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  • Day62

    Thredbo & Jindabyne, Australia

    April 18 in Australia

    Nach der Geschmacksexplosion zum Abschluss unseres Aufenthaltes in "Canberra", starteten wir unsere Weiterfahrt am 16.04.2018 zu einem weiteren Highlight unserer Reise. Nach knapp 180km erreichten wir "Jindabyne", wo wir uns vorerst mit Material in der Touristeninfo versorgten. Der Plan stand kurzerhand fest - am nächsten Tag sollte der höchste Berg Australiens, der "Mount Kosciusko", bestiegen werden!
    Wir fuhren noch knapp 20km weiter in den "Mount Kosciuszko National Park", für dessen Eintreten wir für einen Aufenthalt von 24 Stunden 17 Dollar zahlen mussten, dafür aber gleich einen der freien und wirklich schönen Campingplätze im Wald nutzen konnten. Bereits als wir ankamen und das Abendessen zubereiteten, war es ziemlich kalt und verhieß für die bevorstehende Nacht nichts gutes - ganze 3 Grad waren angesagt! Wir hatten zwar bereits einen Temperaturabfall von knapp 20 Grad hinter uns, als wir in "Canberra" ankamen, aber nun waren es ganze 30 Grad!! Die sternenklare Nacht auf dem "Thredbo Diggings Campground" haben wir, trotz eisiger Temperaturen, ohne Verluste von Extremiteten überstanden. Zwar war das Abwaschen des Geschirrs und Vorbereiten des Frühstücks am Morgen des 17.04.2018 nur möglich, indem wir alle möglichen langen Sachen die wir hatten, Lagenweise anzogen, aber es war machbar. Dabei bekamen wir Besuch von einer sehr aufdringlichen und unerschrockenen Ente (*Frida haben wir sie getauft), die uns am liebsten mit in den Bus geflattert wäre.
    Gut gestärkt fuhren wir danach in das alpine Dörfchen "Thredbo", wo uns bereits die wärmende Sonne erwartete. Von hier aus starteten wir unsere Wanderroute bei herrlichstem Sonnenschein bis auf den 2228 Meter hohen "Mount Kosciuszko", der uns noch einmal ein anderes Bergpanorama bescherte, als unsere bisherigen Touren und noch dazu, man mag es kaum glauben, Schnee!! Nach 23 km und knapp 1000 Höhenmetern hatten wir es geschafft, wir hatten den höchsten Punkt Australiens bestiegen und hatten uns, zurück im Tal, eine warme Dusche in der Touristeninfo verdient. Da wir den Park bis 17h verlassen haben mussten, fuhren wir im Anschluss zurück nach "Jindabyne", wo wir uns ein nettes Plätzchen zum abendlichen Dinnieren suchten, bevor wir uns zu unserem nächtlichen Stellplatz begaben (leider gab es hier nicht so eine gute Auswahl an freien Plätzen).
    Am Morgen des 18.04.2018 fuhren wir gleich nach dem Aufstehen an die Uferpromenade des wunderschönen Bergsees "Snowy River", der durch den gleichnamigen Fluss gebildet wurde. Hier unternahmen wir gleich nach dem Frühstück noch eine 10 Kilometer lange Wanderung um den See und genossen den herrlichen Blick auf das Panorama. Nachdem wir uns noch ein wenig bewegt und uns einen Kaffee gegönnt hatten, mussten wir wohl oder übel, wieder in unseren Balu steigen, um das nächste Ziel anzusteuern.
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  • Day156

    Australische Alpen

    March 17, 2016 in Australia

    Nachdem wir das Meer, die Strände und Hafenstädte gesehen haben, ging es diesmal wieder in die Berge und zwar in die höchsten Australiens.
    So stapften wir Anfangs noch durch ehemalige Goldabbauregionen ... gefunden haben wir leider nichts und danach ging es entlang der Great Alpine Road zum höchsten Berg. Der Mount Kosciuszko ist mit 2228m der höchste Australiens und war so für uns nach Nepal ein Kinderspiel. :)
    Als Belohnung haben wir uns dann ein sehr sehr geilen Milchshake (siehe Bild) gegönnt.
    Ach und Zelten lässt es auch in den Bergen auch ganz gut, da kommen dann auch mal paar Enten zum Frühstück vorbei. Allerdings waren wir fast allein, da aktuell Nebensaison ist.
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  • Day8

