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  • Day244

    Mount Magnet Holiday Park, Australien

    April 28, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    Wäsche waschen, Mittagessen und mitten drin erhält Lotte ein Jobangebot als Frisöse, welches sie jedoch lachend ablehnt. Tatsächlich hat dieser Ort nämlich keinen Friseur und sucht gerade verzweifelt nach jemanden, aber Lottes Kunden sind nur Alicia und ich.Read more

  • Day12

    Jundoo Dam Sandstone

    June 1 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    We decamped as soon as we woke up heading for Leonora for breakfast at the Food Van Cafe. We had a substantial breakfast of shared hamburger and a home made steak and onion pie, washed down with expresso and cappuccino in a nice china cup. We returned to this cafe as the multi-coloured hair lady presented our shared sausage roll in 2 separate plates with cutlery bundled in a cloth napkin, when we stopped for late lunch snack yesterday. I was so impressed that she bothered to do that for a $4 sausage roll shared between both of us when we ordered nothing else. Also, there were 2 men at a table outside the cafe, one was sobbing his big scruffy manly heart out to the other. The listener later came into the cafe kitchen, and it was obvious he was either staff or owner. Definately a very special cafe.
    Then we headed to Peter Denny lookout to set up our next camp but it was not the view that the write ups promised. Might have been more attractive if not for a fence between the campsite and the rocks, prohibiting any exploration. So we continued to Sandstone.
    Sandstone is a tiny town of population of 38 people with a very quaint pub that is a skimpy bar from 5pm. Sandstone was once a thriving Gold Rush town but when that went bust, sheep farms moved in. However, due to wild dogs, farmers had to change to cattle instead.
    Sandstone has a lovely and informative visitors information lady who directed us to a cafe for cake and coffee. Food was fabulous at this cafe but what's best was the owner sent us to a campsite that is not on Wikicamps and only 36km from Sandstone called Jundoo Dam.
    Jundoo Dam campsite is a great spot and helped us greatly as we didn't have any idea where to camp for tonight. We are the only ones here so we had a camp wash with delicate cups of water and tepid water warmed up in our cooking pot. It is amazing how clean we can feel with so little water.
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  • Day2

    Mt Magnet

    June 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 19 °C

    So we have ended up staying at Mt Magnet caravan park for the night due to a failed fuel pump in our main fuel tank....Awesome little place, bats and all 😊. Hopefully on the road again tomorrow after fantastic mechanics here have ordered the part and will install it straight away 😍Read more

  • Day5

    Billiburning Rock to Sandstone

    April 17, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We left the rock about mid morning and travelled towards Sandstone. We passed through Payne's Find and would have visited the Gold Battery if it had been open, however it appeared to be closed. There is nothing else in Payne's Find except the road house.
    Camped in the bush for the night then carried onto Sandstone. Arrived about lunch time and found Lady Di's pies. Lady Di sets up a market style tent next to the visitor centre and using a pie maker sells pies to the tourists. Shes a real character. Loud and quite funny. Her pies were very nice. She is probably one of the only reasons tourists stop as the town has little to offer. Sadly most of its shops and businesses are closed. We had a quick look around town before having a look a London Bridge and other sites relating to the history of gold mining in the area.
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    The Gypsies

    London Bridge. They used to have picnics here back in the day! Pretty harsh environment.

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    The Gypsies

    Main Street of Sandstone

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    The Gypsies

    Lovely old hotel still in use as the hotel and pharmacy and general store

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    The Gypsies

    Lady Di the pie maker.

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  • Day7

    Cue

    April 19, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 17 °C

    Cue is a heritage listed town. It has some magnificent old buildings that have been restored to their former glory. We had lunch here in a shady park and chatted to some Shire workers who were setting up a new "Welcome Park" for tourists. A welcome park is a day use area where you can park up for the day and top up your water tanks. One of the men suggested we visit a Place called Weeli Wolli Spring Not far out of Mt Newman. Gina Rinehart has a big mine there which she is de-watering and is pouring millions of litres of pristine water daily into it. He said it was an idyllic spot and perfect for a swim.
    After visiting the Info centre we decided to drive out Walga Rock, Dalgaranga Meteorite Crater and the ghost town of Big Bell.
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    The Gypsies

    Lunch time in Cue. Sat at the bench in the park and ate ham salami and salad wraps.

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    The Gypsies

    Cue Police Station. Restored to its former glory

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    The Gypsies

    Rush hour in the Main Street of Cue

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  • Day17

    Heading Home

    June 11, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    We've cancelled the last 3 nights stay at Karajini Eco Retreat and are heading home now. We've seen all the gorges we can access, and even did Joffre Gorge twice There was a fatality just before we arrived, so park rangers will declare the gorges closed on the slightest threat of rain, and there's been some unseasonal rainfall this week. Also, bad and terribly corrugated gravel roads have made other gorges inaccessible to us in our Forester. Big 4WDs like LandCruisers that are driven by experienced drivers who have traversed unsealed tracks around Australia have struggled with those roads, resulting in blown tyres, wrecked solar panels, and a vehicle even having to stay the night to wait for a tow in the morning. Certainly not for us.

    I'm looking forward to doors. I miss doors. Yes, doors. Those simple rectangular nondescript portal that leads from one room to another. The one where there's a knob or handle that I don't have to bend, just turn with a twist of the wrist , and just kick shut with a flick of the knee or foot. Simple, open door and kick shut. Never take that for granted ever ever again. When camping, there are no doors. There are zips. Big, long zips. To get into the tent, you have to unzip from top to bottom or bottom to top. No unzipping a small hole in case you break the zip squeezing your body in. Worse than the zip whilst camping is a broken zip. So, it's a long stretch and bow to unzip the tent. Quickly get the body in, and the quickly repeat in reverse, bow and stretch to zip up the tent so flies, mozzies and other uninvited guests don't get in. All that just to get into the corridor of the tent. Repeat unzip and zip to get into the bedroom or vestibule storage area. Once you've finished your tent business, it's bend and stretch again to unzip, and then stretch and bend to zip up tent. Apart from all that zipping and unzipping is finding the beeping zip! It's never in the same place. More bending and stretching, is the zip at the top or the bottom? Those possessed bleeping things move themselves once a human walks away, just for the fun of it. And glamping is not any better. It's worse. Instead of one long zip that does vertical and horizontal of the doorway, there are 2 zips! Unzip the vertical, unzip the horizontal ........ You see why I've enough of paying bowing and prostration homage to the zip gods, and just want a door to kick shut! When I get to Perth, I'm not doing zips for a long time. I'm wearing tights so I don't do zips of jeans. No more zips!!
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