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  • Day120

    Mount Macedon and Hanging Rock

    February 8 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    Macedon is overshadowed by Mnt Macedon although that is not visible from John and Kerry’s house due to the trees obscuring the view.

    John took us for a drove a gave us a bit of the history including the Mnt Macedon Ash Wednesday fires in 1983. There is a graphic account of that fire (the fires) at: https://www.abc.net.au/news/emergency/2013-02-14/ash-wednesday-bushfires-1983-from-the-archives/4519214

    John took us up to the war memorial at the top of Mnt Macedon before taking us to Hanging Rock, yes that is THE Hanging Rock made famous by the book “Picnic at Hanging Rock”.

    Hanging Rock is certainly different and a lovely place to scramble around. Next week they are showing the film at the base of the rock, might have to go to that.
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  • Day121

    Daylesford - “All aboard”

    February 9 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 22 °C

    We were lent a car to go exploring, so set off to Daylesford Market. Actually the market was less like a produce and craft market and more like a large car boot sale. However, it enabled us to buy Kerry a pink rose called “Forget Me Not” with proceeds going to the Alzheimer’s Society.

    Daylesford also has a rail line that runs to Bullarto and is kept going by volunteers. unfortunately it does not run steam locomotives but we fancied a trip and bought to return tickets. The “clickerty clack” of the wheels was quite soothing and evoked memories of train journies taken in my childhood before lines were laid with seamless joints.
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  • Day134

    Prepping Bertha for sale

    February 22 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 20 °C

    While we thought that buying a vehicle in Australia was rather tedious, selling one in Victoria that is registered in Queensland may be even worse. Never mind, all part of the adventure. She is advertised in a couple of places and we have had a couple of enquiries. We need to fix a couple of things, give her a good clean (red dust still appears everywhere) and she needs an oil change and replacement oil and air filters which is many times more expensive here than the UK.

    We managed to find a second rose to match the one we planted last week.

    The main issue is selling Bertha, but this is followed by the need of a “roadworthy certificate} (RWC), similar to our MOT except the cost - $350 rather than £39. The RWC that we have from when we bought Bertha in November, was issued in Queensland, so not valid here in Victoria and a vehicle must have a current RWC before it can be sold. The other problem is that a RWC is only valid for 4 weeks when selling the vehicle! Mind, it’s only valid for 2 weeks in QLD.

    While Bertha was having an oil change, I was given a Mercedes A class as a courtesy car. It was a manual car, but without a clutch! I sat in the drivers seat rather confused, a gearstick of a manual car but only two pedals of an automatic car. Very weird.

    Today has been the first bit of real sunshine for almost a week during which time we have felt quite cold on many occasions, we never packed for such low temperatures. We have been preparing to get back on the road, washing, tidying etc. We took the opportunity to have a cuppa in the sun and then walk up to the camel’s hump to see what the view is when it’s not in cloud.

    Tomorrow we are off to the Great Ocean Road ....
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  • Day4

    12 apostles/Great Ocean Road

    November 17, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 14 °C

    This is the home to the 12 apostles, several extraordinary gorges and on yesterday at least witnesses at every turn. 7 of the original 8 limestone rocks still stand out of the ocean 160 feet high. Also we visited a waterfall inland a ways, which required a terribly steep climb in the wet rain forest.Read more

  • Day107

    The Australian puzzle

    February 21 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 18 °C

    Before going on our world trip we left a goodbye present for our nephew Morris: a puzzle of the world. Australia is one piece of his puzzle, but for us today Australia seemed like a puzzle of a thousand pieces. The locations on our wishlist seemed impossible to combine within budget and time. We were starting to be OK with going a bit over budget knowing that except for Fiji we had stayed below the whole time. But the next problem wasn't far. We learned that single vehicle accidents were simply not insured with any van rental company that had an open office in Alice Springs or Broome before April. So that meant our original plan of three weeks Melbourne-Alice Springs and then three weeks Broome- Perth was simply not possible because Alice Springs and Broome had closed offices. Next we considered making it one big road trip Melbourne- Alice Springs- Broome- Perth. Then we learned that sealed streets between Alice Springs and Broome could very well be flooded until the end of March (explaining why most van rental offices there are closed until then). So if we didn't want to repeat our Fjordland experience from New Zealand, this wasn't really the way to go either. We ended up researching 8 different route scenarios with estimated kilometres and costs. In the end we had one favourite option: 1 week van rental to travel the area around Melbourne, a flight to Perth, 3 weeks van rental to do a round trip north of Perth and then a final flight to either Adelaide or Alice Springs to rent another van traveling the way to the Ayers Rock, Olgas and King's Canyon. We weren't entirely sure about the exact dates yet. So we decided to let it sink in a bit and have a nice evening walk to clear our minds after hours of tough research.Read more

