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Embracing Airlie Beach

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Before we left on our round-the-world, Australia was high on our list of must-see spots. However, four weeks into our East coast road-trip from Byron Bay towards Cairns, we just weren’t feeling it. Tired of long days of driving and exorbitant prices, we were heading North to see friends in Port Douglas, but still searching for the magic we had…

Two motorcycles on their way from Sydney to Christchurch – airfreight

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From time to time, when the land ends and there is only water in front of us, we have to find an alternative mode of transport – the bikes (and we) have to continue either by plane or by boat. This was of cause also the case when we wanted to go to New Zealand. In the following blog post…

All the way through the south

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Once more, we had to cover huge distances in Australia on our way from the West to the East – a few thousand kilometres, all the way through the south of Australia. Luckily, our route took us through quite different landscapes, and for a change, we had some variation: huge forests with giant trees, beautiful beaches, spectacular coast lines and…

The Land Down Under

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Australia, that enchanting land down under, where everyone has a great accent, looks like Hugh Jackman, and life is a beach. Or is it? I only recently realized in the 190-plus blogs I have posted on Next Big Adventure, only one has been about Australia, and that was simply a foto-Friday of Whitehaven Beach. Why, after spending over six weeks…

Hot hot and damn hot – Western Australia

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45° C in the shade, the sun burned down on us merciless – and since about 300 kilometres we hadn’t really noticed a change in the landscape. We had arrived in Western Australia – hot, dusty, and only very scarcely populated. We couldn’t be bothered to stop somewhere, and to go exploring – the weather was “hot hot, and damn…

The red heart of Australia – Outback everywhere!

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The red centre of Australia – it is the epitome of the Outback, and the heart of the country. Endless horizons, all the typical outback characteristics, farms that are as big as some countries in Europe, the heat, the red dust – it’s not only a cliché, it is reality in the red centre,
“We have to see the…

An Outback in the Outback

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If you’ve been a fan of Central Overland for a while, then you know I can be a bit cynical about over-baked trucks and SUVs. Having every possible widget on the finest possible platform is simply not imperative to overland travel. (I hope you’ll humor me by ignoring the fact that I drive a Slee-built Land Cruiser.)
This video will…

Corrugations to Queensland

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We were really happy, when we were finally back on the road when we had waited for our motorcycles for such a long time in Darwin. After a short detour through the Kakadu National Park, we went east on the corrugated dirt roads of the Savannah Way to Queensland – right through the famous Australian outback with its kangaroos, bush…

Finally – our bikes have arrived!

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About three weeks later than originally planned, our motorcycles finally arrived in Darwin. We had shipped them from East Timor in a container. Three weeks for a distance of only 700 kilometres. The shipping company Toll had changed the shipping schedule several times and always came up with new strange excuses; by now we really had to struggle to keep calm when…

Australia – we are shocked!

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After more than one year in Asia, it was a really strange feeling to be back in a country with a relatively familiar western culture. We were definitely not prepared for the shock that the contrast caused…  everything was different from what we were used from Asia: prices, culture, people, flora, fauna, weather, food, shopping…  After we had arrived by…

At the Horizons Unlimited Meeting in QLD

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Since we have met at a Horizons Unlimited Travelers Meeting in Germany, we have always had a special connection to those meetings that exist in many countries around the world. So whenever there is a meeting taking place whilst we are travelling, we are trying to get there. And now in Australia, we made actually quite a detour to get…

Goodbye budget, hello deliciousness!

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Goodbye budget, hello deliciousness!
August 24, 2013

It was with a heavy heart that we boarded the plane to Wellington for a long weekend of Beer tasting and general gluttony.
Who am I kidding? We were practically skipping with joy, well I actually was. Ben expressed his enthusiasm through the medium of not being asleep—despite the early morning flight.
As…

Searching for Lamb – South Island, New Zealand

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STOP! I think I can get this one! Jim slammed on the brakes as we rounded the bend, startled by my outburst. I leaped from the van, camera in hand, in what proved to be yet another failed attempt to photograph a sleeping baby lamb.
New Zealand is full of sheep. The commonly heard phrase “more sheep than people” is not exaggerated.…

A holiday from holiday

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Day 61:
KLMS Travelled – 11,932 Kylie + 2,047 hire car
With Kylie on her way to Africa, we were faced with 2 glorious weeks of proper holiday time with my parents. No putting up tents, no dashing for midnight bush wees, hot water on demand and as much wine, cheese and chocolate as you could imagine – bliss! Our…

Quobba (the reunion) and Shark Bay

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Day 43:
KLMS Travelled – 11,840
The leaflet for Quobba Station & Red bluff had been stuck on the front of our fridge for 5 years. We met the owners, Tim & Sara during a trip to Rome in 2007 when somehow i’d managed to persuade Richard go to Italy with me, despite the Rugby World Cup being in full…

