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Campgrounds on this Tour

Rating: 1 = great ...... 6 = poor


  • Mac Donnell Range Holiday Park - 2
    Nice big Caravanpark near Alice Springs. Clean .
    Located on the way from Alice Springs to Stewart Highway

  • Yulara Campground - 3
    Big sites, amenities could be better
    In Yulara, there is no way to miss it.

  • Kings Canyon - 3
    Very busy campground, too expensive, amenities - good

  • Oasis Big 4 Tourist Park, Cooper Pedy - 4
    Dusty Place, looks more like a parking lot. Located in Town Centre

  • Rawnsley Park Station - 2
    Very spectacular Location near Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. One new, nice amentiy-block, one very old.
    Located some Miles before Wilpena, where the runway for the scenic flights is. About 5 km from main road.

  • Port Augusta Big-4 - 2
    Big, clean, modern Caravanpark
    In the Town, on west side of the river

  • Second Beach Campground - 2
    small, but nice Caravanpark at the sea
    located about 12 km from Cape Jervis on the Northshore of the Peninsula

  • Halls Gap Caravanpark - 2
    Very nice Campground at the Dam of Lake Bellfield, Kangaroos are frequent guests in this area

  • Narrawong Holiday Park Portland - 1
    Very nice place at the sea, near princess Highway between Portland and Warrnambool

  • Port Campbell Caravan Park - 5
    ugly Park with horrible amenities located at the beginning of the village if you enter it from direction Warrnambool

  • Anglesea Family Caravan Park -1
    huge , clean Park between the river and the sea with own Beach
    Comming from the west, it is on the left side after the river.


Views and sights on this tour


Sydney

We liked Perth, Melbourne and Adelaide very much, but Sydney is the town in Australia we like most. It's atmosphere is so beautiful and the views and sights are spectacular.

The town center can be seen easily by walking. Additionally you could use the two explorer bus lines. The blue one goes out into the suburbs and the red one drives to the sights inside town. You can leave an board the buses as much as you like. More information on Sydney Explorer here !

In the follwing, you'll find a list of places we think are most interesting:

Circular Quay:

Circular Quay is the traffic centre of Sydney. The ferries and trains from the suburbs arrive here. During lunch time the sydneysiders meet here in nive weather for their break. You can sit somewhere around Circular Quay for hours and just watch. The view to The Rocks, the Opera and the Harbourbridge as well as to the arriving and departing derries is fantastic.

Darling Harbour:

Besides Circular Quay, Darling Harbour is the second touristik centre of the town. Especially in the evenings you can have a nice walk here and drop into one or the other pub. During the day you can go shopping in the Harbourcenter. At and around Darling harbour you'll find the following atractions:

  • Sydney Aquarium - very beautiful, especially the the big tanks, where sharks and rays live.

  • IMAX cinema - not visited

  • Harbour Centre - nice little shopping centre with mostly touristik shops

  • Maritime museum

  • Japanese Garden

  • Fish market - (10 minutes walk) Working fish market with restaurant, shops and places to sit outside. Priceless and fresh fish can be bought and the wine you'll might need for your meal can as well be bought in a bottle shop.

  • Paddys Market - (10 minutes walk) Big indoor market with everything you don't need.

The Rocks:

The Rocks is the historic part of Sydney below the harbour bridge where all began and where you still can see many historic buildings.

A walk around "The Rocks" is always nice and in the evenings many nice restaurants invite you for dining.

Botanic Garden:

Sydneys Botanic Garden brings "The Spot" to your eyes, the view to the Opera with the Harbourbridge in the background. Best is to get into the park from the Opera and have a walk to the other side of the bay. But take care, the park gets closed in the evenings, so watch the opening hours when you enter through one of the gates. You can see many birds, trees and flowers in the park. Often whole lots of white or pink Kakadus can be seen and during dawn you might spot a possum.

Big lawns invite for a break.

Manly:

Manly is located at the north entrance into port jackson and can easily be reached by ferry. Ferrys to Mynly leave half hourly from jetty 4 at Circular Quay and need depending on the ship type between 15 and 20 minutes to their destination. I really can recommend this trip, as it is a good substitute to the much more expensive harbour cruise.

Manly is located at the open sea and has nice beaches, on both, the seaside and the harbour side. There is the save swimming beach of Shelly beach and the more rough Manly beach which is popular for surfers.

There is a car free town center with nice shops, that stretches between the seaside beaches and the harbour side.

Bondi:

Bondi is again a seabath near Sydney. You can reach it by public buses, or use the blue Sydney explorer line (see above).

There is a broad beach and two pools with seawater. along the shore you can find some shops, cafes and restaurants.

We liked Manly better than Bondi.

Gap Park:

The Gap Park is located north and south of the sea to harbour entrance. It is a smaller Nationalpark with walking tracks and nice sea views.

The southern part lies on the route of the blue Explorer bus line and the northern part is accessible from Manly by car or feet.