  • Day109

    Walking the lap

    February 23 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 25 °C

    Today was the big day! Visiting Albert Park, traditionally the hosting venue of the first Formula 1 race of the season. Machiel was so excited he was already awake at 5. Or who knows, maybe he really had slept enough after 7 hours like he claimed 😏 Susanne wasn't aware of that, so we actually only left the apartment at 10. A short tram ride brought us close to the park, after which 5.3km of walking were waiting for us. The preparations for the race in just 3 weeks were fully going on. That was nice as it meant that it was largely closed for normal traffic so we could walk just on the track itself. We entered the circuit just before turn 13 in the 3rd sector. It was interesting to see the poor state much of the asphalt and kerbs were in. Not sure if that's still getting some maintenance in the next 3 weeks. The gravel traps weren't ready yet either, but the gravel was already delivered. We tried to sneak into the pit entrance, but were unfortunately stopped by some security people.

    Walking onto the start/finish straight there was a supercar meetup of some sorts, with some of them also driving on parts of the straight being loud and looking expensive. We continued into sector 1, where the usual road cuts out a part of the circuit, which in everyday life functions as a parking lot. In sector 2 we spoke to some painters who were painting parts of the Pirelli logo on the wall, turns out they had to do hundreds of them. We continued but it was getting tough as it was very sunny and around 25 degrees. Before completing our lap we had a nap under the shadow of a tree along the back straight, right next to the golf course. After that we only had the challenging turn 11-12 complex to go, which didn't look as impressive because they straighten it a bit for the normal road traffic. Laptime: around 2,5 hours, including a nap.

    Most of the afternoon we spend in the apartment before heading out to St. Kilda for the evening. We walked along the beach boulevard and had dinner at a nice vegan restaurant.
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  • Day299

    Schwimmen mit Delfinen und Robben

    January 28 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 17 °C

    It was another day of fun for us today. We swam with dolphins and seals! Absolutely amazing to swim with these animals!

    Ein weiterer Tag mit Spaß ohne Ende. Heute ging es früh am Morgen mit einem kleinen Boot aufs Wasser um dann mit Delfinen und Robben zu schwimmen. Einfach nur richtig cool!

  • Day301

    Koalas & Kängurus

    January 30 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    On the Island and on the way back to Melbourne we stopped at some animal sanctuarys to see some Kangaroos and Koalas. Always fun to see them.

    Auf der Insel und auf dem Weg zurück in Richtung Melbourne haben wir noch bei zwei Koala Sanctuarys gestoppt. Auch die Koalas und Kängurus besuchen wir wirklich immer wieder gerne.Read more

  • Day302

    Great Ocean Road - Teil 1

    January 31 in Australia ⋅ ☁️ 40 °C

    One of Australia's most famous and most scenic roads is the Great Ocean Road. Just amazing to drive along the coast with this beautiful sea. We even met a Koala just next to the road :) So cool!

    Die wahrscheinlich bekannteste umd schönste Straße Australiens ist die Great Ocean Road. Einfach schön hier entlang der Küste zu fahren. Wir haben sogar einen Koala am Straßenrand entdeckt :)Read more

  • Day303

    Cape Otway

    February 1 in Australia ⋅ 🌧 15 °C

    After a very hot and dry day yesterday it was raining today. We hiked through the Otway National Park and saw Koalas, Kangaroos, a waterfall and beautiful beaches.

    Nach einem extrem heißen Tag gestern hat uns heute der Regen wieder eingeholt. Trotzdem haben wir eine lange Wanderung durch den Otway Nationalpark gemacht und es hat sich gelohnt! Unterwegs haben wir ein paar Kängurus getroffen und konnten super schöne Blicke auf die Küste genießen. Übernachtet haben wir in einer Mini-Hütte unter Eukalyptus Bäumen mit Koalas.Read more

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State of Victoria, Victoria, VIC, Vitória, Виктория

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