Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Tuesday, March 1, 2011, total distance: 5,328 miles (8.575 km)

  • Glenelg Australie-Méridionale 5045

    It's been 3 days I'm in Glenelg now, i'm tripping with some french guys waiting for Flo ( a german friend), to meet me up here on Sunday. I want to start my trip across the desert but I'm pretty sure its safer to have a couple hundred dollars more before leaving. I'm looking for a job for one week, if I can make 500$ that would be perfect. Also need to buy some special gear for in the desert (extra fuel & water tank, etc...). Met some great Auzzie's yesterday in a pub and they invited me for dinner tonight. I also met two very nice Dutch girls that are crossing the desert as well, so we agreed to follow each other in the desert so its safer. Should be allright.

  • Port Augusta Australie-Méridionale 5700

    And there we go ! Finally we started our roadtrip across Australia, from south to north. One of my tyres blew up on the highway, maybe not enough pressure in it was the cause, who knows ? But still, let's consider it a good training, better be able to do it before then get stuck in the desert :)

  • Flinders Ranges National Park

    Wilpena Pound, Hawker SA 5434, Australia  |  (08) 8648 0048
    Flinders Ranges National Park is a very famous and very beautiful NP. We met some Kangaroos as well on the campground. We didin't make the walk till Wilpena Pound because it was raining in the morning, but the scenic drive was awesome, enjoy the pictures.

  • Marree Australie-Méridionale 5733

    Marree, or the last stop before the Great Central Desert. Here starts the Oodnadatta Track. After buying some fuel and some food we start driving on the track, into the wild ! Amazing scenery, emptyness and silence :) But these bloody flies are everywhere ! And when they go to sleep the mosquitos come out ! Luckily we bought some flynets :). Next stop was William Creek, where we stopped at the Roadhouse. But the owner, Bruce, was a cranky bastard. So on the road again ! We camped at a very nice spot called Coward Springs, privately owned, and there was a very nice natural spa, check it out !

  • Oodnadatta Australie-Méridionale 5734

    Oodnadatta, or the Pink Roadhouse, very nice place :) We had a nice burger there and chilled out in the pool after our long drive, sadly the tyre repairer was gone to Adelaide, so I decided to not drive the third part of the Oodnadatta Track, but instead drive down till Coober Pedy. This was a 250km detour, but a safer option. at the end of the track, 10km away from Coober Pedy, the rain had made some severe damage to the road so the driving was pretty tough but I loved it ! Very nice drifting, 4WD straight into the flooded parts, => driving skills !! that's what I'm talking about ! Coober Pedy was a ghost town, with all the Abos walking around like zombies, amidst the opal miners, very weird ! 

  • Coober Pedy Australie-Méridionale 5723

  • Erldunda Territoire du Nord 0872

  • Yulara Territoire du Nord 0872

  • Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park

    Park Manager, PO Box 119, Ayers Rock Uluru 0872, Australia  |  (08) 8956 2299
    Uluru ! Finally ! I dreamed to see it and here I am. Magical place. We even had the chance to see it under the rain !!! This happens only 6 days a year. Waterfalls pouring down Uluru's flanks, very nice ! Then I went to the rockhole close to Uluru's base and had a swim with some Abo's, amazing experience beautiful sunset after.
    Kata Tjuta (The Olgas), was awesome as well. We made a nice walk in the Gorges there, enjoy the pictures.

  • Parc national Watarrka

    Watarrka National Park, South-west of Alice Springs, 330 kilometres via the Red Centre Way, Kings Canyon NT 0872, Australia  |  (08) 8951 8250
    Kings Canyon, our next stop, was very beautiful as well. Sadly I didn't do the big walk on the ridgetops because it was too late in the day. I am very dissapointed about this because it is a wonderful walk..... but shit happens.

  • Glen Helen Gorge

    After Kings Canyon we headed on the Meereenie Loop Road to see the West MacDonnel Ranges. Very nice landscapes all the way. I couldn't take decent pictures of Glen Helen Gorge because there was a lot of water around so I couldnt get close enough.

