Uluru

Then we came to the last stop of our amazing Australia trip, the magical Uluru!

Uluru is basically a huge rock in the middle of a dessert. It is so spesial because it look like a mountain in size, but is in fact a rock! It is also very very red, just to make it even more strange.

For the aboriginals it is a holy stone, that have a lot of history behind it. So even if you still are alount to climb on it if the weather allowes, everyone ask you not to. This would be very offencive for the aboriginals, it would be like climbing on top of a church or something.

Anyway, Uluru is definitely a must do! It was absolutely amazing! You should see the sunrise and sunset as well as take a walk along the stone edge and have some tours with guides to learn more. Just so much to do at such a amazing place!

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Kings Canyon

When you get up to the Northern territory you soon find out that most of the place is flat land and road. Not many people, not many cars or anything else. But even if it is so empty it is breath taking beautiful. With the strong red and orange sand between the green plants and the blue sky over it. It is few places I have been that have such strong colors.

Our next stop was Kings Canyon. As we arrived quite late in the day we decided to take the path down in Kings Creek looking up at Kings Canyon, thank walking up on top of Kings Canyon. Since that is a much longer and harder path and you should not walk it when its dark. The path we took was green and beautiful with many different plants and flowers. It even had a little pool in the middle. The canyon looked massive and red from the view point, really magnificent.

The only negative thing about the place was the amount of flies flying around targeting your face… Really annoying always having to hit the flies away buzzing around you ear. At least it is not mosquitoes.

A nice place to visit in the Northern territory.

Alice Springs

When we finished in Melbourne our next place was Alice Springs and road trip. At Alice Springs airport we picked up our small car and started our adventure in the outback.

We started with driving to Alice Springs town. Alice Springs is the second largest town in the Northern territory in Australia. And that tell u something when you see how small the town is. But it is also extremely charming.

I just loved walking around in there. It was so quiet and calm, not like the bigger cities Sydney and Melbourne. They sold beautiful homemade souvenirs and good food and coffee.

It was also very interesting to finally be at a part of Australia that had more Aboriginal residents. The whole time we had travelled around we had just heard about them in different historical places, but not yet seen or met any. In Alice Springs it was many. What I thought I would see was a happy people living a healthy and interesting mix of two cultures. What I saw was sad and poor people, sitting in dirt and hanging on the corner. Even on their own land they can´t seem to be happy.

Anyway, Alice Spring is still a little oasis in the wast desert around it.

Sovereige hill team park

On the way back to Melbourne from the Great ocean road we stopped by Sovereige hill team park.

Sovereige hill is an old gold digger village that is been rebuilt and made in to an historical amusement park. Here you can learn about how the first settlers lived, worked, dressed and ate.

You can buy all sort of old fashion things, eat the original food, see the shows they used to put on, look for gold in the water and go down in the old mines.

It is a lot of fun for the whole family.

The Great Ocean Road

When you visit Melbourne you should try to put of a couple of days for a road trip along The great ocean road. This road is following a beautiful route along the sea, it have been there for many years and is one of the absolute must see when you are in Australia.

Along the road it is a lot of stop offs to chose between. The first place we stopped off was Split point lighthouse. Here you can get a nice first look at the steep cliffs down to the beaches along the ocean. The beautiful lighthouse is right by a nice place to sit down and have something to eat, if you are hungry. A nice and not to busy place to admire  the nature.

One of the more famous stops is The Twelve Apostles. Here you can see nine limestone stacks in the ocean along the cost. It is a magnificent sight. It is also easy to move around on the well maintained boardwalks and paths that are arranged along the cost. Keep to these for your own safety. As the signs keep on reminding you.

Close by is the Lock Ard Gorge. This gorge is named after the clipper ship Lock Ard that ran aground outside the gorge in 1876. Only two people survied Tom Pearce a worker at the ship and a passenger called Eva Carmichael. Tom Pearce managed to swim to Lock Ard Gorge and when he got on land he heard Eva yell for help. He swam out and rescued her as well.  After she was safe on land he climbed the steep cliffs around the gorge and managed to get help from the local settlers to drag Eva out and to safety. Quite an amazing story.

A bit further down the cost is the London Arch. Previously the place was called London bridge until the first arch collapsed in 1990. No one was hurt, but a couple of people was stranded in the London Arch for a while, before they got rescued.

An amazing trip that everyone should take once in their life.

 

Melbourne

Then we were done with the warm Cains and the Barrier Reef. We left this place to go to Melbourne. Here we stayed with some friends and had a lovely time.

They took us to Melbourne city center were we got a closer look at another of Australia’s great cities. The city is decorated with many interesting and special buildings and art that cud be enough to fill the whole day, just to marvel over the new architect around the next corner.

They are also rich on culture and history. I specially found the Royal Arcade interesting. It was built in 1869 and is Victoria Heritage Registered. If you want to have a look at quirky and cute stores, have a walk down here.

The culture center and meeting place of Melbourne is called Federation Square. It was built in 2002 to give the citizens a place to interact creatively and socially in the great city. While the design of the building surrounding the square is difficult to describe as pretty, it make the place easy to find.

