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  • Day25

    The start of our walkabouts adventure

    November 5, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 26 °C

    While our presence in Australia appears to have solved the drought problem ( the last two days have been frustrating. We had hoped to have been on our way several days ago. We’d hoped to have Big Bertha on Friday but it didn’t happen.

    On Sunday we made a trip to an enormous DIY type warehouse that sold everything, literally everything. We made a list of things we would need for Bertha, a couple of camping chairs, a camping table .... repairing stuff, kitchen stuff, emergency stuff, eating and cleaning stuff .... quite a list.

    On Monday we hung around awaiting the call to pick up Bertha but received a call to say that the part still hadn’t arrived. While the engineers had cut a hole for the new part, so that it will be fitted as soon as it arrives, the work still needs to be approved by the gas inspector.

    Today we were told that the part had arrived and was being fitted, but we still had to hope that the inspector would have a chance to inspect it and approve it. Today is Melbourne Cup day so we just hope that no one involved is a horse racing fan.

    So that we didn’t spend our time kicking our heals we decided to head for the Gold Coast and look around or lay on the beach. On the way we would drop into IKEA to buy Bun an orthopaedic pillow for her neck. On our way we received a call that the van was finished and approved, no beach today

    When we arrived to collect Bertha she was wired up to the mains with the a/c working and was beautifully cold inside. When she had been sold to the dealer, she contained “everything needed” and this was in a pile in a garage. We were told that we could take anything we wanted. Cutlery, cleaning materials, fuses, spare fan belts, picnic chairs,and table, toaster, kettle ... and so forth. We loaded it all on board.

    Bertha comes with about 3kg of keys! I don’t know how many sets there are. There are a number of storage spaces each accessible from outside and each with their own door that has a lock or two. Why each lock isn’t suited the same, I don’t know. Tomorrow we will sort them all.

    We were shown how to sort the toilet, the gas, the fridge, the cooker .... information overload. Then we moved Bertha and were shown the awning. Time to go home.

    We travelled 20yds to the fuel station and filled Bertha up I was using my hone for satnav and it sat happily on the dashboard until about 400yds down the road and I’d turned onto the motorway. The remaining 50 miles (plus detours from missed turnings etc) was miserable with respect to directions, but Bertha behaved well.

    She’s parked up, locked up and will be sorted out tomorrow. Will we leave Brisbane tomorrow or Thursday? No plan yet.
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  • Day89

    Hosannah Farmstay

    January 8, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 28 °C

    This is an idyllic place to stay. Great for families with young children as many farm animals roam free, the dogs of different sizes are very tolerant and there is a swimming lake with diving board and an area called “the mud kitchen”.

    Despite the quiet, neither of us slept well.

    Bertha struggled to start this morning so we will have to find someone to take a look - that will be easier said than done. I don’t think that the battery recharger is working. Decided to re-trace our route by 10km and see if we can find an auto-electrician. There is a motor accessory centre there who put us in contact with an auto electrician. Dave found one broken joint and a relay that had a poor connection. £30 was a lot cheaper than a new battery or a new charger. Let’s see how we go tomorrow morning. Off to Nimbin
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  • Day12

    Camper Vans - Tweed Heads South

    October 23, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    Our plan .... no, it’s not a plan because we are not allowed to have one, our thoughts are to buy a camper and go walkabouts. Head north, see the barrier reef, do some diving, back to Brisbane for Christmas, see the kids, see in the new year, head south, Sidney, south coast, Melbourne, maybe Adelaide, back to Melbourne, catch a plane back to KL. Simple. Just need a camper van.

    We have been looking at vans on the Aussie gumtree. There are many good looking vans. Some basic, some quirky. The cost is less critical than what we lose on it between buying in Brisbane and selling in Melbourne. The most basic camper will cost us around Aus $50 per day to rent, approval $7,500 for 5 months. However, the most basic won’t allow us to take the six of us when Toby, Jessica and their partners come over for Christmas.

    We decided to go to a dealer in Tweed Heads South (THS) so that we could have a look at a range of.vans.

    THS is across the border in New South Wales. The time zone is currently one hour ahead of Queensland. If we were to fly the airport terminal is in NSW but part of the runway goes into QLD and is, technically, in a different time zone.

    The dealership had about 20 vans, we were looking at the more budget end. The photos on gumtree must have been taken by the same person who does house sale photos and can make a tiny box room look like an enormous double bedroom. We learnt a lot, mostly about what we didn’t want, a little about what we would lik (all round mosquito curtains) but couldn’t find a van we liked. Decided to retire for a coffee and rethink.

    The coffee shop was in NSW, south of THS and shut at 4. We set of and were due to arrive at 3:30 if we got a wiggle on. When we arrive£ we found that, despite being in NSW, they worked on QLD time and it was only 2:30. Very confusing.

