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    The Lap of Australia – Week Twelve

    4th June to 10th June Cairns to Uluru If you read last week’s instalment, you’ll know that we finally finished road tripping up the East Coast of Australia. Next on our agenda was to travel right to centre of the Australian continent to Uluru. For those who haven’t heard of Uluru (most commonly known as Ayer’s Rock), it’s essentially a huge red rock in the middle of the desert. It is an extremely spiritual place to the local indigenous people and a world-famous tourist attraction. So, this week will mostly be taken up with driving 2,800km through a whole load of emptiness. Not the most exciting of week’s for you…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eleven

    28th May to 3rd June Cairns to Cape Tribulation (and back again) So this is it, the final week of our adventure up the East Coast of Australia. From Sydney to Cape Tribulation; a journey of approximately 6,000 kilometres and countless hours on the road. This week we drove from Cairns to Cape Tribulation, visited Port Douglas and snorkelled the Great Barrier Reef. This is the what dreams are made of right? Cape Tribulation Whilst most roadtrippers may end their long journey at Cairns, the largest city for miles, we decided to press on as far as the tarmac goes. Cape Tribulation is quite literally the end of the road,…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Ten

    21st May to 27th May Bowen to Cairns Wow! I can’t believe we’re here; ten weeks into the lap of Australia and we’ve practically made to the end of stage one. The East Coast of Australia has been travelled by so many people but that’s often where it ends. I’m excited to reach tropical North Queensland but also excited to continue this journey west. However, before we get ahead of ourselves, there’s still a tonne of stuff to see up here. Some of these places need blog posts for themselves which I’ll hopefully get around to. Townsville The first of the two major cities left on the East Coast, I’ve…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Nine

    14th May to 20th May Bundaberg to Bowen After refreshing from our first bit of work in a long time, we spent the start of this week prepping for an epic road trip.  The plan was always to finish the East Coast by the beginning of June.  This meant that we had two weeks to make it up to Cape Tribulation, two hours past Cairns. In honour of passing its service and ahead of a long drive, we treated our van to a wash.  It was nice to look at the van and think, wow you’re pretty decent.  Now the van sparkled like an expensive van should. So, with the…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Eight

    7th May to 13th May Bundaberg As I said in my last post, I’m afraid I don’t have much for you this week. Our new job continued with delivering more yellow pages until Wednesday when we were told there was no more work.  Well there was some work but it meant a return drive of 5 hours each day and no-one was going to do that! Unfortunately, on Wednesday morning, we’d paid upfront for another seven days at the caravan park in Bundaberg.  It wouldn’t have been so much of an issue if we had a pitch that wasn’t squashed between two permanent sites.  We decided to use the rest…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Seven

    30th April to 6th May Hervey Bay to Bundaberg I’m afraid I don’t have much to say for this update.  It’s week seven of the lap of Australia and we need to top up our cash. Week seven started with a day trip from Hervey Bay to the world’s largest sand island, Fraser Island.  Or, as the aboriginal Butchella people call it, Paradise.  This was something we’d both looked forward to for a time and is one of those things on the bucket list for every East Coast traveller. We managed to see so much of the island despite only visiting for one day.  I’ve put together a separate blog…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Six

    23rd April to 29th April Brisbane to Hervey Bay Six weeks into the lap of Australia and here’s another weekly update of we did this, we did that.  There’s still people reading them so hopefully I’m keeping it interesting enough for you.  It’s quite hard to make a journal interesting without being too long.  I’ve been handwriting in a journal with daily updates but I can’t fit all of that here.  In any event, I’ve got photos that I want to show you! Brisbane As I mentioned in last week’s update, this week started creating family portraits with koalas.  Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary is home to 130 of the cute…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Five

    16th April to 22nd April Springbrook National Park to Brisbane This week we had a few more nights housesitting so we could only stay up in the mountains for a few more days. Twin Falls After a peaceful night, we checked out Twin Falls on a local’s recommendation in the early morning. It was a steep climb down to the waterfall, through caves and behind the falls themselves. I thought we’d be the only ones there. It turns out everyone knew about it and the place was packed with tourists and families. I can see why this place is so popular though its beautiful! We quickly started a craze of…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Four

    9th April to 15th April New Italy to Springbrook National Park Wow these weeks are getting jam-packed.  The East Coast of Australia can be travelled in less than a month but there’s so much to see and do, we’re taking two! This week we headed to Byron Bay for four nights.  This is the one place we couldn’t afford to free camp; there are signs everywhere saying that fines could exceed $3,000.  We settled on the Discovery Parks campsite as we only had to pay for three nights instead of four.  It worked out a bargain for the area at $37.50 a night.  The only downside was that it was…

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    The Lap of Australia – Week Three

    Monday 2nd April to Sunday 8th April Buladelah to New Italy Our time in Buladelah finally came to an end on Tuesday 3rd April after the madness of Easter had passed.  We could now continue our journey north, via a few detours of course. Instead of immediately taking the highway, we drove straight to the coast road through to Seal Rocks.  We’d read that the walk up to the lighthouse was good and that you could often see seals on the rocks.  Hence the name.  A storm had been predicted but luckily it passed within minutes and it was boiling hot again.  The lighthouse was situated on top of a…