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Australian adventures / Australske dobrodruzstva

Our 4000 km long roadtrip in a hippie campervan through one of the world's wildest countries. / Takmer 4000 km dlhy roadtrip v hipisackej dodavke po jednej z najdivokejsich krajin sveta.

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After spending 5 months in Asia we couldn't wait to enjoy some of the western treats again: dairy products, safe transportation and good English. And CrossFit gyms, because there are more than 600 in the Oz! We first landed in Darwin and spent a few days couchsurfing at Daniella & Dave's place, planning the next few weeks of our trip. The true start of our Australian roadtrip was in Cairns, in the northeast edge of the country, where we flew over from Darwin.

There is no better way to travel in Australia than by a campervan. Taking into consideration the vast distances, no good accessibility by public transport and the accommodation prices, it is the best value for money you can get. The cost of living was a bit of a shock after the incredibly cheap Asia. Here are a few items just for illustration: lunch in a restaurant 1-2 $ vs. 15 $, double room 20 $ vs. 60 $, haircut 2 $ vs. 30 $. Fortunately, patrol is one of the things at the cheaper end and thanks to the WikiCamps Australia app, we could find many free camping sites. Our home for the next 4 weeks became the cool hippie campervan! Our typical day on the road looked something like this: we woke up with the sunrise, had a nice breakfast in the soft morning sun, by 8 am we were already driving to the next destination, stopped at beautiful beaches and points of interest, grilled something for lunch at one of the scenic picnic spots, found a place to stay overnight and fell asleep under the sky full of stars. Thanks to the car we were independent and didn't have to plan in advance. We fully recharged our batteries and gained back some lost kilograms :)

The distance from Cairns to Sydney along the east coast is about 2600 km. However, the meter in the car showed 3400 km upon our arrival to the destination. Our journey started at the Great Barrier Reef, where we encountered a 1,5 meters long reef shark! He swam right underneath us among the colorful coral. Next we saw some wild koalas on the Magnetic Island and a platypus in the Eungella national park. The dingoes on Fraser Island were quite scary, especially because we hiked the whole time (40 km in two days) and slept in a tent alone in the jungle. We saw the whitest beach ever - at Lake MacKenzie. Every fan of the "Crocodile hunter" has to visit the 'Australia ZOO' by Brisbane, take a selfie with the kangaroos and watch the incredible crocodile show. Everyone falls in love with Byron bay. The easternmost cape of the continent offers dramatic views off the cliffs and wild waves, excellent food scene and a first class surf. We couldn't resist and rented a couple of surfboards to show our tricks to the local pros :) The atmosphere along the coast from Cape Byron on changed significantly and we watched dolphins and whales in the Pacific ocean from the beach almost every day. One day we ran into a cool little music festival in the town of Yamba. The other day we visited the koala hospital in Port Macquarie. We sweetened our journey with the good wine of Hunter valley. Lucky enough, Tobi found a 100 $ bill on the floor - we would like to thank the sponsor for some nice bottles of the local Semillon and Shiraz :) I cannot forget the numerous "roos" we saw along the road, albeit the majority was already dead. Perhaps the most bizarre Aussie animal is the wombat, a mixture of a rabbit and a dog. We saw a few in a sanctuary and a dead one at the road :(

The roadtrip was an unforgettable experience not only for the things we saw, but also for the feeling of freedom it gave us. Nature the people in Europe destroyed ages ago remains wild and untouched here in Australia. The few 22 million people who live here are always nice, friendly and optimistic. You just call everyone 'mate' and you fit in just fine! With more than 300 sunny days per year and delicious, locally-grown food you get probably the best country to live in. In our opinion Australia has the nicest beaches in the world - they are always clean, empty and usually protected as a part of a national park. Our favorite morning shower in fact was the one in the fresh ocean water.

And where are the another 600 km missing to the 4000 stated in the headline? Well, you'll have to wait for the continuation of our journey from Sydney to Melbourne!

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Po 5 mesiacoch stravenych v Azii sme sa uz nevedeli dockat "zapadnych" vymozenosti - mliecnych vyrobkov, bezpecnej dopravy a dobrej anglictiny. No a aj nejakych tych CrossFit boxov, ktorych je v Australii viac ako 600! Potom ako sme prileteli z Bali do Darwinu sme stravili par dni couchsurfovanim u mileho paru Danielly & Dava, naplanovali sme si trasu a preleteli do skutocneho zaciatku nasho dlho ocakavaneho roadtripu - mesta Cairns na severovychodnom cipe krajiny.