  • Standley Chasm

    Standley Chasm is a very nice rock formation along the MacDonnel Ranges. Check out the pictures

  • Alice Springs Territoire du Nord 0870

    Alice Springs ! The first big town since a long time ago, but we didn't stay long. Just one night at a hostel to recharge the batteries, do some laundry and have a good night of sleep. Lot of Abo's hanging around, waiting for the bottle shops to open so they can buy some goon.

  • My original plan, was to do the Tanami Road to be able to do The Kimberleys, the Gibb River Road, Bungle Bungles National Park and Wolfe Creek Crater. But we had a money problem, so we had to take the stupid highway to join Darwin, the Tanami Road was closed to all traffic. So we stopped at Tennant Creek and Katherine, two ghost towns along the way with a lot of Abo's doing nothing.... The only nice place we stopped at was Daly Waters, a roadhouse and historical pub along the way. Had a couple of beers there and left our cricket bat as souvenir.

  • Darwin Territoire du Nord

    Darwin here we are ! After two weeks of amazing roadtrip, we finally arrived in Darwin. I found a nice hostel and now I am trying to find some work on the boats, or just a job via Manpower. Its a nice city here, tropical climat with sometimes heavy rain, but always warm. But these bloody crocodiles and box jellyfish make it impossible to enjoy the ocean !

Coorong National Park, Monday, February 28, 2011

The next day, I continued to follow the dirt roads, and I had an amazing ride in the bushland, still following the coast up north. Very nice drive till sadly I had to back on the highway again and arrived a couple of hours later in Glenelg, Adelaide.

Kingston Australie-Méridionale 5275 , Sunday, February 27, 2011

After Warrnambool I continued my trip alone, destination: Adelaide. 680kms. At first I drove inland on the Princess Highway, but then I checked my map and I noticed a nice road that was following the coast and I could see a nice national park along the coast as well. So I headed to Kingston SE (the crayfish town :p) to join that road. Once I arrived in Kingston, I bought some beer, had lunch and then continued north. I wanted to drive till a nice camping spot in the wild, close to the beach. And when I arrived there, after 30k of dirt road, I wasn't dissapointed :) Awesome beach, 4WD on the beach, amazing sunset :) Sweet !

Cape Otway Victoria 3233, Saturday, February 26, 2011

Cape Otway National Park is very beautiful, and driving in this wonderful nature along the Great Ocean Road is a real pleasure. Enjoy the pictures of the Erskine falls and from the koalas :) . Camping was at Blanket Bay, chill.

Port Campbell VIC 3269, Australia  |  13 1963

In the Ocean along the Port Campbell National Park you can see the 12 Apostles, the Gibson Steps, Mutton Island, etc.... All these places were very nice, but when a couple hundreds of Asians débarquent in their bloody busses, it just ruined it.... First time I experienced mass tourism here in Australia.

The end of the Great Ocean Road, met some nice Germans, dropped Louis (the french guy who i was travelling with) off at a hostel.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

Byron Bay New South Wales 2481 # Saturday, January 15, 2011

Byron Bay, been there 5-6 times, and every time we love it ! You know what they say about it People stay for one day, then one week, then forever. We will miss your beautiful beaches, chill atmosphere, live music, great people. Awesome place !

Mundubbera QLD 4626 # Friday, January 7, 2011

After all the good times in Byron, time to find some fruitpicking work. Even if QLD was flooded, we were stupid to go to Mundubbera, the citrus capital. Very bad experience ! Being ripped off by a farmer isn't funny at all. Still we met 2 great German girls, Lisa & SIna. Mundubbera we won't miss you !

Byron Bay New South Wales 2481 # Tuesday, December 28, 2010

Back to Byron Bay for NYE !!!! We met some amazing Ozzies from QLD in the caravn park where Nick & Sara were staying. Thanks Deacon, Dazza, Azza, Twinky etc... for lettin us party with you guys !! Awesome ! NYE on the beach was great :) amazing jumps at the Quarry ! Enjoy

Avalon New South Wales 2107 # Saturday, December 25, 2010

Avalon ! The best place we've been to so far in Australia, together with Byron. and definitely the best Aussie's we will ever meet in Australia !!! Thanks a lot to the Vann family for having us for Christmas lunch ! It felt so good to celebrate christmas with aussies and not being alone on that day ! We could finally sleep in a real bed :) The next day Harry took us to a nice little waterfall with a rockpool. and with the beers, the guitar & the didge good old James Lang jammin' for us, it was a wonderful day !

