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Summary of our Australian Big Lap

Thank you and goodbye

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!

Northernmost point of Australia at Cape York, Queensland

Northernmost point of Australia at Cape York, Queensland


Washing day in the bush, Cape Range National Park, WA

Washing day in the bush, Cape Range National Park, WA

Red Dog and Lorraine at Dampier, WA

Red Dog and Lorraine at Dampier, WA

Framed at Middle Lagoon, Dampier Peninsula, WA

Framed at Middle Lagoon, Dampier Peninsula, WA

Kimberley Beef Burger at Drysdale River, Kimberley, WA

Kimberley Beef Burger at Drysdale River, Kimberley, WA

Swimming at Tjaynera Falls, Litchfield National Park, NT

Swimming at Tjaynera Falls, Litchfield National Park, NT

Golden Snapper at Cobourg Peninsula at the top of the NT

Golden Snapper at Cobourg Peninsula at the top of the NT

Coral trout in Garig Gunak Barlu, NT

Coral trout in Garig Gunak Barlu, NT

Coober Pedy Old Timers Mine

Coober Pedy Old Timers Mine

Greg and I on the Great Barrier Reef

Greg and I on the Great Barrier Reef

Friendly Alexandrine Parrot

Friendly Alexandrine Parrot

Me in my favourite position on the Great Barrier Reef

Me in my favourite position on the Great Barrier Reef

On top of Australia at Mt Koscuiszko

On top of Australia at Mt Koscuiszko

The End of the Road in Tasmania

The End of the Road in Tasmania

Remarkable Rocks in South Australia

Remarkable Rocks in South Australia

Welcome back to WA! Nullarbor

Welcome back to WA! Nullarbor

Posted by KobusM 12.04.2013 18:22 Archived in Australia

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WoW Bad dis mos fantasties en n life-time trip.
Jyt smart foto's geneem sien ek.
Ek gaan die BLOG save en aanstuur vir my sus hulle
Ciao tjom en groete daar
Bad

12.04.2013 by werner erasmus

Congratulatiions and welcome home.

I will miss your commentary and superb photos

hope to see you both soon

Graeme

12.04.2013 by Graeme Mckenzie

As I have written many times before, it has been very interesting to follow your long trip and to see all the photos of all different landscapes, birds and all kinds of creations done by nature.
Good to see that all have gone so well! What an experience for life!!
Now I wonder thought.... what's next?!?
My best wishes
Ulla

12.04.2013 by Ulla

Fantastic summary and photos. It has been a pleasure to follow you on your journey! I wish you the best in finding some interesting new challenges. Annelie

13.04.2013 by Annelie

Lekker!! Baie nice fotos en n epic trip!!
Sien Pa in Afrika!!!

14.04.2013 by Jacques

Well done, it certainly must be the first time anyone did this trip. Now you are the Livingstone of Australia. Good luck with the job hunting but you don't need luck you make it happen!

14.04.2013 by Ian

seems unbelievable 1 year+ gone!fantastic trip seems like your detailed planning stood you guys in good stead-perth is going to seem sleepy afetr all that!

14.04.2013 by william stuart

What an amazing and breathtaking experience! Thank you for sharing! Glad you are going to settle now but I am going to miss "following" you:) Hope to see you soon somewhere in the future.
Kobus gee vir Lorraine 'n klap-soen en 'n boere-druk!
Baie liefde
Jason, Louise en al die kinders:)

14.04.2013 by Louise Smith

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