This is a last part which describe my journey on Australia continent and first one with really holiday theme :-). We flew from Perth to opposite coast of Australia to Cairns. It’s usual point for trips to the Great Barrier Reef but because our plane set down around 4 am and we want to get some rest in hostel we realized that there is just few options for snorkeling and on only one place. So we decided to book a day trip to reef for tomorrow where was in price also one dive and all equipment and we had 10% discount. In the morning they picked up us from hostel and we boarded to ship Reef Experience where we get breakfast and morning tea. According to all information it is the fastes ship of this size at Cairns so we get good value for money.
I was amazed by underwater life and diving so I paid $55 for second dive which was much longer and we had more freedom. Cairns is also nice place but it’s obvious that it lives from tourist and for that instance there are mostly just pubs, restaurants and souvenirs shops but public pool on esplanade is great and for free. However, I didn’t enjoyed this tropic weather because it’s too humid for me. Anyway I saw there for firs time swing fro disabled kids on wheelchair (later I saw one also at Bronte). After two day in Cairs we picked up car (Ford Focus) at the airport for our next trip.
Next place on the list was Port Douglas because we’ve got information that if you’re in local yacht club on Wednesday at 4 pm you have chance to sail on sea for free as a part of crew. It was great and another people there told me that it’s written about it also in Lonely Planet guide so we headed there. On the way we get short stop at Hart’s Crocodile Farm where we just take boat on their pond and we saw their crocodiles how they can attack from water and also impressive pair of Sea Eagles.
Ticket is for three days and we planed to come on our way back. After sailing and dinner at Port Douglas we continued on the way to north, our first plan was get into Cape Tribulation, the northest place where you can get by sealed road around coast and spent night there but after we arrived to crossing of Daintree River, we realized that we have to take ferry to get to other side so we decided to spent night at Daintree Village where we found nice and cheap camp. In the morning we found out that we have to cross river to see part of Daintree Rainforest, the oldest rainforest on the world. We used boardwalks there to have a peek to this amazing rainforest and its life but only one day there is not enough so our great plans blow up and we saw just smaller part of it and then had quick run through Hart’s Farm where we saw also feeding of Cassowary (local huge kind of flightless birds). Than we headed back but I’ve remembered that there should be nice waterfall close to Kuranda so we visit this falls named Baron Fall and this detour was the best idea. Because we were there during wet season there was astonishing and the biggest waterfall which I saw in Australia.
In the morning we catch the plane because our next plan was to see Australia well-know red rock – Urulu. The cheapest flight was through Sydney so it took us longer to get there but we were at Ayers Rock Airport around 12 pm of local time, picked up a car and headed to see Kata Tjuta (means many heads in language of local Aborigines), another nice rock in this desert. This amazing rock formations are made by small pebbles glued together by some kind of red sandstone. There is few track which you could visit if they are not closed because of high temperatures and also this rocks have special place in religion of Aborigines tribes. Also is pretty good idea to see sunset there when it had great orange color and the whole picture is breathtaking especially with some clouds.
Sunset at Kata Tjuta
We spent night out of reserve at camp because you have cannot camp inside so we woke up early because we want saw sun rise at Urulu. They have here special places to see them which are far enough to see whole formation because they are massive. Then after quick breakfast we went to see visitors center where we found that Urulu climb is closed whole week because of strong wind at the summit so we just walked around this huge rock and then returned to airport to catch a plane back to Sydney.
Even if there are some organized trip to both places I would recommend you to do it by your own. Return ticket to Sydney is quite cheap and car renal fees are also fine and you can see much more and enjoy this special places without big noisy group of people around you.
At this two galleries below are my pictures from that week, hopefully you enjoy them.
After short pause I would like to continue where the last post ends. Our next goal after Tasmania was ride across another piece of Australia and visit west coast and because we had pretty good deal for car from Melbourne to Perth so we flew from Hobart to Melbourne. There we picked up car which was our companion for eight days and approximately 4,700 kilometers. It was brand new six berth Mercedes with all campervan luxury (TV, kitchen, fridge, shower, …). You can see it on the picture below.
