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Australia travalogue
September 4 - October 2, 1998

This is the travelogue of our trip to Australia. The thumbnails of all pictures are on this page.

Date Route Kms
Fr 9/4 Brussels - Amsterdam - Bangkok [photo's & diary]
* From Brussels to Amsterdam with Sabena.
* And then with Garuda via Frankfurt and Bangkok to Bali
Sa 9/5 Bangkok - Bali - Darwin [photo's & diary]
* 14h30 in Bali, waiting 7.5 hours for our connection to Darwin.
Su 9/6 Darwin [photo's & diary]
* 2h50: arrival in Darwin
* Sleeping in airport building until 9u00, and then a breakfast and retrieving our car
* Darwin: visiting the centre (including the shops), fish-feeding, market on Mindil Beach
156 km
Mo 9/7 Darwin - Kakadu [photo's & diary]
* Visit the crocodile farm and trying the croc-burger.
* Ferry over Adelaide river (bridge collapsed)
* Entering Kakadu-park, and sunset on Ubirr-rock
358 km
Tu 9/8 Kakadu: Jabiru - Cooinda [photo's & diary]
* Walk and ranger-talks near Nourlangie rock
* 3h walk to Gubara-pools (in a extreemly hot sun)
* Camping on Cooinda Lodge (with swimming pool!)
76 km
We 9/9 Cooinda - Katherine Gorge [photo's & diary]
* Very early rise to take a tour on the Yellow River (spotting lot's of birds!)
* Gunlom-falls (swimming on top of the falls)
* Via Katherine (roadtrains!) to Katherine Gorge
358 km
Th 9/10 Katherine Gorge - Katherine - Mataranka [photo's & diary]
* Walk to the end of the first canyon (Pat's lookout)
* Canoeing to the second gorge
* Camping near the hot pools of Mataraka (and big problem: a broken car key!)
360 km
Fr 9/11 Mataranka - Tennant Creek [photo's & diary]
* Enjoying the hot pools while waiting for the key repair
* At 13h30 we start the drive to Tennant Creek (more then 550km)
* Rest at Daly Waters and Elliot
* Tennant Creek: dinner in Dolly Pot Inn
157 km
Sa 9/12 Tennant Creek - Barrow Creek - Alice Springs [photo's & diary]
* Early drive to Devil's Marbles
* By noon we arrive at Alice Springs, here we get a replacement for our car: a mini-bus (place for 10)
* Through Todd-mall and finishing with a didjeredoo-lesson
* Sunset on Anzac Hill, dinner in Bojangles
528 km
Su 9/13 Alice Springs - Yulara [photo's & diary]
* Sunrise in a balloon (Spinifix), including a champagne breakfast
* Then more then 500km to Uluru (Ayers Rock)
* Walk to the top of Ayers Rock
* Cloudy sunset
517 km
Mo 9/14 Yulara - The Olga's - Yulara [photo's & diary]
* Mali-walk (guided by a ranger) near Ayers Rock
* To Kata Tjuta (The Olga's) and a walk through Valley of Winds
* Back to Uluru and a walk around the rock
* Beautiful sunset
170 km
Tu 9/15 Yulara - Alice Springs [photo's & diary]
* Back to Alice Springs
* Visit to "School of the air" and souvenir-hunting in Alice Springs
250 km
We 9/16 Alice Springs - Glen Helen - Alice Springs [photo's & diary]
* Gorges in the West MacDonnell Ranges with Simpsons Gap and Standly Chasm
* Also Ellery Gap, Ormiston Gorge and Glen Helen Gorge
* In Alice Springs we go to the Aboriginal cultural centrum for a show
305 km
Th 9/17 Alice Springs - Cairns - Yorkey's Knob [photo's & diary]
* Visit the Ghan-museum and then a flight to Cairns
* In Cairns we hired a 4WD (part of the lugage on top of the vehicle)
* Camping in Yorkey's Knob (near the ocean)
* Finishing the day at a café with lot's of funny peolple
Fr 9/18 Yorkey's Knob - Mossman - Daintree - Cape Tribulation - Cooktown [photo's & diary]
* Drying our tents and then to Mossman
* Walk in the rain forrest (Daintree) and on the beach (Cape Tribulation)
* From here we enable the 4WD, and stop 40km before Cooktown to sleep in Home rule rainforrest lodge
221 km
Sa 9/19 Cooktown - Lakeland - Kuranda [photo's & diary]
* Via Black Montains to Cooktown