    A day in the snow

    October 1, 2016 in Australia

    Breakfast was included with our deal here, and we were surprised to find that it was a full spread, and not just a bowl of cereal and a piece of toast. While waiting at the toasting machine I happened to look at the person alongside me and recognized him as someone who used to play in our band. After a brief chat and a selfie with Rae, he left with his friends. We were bound for Thredbo, about a half hour away. We stopped first at the Jindabyne information centre where we paid for entry into the National Park (Thredbo is in the middle of it). We could have paid at one of the booths at the entry to park, but we got it out of the way here, Our payment covered us for 24 hours, but we would only be going for the day. We were informed by the assistant in the information centre that it had been snowing overnight and still was a bit, but that visibility was low at the top of the mountains,

    Since Rae had never been in this alpine region of Australia, and I worked out that it had been some 40 years since I had, visiting the ski fields was a must, although neither of us would contemplate actually partaking in any skiing or snowboarding, as it would probably mean going home with a broken ankle or dislocated knee.

    Even from Jindabyne, we could see a tiny bit of snow at the top of the mountains and this became more visible as we approached. Thredbo was really the only driving option for us, as you have to have either a four wheel drive or wheel chains to drive into Perisher or Blue Cow. The road to Thredbo took us alongside a little creek, so it was really quite pretty, especially with the snow on the mountains behind it. The town itself is typically alpine, with steep roofed houses set on the slopes of the valley. Although I say houses, most of the places are small holiday units spaced quite closely to one another.

    We parked the car in the large car park and took with us everything we thought we'd need - which meant all items of warm clothing that we had. I had on a long sleeve top, a jumper and my padded jacket, as well as a beanie and gloves. I hadn't thought to throw in my boots. However, I carried my woolen overcoat as I couldn't actually wear it over my padded jacket.

    We also put on our light hooded rain jackets as it was windy and raining, and I took a light umbrella for good measure. We did put the umbrella up, but I expected it to invert because of the wind. We took refuge first inside the information centre... not really much more useful than the one in Jindabyne, and then made our way to the bottom of the ski lift. As this was near the end of the ski season (the final weekend, in fact), only two lifts were operating. There were plenty of people with skis and other gear in the queue to buy tickets. The only option was to buy a day ticket for $36 pp, which would allow entry to both ski lifts for as many times as we wanted. It would be poor value for us, as we really only wanted to experience the ride up and back once, but hey, you can't come all this way and just stay at the bottom.

    From where we bought the tickets we made our way over to where we got on the lift. We were told to rug up (which we knew anyway), so I wrapped my extra coat around me. Rae bought himself a beanie as he'd left the only one he had back at home. The girl helping us onto the chairs advised us that it would be a good idea to have waterproof pants which we could hire back where we bought the tickets, but not wanting to go back there (it was quite a wait in the first place) we just got on and went up, up and away.

    The trip on the chair was cold, but at the same time we both found it peaceful (quiet), beautiful, and exhilarating. I kept constantly adjusting my layers over exposed parts of my body, especially after trying to take photos! What a buzz! All too soon we were at the top - we had taken the Kosciusko express, and we headed straight for the cafe at the top, boasting that it was the highest restaurant in Australia, at 1937 meters, still a way from the top at 2228 meters.

    We spent some time here, chatting to the waiters, having a hot chocolate, taking photos, and drying our soaking wet jeans. We managed to get dry-ish,but there wasn't much else to do up here - it was not suitable for walking around as there were people skiing, and it was sort of raining, sleeting, snowing and windy the whole time. A couple of people who did come to ski today said it wasn't really pleasant conditions for skiing.

    We braced ourselves and went back to catch the chair down. The attendant said it was much better going down as the wind was at our backs rather than in our faces. He was right, but it was still very cold and again we were soaked by the time we reached the bottom. Having had the experience, we didn't really feel like more soaking, so made our way into the pub to have a drink, some lunch and warm up again before making our way back to the car and having a short driving exploration of the town.

    On our way out of Thredbo we both saw a sign to the Ski tube. Not knowing what it was, we drove in there. It was a large building with a large car park with lots of cars there. When entering we found it was a train station for transporting skiiers through the mountain and up to Perisher Valley. we know we wouldn't be able to drive up there, so we asked how much to get the train up and back. It appeared that the tickets were for train as well as chair lifts up there, so he looked at us and just said it would be OK for us to just get on the train to have a ride up and back for nothing.

    We were both staggered by the length of the tunnel - the trip took about 10 minutes to get there. We were a bit disappointed that we couldn't see anything from the Perisher train station as it was underground, and we didn't want to push our luck by getting out to have a look then explaining to someone that we didn't have a ticket so we just stayed on the train and watched all the weary skiers hop on and fall asleep on the trip down. Anyway, we certainly found out what it was, so we were glad we made the detour.

