Australia
June 28, 2003 GMT
Australia 1

Brisbane (03-05-2003) till Camooweal (28-06-2003)

Unfortunately we haven't written our English travelreports about Australia. The pictures of this period are available however and you can see them below to have a small impression about the last leg of our Worldtrip. Also there are brief updates written between the photos.

Route through Queensland; 03-05-2003 / 28-06-2003
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Route through Queensland; 03-05-2003 / 28-06-2003

Your best friend
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Your best friend

Updated: 05 May 2003

We finally arrived in Brisbane to start the Australian leg of our trip. The bikes were thoroughly cleaned and then Martins bike didn't run anymore. Martin spent a day cleaning every connector from water but to no avail! Finally the BMW-dealer picked up the bike and after another long search they found the cause in a defective sensor (Hall-sensors). Shipping the bikes was easy as we could roll them on a pallet.

In Brisbane we learned upon arrival that this Monday was a public holiday so we have to pick up the bikes tomorrow from the airport. In the meantime we are doing some sightseeing in downtown Brisbane and enjoy the hospitality of Wayne & Kerry’s place although they are in Europe now but we will drop by again when they are back home.

Mister Mark himself
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Mister Mark himself

The view over the Glass House Mountains
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The view over the Glass House Mountains

My name is Graham and I love a tourist for desert
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My name is Graham and I love a tourist for desert

So much in common with Bill Bryson
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So much in common with Bill Bryson

Martin his big surprise
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Martin his big surprise

The Imperial Hotel at Ravenswood
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The Imperial Hotel at Ravenswood

In the middle of nowhere
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In the middle of nowhere

If you don’t know where you are going, you always get there
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If you don’t know where you are going, you always get there

The result of fighting with a bee
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The result of fighting with a bee

Updated: 22 May 2003

After arriving in the Tableland Mountains just outside Cairns we take a brake for a couple of days. The area here is so different compared to the rest of Australia. It's very green and there are even small lakes where you can swim without having to worry about attacking crocodiles. Australia is so completely different to New Zealand that we only now slowly starts to get used to it. The distances are huge (it takes us an hour to cover 1 cm. on our map) and the sceneries are not changing that much. But on the other hand did we see already quite a bit of the Ozzie wildlife. Martin had already his first accident when he hit a bee which made his left eye almost disappear and it looks really ugly, however Jeannette still claims she loves him. She also faced the consequences of corrugated gravel roads when her bike suddenly completely died because the battery got disconnected. Needles to say we have a ball of a time here.

Jeannette at the Elinjaa Falls
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Jeannette at the Elinjaa Falls

My first river crossing
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My first river crossing

Who will decide what is right or wrong
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Who will decide what is right or wrong

Did someone mention the word CROCODILE?
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Did someone mention the word CROCODILE?"

Back to the Stone age in the year 2003
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Back to the Stone age in the year 2003

All alone in the big world
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All alone in the big world

The Smelter at Chilligoe
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The Smelter at Chilligoe

Glad to be back on asphalt
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Glad to be back on asphalt

Looking at the bright side of the road
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Looking at the bright side of the road

The Australian Road train
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The Australian Road train

A Black Phyton is warming up
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A Black Phyton is warming up

Willie was showing Martin the beautiful moon
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Willie was showing Martin the beautiful moon

The residents of The Gregory Riverbed
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The residents of The Gregory Riverbed

Mastering at Gregory down’s camp draft
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Mastering at Gregory down’s camp draft

Updated: 24 June 2003

We tried to conquer Cape York but we failed as there was too much soft sand. No fun, especially when you have to drive down the same road! Instead we headed west to the Gulf of Carpentaria. We like this area very much and don't mind a couple of gravel roads; you have to as most roads are gravel roads. We loved the remoteness of Gregory Downs where we stayed almost for 2 weeks in a riverbed. Lawn Hill NP was beautiful with it's gorges where we canoed through. In Gregory Downs they had their annual campdraft which was nice to see. We had an marvelous time but we're glad to be back in Cloncurry. Although a tiny village it is civilization to us and the opportunity to have a nice hot shower again and get ourselves and the bikes prepared for the next leg through Australia.

This is the view while we did some rough camping
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This is the view while we did some rough camping


Posted by Martin Rooiman at 05:11 AM GMT
August 11, 2003 GMT
Australia 2

Camooweal (28-06-2003) till Kulgera (11-08-2003)

Unfortunately we haven't written our English travelreports about Australia. The pictures of this period are available however and you can see them below to have a small impression about the last leg of our Worldtrip. Also there are brief updates written between the photos.

