We present to you, more "Things done BIG!". A banana and, as 'Gimli' would say; "And my AXE!".
3 January 2019
'Mapleton Falls'. Though there's not much water in the picture, the view was gorgeous.
1 January 2019
Bird watching in 'Jabiru Park'. We didn't see many birds...
31 December 2018
'The Maheno Shipwreck'. For more information, please refer to the google search engine. Part 6 of 6.
'The Champagne Pools'. The only salt water lake on Fraser Island. Part 5 of 6.
Aerial footage. Part 4 of 6.
30 December 2018
'Lake Wobby'. One of the many fresh water lakes on Fraser Island. Part 3 of 6.
'Central Station'. From 1863 to 1991 there's been a lot of wood harvesting on Fraser Island. Part 2 of 6.
'Fraser Island'. The largest sand island in the world. Part 1 of 6.
22 December 2018
The most powerful explosion in Australian transport history.
The story of 'Clement Lindley Wragge', aka "The Rain Maker". And his 'Vortex Cannon'.
21 December 2018
20 December 2018
Silo art in Moura.
Manmade waterfall in 'Rockhampton'.
19 December 2018
'Whitehaven Beach'. Believed to be the most beautiful island in Australia.
'Port Hamilton'. The first destination on our trip towards 'Whitsunday Island'.
'Port Airlie'. Our departure point towards 'Whitsunday Island'.
17 December 2018
More giants... a 'Big Mango' & an even 'BIGGER MANGO!'.
A refreshing (but cold) swim in the 'Small Crystal Creek'.
Lookout over the 'Hinchinbrook Channel'.
16 December 2018
To add to the on going collection of "Big Things" a giant Crab.
'Mourilyan Harbour, Sugar Wharf'.
Never ending Banana & Sugar Cane farms.
'Cairns'. The city in a garden.
From here we've visted the 'Great Barrier Reef'. The 'Thetford Reef' to be more specific. There has been an estimated amount of 3500 different reefs that reside within the Great Barrier. The reef we've visted has 25 different dive and snorkeling sites. Though we've only snorkeled on 6 of those. Pictures from this adventure will follow soon.
This is also the place where we've dodged the oncoming cyclone. Although we had a lot of rain, apparently there's been more in 'Townsville'. A lot of roads have been closed, including the highway leading in and out of the city. However, we'll keep you posted on our journey onwards towards the south.
15 December 2018
'Cooktown'. Remote, but amazing scenery.
'Wujal Wujal Falls'.
'Coconut Beach'. As the name implies, there are a lot of coconut trees in the area.
We did not expect to cross a river by ferry... yet, here we are. The closest "crossing" is a few kilometres out, but not recommended due to bad weather.
Some people have a lot of time on their hands.
That's an interesting way of parking an airplane.
12 December 2018
'Texas Longhorns, Rommel & Monty'.
11 December 2018
A massive fig tree.
The 'Tchupala' & 'Wallacha' Falls. Two gorgeous waterfalls located in the middle of a rainforest.
Beautiful landscaping trough a windmill farm.
9 December 2018
Came across some interesting listeners while looking for Topaz.
8 December 2018
The 'Burdekin River' flood chart.
An old goldmine in 'Charters Towers'.
7 December 2018
We had a visitor at last night's dinner.
6 December 2018
The abandoned township of 'Mary Kathleen', and it's uranium mine. What once was a thriving village of 1200 people. Is now the playing field for a few grazing cows.
An OK spot, for a late afternoon lunch.
The ' Nowranie Cave'. It is said that the cave reaches a depth of a 100 metres. Unfortunately is it not safe enough for us to go down and confirm the saying.
✔ Straight road
✔ Clear blue sky
✔ Total emptiness on your left
✔ Total emptiness on your right
All the necessities for a complete peace of mind.
5 December 2018
A super secret cave, right next to the road...
The spider bridge over 'Lake Mary Ann'.
4 December 2018
The 'Glen Helen Gorge'.
The 'Serpentine Gorge'.
3 December 2018
'Kata Tjuta'. There is a beautiful walk of about 7 kilometres through the mountains.