Red Centre

Alice Springs:

Alice Springs is just a good point for stocking up ones equipment and food. Thecity itself doesnt have anything you really have to see.

Ayers Rock, Olgas:

These two rocks in the very heart of the continent are really a highlight of Australia. i often asked myself...why, ..... and didn't find a clear answer. Bryce Canyon in the USA is sure a much bigger geologocal wonder and the Grand Canyon is much more impressive just from it's size, but never th less, you can set Uluru and Kata Tjuta to the same level.

One reason therefore is surely the landscape around them. Like strangers they arise out of the plain, hot outback dessert. Especiale during twilight the rocks are transformed into a mystical game of shadows and light.

The boulder rocks of the Olgas should be discovered at least during one hike. We deid the 2 hours hike through the hot Valley of the winds and were really impressed.

You should at least plan 1,5 to 2 days to get a little bit into this area. A complete touristik infrastrukture can be found in yulara, which is just 10 kms from Uluru. The Olgas are another 8 kms away. We recommend, to probook rooms or campsites, as there are no other possibilities for accomodation around.

Kings Canyon:

First thing you'll probably recognize at Kings Canyon is, that you do not have to climb down into the canyon. Instead you have to climb up to it's rim. Second thing that you'll recognize may be that it's hot, very hot there.

The two places, we liked most there were the Garden of Eden and The Lost City.

The Garden of Eden is located at the far end of the canyon. You'll find water there all over the year, what makes it very green, with trees, grass and bush. During the wet season small waterfalls pour into the pools from the canyon rim. From the rim, sairs lead down into this garden and up again on the opposite side.

The Lost City is a labyrinth of rock domes which are several meters high. You'll find it on the left rim, seen from the parking space, near the Garden of Eden.

Stewart Highway:

Just a street, you may say, but anyway fascinating I would say. Even though it is no gravel road anymore in our days, you'll may feel there how lonesome this country still is. You mett a car or a roadtrain every quarter of an hour and a roadhouse with petrolstation every 300 to 400 km's and that's it.

Coober Pedy:

Copper pedy is a strange but interesting town. You cannpt name it a nice town, but it is fascinating in a special kind of way. It is hot, dry and dusty in CP. Visitors should not miss to see one of the underground houses, hotels or shops.
Even the church is underground and a must see just because of this.


Adelaide - Melbourne

Adelaide:

We only visited Glenelg, the small suburg Town at the sea. It is a really typical, australian coast town with many shops, restaurants and a very nice sandy beach.

The best way, to get to Glenelg, is using the historical tramway from Adelaide downtown. As parking is easy in Glenelg, you may as well take the trip the other way round and use the tram to the city and back. If you have nice weather, as we had, a long walk on the beach is a fine thing and don't miss to visit the jetty.

Flinders Ranges:

The Flinders Ranges, which are located North of Adelaide, are famous, for it's rich flora and fauna. You may see Emu's, most possible Kangaroos and other animals. We restricted our vist to the famous Wilpena pound, where we saw many Roos, Emus and lots of wonderful birds. It is a very nice destination for hiking.

The private campground of Rawnsley Park, located a few kms south of Wilpena Pound is located in a wonderful landscape.

Fleurieu Peninsula:

This Peninsula south of Adelaide was for us only the point to catch the ferry to Kangaroo Island. Never the less, was it a nice drive through a beautiful landscape. Green hills compete with small, nice villages.

In the South there is the nice town of Victor Harbour, which we did not visit ourselves.

At Cape Jervis, where the ferry leaves, are only limited accomodation opportunities and there is no campground. But it is allowed, to stay on the ferry parking with your motorhome for one night.

We were on the small campground at second beach, which is located about 8 kms east of Cape Jervis and there we saw one of the most beautiful sunsets ever.

Kangaroo Island:

Another Highlight on our Tour 2000 where you should spend at least 2 days. You can get there by ferry or by aircraft.

Because the ferry is quite expensive if you want to take your car with you, it may be considerable to leave it at Cape Jervis and hire anotherone in Kingscote just for your stay on the island. If you have only one day to spend, it may be wise to do a bus tour because it is the cheapest possibility and the distances on the island may easily be underestimated.

However, you should not miss to visit the following attractions: The seal bay, where you can get quite close to australian sealions, the Flinders Chase NP and especially the really remarkable Remarable Rocks. As worth a visit is the Admirals Arch and the fur seals there. The islands shows very much of its beautiful nature to the visitor and there are many animals to discover. Who stays on the island over night should avoid driving at night because it is very likely to hit a Kangaroo. The island is quite packed with this lovely animals.

A visit to kangaroo island is not a cheap thing, but it's worth it.

Grampians:

The Grampians is a hill range about 100 kms north of the south coast. It is very nice for doing some hikes. Especially popular are the hikes to the balconys and to the pinnacles with great views all over the valley.

There live lots of Roos in the forrest and we were able to see really hunders of them for the first time.

As the Grampian mountains are quite elevated, it might be cold even in summer so don't forget to pack a jacket onto your hike.