Route through Northern Territory; 28-06-2003 / 11-08-2003
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Route through Northern Territory; 28-06-2003 / 11-08-2003

The Australian Outback
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The Australian Outback

Some moments in life you can't describe
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Some moments in life you can't describe

The Australian Outback
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The Australian Outback

You have to do something for a nice place to sleep
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You have to do something for a nice place to sleep

An Australian Bush-fire
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An Australian Bush-fire

Everything was not under control
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Everything was not under control

A Gorge at Katherine National Park
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A Gorge at Katherine National Park

Martin with a canoe full of water
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Martin with a canoe full of water

The strange shape of a Boab tree
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The strange shape of a Boab tree

Lake Argyle in Western Australia
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Lake Argyle in Western Australia

Together with Robert, Eric and Willie
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Together with Robert, Eric and Willie

Phil and his 29 year old Ducati
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Phil and his 29 year old Ducati

The Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park
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The Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park

Updated: 15 July 2003

We have just arrived in Darwin and leave the bikes untouched for a couple of days to give the bikes and riders both some rest they needed desperately (especially the riders). We tried to avoid the highways as much as possible which is sometimes impossible. We enjoyed the rough camping under the stars and among the cattle. We visited Lake Argyle just over the border in Western Australia and that's as far west as we go. On the way to Darwin we met Rob van Leeuwen, a Dutch overlander on a BMW R1100GS and Eric & WIllie again. After our rest here we're slowly heading down South... toward the colder areas of this country.

Some men likes playing in the sand
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Some men likes playing in the sand

The Cahill River crossing into Arnhemland
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The Cahill River crossing into Arnhemland

Jeannette and Martha (my little prinses)
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Jeannette and Martha (my little prinses)

Tim and Michelle were our resqueing Angels
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Tim and Michelle were our resqueing Angels

It keeps Martin off the road
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It keeps Martin off the road

A Crocodile with a good appetite
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A Crocodile with a good appetite

A nightmare what supposed to be a beautiful day?
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A nightmare what supposed to be a beautiful day?

It was time to go home
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It was time to go home

On top of a Devils Marble
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On top of a Devils Marble

The start of a new day
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The start of a new day

It was if we were back on Sumatra
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It was if we were back on Sumatra

Updated: 1 August 2003

In Alice Springs we decided to take a short break before heading down further South. Darwin turned out to be full of cricket fans who had taken all the hotel rooms, so we had to leave after two days already. In Kakadu NP we had a good time except for witnessing a collision between two cars right in front of us. We experienced the 'laid back' mentallity of the Australian Police which especially Jeannette as an former Police Officer condemned. The long trip South was far from boring but we were happy to enjoy the comforts of civilatsation again, so we are not in a hurry to leave here.

A Thorny Little Devil
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A Thorny Little Devil

We could not believe our eyes
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We could not believe our eyes

The Kings Canyons
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The Kings Canyons

Uluru rock
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Uluru rock

Kata Tjuta
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Kata Tjuta

Dark clouds above us
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Dark clouds above us

Posted by Martin Rooiman at 05:11 AM GMT
September 01, 2003 GMT
Australia 3

Kulgera (11-08-2003) till Melbourne (03-09-2003)

Unfortunately we haven't written our English travelreports about Australia. The pictures of this period are available however and you can see them below to have a small impression about the last leg of our Worldtrip. Also there are brief updates written between the photos.

Route through South Australia to Melbourne; 11-08-2003 / 03-09-2003
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Route through South Australia to Melbourne; 11-08-2003 / 03-09-2003

Crazy Drivers!
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Crazy Drivers!

Coober Pedy
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Coober Pedy

More than words can say
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More than words can say

Together and never alone
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Together and never alone

Updated: 16 August 2003

Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (Olga's) were a must see but a little bit disappointing. Kings Canyon was much better. Leaving Ulura the weather turned nasty and we drove along a pitch black thunderstorm. The temperature dropped to 10°C (Max!) and driving down South it didn't got better. We were lucky with the rain however but even dressed like onions (multiple layers clothing) we were freezing. Problem in the outback is that there is no coffee-stop every 50 kms. The heated handlegrips were fully on... and Jeannettes ones were even melting. We managed to get to Adelaide were we take a brake to get back to temperature and buying even more clothing before heading South to Melbourne.

We were not singing in the rain
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We were not singing in the rain

Just to do make things simple
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Just to do make things simple

Don't change my story!
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Don't change my story!

Stop, look and push your bike and then ride again
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Stop, look and push your bike and then ride again

Great Ocean Road (Bay of Island)
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Great Ocean Road (Bay of Island)

Mum, don't take a picture with my motor gear still on!
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Mum, don't take a picture with my motor gear still on!

What about my fancy clothes!
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What about my fancy clothes!

Little girls grows so fast
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Little girls grows so fast

They were hughes!
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They were hughes!