'Uluru'. The Mala (Walaby) walk.
'Uluru'. The most magnificent piece of rock we've ever gazed upon.
2 December 2018
Alice Springs, the centre of the so called "Red Dessert".
1 December 2018
A replica of the 'Elsey Homestead'. From the film 'We of the Never Never'. Never have we seen this movie though...
Close by the homestead was a natural spring. Apparently the water is absorbed by the earth, heated till 30 degrees, and then released in this natural spring. The water is never-ending beautifully crystal clear, and turns into a wonderful river for people to swim in.
An old mill, used for machinery in the second World War.
One of the best waterfalls we've seen thus far, the 'Edith Falls'. We could've swam here, was it not for the freshwater crocodiles...
30 November 2018
'Florence Falls'. We had a lovely afternoon swim here.
"Crocodile Safety"... How is swimming with any crocodile safe... Also, some more pictures of the locals.
(Very) Old tin mine in the Litchfield National Park.
The Darwin Military Museum, part 5 of 5.
The Darwin Military Museum, part 4 of 5.
The Darwin Military Museum, part 3 of 5.
The Darwin Military Museum, part 2 of 5.
The Darwin Military Museum, part 1 of 5.
The car started making noise, I don't think the exhaust is supposed to look like this... (It snapped in half through the middle).
29 November 2018
The abandoned prison of 'Gunn Point'.
28 November 2018
A lookout over 'Timber Creek'. A small village located in a valley. We've also made some friends with the locals.
The 'Argyle Dam'.
26 November 2018
Not sure if it's the river to blame, or our driving style... But we broke down. Oops.
25 November 2018
The 'Gibb River Road'. A 500km rough, unsealed road trough the "Jurassic Park". With as highlight of the day... A river crossing.
The 'Windjana Gorge'.
The longest cattle feeding through in Australia. The single windmill you'll notice in the background is pumping all the water.
Also, a very old 'Boab Tree'. With quiet an interesting backstory.
There are some small crocodiles in the river. The little guys are too shy, and fast to take pictures of though.
You're supposed to see dinosaur footprints when the tide is low. Unfortunately, we were there at the wrong time. Nevertheless are the views still amazing.
24 November 2018
'Don Rhodes Mining Museum'. Part 2 of 2.
'Don Rhodes Mining Museum'. Part 1 of 2.
23 November 2018
Natural pools in the 'National Park of Karijini'. Delightful swimming ensured.
Close by Dampier, the village of Wickham. Some information about this massive scale of iron industry.
22 November 2018
Welcome to Dampier, the city of iron.
There are times when you're driving for hours without seeing anything of interest. That's when one would decide to make pictures of rocks. May I present to you, "Sleeping Elephant", "Flat Rock", and last but not least... "Boulders".
'Cape Range' National Park.
21 November 2018
Endless plains, littered with termite mounds.
The Space and Technology Museum in Carnarvon. Quiet a lot of history for such a desolate and small town.
20 November 2018
'Natures Window', as the name implies... There's an 8km walking trail around the gorge, which we of course didn't take.
A proper Pink Lake.
19 November 2018
'Pinnacles Desert'. Thousands of rocks, weathered by the elements for years to form these amazing looking pinnacles.
18 November 2018
Something as ridiculous as a drive thru liqour store... Australia's got it! On the other hand, there's some amazing purple trees as well.
17 November 2018
The Shipwreck Museum in Perth, part 2 of 2.
The Shipreck Museum in Perth. A lot of information about the VoC and Dutch history. Part 1 of 2.
13 November 2018
'The Big Orange', no need to explain I presume?
Bunbury, or as locals would say... Funbury.
12 November 2018
Another beach lookout. The so called 'Sugarloaf'.
Waterfalls and kangaroos, everything a boys heart desires.
Another cave, "hidden" behind a small walk through the bushes. Bonus picture of a bee hive.
A massive pit, leading towards a cave.
A Historic Water Wheel so old, it has been encrusted by calcified lime. Also the nearby lighthouse of 'Cape Leeuwin', from different angles.