V Australii nie je lepsi sposob cestovania ako takzvany "campervan", obytna dodavka. Vzhladom na obrovske vzdialenosti, horsiu dostupnost hromadnej dopravy a ceny ubytovania clovek vidi jednoznacne najviac za najnizsiu cenu. Po neuveritelne lacnej Azii to pre nas predsa len bol trosku sok. Pre porovnanie par poloziek: obed v restauracii 1-2 $ vs. 15 $, strihanie vlasov 2 $ vs. 30 $, dvojlozkova izba na noc 20 $ vs. 60 $. Nastastie benzin je jedna z veci, ktore su pomerne lacne a pomocou aplikacie WikiCamps Australia sme nasli aj dost miest, kde bol povoleny bezplatny camping. Nasim domovom sa teda na takmer 4 tyzdne stala fesacka hipisacka dodavka! Nas typicky den vyzeral asi takto: vstali sme s vychodom slnka, dali sme si ranajky pod holym nebom, o 8 uz sme boli na ceste, zastavili sme si na niekolkych plazach a zaujimavych miestach, ugrilovali nieco chutne na piknikovej zastavke, nasli miesto na prenocovanie a vecer sme pod hviezdnou oblohou zaspavali. Vdaka autu sme boli nezavisli a nemuseli nic dopredu planovat. Nabrali sme tak vela energie a aj par stratenych kil :)

Do Sydney je to po pobrezi asi 2600 km, my sme vsak podla tachometru najazdili 3400 km. Zacali sme jedinecnych Velkym barierovym utesom, kde sme stretli koraloveho zraloka! Plaval priamo pod nami, medzi pestrofarebnymi koralmi. Pokracovali sme divokymi koalami na Magnetic island a vtakopyskami v narodnom parku Eungella. Dost strachu z dingov nam nahnal Fraser island, kde sme za dva dni nachodili 40 km a videli tie najbelsie plaze. Kazdy fanusik "Lovca krokodilov" musi povinne navstivit Australia ZOO pri Brisbane, spravit si selfika s klokanom a pozriet si neuveritelne predstavenie s krokodilmi. Byron bay si zamiluje kazdy. Nejvychodnejsi cip kontinentu sa pysi dramatickymi vyhladmi na skaliska odrazajuce dive vlny, skvelou gurmanskou scenou a perfektnymi podmienkami na surfovanie. Ani my sme neodolali a ukazali nase triky miestnym profikom :) Tichooceanske pobrezie smerom k Sydney uz malo uplne inu atmosferu a z plaze sme kazdy den pozorovali velryby a delfiny. Jedneho dna sme natrafili na maly pohodovy hudobny festival v mestecku Yamba a na dalsi sme navstivili nemocnicu pre koaly v Port Macquarie. Trosku sme si cestu spestrili dobrym vinom v Hunter valley, hlavne po tom, co sme na zemi nasli 100 $ :) Sponzorovi dakujeme za skvely Semillon a Shiraz! Samozrejme nesmiem zabudnut na klokany na kazdom rohu, aj ked bohuzial najcastejsie mrtvi na kraji cesty. Jednym z najkurioznejsich australskych zvierat je vombat, nieco medzi psom a zajacom, ktoreho sa nam podarilo vidiet len v zoo a jedneho zrazeneho na ceste :(

Cela cesta az do Sydney bola nezabudnutelna nielen tym, co vsetko sme videli, ale hlavne tym, ako pocit slobody cloveku davala. Priroda, ktoru sme si uz v Europe znicili, tu naplno ukazuje svoju neskrotnu krasu. Ludia, ktorych tu zije len 22 milionov, su vzdy priatelski, slusni a dobre naladeni. Staci skratka vsetkych volat "mate" a ste bez problemov. K tomu pridajte viac ako 300 slnecych dni v roku, cerstve a chutne jedlo a dostanete idealnu krajinu na zivot. Australske plaze sme vyhodnotili ako jednoznacne najlepsie, pretoze su vzdy ciste, vacsinou sucastou narodnych parkov a teplota vody by sa dala charakterizovat ako "osviezujuca", ale nam to tak vyhovalo. Nasa oblubena ranna sprcha bola v oceane :)

Pytate sa, kde som nechala este 600 km? No tych sme najazdili cestou zo Sydney do Melbourne, ale o tom nabuduce!

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Posted by zuzana.zav 07:43 Archived in Australia

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