Great Ocean Road:

For us, one of the top attractions in Australia. If you love wild coastal scenes with cliffs, bays, huge waves and islands, you will love this area.

You can stay here for two weeks without getting bored. Not only the coast, the land behind it with its green meadows and small villages are undescribable lovely.

One of the top highlighs are the twelve apostels which are especially nice during sunrise and sunset. During the day you may think you are on a market with hundrets of people but when the sun is low it is more quite and the rocks are modelled by the light.

Roads are narrow in this area but still OK for motorhomes. PArking lots are located every few hundret meters and it is worth it to get out of the car and have a walk away from the main attractions.

The Great Ocean Road, for us one of the dream roads of the world.

Melbourne:

Melbourne is a very nice town. It's not Sydney, but its really nice and has a beautiful atmosphere.

In the city, we most liked the Queen Victoria Market , which is a Must See for every visitor. It is open Tuesdays, Thursdays, Sturdays and Sundays and presents beside the standard tourist stuff a wonderful vegetable section, a food court and a groceries section. You should reserve at least 3 hours for your visit. The merchants are allways up to some smalltalk, especially if you are from europe where nearly each of them has ancient relatives. You'll feel nothing of the european market rush, everything is autralian-comfortable.

We can also recommend the Crown Casino at the Yarra River. Not for gambling, but because of the wonderful cafes and restaurants localted at the river front. It's simply a dream to sit there in the evening with a glass of merlot or cabernet sauvignon and inhale the mood. After sunset, each half hour huge jets of flames are blown into the nightsky, a wonderful spectace.

There live many people in Melbourne, which are originally from Greece and Italy which you can see in the many italian and greece restaurants in the city centre.

A visit to the suburb town of St. Kilda at the ocean should as well be very nice, even though we didn't do it ourselves.

Do not miss a visit to the Observation Deck of the Rialto Towers (253m) with a breathtaking view across the city and on clear days out to the seafront.


All about driving in Australia


Vehicle and Driving:

Generally there is the possibility to use a motorhome or to hire a car and stay in Hotels/Motels. If you decide the one or the other should be driven by your intentions, because there is no price difference. One likes Camping/Motohome one doesn't.

Advantages of Motorhome/Camper against car/Hotel-Motel:

  • You do not have to pack your bags every day

  • lots of nice campgrounds located at beautyful spot

Disadvantages:

  • slower travelspeed

  • probably parking problems when using larger motorhomes (not really a problem in Australia)

  • restrooms and showers are not allways (but most times) clean and tidy

Tip for selecting a Campervan or Motorhome:

  • The selection of a type depends mainly on the following preferences. own expectations regarding space, expected Weather, daily amount of driven km's.

  • The smaller the vehicle is, the fast you get on with it. The Hightop Camper for example is nearly as fast as a normal car.

  • Larger Motorhomes, espacially with Diesel engines and cabover beds are slower. The Maui Spirit 4 which we had in 2000 for example did not drive much faster than 110 km/h.

  • The expected weathe is important, because the more time you have to spend inside the vehicle the bigger it should be. If you are travelling in a region, where it should be warm and dry, so you can sit outside most of the time, a small Hightop Camper can be big enough.

Driving in Australia:

  • Driving in Australia is not a problem at all

  • You get used to driving on left side very soon and outside of the big cities there isn' much traffic.

  • A really important advice is to not drive at night, as there are many animals like Kangaroos, Koalas, snakes and lizards on the streets.


Photography:


  • Especially around noon (10 AM to 2 PM), I allways used a Pola filter, to get higher color saturation.

  • For sunset and sunrise I often used a Cokin greyscale filter to lower the contrast.

  • Films are availabel in AUS but more expensive than in Germany. Slidefilms are hard to get.

  • Who wants to do snorkeling or diving, should bring an underwater Singleuse Camera with him. I had to pay 35 AUS$ for a camera which would have cost about 10 € in Germany


Dining and Shopping:


  • All common Fastfood restaurants are available in Australia. We have only tasted Mc D's once. Tasted the same as everywhere in the world.

  • In Sydney the variety of restaurants is very big. Especially nice ones are located in "The Rocks", but they are more high priced.

  • In Melbourne there is a street in towncentre where many Greek and italian restaurants are.

  • I can recommend the selfservice restaurants of "Tims Surf and Turf" which are availabe in some Cities on the eastcoast. The seafood platter for one normally lasts for two persons, is very cheap and tastes fantastic.

  • The price level for shopping is generally the same as for example in Germany. But there is allways somewhere SALE where you could make a bargain.

  • Digeridoos can be bought nearly everywhere. Who doesn't want to get one "Made in Indonesia" better goes to an Aboriginal Shop or a specialist shop. Genuine Digeridoos made by Aborigines cost from 120 AUS$. We found a very good selection in Kuranda.

  • You should at least once try out the typical australian BYO Bring your own, where you can bring your own bottle of wine to the restaurant.


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