Blue Mountains New South Wales # Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wonderful National Park, but very hot on the day we were there. Enjoy the Three Sisters !

Sydney Nouvelle-Galles du Sud # Sunday, December 12, 2010

Sydney, the capital of NSW and one of the most beautiful Harbours in the world. We had an amazing time in King's Cross and at the Great Aussie Backpacker Hostel. Unfortanetely we couldn't find any work, and living in Sydney is very expensive !

Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Palm Beach Nouvelle-Galles du Sud 2108 # Friday, December 10, 2010

Palm Beach Nouvelle-Galles du Sud 2108 google maps

Newcastle Nouvelle-Galles du Sud # Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Very nice city, with some good surf and a huge foam party at Fanny's !

Diamond Head Nouvelle-Galles du Sud 2443 # Sunday, December 5, 2010

Diamond Head is that kind of place that you will only find & go to because you found an amazing camping spot close to it in your CAMPS 5. This amazing book, the Travellers Bible, will guide you to wonderful camping spots in the wild. Kangooroos waking us up in the morning, 4WD on the beach, enjoy !

Red Rock Nouvelle-Galles du Sud 2456 # Saturday, December 4, 2010

Back from the Waterfall Way, le wanted to check out the picturesque town of Red Rock (250 inhabitants), and we weren't dissapointed ! Wonderful views, beaches, landscapes !

Armidale New South Wales 2350 # Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Dorrigo New South Wales 2453 # Tuesday, November 30, 2010

Dorrigo, halfway on the waterfall way, pretty high (elevated ?) town (700m), so our good old Hilux Surf had some overheating problems on the way up, but we took a break for a couple of minutes and then she was climbing fine again :) Pretty dead town, but amazing National Park, tropical rainforests and beautiful canopy !

Waterfall Way, New South Wales # Monday, November 29, 2010

After Yamba, off to Coffs Harbour, where the Waterfall Way starts, till Armidale. Wonderful waterfalls, amazing national parks and peaceful driving :) 

Yamba New South Wales 2464 # Sunday, November 28, 2010

After leaving Byron, we're heading down south to Yamba, apparently their should be amazing green pools and blue pools where you can jump off from, they were'nt that great but still some nice pictures to be taken

Byron Bay New South Wales 2481

First stop in our adventure, Byron Bay. Paradise on earth. Surfing with the dolphins, wonderful sunrise, chillin out with hippies in the railway station, awesome live music, aboriginal art & cute little shops & markets. A vibe impossible to describe ! We were'nt dissapointed and knew, the day we left, that we would come back here for sure !


Nimbin New South Wales 2480 # Monday, November 22, 2010


Winn Rd, Brisbane QLD # Sunday, November 21, 2010

Went to church market where Sam is selling her cookies, brownies & cupcakes. Then brought my car to the garage for check-up some repairs. Then spent whole week buying camping gear, stuff to build my bed, gps, etc....
Bed is built with: 2 wooden boards, 7 wooden poles, 16 angle brackets and a dozen of screws. Today I also bought a foam matress fais sur mesure 1.3m x 1.8m bed linnen & a quilt & two pillows. Here some pictures of the result, more detailed pictures will come later on. Tomorrow I'm leaving Velge's home, I'm very excited to finally travel but also sad to leave this beautiful place & the whole family.

(PS: on these pictures you can't see the foam matress yet, these pictures were taken with the air bed installed, but it is way too thick (22cm), instead of my foam matress (5cm) so it looks like there isn't much space to sleep but actually there is way more. )

Jollys Lookout Queensland 4520 # Thursday, November 18, 2010

Today we (François, Kate, Simon & myself) drove to Mount Neebo, for a picnic at Jollys Lookout. Wonderful view & nice place ! Check out the pictures, you can even see the ocean.

