24 hours in Hobart
January 16, 2017

January 12-14, 2017 It was a long haul, commencing on Thursday January 12th, down to Hobart, Tasmania, Australia, with stops in LAX and SYD. Every so often a stopover can present a unique opportunity: our friends Fiona and Phil and their son Jonty, came out all the way to Sydney airport to meet us which gave […]

This post is about the government documentation we needed and obtained to bring our car into Australia.   Australia in General   Our car arrived by container ship into Port Botany, Sydney from Los Angeles. We were not involved in any of the customs, quarantine or clearance process as our local shipping agent handling all […]

The Australian part of our trip is drawing to a close
October 21, 2013

Monday, October 21st   It’s been great, all of it! The camping, driving on remote roads, catching up and staying with friends, visiting and re-visiting places,…. We arrived in Sydney on Sep 1st and fly out of Perth tomorrow, Oct 22nd. Destination: Indonesia. First stop: Seminyak, Bali. Flights and first 3 nights of accommodation are […]

Fremantle (Perth)
October 9, 2013

October 9th to 22nd Around lunchtime on October 9th we reached the northern suburbs or Perth. Our first stop en route to Fremantle was in Scarborough. Back in 1996 we lived there for a some months for Stephen’s work. We had lunch at ‘Zanders / the Sandbar’ we used to frequent often while there. the […]

Northampton, Jurien Bay and Pinnacles
October 6, 2013

Sunday, October 6th We took our time getting to Perth from Gnaraloo Bay. The first night we all ended up staying at The Edge Resort in Kalbarri. We got a deluxe spa suite at a discounted rate and discovered we had a washing machine in the bathroom. Pure luxury after 14 days of camping!!! Dinner with Louisa, Besim […]

Reuniting with very dear friends in Gnaraloo Bay
October 4, 2013

Friday, October 4th So here we get to the purpose behind the long drives of the previous days: getting to Gnaraloo 3 Mile Camp in time to catch up with our friend Louisa and her family (Besim, Zeke and Luan). Very nice to see her again after about 14years!!!!! All the driving meant that we […]

To Carnarvon
October 2, 2013

Wednesday, October 2nd Wow, that was a long and boring drive. Day 1 was from Broome to Port Hedland, some 600kms. Day 2 was from Port Hedland to a place called Milinya Roadhouse and a further 800kms. Day 3 the last 285kms. All this driving had a goal. But first, a recap of the three […]

Broome
September 30, 2013

Monday, September 30th The drive from Derby was short and easy so we arrived before lunch. A quick tour of the town and retail shops made us realize that today was Queens Birthday.  So about half the shops were closed.  But we found a nice cafe to have lunch.  So good to have real cafe […]

Derby
September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29th Not a lot going on in Derby. Described in our guide book as a sleepy town, and it certainly did not disappoint in this regard. Ok, it was Sunday, but still. We found a nice cafe at the wharf where we had “Barra” for dinner and watched the sunset over the water. […]

Tunnel Creek and Windjana National Park
September 29, 2013

Sunday, September 29th We started our day with a coffee. Very nice. The unsealed road to Tunnel Creek was in excellent condition and we made good time to this National Park. The 750m long cave-like tunnel through the hill-side was wonderful. It was very cool being hidden from the sun, but the extra bonus was wading […]

Fitzroy Crossing
September 28, 2013

Saturday, September 28th Up early with the sun as we had a big day planned. The first task for the day was to drive 150kms (90 miles) to Fitzroy Crossing for our morning coffee. Had a little trouble finding a place that actually sold latte-style coffee, but eventually stumbled across the Fitzroy River Lodge. For […]

Halls Creek and Larrawa Homestead
September 27, 2013

Friday, September 27th There is not much to Hall’s Creek. But there was a bakery with latte coffee, and it was good and we were happy. During coffee, Stephen noticed a sign offering the public a chance to see a weather balloon launch. So, we “the public” made our way to the Bureau of Meteorology […]

Bungle Bungles
September 26, 2013

Thursday, September 26th We decided against proceeding along the Gibb River Road as originally planned. The lack of water in the rivers means many of the attractions are dry and without the spectacular scenery for which The Kimberley is known. The excessive temperatures and corrugated roads helped our decision. On the way out from El […]

El Questro Campground
September 25, 2013

Wednesday, September 25th We travelled a short distance along the “famed” Gibb River Road to the “famed” El Questro resort. The section of the Gibb River Road was sealed, so it really does not count. The resort is a nice campground and we decided to park ourselves for the afternoon, chill out and do some […]

Kununurra
September 24, 2013

Tuesday, September 24th Another hot driving day with temperatures reaching 40C outside the car. But inside the car we measured the temperatures at 45°C under the glass. We are not using the air conditioning system to help keep the engine temperature as low as possible as well as ensuring we do not get a shock […]

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