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Two Weeks in Australia

Big Australian Skies and a Sunflower field in the Granite Belt

Big Australian Skies and a Sunflower field in the Granite Belt

18 days, ,2,200  miles, 8 cities, one camper van.

Timothy and Kelly, you are the official winners of this year’s “Amazing Race!”

I wish.  Instead, this was our whirlwind trip to Australia.

Looking back, the whole idea of spending so much time in the camper should have been nixed from the beginning.  The constant driving took a toll on us, especially because it pretty much rained on us every day we were in Oz-land.  Such torrential rains culminated on a tragic night, when it poured for about 18 hours, flooding the camper park we were spending the night at and causing the vent on our van roof to leak right in the middle of our “bed”–we improvised by attaching a plastic bag with my barettes to collect the water.  Not to mention that we were sharing our van with all of our wet laundry, which made the interior of the van even more humid and crammed.  There was a trail of flooding in many of the places we visited.  As we listened to the radio, one of the headlines was:  “Tourists rescued from their car after flooding on the Sunshine Coast.”

Although the weather was less than perfect, we did have favorite moments, such as visiting friends in Sydney and Brisbane (and my first two times being bitten by leeches during a hike!), driving through sunflower fields in the Granite Belt, our day of grape picking at one of Stanthorpe’s wineries, diving on the world-renowned Great Barrier Reef, waking up right on the ocean at Mission Beach, and a leisure day at the amazing lagoon in Cairns.

As I told Diesel, our world trip is merely a “scouting trip,” and Australia remains on our list of places where further exploration is necessary.  Here’s the itinerary we did:

Sydney
Brisbane
Stanthorpe
Rainbow Beach
Mackay
Arlie Beach
Townsville
Mission Beach
Cairns

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