    The previous day we had arranged to meet Carl and his girlfriend who had a quirky camper for sale. They had driven it from Brisbane to Sidney bcuase someone had said that they would buy it, but then didn’t. They were driving back from Sidney and we arranged to meet in the IKEA car park south of Brisbane. The van was certainly quirky and had been built to a high standard, but it was tiny. Not sure our marriage would have survived the time in that van.

    We drove back through Brisbane and continued the search for vans on gumtree and eBay.
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  • Day124

    Porpita porpita, BLUE BUTTONS JELLIES

    March 3, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    Strandspaziergang mit vielen Entdeckungen. So finden wir die Blue Buttons Quallen vereinzelt am Strand. Gestern früh war der Strand davon übersäht und auch im Wasser gab es genug Sichtungen. Ein Local hat mir nun den Namen verraten und das die Berührungen Hautirritationen verursachen. Abhilfe in solchen Fällen schaffen nicht die aufgestellten Essigflaschen, sondern Waschung mit warmen Wasser... So weiß ich jetzt, warum ich eine unruhige Nacht hatte. Zum Glück war noch AUTAN-Gel im Kühlschrank! Vielen Dank Töchterchen für den Vorrat!!Read more

  • Day88

    Going South

    January 7, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 27 °C

    Bill - RIP, will be much missed

    We left Brisbane on Monday 6 January. We had taken over our house-sit, the kids had arrived with their partners, we’d hired a car to take all six of us, plus luggage, we had a memorable Christmas with Bun’s family, the kids had left, we watched the fireworks in Brisbane on New Year’s Eve, we gave the house back. Now time to hit the road.

    Thanks is never sufficient for what Mike and Renate have done for us while in Australia, but we thought we’d give them the biggest gift we could ... and left them to the peace and quiet of their daughter’s family and children 😂

    The plan is simple, head south, arrive in Melbourne mid-February for a holiday with Bun’s sister and her family, then off towards somewhere else and back to Melbourne for flights to KL on 23 March. The fact that much of the area we want to go to is currently on fire ... well it’s an adventure.

    Another problem is that, as it’s the school holidays in Australia, many campsites only want a 7 day booking, not single nights. They are also full. We didn’t find this out until we tried to book our first night. Oh dear ...well it’s an adventure.

    The first leg was a quick drive down the M1 to Kingscliff where we stayed at a campsite under the flight path to an airport and next to the M1. Actually it was one elf the quietest sites we’ve been on. A jet plane or lorry is pretty quiet compared to a flock of sulphur crested cockatoos.

    We visited Minjungbal Aboriginal Cultural Centre, very interesting and informative, but a bit tired. There are huge politics around aboriginal history and I’m not going there except to say that the cultural centre said that more aborigines were killed by “white mans” diseases than guns. The centre gave the impression that the local aborigines willingly worked for the Europeans and wanted the tools and benefits of this new culture. It gave the impression that, in this area, the young aborigines left the land and their heritage before it was taken from them. Enough said.

    The centre includes a walk and a “Bora”.

    Bora is an initiation ceremony of the Aboriginal people of Eastern Australia. The word "bora" also refers to the site on which the initiation is performed. At such a site, boys, having reached puberty, achieve the status of men. The initiation ceremony differs from Aboriginal culture to culture, but often, at a physical level, involved scarification, circumcision, subincision and, in some regions, also the removal of a tooth. During the rites, the youths who were to be initiated were taught traditional sacred songs, the secrets of the tribe's religious visions, dances, and traditional lore. Many different clans would assemble to participate in an initiation ceremony. Women and children were not permitted to be present at the sacred bora ground where these rituals were undertaken.

    Unfortunately, while the Bora has been saved from being built on, there has been no restoration back to what it was and hasn’t been used since 1908. I wonder why?

    We visited the place we bought Berth from. I think they were concerned that we were going to give them grief rather than simply ask for advice.

    We had a walk around Kingscliff beach and the estuary, then on to Hosannah Farm Stay Campsite where we can feed the piglets, sheep, calf etc. Actually all we want to do is cuddle a dog but none of their dogs are cuddly.