11 November 2018
'Bicentennial Tree'. A 65m high tree one could climb.
'Lane Pool Falls' in all it's glory. The forest surrounding the "waterfall" has been burned down by a huge fire in 2015.
'Circular Pool'. When the river flows into the pool it creates a circular flow, hence the name.
10 November 2018
'Monkey Rock'. Another weird name for a beautiful view.
'Elephant Rock'. A weird name for weird rocks...
9 November 2018
Shelly beach', and 'Secret Bay'. We saw some hang gliders jumping off the cliffs at Shelly Beach. Another thing to add to the bucket list.
'Sharp Point'. Can someone identify these weird looking plants?
'Natural Bridge', and 'The Gap'. The latter is difficult to notice since it's just a cliff. But there's another cliff to the left of it (off picture), thus creating a gap.
Beach overnight 09-11-2018.
8 November 2018
Potholes, Dutch tourists, and amazing views from 'The Fitzgerald River' national park.
Sometimes... We visit some of the less interesting things as well, 10/10.
Lookout over 'Observatory Island'.
'Whistling Rock' in 'Cape Le Grand'.
'Frenchman Peak' from 3 different locations. This big rock is located in 'Cape Le Grand', a national park east of Esperance. We stayed here for a couple of days to catch up on some surfing.
6 November 2018
Some more silo art, this time in Raventhorpe. We parked next to it just to show how massive these silos are.
The tractor museum in Lake King. And as requested... details attached.
A stuck truck, and a road train (with plenty wheels...) full of cows.
'The Chicken Ranch', our backyard from tuesday.
5 November 2018
The last stop for today "Mulka's Cave". I couldn't be bothered with the signs so whatever the story is, I don't know... 😊
"Wave Rock" and "Hippos Yawn", do I need to say more?
"Buckley's Breakaway"... Over millions of years the granite top layer of this area has corroded in certain areas and washed away. What is left now looks like a mini grand canyon
Some sculptures on the Tin Horse Highway.
We're finally on the road again 😊. So, expect some regular updates from now on... Starting with this... 'dog in a ute'.
The so mentioned 'upgrade'... A house.
31 October 2018
For the past 2 months we've been working with some amazing people. The first few weeks we stayed in some containers called 'Dongos'. After that, we got an upgrade...
16 September 2018
We got some firewood in the mule, this will keep us going for a little while
15 September 2018
Our work for the (hopefully) coming 2 months. It's on an Olive farm with a surface of about 800 hectares.
We've been flushing and repairing the irrigation system for the past 2 weeks, and we'll probably finish it in a week or two.
Other employees (a German, an Englishman and another Dutchman) are spraying the fields.
In about 3 weeks we'll all be planting new saplings, around 250.000 of them. It's a job that requires 7 people in total. There is 1 tractor driver, 4 planters, and 2 people constantly supplying the tractor with new saplings.
Every morning and evening, we are greeted by what we call "the great sheep migration". It's just a bunch of sheep wandering around really. The sheep belong to another farmer, and they roam around to keep the grass low, and raise the olive trees a bit.
We've also came across a lot of kangaroos, a few deadly baby snakes, some hurtful spiders and bullet ants, and the occasional lizard.
We had some delicious lamb today, the company we work for does it every year after the harvest. I guess we were lucky to be here at the right time, even when we did not attended the harvest.
10 September 2018
6 September 2018
Sometimes you have a small leak when the hose comes out of the main pipe. It's got a fair amount of pressure for a hole this little to create a mess this big!
2 September 2018
Just to give you an idea on how big the farm is. These are the fields we have to work.
Historical machinery in Collie.
28 August 2018
Gnomesville. As the name implies, a big pile of Gnomes...
So... after practising some surfing (pictures will follow). And being lazy for a few weeks. We've been able to find some work, in the grape pruning industry.
The work is simple, cut grape vines to control the growth. The payment however... $0,70 cents per plant you prune. We started the job last Monday, and made a whopping total of $108,- australian dollars together (minus taxes, this is less than €5.50 euro per hour). Hence the reason we stayed there for only one day.