    We thought we might try the road to Perisher for a while - we had to basically go back to Jindabyne to do this, but after about the 3rd warning sign about 'no chains, no entry' we just turned around and went back to Jindy. We were both a bit goosed after the day, so had a rest for the remainder of the day before heading out to look for a restaurant for dinner. I was mightily sick of being cold, and my knee was playing up, but we eventually found a cosy pub with a bistro and was happy to order a plate of lamb shanks and a glass of wine.

    All in all, we had been successful with our trip to this area, and the fact that it had snowed we considered to be a bonus!
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  • Day7

    Road to Jindabyne

    September 30, 2016 in Australia

    Packed the car and bid our cabin farewell. It wasn't the best place we'd ever stayed in, but it was adequate and a bit of variety is part of the adventure. Dropping in the key, Jade, the manager said we hadn't actually paid - we had pre authorized through booking.com with a card they don't take, so I handed over my other credit card.... machine didn't work. So then I tried a debit card... didn't work either. In the end I took their direct debit details and said I'd pay when I got home! Apparently a problem with their machine and not any of my cards, thankfully.

    We headed back toward Orbost and Cann Riiver, back tracking a hundred or so kms in the direction we had come in four days before. There is a shorter way to get to Jindabyne but as it goes through the mountains it definitely isn't quicker and could involve unsealed roads which we weren't keen on. We had a coffee stop in Cann River, where I took yet another photo of lavender. The variety down here is quite different from the one I'm used to, with a much deeper base to the flower. From here we turned north along the Monaro Highway. There wasn't a lot to report about along this route, and we eventually stopped for lunch in Bombala, another quaint country town with several old heritage buildings in the main street, a pub, RSL, petrol station and a couple of cafes. Not a great deal more. Another petrol stop and the gauge is still OK. Looking at the map, the road along the Snowy River highway looked like a good one, and this was confirmed by a local. We originally thought we might have to go all the way up to Cooma. We were glad we made the decision to take this way - the scenery was very pretty, with the country still very green and not a lot of traffic. We drove past a huge wind farm - I thought I was back in Europe. Ridiculous opposition to often here to what seems like a great source of power. At one point we encountered a guy hearding his cattle along the road, not long after seeing a 'stock crossing' sign. I asked, 'Ok to just drive through?' 'Yup, straight through' (man of few words)

    Eventually we arrived in Jindabyne, nestled on the side of a beautiful man-made lake which was created in construction of the snowy mountains hydro electric scheme when the snowy river was dammed. We were very pleased with our accommodation here, right on the lake, and a level above our digs in Lakes Entrance. Breakfast was included which was even better!

    As expected the temperature was cooler as we are at a higher elevation, right at the foot of the mountains, and with Australia's highest mountain nearby. We decided to go for a walk along the lake, having been in the car most of the day. It was quite blowy, with rain threatening so turned around after about a km. Passed some interesting things along the qay, including a monument to Strzleki, the polish explorer. We retreated out of the cold soon after and had a rest before freshening up for dinner. We were actually staying in a pub with a bistro, so thought that would do us fine for tonight at least. It was pretty busy but didn't take long to find a table and order. They had run out of the fish I wanted, but I enjoyed the steak, which I haven't had for quite a while
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  • Day89

    Ja nee - australischer Schnee :)

    November 28, 2016 in Australia

     

    Schnee gibts in Down under in der Tat. Man denkt nur nicht dran, weil die tausenden Kilometer Küstenlinie eben mehr das Image prägen. Aber Ende November konnte ich mich dann selbst überzeugen, auf dem höchsten Berg der Aussies.

    Aber kurz der Reihe nach: Dass der letzte Eintrag einiges zurück liegt, liegt in dem Fall an der Technik. Also vorweg der Hinweis: Falls es euch mal nach Australien verschlägt und dort das Smartphone-Display einen Riss kriegt (wobei es bei mir nicht wirklich tief gefallen ist, nur einmal vom Autositz in den Fußraum), geht NICHT zu einer Kette mit Namen Happytel. Die hatten mein Handy jetzt drei mal in der Mache und endlich scheint es wieder für länger zu gehen. Die letzten Wochen war es dagegen nur eine ziemlich teure Kamera (immerhin das funktionierte) und mit Bluetooth Tastatur (sehr sinnvolles Mitbringsel für mich) ging es nach viel Gedrücke im Notmodus ;)

    Das hat mich nicht von tollen Erlebnissen abgehalten zum Glück. Nach Ende des zweiten Wwoof-Aufenthalts beim Bootsbau ging es Richtung Süden. Eine Nacht in Canberra als Zwischenstopp - nett, aber auch ein bissl sehr ruhig. Das lag wohl an den schon abgereisten Parlamentariern, vielleicht auch am Sonntag.

