I spent 3 weeks in Australia in July and August 2019 visiting my son who has lived there for 2 years. He was based in Sydney where I flew into from my home in Dubai, but was moving to Finley to work on a farm as part of his visa conditions, north of Melbourne.
We spent A long weekend in Sydney exploring the beaches and the mountains, before driving the coast road on Our trip from Sydney to Phillip Island stopping at Jervis Bay for a night then onto Phillip Island for 2 nights.
Next up we drove from Phillips Island to Port Fairy, stopping over night in Lorne and Warrnambool then from Port Fairy to Melbourne via the Grampians staying at Lake Fyans before ending up with A week in Melbourne.
Driving is on the left, so the wrong side of the road for me, but it didn't take long to work it out. I noticed that lanes merged a lot at junctions and the speed limit was slow, dropping to 50km in towns and villages and 40km during school hours. Whilst this is good as we were avoiding the toll routes, the planned journeys took longer than anticipated and we had to change our schedule more than once.
Combined we drove 3421km/2125 miles, walked 61km/37 miles and climbed the equivalent of
The Accommodation in Australia couldn't be faulted. The country side and Flora and Fauna in Australia was stunning.
These Ibis are nicknamed Bin Chickens
There was a turkey scavenging on the beach
Here are a selection of random photos that caught my eye, that amused or puzzled me.
A boulder company making them look attractive
Whenever I parked I needed to google what I was to actually do
traffic lights had a fancy countdown on them although most of the road works were actually manned
Looking for a food/fuel/rest/overnight stop on route then I suggest you enter McDonalds into the GPS as they were found in all the bigger towns
Love some of the advertising, theres a store called Boating, camping and fishing. Their jingle is BC F'ing Good.
This slogan works well, I say little waste on my travels and there were plenty of recycling and waste opportunities
Love a drive through Bottle-O
Apparently cats are banned. My son informed me that many people actually take their cats as well as their dogs when they go on road trips.
We didn't see any snakes, but once you were outside the city there were lots of warnings
Winter so fire rating low
Didn't manage to catch any photos/video of kangaroo on the roads, but saw plenty and they don't half move
Didn't see any koala outside of parks
Information about do's and dont's and what wildlife to expect
Animals and birds become aggressive towards humans if you feed them and it actually endangers their lives
The coast line was stunning, you're reminder just how powerful the ocean is
A lot of British names and twinning, but the geography of it confused me
Found this little souviener all the way from Tintern Abbey in Wales, just down the road from where we stay when we visit the UK
Of course no trip to Australia is complete without a visit to Bondi Beach to catch the surf
And a visit to Ramsey Street to see Neighbours