It’s good car but not perfect, just four gear transmission and badly made seats for people inside but with everything you can expect from car like this. It’s true that fuel consumption was bad but we have thought about it before we decided to car like this. After all paperworks and some shopping for food we headed north from Melbourne to the Great Ocean Road which goes north around coast and there is stunning scenery and great stone formations for example Twelve Apostles (there is less of them now but it’s still great). Anyway thanks to roads which zigzags around coast and many magnificent places we did just small piece of our great plans but we saw a lot and there was great sunrise.
Next day we didn’t have many stops because we tried to hurry and we arrived just before sunset to Adelaide. We didn’t have much time and for this instance we just drive through because we wanted to sleep at Port Augusta. I think that Adelaide is beautiful city with great atmosphere and soul of Australia traditions because there is not much of modern skyscrapers and it still keeps it’s soul. From Port Augusta we hurried to Esperance from where we want to slow down and enjoy everything, it took us two day to get there and on the way we passed through the longest Australia straight road (146.6 km or 90 miles), few petrol stations and great Nullarbor Plain where they have also the longest golf course in the world. At each gas station or village they had one hole where you can play but you’ll need your car to move between holes. 🙂
Except road and the bush we saw on the way many road trains whose you can meet probably just here in Australia, other campervans and few cars. Away it was great experience, this scenery around, blue skies with nice clouds and great distance around. Also navigation is really useful there, it subtracted kilometres to next turn which was like 1,268 kilometres. If you love driving and believe that even road could be destination than it’s right place to go. After four days in rush we arrived to Esperance where we slow down and start enjoying this trip. We visited astonishing Lucky Bay with beautiful beach with kangaroos on it and some nice rocks. It’s true that than until Alabany it’s not that interesting but then we have been in Margaret River region with its great wineries, caves and other wonderful places. At all cities around cost was nice and relaxing atmosphere and we have stops close to Denmark in the Toffee factory where we had a bit of their production for taste and then in the Valley of the Giants with stunning walk in the tree tops.
My personal favorite is Buselton where is the longest jetty on the southern hemisphere (it’s long nearly two kilometres) and which is even better close to or after sunset because of it’s atmosphere. At the end of jetty is underwater observatory where you can have a peek to underwater life and appreciate beauty hidden under water and on piles of the jetty. And the whole city looks like ideal place for holidays. In the morning we headed north where we wanted to visit at least one cave but we weren’t lucky enough because in the Jewel Cave they haven’t had morning tour and we didn’t have time to wit for next so we continued to Mammoth Cave which is self-guided with audio-guide. It has that name because of bone fragments of extincted ancestor of Australian fauna but it also have amazing stalactite decoration.
Also we have some swim and wine taste and eight days run out and we were standing at Perth. At our short time there was nice but the center of the city was like big building site with fences and cranes everywhere. I heard also some Czech there because it’s also popular destination for studying English in Australia and because here was end of our trip I’ll continue with next adventures in the another post. Now there is plan of our trip and selection of pictures from this trip. I’ve tried to select the best of them.
Great Trip plan
After long time I’m writing new post to my blog because i have few minutes to describe what’s happened in last few months. However I’m back at home in Czech and now I’m looking for a job. The reasons why I didn’t write anything for so long is that I haven’t done nothing special for few weeks and than I didn’t had a time. I was just working and studying for three months.
Anyway thanks to my work with computer repair I have been in many places in the City and surrounding suburbs. I’ve visited also beautiful part named Balmain where are some really nice parks and great view as you can see on the picture below. I like this part a lot.
Later I visited with my friend another amazing place south of Sydney – Kiama. We get there by train (it took approximately two hours) and than we headed to see Blow Hole which is probably main attraction of this place. This Blowing Hole isn’t alone there they have smaller one which perform even better in normal condition. On the picture below you can see how it’s all works and also how it’s looks like during storm. When we were there they had market which is held fortnightly and it’s really nice one and around are wonderful beaches where is not many people. Just another beautiful day which worth all the cost (actually just $10.80 for return ticket :-)).
And finally the end of my studies in Australia come and Tasmania journey began. The first thing I should mention is that week in Tasmania is not enough even if is such small compare to Australia and I’d got more places on my list which I want to see. In the National Parks surrounded by astonishing nature beauty are tracks for few days and also outside of parks are great places.