Wednesday we found another farming job closer to Perth. Stories will follow.
25 August 2018
Stockton coal mine.
18 August 2018
Weekend off in the nature. We made our own campfire cooking tripod.
17 August 2018
Small part of Kings Park.
14 August 2018
We arrived in Perth a few days ago. The city is a bit more quite than Melbourne, with a little less tall buildings and much more charm.
Now we're actilvey looking for jobs. I've found some interesting ads so far. One of them is as a coffee repair technician, where one of the requirements is that you need to be passionate about coffee...I mean... That's doable 😅.
Yesterday was "test your wetsuit in the ocean" day, so we drove past a gazillion beaches in order to find a quiet one. Luckily, after driving around for 4 hours we found a calm snorkeling beach. The temperature outside was about 18 degrees, the water was probably below that... So, when your first foot enters the ocean it's like, nope not getting in... But when you further submerge yourself, you can't even feel the cold, which is amazing.
Next up is some surfing lessons and then we're good to go.
12 August 2018
Made some fire by using a flint and steel. The next step will be a bow and stick.
Frost in the morning... No wonder we had a frozen cold night.
11 August 2018
"The 90 Mile Straight". A straight road over a length of 146km. No bends, no twists, not even a bump, that combined with the most breathtaking view of endless plains. The most boring 146km we've ever driven... 😶.
10 August 2018
The best museum we've ever bin too, 10/10.
Scenic lookout three.
Scenic lookout two.
Scenic lookout one.
Camel, Kangaroo, and Wombat sign.
Windmill park in Penong, they claim to have at least one of each windmill you can find around Australia.
9 August 2018
Whistle rocks, and blow holes. If the water hits the rocks, they make a whistle sound. With strong winds and tides the water will spew out of said holes.
Sculptures near Elliston
"Lake Hamilton Eating House" a Historical building.
Leo Cummings lookout, the Memorial of a fisherman who died at sea.
8 August 2018
Street and Silo art in Tumby Bay.
7 August 2018
Last 2 night's camping view.
Curious little one.
6 August 2018
The abandoned copper town of Beltana. The oldest, still standing, house dates back to the 1850s.
Long unsealed roads and extreme drought... Not a drop of water to be found, hence the awful lot of dead animals in this area.
5 August 2018
The biggest copper mine in the area. The water tanks are all that remains.
Flinders Rangers National Park, and "The Great Wall Of China".
Aboriginal engravings in a dried creek.
A tree with a backstory, which we've forgotten... Something about a painter.
A little hike.
Which animal could this skull belongs to...?
4 August 2018
The ruins of a once great sheep shaerers homestead. Started by a 24 year old boy in the 1850s. The homestead had over 40.000 sheep. Too bad it died out to drought and floods in the 1880s.
We traded the lush forests and great oceans for vast and never ending plains.
A little town named Quorn, looked deserted since there was literally nobody...
Another pink lake, this time a little better visible.
We have been taking it easy with the car and been driving around 80 to 90kmh maximum to save a bit of fuel. Even then we only average at using a litre of fuel on every 5.8km. 😋
3 August 2018
Detailed map of Australia.
Today we also came across the Rabobank. We thought they were only in the Netherlands...
It is hard to see but that is supposed to be a pink lake.
"Hells Hole". A giant sinkhole full of water.
Last night's camping place, near a river with some fishing cabins. Quite quiet.
2 August 2018
An extinct volcano, it's supposed to be a crater which you can't really tell...
Also, this was our last stop on The Great Ocean Road. We'll be leaving the state Victoria shortly and head on further in Southern Australia. Onwards to Adelaide!
"The Grotto". The amount of force that is produced when the water collapses against the walls is astounding.
"The London Bridge". According to the stories, there once was a connection between the two land masses. However, it collapsed in 1990. There were two men camping on the outer parts, after which they became stuck for several hours.
"Loch Ard Gorge".
"The Twelve Apostles".
