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East coast… that’s wicked!

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Hello everyone! Today on the menu is the second part of our Australian adventures – travelling up the east coast in our faithful campervan Crush (named after the turtle in Finding Nemo, duuuuude).

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Wild camping in Sydney would be a bit difficult we thought (our van “might” be recognized by the rangers somehow), so we booked a hostel for a quick in and out visit to this beautiful city. It was great to catch up with Anne and Rosan as well!

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Being honest with you, we also show our visit to the beautiful Blue Mountains lookout. As you can see it is a magnificent wide valley, with the famous three sisters on the left side. There are also rainy days. ;)

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Hanging out the laundry. We were getting pretty comfortable living out of our little van.

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Relaxing near Crescent Head with the beach all to ourselves.

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Already afraid we might not see kangaroos, we found this beautiful family bouncing around at Look at Me Now Headland (yes, that’s a real place!). Boing boing boing.

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Sunset at Yelgun rest area, just outside of Byron Bay where an entire village of backpacker cars gathers every evening to park, eat and sleep for free. There is even a mobile coffee shop coming around every morning.

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One of the great things about Australia – always a free BBQ within sight! A welcome change from our normal food consisting of pasta, pasta and… pasta (all one pan wonders).

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Surfer’s Paradise on the Sunshine Coast – Australia’s adult playground filled with booze, beach, hotel skyscrapers and amusement parks. Reason enough to pass through quickly and get a drink in chilled out Mooloolaba. ;)

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Meandering from the coast to the inland and back again, we found the most remote places. <Insert tumbleweeds here> Always nice people though, we could get what we needed with maybe a shocked look at our van every now and then.

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While camping up at Broken River we caught sight of the rare Platypus – weirdest creature ever, but very cool! Another creature we encountered up close was a full-grown Eastern Brown Snake a few meters from our flip-flopped feet. Luckily he decided to slither the other way. Yay nature!

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Arriving at Airlie Beach (still in one piece before hurricane Debbie), we said goodbye to Crush with a heavy heart after spending 4500km together :( But a bit of us will stay with him.

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Boarding our new home we headed out for a sailing trip around the Whitsunday Islands with lots of snorkeling, diving and sunbathing.

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Beautiful Hill Inlet seems like heaven on earth, changing slightly every day. What a place!

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Young lemonsharks and stingrays use the Inlet to grow up in a safe environment, swimming around your feet. Only downside are the stinger suits that you have to wear because of the dangerous box & irukandji jellyfish that are present.

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A really fun bunch of people from all over the world were with us on the boat, good times, cold drinks and delicious food!

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The ship has an amazing history and was built in 1902 in Holland from German blue steel. So naturally the Solway Lass was the perfect ship for us (and such a beauty!). :)

For our last bit of travel in Australia we shared a ride with a dude named Mark from Airlie Beach to Townsville, where he was heading to the hospital for the birth of (probably) his son with a one-night stand. He hoped the baby was black. Interesting talks for sure!

Washing up, packing and chilling in our free upgraded double room in Townsville (thanks hostel people!) we prepare to leave for our next adventure.

See you all in Indonesia!

Michael & Isabella

Posted by gekkies 20:29 Archived in Australia

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One word: Amazing!

... photos, landscape, adventures, stories, people on pictures ...
It looks that you both made exactly the right choice - I'm so lucky for you.
Enjoy the last days in Australia, save travel to Indonesia, take care and keep
having fun!!
Cheers
Kathi

by Kathi

Hallo wereldreizigers, wederom een mooi verslag van jullie reis. Als jullie terug zijn moeten jullie er maar een boek van maken. Het leest zo makkelijk weg. Concurrentie voor Lonely Planet. ;-)
Zonder dollen, wat een mooie (en spannende ) ervaringen voor jullie, wij reizen en genieten hier met jullie mee.
Goede reis verder in Zuid-Oost Azië en sterkte met allerlei rondkruipsels :-) en Mike wel uitkijken met je laptop!

by Ton en Janny

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