as a reminiscence to an amazing car that travelled 50.000 kilometers with us through Australia, crossing deserts, driving on beaches,through the Outback, across countless tracks, floodways and river crossings we created these two clips. Farewell, LandCruiser!
we’ve arrived back home in Germany a few months ago after being on a totally amazing journey for almost 15 months. Wow – we have some more photos for you to enjoy, covering our travels in Thailand, Cambodia and Bali. Not to forget the awesome MotoGP race in Sepang which also ended tragically with the death of rider Marco Simoncelli. Rest in peace, Marco!
you probably know that we left Australia on Sep 9, 2011, and flew over to Singapore. Since then we have travelled through Singapore, Malaysia and southern parts of Thailand.
Here are a few pictures to give you a better impression:
Not to forget this nice little clip with some cute clown fish we found while snorkeling on Pulau Perhentian Kecil:
As of now we have returned to Kuala Lumpur and will be visiting the upcoming MotoGP race in Sepang. After that it’s probably going to be the Andaman Coast in Thailand, Angkor Wat in Cambodia and then .. looks like we’re coming home!
August 27, 2011
From South West Rocks we headed towards Port Macquarie along Hat Head and Crescent Head, over rather rough 4WD tracks. There we stopped shortly:
Crossing Hastings River at North Shore via car ferry we made it into Port Macquarie.
As so often in the last days the weather was rainy, thus we only did a few short walks to look at some of the historic buildings in town and the town itself:
A drive along the shore brought us to Town Hall Beach:
Following the Lighthouse Road we reached Point Tacking Lighthouse, Australia’s third oldest lighthouse. Sadly it was in a really bad condition, hopefully undergoing repairs:
On our way to Sydney we had only one more stop: the Ellenborough Falls. To get there we took the roads via Wauchope and the Comboyne forests that might have provided for a nice surrounding – if we had been able to see anything in the fog. After a long and rainy ride we arrived at the falls which are the second highest falls from a single drop in the Southern Hemispere. And we saw this:
Actually, these are the better pictures. The fog and mist were so predominant that we refused to take the walk down to the bottom of the falls. Normally we wouldn’t have hesitated, but under these conditions we were heavily annoyed. Frustrated we left to Sydney, stopping shortly in Taree for .. well? Yes, another Australian Big Thing – this time the Big Oyster, called The Big Mistake by locals:
If we hadn’t known, we wouldn’t have recognized it. Another 350 kilometers later we arrived in Sydney – back there after almost a year! And sadly our last stop before we leave Australia as well.
August 20, 2011
Leaving Palm Beach there was only one major stop along the way until our next destination at South West Rocks: the famous Byron Bay. It’s widely renown for its very special, distinctive cultural atmosphere making it a “hippie alternative town” full of arts and events.
Fair enough, we stopped before Byron Bay and took a short look at Tweed Heads:
Nothing special, only the typical beautiful ocean beach scenery. The weather was not too pleasant at all today, but we were lucky to get a few minutes of sunshine when we arrived at Byron Bay. We drove through the little town right up to the lighthouse:
From there you’ll have a nice view over Byron Bay. But what’s more interesting: here lies the easternmost point on the Australian mainland. We’ve been already to the westernmost point – do you remember where that was?
The way to the lookout is steeper than you think. Especially as pouring rain started when we where just down there. Running back up all those steps can be a real bugger!
Due to the bad weather there was nothing more to do for us in Byron Bay. We still haven’t learnt surfing (we’ll do that later, promise!), we don’t smoke weed and the last pagan gathering had just been washed off the shore – too much rain.
On the way to South West Rocks we came across an ugly creature in Ballina that turned out to be .. yippieh, an Australian Big Thing:
Don’t know about you, but that didn’t wet my appetite for seafood. Later we arrived in South West Rocks, looking forward to our cave dive at Fish Rock. But would that ever happen in the current bad weather?