    Tomorrow we head for Nimbin that has an alternative livestyle ... pass the space cookies 😍😜🤪🥰
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  • Day64


    August 13, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    I'm currently in Stoker's siding near Murwillumbah NSW. Today I grabbed two teats and splashed some milk into a bucket. The stalls are clean and the animals are fed. I also ate a sugar snap from the veggie garden that was surprisingly tasty. I'm now sitting on the verandah looking at the goats playing with eachother and with the scent of Sheppard's pie luring me inside the farmhouse. :)Read more

  • Day61

    Cooly rocks on

    June 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Das erste mal auf einer Welle geritten. 🌊 😍

    Für mich war es heute das erste Mal überhaupt auf einem Surfboard und für Nina das erste Mal in Australien.
    Wir haben uns für einen Surfkurs in Currumbin entschieden. Die Gold Coast gilt allgemein als perfekter Ort um Surfen zu lernen und uns hat der Anbieter sehr gut gefallen.
    Also haben wir von heute bis Mittwoch einen 4-tägigen Gruppenkurs gebucht.
    Zu unserem großen Glück besteht unsere Gruppe aber nur aus uns beiden. Wir haben also tatsächlich eher Privatunterricht bei unserem Surfcoach Eddie aus Südengland.
    Mit dem ersten Tag sind wir beide echt unglaublich zufrieden. Das Wetter, die Wellen und unser Coach sind wirklich optimal.

    Nach den anstrengenden 90 Minuten und einigen gestandenen Wellen, haben wir unseren Van am Campingplatz abgestellt und sind nach Coolangatta spaziert.

    Hier findet über Pfingsten das "Cooly Rocks On Festival" statt. Mit Rock'n'Roll, Muscle Cars und Rockabilly Kleidern werden hier die 50er, 60er und 70er Jahre ausgiebig gefeiert.
    Bei Sonnenschein und guter Musik haben hier Jung und Alt das Tanzbein geschwungen und die Mode und Autos von damals präsentiert und bestaunt.
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  • Day123


    March 2, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 27 °C

    Für drei Tage sind wir auf einem Campingplatz direkt am Strand. So konnten wir heute morgen den Tag im Meer beginnen. Nach der Stranddusche dann gemütlich Frühstück inmitten der Aussi-Piepmätze...
    Manchmal sieht es aus, als wenn wir von der Vogelwelt wie im ZOO bestaunt werden.
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  • Day62


    June 10, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    An unserem 2. Surftag sind wir etwas weiter rausgepadelt und haben uns an ein paar grünen Wellen versucht. Die Wellen hatten echt mehr Power, aber mit ein bisschen Übung haben wir es beide gut hinbekommen.
    Die Bedingungen heute waren wirklich optimal. Es war beinah windstill und die Wellen daher recht stabil.
    Bei unserem kleinen Surfer ABC mit Eddie haben wir gelernt, dass Windstille oder Off-Shore Wind, also von der Küste weg, fürs Surfen optimal sind.

    Am Nachmittag haben wir die Küste von Coolangatta erkundet und uns die Surfer an der Superbank angeschaut.
    Seit dem Jahr 1995 wurde Sand vom Tweed River an die nördlichen Strände gepumpt um die Küste zu stabilisieren. Die dadurch entstandene Sandbank wurde 2007 Superbank getauft und erstreckt sich von den Snapper Rocks bis zum Kirra Beach. Hierdurch ist eine der weltweit längsten und besten Wellen kreiert worden.
    Hier wurde eine einzelne Welle 1,97 km gesurft! 🏄🏻
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  • Day63

    Camping in Australia

    June 11, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 23 °C

    An unserem 3. Surftag haben wir den Muskelkater ganz gut gespürt. Vor allem das Paddeln durch die Wellen ist wirklich anstrengend. Es hat aber wieder unglaublich viel Spaß gemacht!

    Nach den 90 Minuten im Wasser haben wir noch eine Weile am Strand verbracht und sind dann zurück zu unserem Campingplatz gefahren, weil wir heute ziemlich erschöpft waren. 😁

    Apropos Camping.

    Das campen hier in Australien unterscheidet sich ein wenig von unserer Erfahrung zuvor.
    In Neuseeland haben wir häufig auf Freedom Campingplätzen übernachtet. Diese haben meist nur eine Toilette, häufig noch eine Spüle und fließend Wasser, bieten ansonsten aber wenig Komfort. Dafür kosten sie eben nichts. Meist haben wir daher 2-3 Nächte umsonst geschlafen und dann wieder eine Nacht auf einem bezahlten Platz um zu duschen und Wäsche zu waschen.

    An der Ostküste Australiens gibt es kaum Freedom Campingplätze.
    Daher bleibt uns keine andere Wahl und wir übernachten meist in Holiday Parks mit BBQ, Küche und häufig sogar einem kleinen Pool.
    Hier gibt es dann zum Einen die befestigten Stellplätze für die großen Wohnmobile, welche einen Wasseranschluss und Stromversorgung benötigen.
    Auf der anderen Seite gibt es dann uns und unseren Hippie Camper. Wir sind immer auf den unpowered Tentsites zu finden.
    Trotzdem profitieren wir natürlich von der teilweise luxuriösen Ausstattung der Campingplätze .😜
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