1 August 2018
Trying to fix the AC at night... In the cold... (Frank's orders) 😅
Today we had burgers for dinner, we thought we had enough to make 2 burgers each but forgot that after frying they shrink quite a bit. 😋
We visited a lighthouse on what we think is the furthest point south in Australia (excluding Tasmania this is).
B- e- a- utifel scenery.
This is the second waterfall we visited on The Great Ocean Road called "Sheok Falls".
Just a few pictures of the beaches we saw during our drive on The Great Ocean Road.
The first waterfall we visited today, it looked quite impressive compared to what you can see on some pictures.
31 July 2018
Our stay for tonight, nice and flat concrete floor :). Hope we won't turn mad from the crickets though, they're at least over 9000 decibels loud...
Some pictures we took today during our travels over the great ocean road.
Here we are... Stuck in the mud... Worst part? It's not even 100 meters from where we slept for the night. Took us about an hour and a half to get out... Some helpful chap came by and helped us though, thanks lad.
Some pictures of last night's stay.
30 July 2018
Today we got some steering parts fixed on the car and finally started our trip towards the great ocean road. We arrived in darkness and couldn't really be bothered to cook so we decided to have spaghetti from a tin. Just a piece of advice for everyone, you're better off starving then eating tinned spaghetti. That was a once in a lifetime experience for us...
Street, and parking art in the streets of Melbourne.
27 July 2018
After our dinner we had a quick shower in the buckets below, we're not really sure what the temperatures are because we have no devices to measure it but it is cold enough to create clouds when breathing. It's a little bit chilly as well with clothes on, never mind trying to shower in little buckets like that but we managed. We're in bed just now writing our journeys. At the moment we have no signal but I'm sure we'll find one tomorrow. We are going to watch some TV on the phone and make an attempt at sleeping. This is going to be rather interesting as there are plenty of little creepers crawling around us.
After visiting the Melbourne F1 circuit and having the AC partially repaired we arrived at our camping spot in the middle of nowhere. It is classed as a free camping with no electricity, water supplies and shower. We did however drive past a toilet which was in the middle of the bush, it had 4 walls, a small roof and a toilet placed over a big hole in the ground. We arrived around 5pm at the camping place. After about half an hour it is complete dark, in the darkness everything takes twice as long to do as we only have a couple of flashlights. We made our dinner in the dark and did the dishes which all together took the better part of 2 hours.
We had to fuel up as you can see (Jeroen is this similar to what you require normally :p?). We also drove through this Forrest, at first we thought all the tall trees lost there leaves due to it being winter at the moment but later on we noticed that all trees are black at the bottom. They must have died during a massive bush fire a while ago...
While waiting for the car to get fixed, we walked about 10km towards and on the Melbourne F1 Circuit. The weather was nice today, hope we can say the same tonight in the middle of nowhere.
It took us a couple of days to get parts for the car, our camping gear and to get the car cleaned out but we're nearly there. Today we dropped the car off at the garage to get the AC fixed (apparently it's advisable to fix it as it can be slightly warm (read 50 degrees) and a little bit humid (100% humidity) in the outback!). Tonight will also be our first night camping, it will be a little bit colder then expected (night temperatures lie around 5 - 10 degrees in Melbourne, up in the mountains where we're going we are uncertain just now but will find out soon enough!).
25 July 2018
Bought her yesterday, and done some cleaning today. You'll be seeing a whole lot more of this young lady.
22 July 2018
Today we went looking for a car in Tottenham. Then we saw this amazing clock in 'China Town'. Every hour the birds and men come out the bottom and play a song. We took another skyline picture, and walked through some parks and the botanical garden on our way home. We also walked past some guys playing sports in the park, upon looking closer we noticed they were all chasing a ball on a broomstick...
20 July 2018
Picture time! Part of the city skyline.
19 July 2018
Woke up at 14:00, say 'Hi jetlag' and 'goodbye productive day'. Went to the shopping area by tram, and wow... It's huge! Got our banks and mobiles set up. Tomorrow we'll be looking for a car. Till then, goodnight.
Ps. The picture is from the tram station.
18 July 2018
They have "De Ruijter" here aswell, all is going well.