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Australia-Travelogue  |  Travel time: September 2005 - July 2006  |  by marc and nora L.

Australia - Down under: Eungella National Park

We stayed on night in Marlborough, camped on the Hotel Motel's carpark for 2 dollars! In the bar we met some nice people - Again. One english bloke who (again) invited us to stay in his place on our way down. the other guy was a 23year old Australian traffic sign holder, who, when marc asked him what he does for living, held a 19minutes monologue of his previous job experiences! my god - we both sat there smirking as we couldnt believe it and we didnt know what to do to make him shut up. luckily the english guy scott realised we were in trouble and came to our rescue. --> another night to remember!

and the funny thing: the next day when we drove to Mackay we saw the traffic sign holder on the street! he was really happy to see us driving by his own 'stop/go sign' - i think we made his day! here he is!

the infamous traffic sign holder

the infamous traffic sign holder

We got back on the A1 and drove up to Mackay before turning West into the Eungella National Park. This place was beautiful! We swam in to clear waters of the Finch Hatton gorge, spotted duck billed Platypus swimming in the wild, camped in the most amazing 'bush-camp' which was run by an old stoned hippie called Wazza and which had showers with THE most amazing view. You opened the door to the shower 'room' only to walk into a real life rain forest backdrop....it was literally a semi circle of wooden wall with a door which took you into the privacy of 'your own' rain forest shower room...unreal! Exposed to the elements or what?!

Showers at the bush camp

Showers at the bush camp

view from the shower (no doors on this side!)

view from the shower (no doors on this side!)

We literally walked through the clouds in what is the longest continuous stretch of sub-tropical rain forest in Australia and had a boozy night with the locals (And Katrina & Eleanor who we bumped into again at the fresh water pools by accident) in the village of Finch Hatton.

no risk no fun...the reward is such a nice pool as the one below..

no risk no fun...the reward is such a nice pool as the one below..

marc swimming in one of the pools

marc swimming in one of the pools

finch hatton gorge

finch hatton gorge

sun beams in the rain forest

sun beams in the rain forest

It started with us just popping into the pub with the intention of picking up some carry out booze but ended with us spending 6 hours drinking beer and munching on Australian red claw (big shrimps) with some fantastic locals and eventually going round to their house for coffee the next day. how come? well, eleanor managed to sit on a polystyrine box which of course broke...inside were all these yummy prawns. as they couldnt be kept fresh anymore the only way out was to eat them! well done eleanor!!! it would have probably been safer (and cheaper) for the locals if eleonor had stayed in the 'pissed people spot'. wot is that? the bar had a metal frame on the outside and on one corner there was a big leather strap attached to it. so if u are so drunk that you cant stand straight just put this leather belt around you which prevents you from falling backwards. (see picture)

eleanor devestated (or pissing herself?) after destroying the box

eleanor devestated (or pissing herself?) after destroying the box

...a safer place to be...the infamous pissed people belt!

...a safer place to be...the infamous pissed people belt!

You really can have some of the best times when you least expect it! I wonder for how long this sleepy little pub remembers the night that the Italian Olive Oil importer (Me, yes we bullsh***ed a little) entered the pub accompanied by 3 blonde chicks (Nora, Kat & eleanor).....

...meeting the locals - on the right giovanni from sicily!

...meeting the locals - on the right giovanni from sicily!

© marc and nora L., 2005
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Hello - 5 more days!!! On the 12th of September we are setting off! Our plan is to travel round the world for a period of 10 months. 1st stop: Thailand (1 month) and cambodia 2nd stop: Via Singapore (overland) to Australia where we plan to stay for approximately 4-5 months. 3rd stop: New Zealand (2 months) (north and south island) 4th stop: South America (approx. 3 months) (Chile, Argentina, Brazil, Peru, Ecuador and if time and money allows we might visit costa rica)
Details:
Start of journey: Sep 12, 2005
Duration: 11 months
End of journey: Jul 31, 2006
Travelled countries: world-wide
United Kingdom
Thailand
Malaysia
Cambodia
Singapore
Australia
Australia & Pacific
New Zealand
South America
Chile
Argentina
Bolivia
Peru
Ecuador
Canada
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marc and nora L. is an active author on break-fresh-ground. since 15 years.
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