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  • Day37

    Èn route to Princetown (Gt Ocean Rd)

    January 19 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    Just WOW! 😍
    Those of you who've travelled The Great Ocean Rd, you'll understand and for those that haven't, the photos don't do it justice! The Apostles, Lord Ard Gorge, The Grotto, Razorback and London Bridge (which has partly fallen down) are spectacular. Put it on your list of things to do/see...Read more

    Carolyn Richmond

    Yes it's spectacular and went on my 1st helicopter ride over th e coastline .. Great memory

    Wilsons Trip 2021-2022

    😉

     
  • Day36

    Port Fairy, VIC

    January 18 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Usually a really pretty little town...unfortunately we arrived on a windy 15°C day 😳
    The campground roads were narrow which didn't allow alot of room to manoeuvre your way in and no limit on vehicles per site so there were cars everywhere, including someone parked on our site when we arrived. We ended up getting another site.
    Alot of cafès, restaurants and bars were closed due to insufficient staff. Such a shame, I've heard really good things about this place. We wandered around the town and did the walk out to the point then found a pub that had Guiness on tap...Pete was happy but a bit disappointing really...luckily only here for one night.
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    Carolyn Richmond

    shame as it is lovely .. You will find such a difference wherever you go due to this damned virus . at least you missed the rains in S.A.

    Wilsons Trip 2021-2022

    yes! by the looks of the news this morning...

     
  • Day34

    Portland, VIC

    January 16 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 16 °C

    Checked out Cape Bridgewater on the way in and had breaky on the beach...lovely little beachside town. Walked a couple of k's to see the blow holes but the swell wasn't very big that day so no exciting pics 😔 Turned up to our booked camp site and the place looked dodgy as! So drove back towards the town as we passed an NRMA holiday park...luckily they had plenty of spots! Set up and headed into town (a nice 15 min walk along the headland) to catch some live music at the pub and grab some dinner. Great duo playing so had a lovely afternoon 😊
    Next day up early and headed back to Bridgewater to hike the 9km (steep) return to see the seal colony. It was strenuous but I'm getting fitter with each hike. Home for a shower and to watch some tennis...the weather had turned and it was chilly sitting outside 🥶
    Portland, done and dusted.
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    Carolyn Richmond

    great pics again .. Not Jealous of the cold tho x

    Carolyn Richmond

    Am showing Mum all.your pics when I visit each week. She is enjoying your journey x

    Wilsons Trip 2021-2022

    Awesome! Thank you x

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  • Day726

    Toorongo Falls

    December 24, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Weihnachten werde ich bei Jon verbringen. Somit war dies heute auch mein Ziel.

    Vorher wollte ich allerdings noch im Yarra Ranges Nationalpark eine Wanderung mit Wasserfall machen. Es war definitiv nicht die beste Entscheidung. Teilweise hätte ich eine Machete gebraucht, um durch diesen Dschungel zu kommen. Zu allem Überfluss war vom Wasserfall nichts zu sehen, da der Lookout komplett zugewachsen war.

    Zum Glück war es bei den Toorongo Falls anders und es war definitiv eine Entschädigung. Mit gewaltigen Kräften stürzt sich das Wasser in die Tiefe, und der Wald ringsherum ist an sich schon eine Attraktion.

    Bei Jon angekommen gabs dann noch Pool mit Aussicht, und Gina, die wegen Covid nicht nach QLD konnte war auch da, eine nette Überraschung.
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    so lässt es sich aushalten. 😁👍🏼

    Christine Hinkelbein

    👍🏻👍🏻👍🏻

     
  • Day722

    Great Alpine Road

    December 20, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 15 °C

    Gestern hat sich die Gruppe dann getrennt. Gina ist mit John weitergezogen und Hana und ich sind an die südliche Küste.

    Es hat aber allerdings auch fast den ganzen Tag geregnet. Von daher ist nicht viel passiert.