    Den Montag drauf ging es hoch hinaus, wie anfangs erwähnt. Der höchste Berg Australiens lag mehr oder weniger auf dem Weg zum eigentlichen Ziel Melbourne. 2228 Meter, benannt nach einem polischen Nationalhelden, weil er den Namensgeber hier wohl an den gleichnamigen Hügel in Krakau erinnert hat. Auf den Weg zum Gipfel noch Dylan und Nick getroffen, zwei Studenten aus Melbourne. Die waren mal extrem nett - und noch mehr interessiert an Deutschland und sogar der Sprache als die meisten hier sowieso sind. Ich hab gern ein paar Sprachlektionen gegeben, zum Beispiel so Wörter wie Schneeballschlacht. Wie die sich so anfühlt, konnte man da oben dann auch gleich ausprobieren ;)

    Der Trip endete dann mit Menü vom Campingkocher in so sternklarer Nacht, wow. Und am nächsten Morgen war mein Surfboard vereist. Egal, bis runter zur Great Ocean Road würde das längst weg sein...
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  • Day565

    Upside down

    March 26, 2015 in Australia

    Today we went up to "Mount Kosciuszko"(2228m) the highest peak in Australia. The first part was easy up to the liftstation.That we got there fairly quickly. Nice sunny weather did help. But once there it was really Windy and the weather conditions changed! We still needed to walk for 2h to the top. It was freezing, a man told us that the temperature is 0°C and it feels like -10°C. On the way back from the top we even hat a little snowstorm!

    Heute ging es auf den höchsten Berg in Australien- den "Mount Kosciuszko"(2228 m).
    Nach einer sehr kalten Nacht, aber gutem Wetter am morgen, war der erste Teil des Aufstieges schnell gemeistert. Doch an der Bergstation angekommen war es dort sehr, sehr windig. Von der Bergstation aus sind es nochmal 2 h zum Gipfel. Das Wetter wurde immer schlechter und sehen konnte man gar nichts, außerdem war es saukalt (Jemand sagte dass es 0°C hat und gefühlte -10°C sind). Auf dem Rückweg hatten wir sogar einen kleinen Schneesturm!
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  • Day21

    Great Alpine road

    December 21, 2017 in Australia

    Wieder mit dem Moped unterwegs.
    Di ordentlich vorangekommen bis nach Batemans Bay. 400km

    Gestern nur 200 km da es schlechtes Wetter war und ich die schönen Strassen in die Berge nicht fahren wollte 😬🌧
    Und habe ja kein stress... bin dann in Jindabyne abgestiegen.

    Heute wieder ☀️ und 500km über die Great Alpine Road - heisst wirklich so und fährt sich auch great 👍
    Teilweise auf 1‘500m. Bin bis nach Wangaratta - man diese Namen kann sich ja keine Sau merken 😁Read more

  • Day114

    Snowy Mountains / Kosciuszko NP (summer)

    March 12, 2016 in Australia

    Australisches Hochplateau und zudem der einzige Ort auf dem Kontinent auf dem man Schnee finden kann. Dort ging es per Seilbahn und 4Std Hike auf Australiens höchsten Berg, den Mt Kosciuszko ( 2228 m)
    Später im Winter sollte ich nocheinmal wiederkehren.

  • Day171

    Waiting for the snow

    May 8, 2016 in Australia

    Da es mittlerweile Winter war, hatten Henrik und ich uns auf eine ziemlich verrückte Idee eingeschossen. Wir wollten es schaffen in Australien Schnee zu sehen. Da es nur einen einzigen Ort auf dem Kontinent gibt, an dem das möglich ist, machten wir uns von Sydney aus auf in Richtung Kosciuszko National Park, den Ort den ich bereits im Sommer mit meinen Holländern besuchte.
    Angekommen in Thredbo erwartete uns jedoch erstmal alles andere als Schnee...
    Es schüttete lediglich aus Eimern und wir erlebten Windböen, die so stark waren, dass wir nachts sogar den Van umparkten mussten, weil wir Angst hatten umgeweht zu werden.
    Ach ja... arschkalt war es trotzdem...ca. 2-5°C würde ich jetzt mal schätzen.
    Letztendlich verbrachten wir 2 Tage ununterbrochen im Auto, bis wir uns dann entschieden auf einem Campingplatz einzuchecken, wo es eine kleine Hütte mit Billiard-Tisch und einem brasselnden Feuerchen gab. In den sturmfreien Stunden stand zudem die ein oder andere Känguruhsafari an^^
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