Port in Hobart
We did there just simple circuit where I tried to put as much interesting places as possible. For whole trip we had brand new Kia Sportage rented from Hertz. We started at Hobart, the biggest and the capital city of the island and the sixth state. The city is amazing as we saw as well from Mt Wellington where you can get by car in half an hour and get this nice view of the whole city and great part of coast. There are no skyscrapers or anything what can damage city panorama. It’s also the second oldest city in Australia. From there we drove to north into Mt Field National Park where we saw at night glowing worms grotto and some of beautiful waterfalls, trees and lakes and we spent there our first cold night in the mountain. Also we met there couple of Czech whose left the Czech Republic many years ago. After visiting lake up in the mountain we headed north to beautiful lake St Claire and few other where we spent next night in bad camp (the worst one which we visited there) and because there was still great weather the night was quiet cold (around two degrees).
Than we passed through peculiar mining city of Qeenstown and up to Cradle Mountain National Park. Here in nice Big 4 camp we spent another night surrounded by Wallabies and in the morning we went for a walk which for me and Mark mean trek to Mt Cradle and for rest of our group visiting wildlife park. During our way up were clouds everywhere but after a lunch at summit we had clear view to all directions. Whole circuit took us approximately five hours without hurry and an hour rest at summit.
Me pointing on Mt Cradle
Next day we did the longest distance, from this camp we drove to George Town through some nice wine yards, around north coast down to St Helens where they have another nice Big 4 camp with jumping pillow.
Zahrada v Port Arthur
Then in next days we continued around cost to south and visited Freycinet peninsula with oyster testing and Wineglass Bay (according to their information one of the top ten beaches in the world) and then Tasman peninsula where we spent a night in camp close to Port Arthur. In the morning we went into Port Arthur Historic Site where they keeping some convict history of that place but my friends did not enjoyed this exposition and they had problems to understand our guide (it’s true that he spoke fast and with Aussie accent). Our las night we had in the Hobart camp close to airport. In the map below I highlighted our trip at this magnificent island.
After some time I found enough to write about. I have some new experiences which I would like to share with you.
Well, I believe thats not necessary to describe the floods in Queensland because all of you saw a lot about them at TV. But many people from the Czech Republic asked me if I’m ok because information about the floods in our news wasn’t perfect. Despite it being the biggest nature disaster in Australian history, people keep their humanity and sense of humor. It was really nice to see all this in news.
Anyway, because I worked also during my school course my attendance went down a little but still it’s fine. And thanks to my work I have been on Harbor Bridge Pylon Lookout from there is really nice view to everything around and picture of the City below was taken right there.
Then here is picture from cricket match Australia vs. England at Sydney Cricket Ground, so you can make a picture about how it’s looks like and how many people come to see a cricket match. Cricket here is one of the most popular sport and you could meet a lot people whose can spend all day just watching on it at TV.
And my freshest experience on Wednesdays Australia Day which is national public holiday. So it’s quiet new holiday but it’s connected to date when first settlers from England arrived in Australia and they started Australian history as a part of commonwealth. They celebrate this event everywhere, but traditional for Aussies is some barbecue with friends. But prepared program for celebrations in the City was nice, part of them you can see on my pictures but I saw just small piece and having super time there.
At first I have been sun-kissed during vessel parade in Sydney Harbor where I was with two friends. We watched it from Opera and then we went to have a look at historic cars which were displayed close to Hyde Park in the City. After that we moved to the Darling Harbor where they checked all bags because it was alcohol free zone and I couldn’t bring anything alcoholic inside in glass but inside was test of wine from local winery Yellow Tail where we stopped approximately an hour and than we just ran through National Maritime Museum.
And we finished this beautiful day in Pirrama Park, where was nice jazz music and great atmosphere and because this place wasn’t close to main roads there was less people and most of them were locals families. At the end there were a fireworks in Darling Harbor but I didn’t stayed to this one because I didn’t have my light with me and for that reason I tried to get home before sunset. Also whole area was overcrowded with people and it’s even difficult get thought.
I think that is all because otherwise I was just in school or work.