    Heute ging es dann entlang der Great Alpine Road zurück in die Berge. Vorher gab es in Bairnsdale noch etwas zu erledigen, und ich nutzte die Zeit um ein paar schöne Bauten vor die Kamera zu bekommen.

    Eine kleine Wanderung entlang alter Minenruinen musste wegen gesperrter Straße ausfallen. Zu den Victoria Falls konnten wir und mussten dafür allerdings einen Fluss durchfahren.

    Auch gab es entlang des Weges ein paar schöne Lookouts. Insgesamt eine sehr schöne Strecke, aber irgendwie recht wenig zu tun. Erst wenn man oben ankommt, gibts dann haufenweise Wanderungen.

    Aufgrund eines Geräusches welches von Hana's linkem Vorderrad kam, sind wir dann aber etwas früher zum Campingplatz um Meinungen einzuholen. Es ist wohl ein Stein der sich irgendwo festgesetzt hat.
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    die Farben frohen Kirchen haben was!

    Patrick Meusel

    leider konnte ich nur aus dem winkel fotografieren sonst wär ein dämliches subway Schild dabei🙈

    Jan Hinkelbein

    brauchst halt 8mm Fischauge 😅

    Patrick Meusel

    nein danke😅

     
  • Day720

    The Pinnacles

    December 18, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Sowohl gestern als auch heute haben wir kaum was gemacht, heute allerdings die Campsite gewechselt, worüber ich rückblickend ganz froh bin.

    Bevor wir an unserem neuen Spot ankamen, haben wir allerdings noch die Pinnacles besucht. Der Ausblick war der Hammer, was jetzt allerdings die Pinnacles waren, hat sich mir nicht so ganz erschlossen.

    Sowohl gestern als auch heute war es sehr warm. Ein Bad in einem eiskaltem Gebirgsbach, kam da gerade recht
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    im WA sind die Pinnacles mitten in der Wüste.

     
  • Day715

    Grampians Nationalpark

    December 13, 2021 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    Heute erkundeten wir den Grampians Nationalpark. Ein Gebirgszug der sich wie aus dem Nichts im westlichen Victoria erhebt. Sie fast schon witzig aus, vor allem aus einiger Entfernung.

    Wir hatten früh den Sonnenaufgang vom Boroka Lookout betrachtet (Bild erst im nächsten Footprint), und haben uns dann erstmal ein ordentliches Campingfrühstück schmecken lassen.

    Es ging zu einem Lookout von wo aus man The Balconies sehen kann. Eine Steinformation die wohl an Balkone erinnern soll.... ähm ja. Ist jetzt nicht so der Hit. Der Blick von dort über den Park ist fantastisch. Die Felsen, naja.

    Es ging zu den Mckenzie Falls, den Fish Falls und als kleinen Abstecher zu den Broken Falls.

    Es macht auch wirklich Spass mal wieder Menschen vor der Kamera zu haben.
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    Jan Hinkelbein

    viel spannender als nur Landschaft 😁

     
  • Day166

    Regrouping

    March 25, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 16 °C

    Wednesday 25. No flights, poor communication, what to do? Trying to get the news and research alternate flights was proving impossible on 3G. Even sitting outside the information centre to use their public WiFi was not helping. Time for a move.

    We decided to ask Kerry &John if we could go back to Macedon to get things together.

    On the way we dropped off at Carole’s, Bun’s sister, to have some lunch and to say goodbye. We walked the 4 miles around the lake in Ballarat that was used for the rowing competitions when the olympics were held in Melbourne (1956).

    We then drove on to Macedon to try to get through to the travel agent and find out what’s going on.

    On Wednesday evening were advised by our travel agent to register with the British Consulate for “rescue flights“ as there are now none available.