Melbourne
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Melbourne

Updated: 31 August 2003

Leaving Adelaide was promising as the sun was out... but not for long. Clouds were blowing over our heads as we drove south along the coast. The strong wind and the lack of sun made it a cold trip but we were warmly dressed. The Great Ocean Road was, as expected, one of the nicest roads we drove in Australia and is probably even nicer in summer. Marie Louise joined us on our leg from Adelaide to Melbourne. She too liked the Great Ocean Road, but mainly because of all the nice surfable waves she saw and people floating on their surfboards, but she could resist the temptation to join them in the chilly water.

We took the ferry crossing 'The Rip' which connects the Port Phillip Bay with the ocean. Cruising along the Bay we saw the skycrapers of Melbourne appearing across the bay. We ended up in a nice place in St. Kilda close to the city center. The next days we spent exploring Melbourne including the nice zoo. Unfortunately is Marie Louise leaving us tomorrow already but Ed, a good friend of us, is arriving two days later already to join us for three weeks.

Posted by Martin Rooiman at 05:11 AM GMT
October 14, 2003 GMT
Australia 4

Melbourne (03-09-2003) till Brisbane (XX-10-2003)

Unfortunately we haven't written our English travelreports about Australia. The pictures of this period are available however and you can see them below to have a small impression about the last leg of our Worldtrip. Also there are brief updates written between the photos.

Route from Melbourne to Brisbane; 03-09-2003 / 13-10-2003
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Route from Melbourne to Brisbane; 03-09-2003 / 13-10-2003

Oh, what a night (and what a bike)
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Oh, what a night (and what a bike)

Scenic Beechworth
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Scenic Beechworth

A stranded Old Darling
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A stranded Old Darling

Bush-walking with Peter
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Bush-walking with Peter

I wanna take my helmet off; Ed help me!
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I wanna take my helmet off; Ed help me!

Snow in Australia?
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Snow in Australia?

Enjoying the unexpected snow
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Enjoying the unexpected snow

Snowball-fighting
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Snowball-fighting

Ed has finally met the Pacific Ocean
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Ed has finally met the Pacific Ocean

Ready for a dive
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Ready for a dive

Updated: 11 September 2003

Marie Louise has left us now and saying goodbye after a nice time together was hard. But there wasn't much time to think about it as Ed arrived two days later already. We treated Jeannettes bike with a new rear tyre but we weren't rewarded as she didn't want to start at all occasionally. After several inspections we found out there was a broken wire at the ignation keys. We temporary solved it now... finally!

We left Melbourne and visited Peter & Sue in Beechworth, who we met in Vietnam. We crossed the Great Dividing Range through Kosciuszko National Park through the snow and enjoy the sight of people skiing down the slopes. The temperatures on the coast were warmer and we enjoying a little relaxing on the coast. No bathing however.
Brisbane, and with it the end of our trip. We are looking forward to it but in the meantime we are not forgetting to enjoy the last bit!

Another electrical problem has to be solved
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Another electrical problem has to be solved

Sydney Harbour Bridge
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Sydney Harbour Bridge

Sydney Harbour
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Sydney Harbour

Updated: 17 September 2003

Canberra was quite disappointing to be and very cold as well. So we continued after a very brief visit to wards Sydney which we likes very very much. The weather is nice (finally!) here something we were really looking forward to. Of course have we already visited the Harbour Bridge and the Opera House. But there's so much more to see here so we stay some more days. We also have to visit some friends, so probably time's flying away here. We take Ed with us all the way up to Brisbane as he has managed to reroute his ticket by occupying the last available seat in the plane. He had a great time riding on Jeannette's bike through downtown Sydney.

How NOT to handle a fully loaded bike
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How NOT to handle a fully loaded bike

Ozzie Showtime
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Ozzie Showtime

Again, another time Martin had to repair the F650GS
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Again, another time Martin had to repair the F650GS

Enjoying the sunset at Hawks Nest
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Enjoying the sunset at Hawks Nest

Updated: 06 October 2003

We left Sydney riding through the Blue Mountains working our way up to Queensland. Jeannette's bike had some electrical problems again but fortunately we could finally fix the problem caused by a partly failing alarmunit while staying a couple of days at David & Cheryl Laing's place. Together we conquered the highest motorable road in North India. This delay made Ed taking a bus back to Brisbane as he had a flight home to catch. At the Gold Coast it was really pooring down so we gave it a miss. So we have arrived back where we started our trip in Australia: in Brisbane.
This means that we have finished our trip through Australia. Not only our trip through Australia but also our whole trip. This means that after more than 3.5 years and 143,000 kms. we are going back home. The only thing left is to arrange the shipping of the bikes back to Holland. We still can't really believe it's finally there as we are still so used to travelling. But reality will set in soon.

Crating the bikes
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Crating the bikes

Wayne's saying of 'Goodbye' with style
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Wayne's saying of 'Goodbye' with style

...where we finished our trip in style
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...where we finished our trip in style

Posted by Martin Rooiman at 05:11 AM GMT
 
 

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