Winn Rd, Brisbane QLD # Thursday, November 11, 2010

Bought my car on monday, everything works good except little problem with the 4wd so I'm going thuesday to the mechanic to get it fixed & get a general check-up of the engine to be sure everything's ok. Continued the fences. Cleaned my car with the vacuum-cleaner & used carpet cleaner to clean the stains in the back. You can see the bullbar is a little bit bent (bought it that way), but we're going to try to straighten it up.

 pimp my ride!!

Winn Rd, QLD # Tuesday, November 2, 2010

Melbourne Cup Today !!!! It is Australia's major Thoroughbred horse race. Billed as The race that stops a nation, it is a race for three-year-old horses and over, over a distance of 3,200 metres. It is the richest and most prestigious two-mile handicap in the world, and one of the richest turf races in the world. The event is held at around ten to 3 pm on the first Tuesday in November by the Victoria Racing Club, on the Flemington Racecourse in Melbourne.

Everybody bets on a horse, even if they don't follow horseracing daily, so I had to put a bet. After some quick research on Internet yesterday evening, I decided to bet 10$, for winner place, on Shocking (last year winner, and 13/1 odds) and Americain (11/1 odds).
Favorite horse for every analyst was So You Think (3,5/1 odds). So, after a really amazing race, guess who won ? =>

Winn Rd, QLD Friday, October 22, 2010

Worked all week long, except on Monday where I went to the mall and eat some amazing sushis at Sushi Train. Today continued the fences & mowed the lawn. Then watched Max fly his Red Bull plane. I gotta train on the simulator to fly it. Great day.

Winn Rd, QLD # Sunday, October 17, 2010

Did some more painting & gardening the last few days. some pulvérisations. Also built two wooden boxes with François so they can grow pumpkins in it. Went yesterday to the Suncorp Stadium, watching Brisbane Roar - Newcastle Jets (1-1), really good. Beautiful sunday today, Kate went off to Sydney with Simon gettin a new dog. Still in search of a decent car.

Winn Rd, QLD, # Thursday, October 14, 2010

Did my first day of fence painting, chill job cuz i can listen to music meanwhile. François seems happy so thats ok. Got payed 150$ for the turf job. Yesterday planted some bushes with Kate & did some gardening.

Winn Rd, QLD # Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Went to Brisbane with the train to meet a guy for a car & also visited Celine, she has a great flat, on the way back passed through Chinatown, funny.

Winn Rd, QLD # Monday, October 11, 2010

Woke up with this view => Everythings flooded, opened a bank account at Commonwealth Bank & chilled ou

Winn Rd, QLD # Sunday, October 10, 2010

Went yesterday to the movies with Max & his girlfriend, watched Wall Street: Money Never sleeps (20$ the ticket !), very good. Today started work at 7:30am, hard work, but gettin muscles & experience, the view is amazing, looks like Lord of The Rings landscapes. Stopped at 10h30, and started again at 2:30pm till 5:30 pm. Exhausting, my back hurts a lot but finally we finished the 250m² of turf. => One piece is half a m², so 500 pieces of 15kg each, thats 7,5tons to carry.... (passe mal!!!). Now chillin in front of the telly watchin cricket, India-Australia. I'm Simon's new best friend & tomorrow havin my first grasse-mat since I arrived :) ENJOY

Winn Rd, QLD

Beautiful house & garden. When you arrive you got to zigzag between the cows because they won't get out of the way for any reason :). Got a nice room, talked a bit with Kate and then slept for 10 hours till now, 22h. Still didn't see François neither the boys they are already sleeping I think ! Will be for tomorrow. Kate will help me tomorrow with opening a bank account & getting a phone number !
 Thursday, October 7, 2010

Brisbane QLD, Australie

Arrived at 8am on 7/10/2010 at Brisbane Airport. Departed from Brussels, then further stops in Abu Dhabi & Singapour. Flights were ok but exhausting at the end. Sunny morning. Kate picked me up at Brisbane Airport with her son Simon & after one hour of driving we arrived at their home.