.
    Doch wir lassen uns die Laune nicht verderben und reisen zu Musik singend weiter Richtung Brisbane.
    Mittags haben wir uns dann eine Pizza von Dominos gegönnt, welche hier nur sage und schreibe 5$ (3€) kostet. Da waren wir jetzt übrigens schon 3 mal 😅🙈
    Zur Übernachtung haben wir mal einen kostenlosen Campingplatz gewählt und dafür das Plumpsklo in Kauf genommen.
    Zum ersten Mal kam unser Campingkocher zum Einsatz. Umzingelt von Rentnern in ihren schicken Wohnmobilen werden wir nun bei etwas Netflix und Lindt Schokolade den Abend ausklingen lassen.
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    Peter Hanswurste

    Das nice

    9/16/19Reply
    Luise Gärtner

    Ich bring dir eine mit

    9/16/19Reply
    Volker Müller

    Ihr seid ja ganz schön mutige Mädels. Rentner sind auch manchmal nett und laden zum Frühstück ein. Ich halte dafür die Daumen!

    9/17/19Reply
    Monika Müller

    Also Mausi, man kann Euch nur bewundern.... Alles Gute

    9/18/19Reply
     

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