Thank you and goodbye
28.02.2012 - 12.04.2013
We have arrived back in Fremantle and have come to the end of our almost 14 month long Big Lap of Australia and wish to post this last page on our blog. It has been a once in a lifetime experience with many highlights and adventures.
We started preparations in Fremantle at the end of February 2012 and departed on 18 March 2012 travelling towards the Coral Coast in the north of Western Australia to enjoy Ningaloo Reef. We loved the Kimberley with its vast remoteness, magnificent gorges and stunning waterfalls. Purnululu and the remote Mitchell Falls were highlights in their own right. The Top End in Northern Territory was also special with Arnhem Land, the extremely remote Cobourg Peninsula and parts of Kakadu the highlights. From the very top of NT we travelled south to the Red Center to visit the iconic Uluru, Kata Tjuta and Kings Canyon. We paid a short visit to Southern Australia travelling through Coober Pedy and around Lake Eyre to Queensland on the Oodnadata and Birdsville tracks. We spent almost four months in Queensland and the highlights were Cape York Peninsula and Fraser Island, where we also met our most serious challenges on rough tracks, deep river crossings and boggy sand dunes. My diving trips to the Coral Sea, the Great Barrier Reef and to the Yongala were unforgettable. Our four day trip to Heron Island was also memorable and a nice break from camping. We visited dense rainforests and hiked the highest mountain in Australia in New South Wales after paying short visits to the other two territories, Jervis Bay and the Capital. In Victoria we visited family and many coastal delights like Phillip Island and Wilsons Prom. The seven week visit to Tasmania was a big highlight with its rugged west coast, remote south-west wilderness, remote Bruny Island, idyllic east coast, especially the Bay of Fires, and the magnificent Cradle Mountain in the center. South Australia’s southern highlights were Kangaroo Island, Coffin Bay and the Flinders Ranges. On the last leg of our tour we crossed the endless Nullarbor, enjoyed stunning Lucky Bay in Cape Le Grand National Park after camping on our piece of land we own in Esperance. We finally arrived back in Fremantle on 15 April 2013 after a brief visit to the stunning Stirling Range.
It was a great privilege and an exciting adventure to explore a whole continent and some of its major islands and I must admit, Australia’s diverse landscapes, vast wilderness areas and stunning beaches pleasantly surprised us. This is a beautiful country!
We travelled 43,000 kilometers with only one flat tyre and absolutely no problems with the Land Cruiser, except for having to replace the fuel filter myself in the Kimberley. The Quantum was the ideal camper for the trip and served us well, especially where it mattered the most in remote sites and on rough off-road tracks. We camped at 163 places and visited 118 national parks and conservation areas.
This blog got more than 110,000 views and we want to thank all our subscribers and everybody that commented on the blog entries and photos. It was nice and encouraging to receive comments and compliments along the way.
The time has come to get back into mainstream life and we will settle somewhere south of Perth with both of us hopefully getting jobs soon.
I have chosen a few photos of us having fun to enhance the final blog entry.
Thank you and goodbye!