* Visiting the city centre, the wharf and the fire tower
* Via the inland road to Kuranda
357 km
Su 9/20 Kuranda - Cairns [photo's & diary]
* Sundag is market-day in Kuranda
* 4 persons take the train to Cairns, the other will take the car
* Chaging the 4WD for a monospace
* Evening on Pier Market and the Esplanade
78 km
Mo 9/21 Cairns, diving near Paradise Reef [photo's & diary]
* With "Passions of Paradise" to the Great Barrier Reef
* Diving (Introductory scuba dive) and swimming on Paradise Reef and Upolu Cay
* Dinner in The Chapel
Tu 9/22 Cairns - Atherton - Millaa Millaa - Innisfall - Townsville [photo's & diary]
* To Atherton and Millaa Millaa fot the water falls of Tablelands
* Curtain Fig Tree, The Crater, Dinner falls, Millstream falls, ...
* Over Bruce highway to 15km past Townsville
612 km
We 9/23 Townsville - Airlie Beach [photo's & diary]
* Visiting the animal Park 'Billabong Sanctuary' (with koala's, kangaroes, crocodiles, snakes, wombats, birds, ...)
* Driving to Airlie (and retrieving the final information for the sailing trip)
* Walk through town, find a camping place and dinner in Beaches
274 km
Th 9/24 Whitsunday Island [photo's & diary]
* Boarding the Iluka for a 3-day sail trip
* Just killing some time on board, and walking on Whitheaven Beach
* We will sleep in a bay on the west side of Whitsunday Island
Fr 9/25 Whitsunday: sailing [photo's & diary]
* The people who slept on the deck witnessed a great sun rise
* Swimming on the eastside of Hook Island
* Turning around Hook Island, and supprisingly spotting some whales !!
* Dropping the ancker, and a walk to a aboriginal cave with a lookout
Sa 9/26 Whitsunday: saling - Airlie Beach - Mackay [photo's & diary]
* Real sailing (for the first time the engine can take a rest) to South Molle Island
* Walk to the top of Mt. Hayman, with 360 degrees view
* Back to Airlie Beach to finish the boat trip and then to Mackay
158 km
Su 9/27 Mackay - Sydney - Penrith [photo's & diary]
* Sunday is market day: Sidewalk Market
* Flying to Sydney (with 2 short stops)
* With a new car (14km on the odometer) to the Blue Mountains
90 km
Mo 9/28 Penrith - Katoomba - Liverpool - Camden [photo's & diary]
* Walking in the Blue Montains starts in Leura near the Gordon-falls
* Then to Katoombe (Echo Point and Three sisters)
* In Blackheath we walk to the bottom of the canyon (Grand Canyon Track)
* Driveng via Liverpool (dinner in Pizza-hut) to Camden
216 km
Tu 9/29 Camden - Sydney [photo's & diary]
* Visit Australian oldest scheepfarm: Glenswood
* Making wool, shaving a sheep, throwing a boomerang, guided tour in the homestead,...
* Back to Sydney: Circular Quai and Opera House
87 km
We 9/30 Sydney [photo's & diary]
* Walk in 'The Rocks' and then the ferry to Manly Beach
* Walking to Darling Harbour, and we also try the view from in the monorail
* Chinees garden and a free show in abo-centre
* Dinner in Chinees area and back to the campground
36 km
Th 10/1 Sydney [photo's & diary]
* Visit to the Townhall and Queen Victoria Building
* Guided tour on the observation deck of the AMP-tower
* Looking at fish in the Aquarium
* Walk over the Harbour Bridge
* Walk through the Botanic Gardens and to the House of Parlements
* First time (and last nigh) that we don't use the tents
34 km
Fr 10/2 Sydney - Bali - Singapore [photo's & diary]
* Early wake-up to drive to the airport.
* We arrive at Bali in the afternoon, and have to wait 7 hours for the next flight.
Sa 10/3 Singapore - Amsterdam - Brussel [photo's & diary]
* 6h15: changing planes in Amsterdam : a KLM Fokker will bring us to Brussels
* It's 8h00 when we are in Brussels, but our lugage didn't change planes in A'dam and will arrive one day later.

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