As all cities Melbourne also have a library. But, this library is a bit more then a lot of others. Melbourne is the proud owner of the State Library of Victoria. It contains study rooms, gallery, game room, internet access etc and of course the library itself. All contained in a beautiful building worth to have a look at.

Melbourne central contains come of the more special attractions in Melbourne. It is a shopping center built around Coop´s Shot Tower. Coop´s Shot Tower was built in 1888 and is 50 meters high. The shopping center also have a very special pocket watch that was given from the Japanese as a precent. Every hour it hold a special show. Everyone should have a look at this pocket watch if they ever visit Melbourne.

One of the more popular sightseeing possibilities in Melbourne is the City Circle Tram. This is a old fashion tram that you around the city in a loop that last for 48 min and it is free. It it a great way to get around and you can also learn something on the way.

If you have time also try to visit the National Gallery. It is very popular and a interesting visit if you are a art lover.

Beside that Melbourne is also the perfect place to just relax and go for a picnic in one of the parks or just go out for a meal with some friends. It´s a reason Melbourne have been rated the best city in the world to live in.

Have a look at this great place in my video:

The Great Barrier Reef

Then we finally got to the one in a lifetime experience, diving in the Great Barrier Reef. We went with a tour company called Reef Magic. They drove us out to the reef were they had a fleet waiting.

Here we got a stinger suit to protect us against things in the sea and diving mask with swimming feet so you can dive as much as you want. They also provide food and many possibilities to learn about the great barrier reef. You can also buy extra for helicopter trip or deep diving suits ++

You can also take a boat with see through floor so you can see under water the dry way, a bit more boring then actually snorkeling. So much fun snorkeling!!!

Really one of my favorite experiences in Australia!

Have a nice look at the film from the trip.

The daintree ice cream company and Cains

The last days in Cains area is coming up. Today we went to daintree ice cream company. A really cute place were they grow their own fruit and then make delicious ice cream out of it. And as the most ice cream loving family I have ever met we had to visit them. It was a beautiful place. With a nice garden with beautiful flowers and a lot of butterflies flying around, love butterflies ❤ We got 3 flavors of ice cream in a cup from a nice lady and just enjoyed it in the garden. After the nice and special ice cream we went and looked at the fields of different fruits and berries. A lot  I don´t know what was and some familiar once, like banana. A nice little stop of if you´r ever in Daintree.

Then we went back to Cains. We haven´t really been in Cains center yet, we just went and got the camping car and drove of. Today we took a better tour. It is smaller then Sydney of course, it more like a little city, but not yet a town. They had a nice common swimming pool/fountain by the cost were it seemed that half of Cains were hanging. From there you cud walk up a shopping street that ended up in a shopping mall. So basically like any other city. I am sure it´s more to do in Cains, but we didn´t have that much time there.

Have a look at the video for more information.

Dubuji boardwalk and crocodile safari

When we were in the Daintree rainforest we thought we should have a look at it up close, so we went to Dubuji boardwalk. Dubuji boardwalk takes you through the mangrove part of the jungle, a small part of it. We saw some insects, birds and loads of different plants. It was very calm and silent from what you are used to and very beautiful. It is really a good way to see the jungle without having to cut your way through it yourself. Something that is not allowed and very difficult. Here you just walked on a already made boardwalk, very nice.

The next part we really wanted to do in this part of Australia was to go on crocodile safari. This is the most common place to see it and the most common place to find crocodile tours. We managed to get on a very nice trip with a local Australian guy. He was very nice and knew a lot about the area, but he also had a very thick dialect so I have to admit we did have some problems understanding what he was talking about sometimes. Anyway, we saw two crocodiles from the boat. It was really strange to see them in the wiled, I know I probably should be scared of them, but they just looked to calm and peaceful…

If you want to see them, just have a look at the video under.

Camping, Ellis beach, Port Douglas and Daintree rainforest.

After a lovely time in Sydney we left for Cains. Here we rented a camping car to live in while we stayed in this area. We have never used a camping car before, it was really cool to sit in a couch while you were driving. Incredible how they manage to cramp all those rooms in such a little space! I liked it, was really different from what I have done before. The first place we drove to was Ellis beach. A nice little camping place with beach, pool and shower. The relaxing part of the vacation had arrived.

After staying there a night we took the camping car out on a spin and went to Port Douglas, we drove first up to Port Douglas view point (even if it´s not recommended for camping cars). Beautiful view from there, nice to see all over the city, ocean and rainforest at the same time. Port Douglas itself was a small village with one main road with stores round. You cud easily see that they were used to take care of tourists, and it was really just friendly faces to see. Nice stop over.

Then we drove to the Daintree area, we had to take a boat over a river with the car to get there, kind of cool. When we go over we stopped at a viewing point to see over a small parts of the big rainforest. Still amazing to look at, even if you do get a bit used to it when you see it passing by a whole day. Then we arrived at our second camping ground.

I was not that happy with this one. It was dark and very wet and muddy and on the beach it was signs warning you against crocodiles. It was frogs everywhere!!! Not the best ending of this part of the trip.

If you want to see more, take a look at the video!