    Kerry has worked with Quantas all her working life. The network of cabin crew know what’s going on, what’s flying, what’s stopped etc. Kerry found out that Quantas flights were all full up until they stop flying at the end of the month. Qatar airlines are still flying and British Airways are flying from Sydney via Singapore. Malaysian Airlines are still flying but we have had three flights cancelled so far.

    On Thursday we contacted the British High Commission to be told that they wouldn’t be doing anything yet, we could try gong to the airport to get a standby flight, to stay safe and to carry out the advice of the Australian Government. Bun pointed out that the advice was not to go to airports etc. We researched available flights, BA looks the best for us. Some airlines appear to be profiteering with tickets costing many thousand GBP for a one way, economy ticket. We thought that we’d give the travel agent one last chance and phoned them on Friday evening (UK 8am) and told them we felt abandoned, that they weren’t supporting us etc. We were told that they couldn’t do anything if airlines didn’t release seats to them la la la. We booked flights directly with BA for Sat 11 April.

    On Thursday we arranged to move to an AirBnB at Riddles Creek, about 10 miles away, from Friday, despite having received a number of offers to use houses or stay with Kerry and John. However attractive the offers are, we don’t feel we can have anyone move out of their house just so that we can move in. We also feel that Kerry and John have been incredibly kind and accommodating; dropping by “for a cuppa” has actually been 4 stays for a couple of nights or so. We see them as a “fall back” option and it’s no longer fall back if we are staying there. What would we then have for plan B?

    Having done all of this, there are a lot of discussions starting in Australia about another phase of travel restrictions. Queensland, South Australia and Tasmania unilaterally shut their inter-state borders. We were in Victoria and need to get to Sydney in NSW. Travelling to NSW is further complicated by the fact that our rental car has to be returned to Melbourne and we are not allowed to have a drop-off out of state. not allowed to go inter-state.

    What to do?
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    Wayne Bampton

    Obvious question: Could you stay in Australia until this blows over?

    3/29/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Yes, but Australia is shut down as much as UK. We thought that accommodation prices would plummet, but they haven’t. Everyone is being told to stay at home. We have made the decision that we can’t just keep on wandering freely around the country. Consequently, we are paying a lot to stay in one place, adhering to social distancing, parks and beaches shut etc. Really we may as well be at home, I can at least cut the lawn. I also have 6m of drumming to catch up on.

    3/30/20Reply
    Wayne Bampton

    You do make a fair point, I guess you’ve got to bite the bullet and wait it out until you get a flight... stay safe 👍

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  • Day165

    A day in the central Grampians

    March 24, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 15 °C

    Stiff legs so decided to do the self-guided driving tour of the central Grampians. We never reached the 21C with temperatures staying around 13C. Out of the sun and in the southerly wind (off the Antarctic) it was chilly.

    Boroka Lookout
    Reed Lookout
    The Balconies
    Mackenzie Falls Lookout and falls walk
    Zurmsteins

    The first three are simply lookouts that are reached after a short walk from a car park. At The Balconies we spent some time talking to a couple from Holland who were hoping to fly back on Saturday but still lots of uncertainty. There was also someone who was taking drone footage to give people shut at home, a virtual tour of the Grampians. I guess there will be a boom in social media content attempting to find solutions for people in lockdown.

    Mackenzie Falls Lookout and falls walk was one of the better falls we have been to, at least there was water there. The falls walk descends 110m, 280 steps, to the bottom of the falls, signs make certain that you realise how challenging this will be, but the walk was worth it.

    Zurmsteins was a strange place. It was the family home of Walter Zumstein and his wife Jean and became one of Australia's first holiday retreats. They moved in after WWI. Walter was a professional beekeeper and they decided to supplement their modest income by establishing a small 'tourist retreat. They dug a swimming pool by hand, it took 5 rears! The earth removed from the pool was used to build three pisé, or rammed earth cottages for holiday makers. The couple left their home to the country so that people could continue to camp there. It was shut in 1994 amid fear that the crowded site was polluting the river.