Ningaloo

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Day 35:
KLMS Travelled – 10,106
The ‘Ningaloo Reef’ – we’d been dreaming of this destination for a long time and couldn’t wait to get there. The spectacular reef and its abundance of marine life earned itself a World Heritage status in 2010 so the snorkelling, combined with the prospect of finally being able to swim with Whale Sharks (which…

New Zealand by Campervan

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I have put off writing this blog for a long time. Somehow, putting it all into words seemed as though it might somehow lesson the magic of our time in New Zealand. New Zealand was like a dream, a country we felt connected to long before we ever arrived on her shores. It offered everything we love; stunning coastlines, jagged…

Broome – Karijini NP

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Day 26:
KLMS Travelled:  8,498
We’ve made it coast to coast! Driving up to Broome, we found a great  free camping spot at a pearl farm in Willie Creek -  it was so good to see the sea again – we’d missed it on our trek through the middle! We parked up on the headland, which had a stunning view…

The Gibb River Road

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DAY 20:
KLMS TRAVELLED 6,500
After Alice we scooted up the Stuart Highway to Tilmouth Wells RoadHouse ready to hit the notorious Tanami the next day.  We’d checked the road conditions and had been told that the track was ok at the moment, but in the back of our minds we still had a niggling feeling as we’d been told…

The Red Centre Way

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Days on the Road 13
KLMS Travelled 4,103
Back on the tarmac we headed to Uluru – another long day at the wheel but realising that the next day was Anzac day, we were keen to attend the dawn service there. We’d never been to an Anzac dawn service and felt it was something we should do before we left…

Oodnadatta Track & Lake Eyre – 3 TIMES!!

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Days on the road – 10
Kilometres Travelled – 2,502
After spending an extra in Wilpena following the previous days walk, we left the Flinders Ranges at 5:30am. We were conscious that we had to push on to make up some time as we are unfortunately on a time schedule for this part of the trip. We must make Perth…

Broken Hill & Flinders Ranges

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Days on the Road – 10
KLMS Travelled – 2,502
Broken hill is a fascinating outback mining town -silver and zinc were discovered here  back in the 1880′s and created decades of boom and bust cycles as people made and lost their fortunes. The conditions that the miners were made to work in were horrendous, hundreds lost their lives in…

Rutherglen – Broken Hill

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Days on the Road – 7
KLMS Travelled – 1936
Following the stressful start, we managed to get visas in Canberra and were soon on our way to Rutherglen for our friends wedding. Watching one of our closest friends get married in an idyllic vineyard setting was the perfect way to end our Sydney chapter and with all the goodbyes…

And so we left Sydney

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Days on the Road – 0
KLMS Travelled – 0
Thursday 1th April, 2013, we finally drove out of Sydney. After months of planning, we had both dreamt of this moment for a long time, but despite romantic visions of fanfares and high-fives, it wasn’t the triumphant occasion we’d imagined it to be. Having only finished full time work on…

Heli-Hiking Franz Josef Glacier – a Must Do!

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As we worked our way from the East coast of South Island New Zealand to the West coast, our thoughts were on one thing. Getting to Franz Josef to do some heli-hiking on the Glacier. Check one off the bucket list.

 
We began by spending the night in Franz Josef Township, a tiny town of a mere 250 residents.…

Transvecto One – Video from the road

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Well I’m a man of my word.  As promised in the blog, here is the first of three videos documenting the transvecto journey.  ”Transvecto One” is a 15 minute sequence of nearly every shot filmed from a GoPro camera mounted on the dashboard of Magda, from London to Sydney.  It’s high definition, so make sure you get the good quality…

Beginning of the End?

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Location: 36° 29′ 13″ S, 148° 07′ 34″ E (Snowy Mountains, New South Wales)
Distance from Sydney: 405 km
And so the final day is here.  When I planned this journey, I knew I wanted to drive back into Sydney. I could have had Magda shipped straight from Bangkok to Sydney and flown home. But it didn’t seem right. You couldn’t end…

Home James, & don’t spare the horses

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Location: 33° 33′ 25″ S, 115° 01′ 50″ E (Cape Naturaliste, Western Australia)
Distance from Sydney: 3,351 km
Here’s a free tip for all those planning to ship your car to Australia by container:
Don’t. Ship it to the moon instead. It’ll be easier.
When I shipped Magda to the UK she went via a roll-on roll-off (RoRo) vessel. I…

Australia: Finishing our first leg up in Melbourne and a quickie to Houston!

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Getting out of Sydney was tough!  We were leaving behind a familiar bed, it’s so weird how we get used to comforts so quick!  But right outside of Sydney, heading south on the coastal road, were amazing views of the ocean and terrain.  Really one of the most amazing coastal roads we’ve done so far!  Luckily we found an…

Australia: Cairns, Atherton Tablelands revisited, Daintree…and Sydney at last!

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In Cairns our big thing was to get an oil change since it was overdue and we also had some oil leakage.  Turns out the BMW Motorrad there isn’t too friendly and they weren’t really willing to help us or answer any questions.  After running around to almost every store on the main street, we found the Castrol Power…