April - June 2018
  • Day67

    Brisbane

    June 14, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 13 °C

    After more than 22.000km we finished our roadtrip in Brisbane, a metropolitan with a special charm. We enjoyed our time there and even the driving in the city was quite convenient unlike Sydney or Melbourne. We explored the city and the river flowing right through it by foot because parking is very expensive in the center. It was nice to see the botanic gardens and the old buildings in the center. But the parks, like Kangaroo Point are definitely one of our favourites!!
    It was a worthy end of our amazingly interesting exploration of Australia! Especially the wildlife has a special place in our hearts with all the lovely marsupials... And - surprisingly - there were no visible deadly animals around!! Farewell Australia 🇦🇺
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  • Day63

    Currumbin

    June 10, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    We still had some days left until our flight leaves and we just waited for someone to buy our car. So we decided to complete the circle tour of our roadtrip and go to Currumbin, the Wildlife sanctuary. It was recommended by the amazing staff at "Friends of the Koala" and it's a non-profit organisation, so we thought it's something good to do. Besides that we haven't seen some animals in the wild, like the cassowary and the tree kangaroo.
    It was overall a bit of a disappointment, there were lots of animals that are not native and the native ones wouldn't have to be caged... But we spent the whole day there, watching feedings and the animals - after all we paid for it ;) So we left there with mixed emotions.
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  • Day60

    Maryborough

    June 7, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C

    On our way back to the start/end of our journey we stopped in Maryborough. I had read that the markets are worth a visit but then it wasn't very big and additionally it started to rain, so after a short walk through the town we decided to go to the cinema to watch 'Solo'. Maryborough is known for the world-famous Mary Poppins, whose author was born there.Read more

  • Day59

    Town of 1770

    June 6, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    Another spontaneous decision later we were on our way to the "Town of 1770" and the nearby Agnes Water. The Town of 1770 was named in honour of Captain Cook's landing at the location in 1770. We underestimated how far it is so we needed to drive quite a lot to cover the distance to the surf school in Agnes Water. Before coming to Australia this was on our to-do list so we were excited to get into the water. And overall we were happy with the results, we stood for some time on the boards and surfed :)Read more

  • Day57

    Whitsunday Islands

    June 4, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    We had spontaneously booked a day trip to the Whitsunday Islands. They consist of 74 islands scattered over a large area right next to the Great Barrier Reef. We stayed in the harbour town of Airlie Beach for the night which offers a lot for travelers in terms of nightlife and activities. There's also a large lagoon right in the middle of the town with lovely amenities.
    The trip started at 8 in the morning when we boarded our small fast boat. The first two stops were at snorkeling spots. The first one was magically crowded with a school of colourful fish and a large groper. The second one was at the side of a shallow reef and offered stunning views of the corals. Still impressed by these views we stopped for lunch at Whitehaven Beach, known for the 99% pure silica sand. The lunch I got was partly stolen by a sweeping seagull 😡 We also had the opportunity to see one of the curious goanna roaming around our spot. The rest of the time we spent relaxing at the beach...
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  • Day56

    Townsville

    June 3, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 24 °C

    From Mission Beach led our journey further South. Unfortunately we still couldn't find any of the elusive Cassowaries so we ultimately said goodbye to the region. Next stop: Townsville!
    A pretty town and local center with all amenities. Especially remarkable was the large lagoon next to the beach. Even though it's artificial, it still has a great ambient. The sea is either too cold or inhabited by potentially deadly stingers! Another highlight of Townsville was the Castle hill that reached up right in the middle of the city and offers spectacular views to the sea and the mountainous inland.Read more

  • Day54

    Mission Beach

    June 1, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 21 °C

    After spending the night at an overcrowded camp site just outside of Cairns we went to the Josephine Falls for brekkie. We were almost on our own there except for a nosy turkey that kept circling us in search for some food. The falls are a really nice spot with a swimming hole and a scenic boardwalk. Afterwards we drove back for a few kilometers to a swamp where there are supposed to be some crocs but we just saw five turtles. Not for lunch this time ;)
    Next stop: Mission Beach. A pretty small stretch of beach that is busy with tourists. For us it was of special interest because it's also a busy spot for the elusive Cassowary. Despite all our efforts - overall more than 12km walking - we didn't see any of the heaviest birds in Australia. Tomorrow we'll have another try, probably the last one because they're exclusively in the Wet Tropics of Northern Queensland.
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  • Day53

    Cairns

    May 31, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌬 24 °C

    In Kuranda we had a big breakfast in the local park. Afterwards we explored the local markets which are usually crawling with people but today the trains from Cairns weren't going so we had them almost for ourselves. So we talked to many shopowners, got free samples and checked out all items in the booths. We really enjoyed the hippie flair that is over the stalls. A woman from Switzerland told us that it used to be a lot more about 20 years ago. Afterwards we went to the Barron Falls, the highlight on the train ride from Cairns. A nice boardwalk leads through a rainforest area to a viewpoint. But the view isn't that impressive in the dry season because its just a sparse flow of water.
    Then we came to Cairns, the so called gateway to the rainforest and the Great Barrier reef. We felt directly comfortable around the city with a reasonable level of traffic. Directly at the beach is the Esplanade with an artificial lagoon and plenty of gas BBQs. We made good use of the facilities and got ourselves potatoes and Schnitzel for a nice lunch. Overall the city has a good ambient and it was a great spot to relax in the late afternoon's sun. In the evening we checked out the night markets but they weren't as big as expected, still a nice entertainment.
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  • Day52

    Port Douglas

    May 30, 2018 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 23 °C

    In the morning we went to the Mossman Gorge which is part of the Daintree National Park. Here we are in the 'Wet Tropic' climate and the park consists mainly of rainforest. There we had to walk for two kilometers from the Visitor Center until we reached the park itself. Even though there was a shuttle bus available we saved ourselves the 20$ :D The park was nice and diverse with interesting vegetation and some wild boars.
    Next stop, Port Douglas and finally reached the cost again. The town has a good vibe even though it's very touristy. For the evening we joined the free sunset sailing tour from the local yacht club. They do this every Wednesday in exchange for drinks and food at the club house. The sea was pretty rough so Julia feared to vomit several times but she made it through the trip! It was a pretty cool experience being on a smaller sailing ship during rough weather.
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  • Day51

    Mount Molloy

    May 29, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 20 °C

    Initially we hadn't planned to drive that far but it "International Burger Day" and to celebrate McDonald's gave away free BigMacs. Therefore we decided to drive another 100 kilometers :)
    But in the early afternoon we were shocked by a sudden rainfall, something we hadn't seen in the last two months!! It was especially critical because we drove on an unsealed road which becomes impassable after longer rain falls. But luckily we made it out just in time... As we reach the top end of Queensland we're trying to cross off one of our last animals of the spotting list, a Cassowary. A colourful, flightless bird similar to an emu but closely related to Raptors (yes, the ones from Jurassic Park ;))Read more