    Today we saw wild deer, the first we’ve seen since we have been here, so thrilled.

    Not sure what the next few days will hold for us. Flights are being cancelled, rescheduled and then cancelled. We now don’t have flights home 😡
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    Mandy and Johnnie

    Wow! What sort of eagle is that?

    3/24/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Bun reckons it’s a White Bellied Sea Eagle 🦅

    3/24/20Reply
    Mandy and Johnnie

    Looks so peaceful

    3/24/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Some places are deserted and it is the real wilderness and beautifully quiet.

    3/24/20Reply
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  • Day164

    The Pinnacle

    March 23, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 14 °C

    What a lovely day we’ve had. We decided to do a reasonable walk up to the pinnacle lookout - walk 2c “Wonderland Loop, ... suitable for fit and energetic walkers” sounds like us. 9.6km, 400m elevation change, grade 4 (whatever that means) and time 4-5hrs. We decided upon this as it takes in a number different sites and routes along the way. We walked 5.84 miles and ascended 1651 ft.

    We set off at 10:15, although we were promised 20C, we woke to 8C and it didn’t feel much warmer. We started with too few clothes on but quickly found we had too many 🥵

    First stop Venus Baths where the creek opens into pools where we could have washed our feet, but a bit early in the walk for that. On to Splitters Falls which would have looked better had there been water coming down them and had there not been three young peeps climbing down them while shouting to one another. Am I getting old?

    The Grand Canyon was lovely, maybe 30-40m deep and a few hundred meters long scrambling across boulders but also with steps at some points. Back onto a path ton Bridal Veil Falls, we knew we’d arrived because a sign said so, again better after some rain because the falls didn’t really exist.

    One of the best parts was Silent Street, a long narrow gully to walk along and climb up some stepson the end through a very narrow entrance/exit that wasn’t easy with a small backpack on.

    A bit more of a climb and we reached the Pinnacle Lookout. The lookout goes out over a rock that sticks out. The view from it is stunning. OK, the view from terra firma behind the lookout was spectacular. The view from 90% along the lookout was utterly terrifying. The drop was probably 200-300m and the lookout is set on a rock that protrudes out and is an overhang. I would have probably made it to the end had I not stepped on a wobbly step.

    We ate our lunch resting against some rocks that shielded us from the cold southerly wind but kept us in the sunshine. Along the route we’d stopped for a drink and a handful of nuts and also made friends with a carrawong (crow-like bird with stunning yellow eyes) that liked eating our peanuts. We took several videos of him flapping up to catch a nut in mid-air. During lunch we found ourselves very popular with wrens, ravens and carrawongs again. In total we took just less the 20 videos. I’ve titled the last one “Crow-vid19” 😂

    While the walk up to the Pinnacle was one of the best that I have been on, challenging without being too daunting with varied paths and scenery, the path going down was not so pleasurable. It started by descending along the ridge line, ie walking with the shear drop on one side, down a rocky gully, through a stringybark forest and all the time the path was close to the edge or walking towards the edge of the drop.

    When we arrived back at the cabin we walked around the now deserted town. Australia has forced most social places to gather, non-essential shops, businesses, pubs, restaurants cafes (unless doing takeaway) places of worship etc. What was a buzzing town yesterday was empty today. The only shop open was an ice cream parlour, so we had an ice cream cone and shared it with some sulphur crested cockatoos!

    As Australia shuts everything down and everyone’s being told to stay at home, we are wondering how long it will be before we need to stop travelling? While we believe we are being safe, as we see very few people, we walk in their national parks etc, I think it may become socially unacceptable to continue for too much longer. We will see.

    Our flights next week have now been cancelled, all part of the adventure.
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    Wayne Bampton

    Is that Bun having a Titanic moment by the railings alone?

    3/23/20Reply
    Andy n Bunny Briggs

    Yep. She didn’t take a picture of me stood on the railing doing that

    3/24/20Reply
     

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