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Lesser used tracks/Chemins de traverse

Wednesday the 5th September is the start date of our big trip across this continent. We have rented a 4 wheel drive campervan to enable us to travel on the lesser used roads, or tracks. We have been learning about driving conditions (watching out for kangaroos crossing the main roads is a particular local hazard -especially early in the morning, and in the evening), and not driving after 16h00 when going ‘west’, as the sun is so low, and full on, that one can’t see a thing ahead).

We’re also planning:  petrol consumption, location of petrol stations in the outback, shops for basic foods, daily driving times, places to stay (showers, WCs, swimming pools (or water holes)  etc) emergency equipment (satellite phone, emergency GPS locators, medical kit).

There are also plenty of amazing places not too miss; these have to be inserted in the plans too.

We are so excited about this trip, that many Australians would love to do to.


Mercredi 5 Septembre est la date de notre départ pour notre grand voyage à travers ce continent. Nous avons loué un camping-car 4 x4 pour nous permettre de circuler sur les routes les moins utilisées, ou les pistes. Nous avons appris que les conditions de conduite  sont assez particulières….comme :guetter les kangourous qui traversent les routes principales et sont  un danger, surtout  tôt le matin et a la tombée de la nuit , évidement…, de ne pas conduire après 16h00 en allant «vers l’ouest»,car comme le soleil est plus bas, on ne peut pas voir les choses en avance…..

Nous prévoyons aussi notre consommation d’essence, et la localisation des stations d’essence dans l’outback,ainsi que les magasins de produits alimentaires de base,les  lieux de séjour avec si possible:douches, WC, piscine etc l’équipement d’urgence (téléphone satellite, d’urgence localisateurs GPS) et trousse de secours,(on espere bien sur ne pas avoir a s’en servir…..)

 Il y a beaucoup d’endroits étonnants que nous ne voudrions pas manquer; ceux-ci doivent être integrés dans les plans de route aussi…. bref c’est une grande aventure qui commence….

 Nous sommes ravis de faire ce voyage, que de nombreux Australiens eux même aimeraient faire, si si meme eux, parait il….

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Birthday and wedding anniversary in one day

David started the day at 6h30 on the beach:

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The sun rises in the east

Then we all went to Daintree sub tropical rainforest, for a jungle zip wire:


following which we discovered amazing beaches where the ancient rainforest meets the Great Barrier Reef:


Martin Bolt



Reflectins in the pure white sand



You Tarzan, me Rose



Views driving home


and our anniversary… after 13 years!


et voila!


The Great Barrier Reef / Barriere de Corail

The Great Barrier Reef / Barriere de Corail Great-Barrir-Reef1-300x269

The Great Barrier Reef is the world's largest coral reef system, composed of over 2,900 individual reefs and 900 islands

We visited Green Island,  45 minutes by boat from Cairns, (which is20 mins from our home in Palm Cove).


Green Island was formed approximately 6,000 years ago by waves depositing sand, coral and other debris onto its coral foundations


Moses, up to his old tricks



Louise thinking about life...



Down we go...







Our new home/notre nouvelle maison

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The view from the bedroom



The terrace, with views of our rainforest...



enough 'house', lets see what the girls are doing on the beach...

First walk on the beach

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Discovering the beach


First view of a tropical rainforest



Discovering the beach, and admiring the views...



After Hong Kong, AUSTRALIA!

Rose, the bravest!

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First friend!


Welcome to the tropics, Palm Cove beach, near Cairns, 5 mins from home


leçon de kung fu….

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le plus grand Bouddha du monde

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stop over in HongKong//escale à HK

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Heathrow aéroport

On the ramp...

Boarding the plane for HK, the first leg…

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Départ de Londres//leaving from London

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off to Hong Kong big kisses !!!

Maia’s delicious Kangaroo Cake

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Thank you Maia and all the Smillies

Packing our bags / Nous faisons nos valises…

Thank you Maia and all the Smillies

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