We waited for the end of the Sydney Olympic Games to undertake this trip to Australia.

We traveled with the Australian airline Qantas. We left Paris on a Monday

evening and landed on a Wednesday morning in Cairns in Queensland. We went

to Qantas office wich is a travel agency to its client. We booked a room in Palm Cove, a

Cairns beaches north of the city.

LES PLACES VISITED

The Queensland

Kakadu National Park

the Kimberley crossing

                                    the Bungle-Bungle

                          Emma gorge

                      Wyndham

                           Geikie Gorge

                            Tunnel Creek

                               Winjana Gorge

the west coast by bus

                 Broome

                       the Pilbara

                    Exmouth

                          Monkey Mia

                   Kalbarri

             Perth

Wilpena Pound

theMurray river

the south coast

SYDNEY

THE QUEENSLAND

PALM COVE

 Palm Cove beach

the end of the beach

walk along the beach

 

Palm Cove is ideally situated. You are 20 minutes from the city of Cairns, 30 minutes from the airport and

10 minutes from the station of the cable cars that pass over the 'Rain Forest' of 7 miles to reach

Kuranda. It is next to the station we find the Tjapukai Aboriginal Cultural Park where the candidates for television emission

Koh Lanta should come and do an internship to learn how to make fire and survive in a hostile environment.

 

Click on the pictures to see the video

 

 

we rented this vehicle 4x4. We visited Cooktown by the track. Then we made a circuit of tracks

 and have found the road back to Palm cove.

 

This is the French ship that flowed?

the 'Rain Forest'

 Port Douglas beach

port of Port Douglas in the mangrove

 

Cape Tribulation

 

Cape Tribulation

 

Bloomfield falls

 

fishing along Bloomfield River

 

Bloomfield Lodge is located on an island in the river

 

the restaurant at the pool

 

a saltwater crocodile

 

a river crocodile

 

a baby crocodile

 

a lizard

 

a white spoonbill

 

a blue heron

 

a termite mound

The town of Cooktown, the end of the loop

 

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KAKADU NATIONAL PARK

 

It is from the offices of Qantas to Cairns we booked at Rydges Plaza Darwin.

We also booked a tour with Adventure Tours Northern Territory to visit the Kakadu National Park.

From the first day out, we regretted our decision when our driver guide has not

stopped in front of marsh populated by a multitude of birds of different species. He told us that we would

find similar scenes but unfortunately this was not the case. But he stopped

over an hour in the pavilion of Kakadu park rangers who offered no interest.

For the first time in our lives, we know the campsite, a campsite 3 stars because the tents

were mounted and we slept in a real bed. But, meals were the work of all participants.



Since it is protected, the saltwater crocodile is found very often in the rivers of the park.

It is a dangerous animal because he attacks the man and there are accidents almost every year.

This animal can jump by leaping to catch visitors. You must beware and be careful.

 

 

saltwater crocodile at sunset

a large sample size

 

river crocodile identifiable by the shape of his head

 

a saltwater crocodile

 

There are also lizards and we found ourselves face to face with a big lizard as we walked along a river.

 

a frilled lizard

our big lizard

 

Birds are abundant in the park, some are migratory, others like geese live year-round in the park.

 

a pair of fish eagles

the jacana or Jesus walking on water

 

the anhinga or snake bird due to its neck

 

the anhinga drying its wings before diving back as the cormorant

 

the bird Azur

 

it costs 10,000 dollars in fines if you capture a black cockatoo
 

an Egret

 

Jabiru stork with black head is the symbol of Kakadu

 

a kingfisher

 

a kingfisher

 

geese live here all year.
 

the pyrostale, a food for birds

 

The Dingo and kangaroo are common throughout Australia. We met them near our camp.

 

kangaroos

one dingo

 

The Kakadu National Park is also famous for the rock paintings sites Nourlangie and Ubirr.

 

Nourlangie

Nourlangie

 

Ubirr

 

Ubirr

 

Ubirr

The Ubirr paintings are called radiographic because

 it seems that the artists of the time represented

the interior of the animal.

All these drawings are older than those of the Lascaux cave.

 

The track that leads to Jimjim Falls and Twin Falls requires a 4x4 vehicle and it is not certain that we

would have been if we had rented a car to visit the park as a freelancer.

 

 

 

 

To get from Jim Jim Falls to Twin Falls, you have to swim and we were surprised

a number of group members could not swim. For the safety of swimmers, the place is

protected by crocodiles traps but signs indicate that you do it at your risk!

 

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The Crossing of KIMBERLEY

In Cairns we also booked a tour to travel from Darwin to Broome .

We also booked the Mercure hotel in Broome in the evening of our arrival.

 

 

6 Dutch, three French, three Swiss, two English, one western Canadian and one Australian of Sydney were able to enter

in this small as 4x4 to make the long journey from Darwin to Broome. There were two sixties couples Swiss and French

, a forties Dutch couple, three boys and seven girls.

 

 

Alan Sinclair was both our guide, driver, cook and nurse and we were lucky because he has

occupied all positions with competence and professionalism. BRAVO!

He had a good group because it was supported for all tasks by all participants, with a particular mention

to the young French Thierry because he gave the impression of being the adjoint of Alan.

Thank you all and especially to Thierry.

 

Our first stop was Lake Argyle and the problem was different from Kakadu because we had our tent up,

and sleep on swags. We had never pitched a tent and all the young have helped us to mount.

 

 

the crocodiles prohibit swimming in Lake Argyle

landsape along Ord river

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The Bungle-Bungle

 

The Bungle-Bungle were revealed to the public in 1982 before becoming a national park in 1987.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Bungle-Bungle is a corruption of the name of a grass

grows in the region and called Bundle-Bundle.

The appearance of orange and black is the result of massive

alternating layers of silica and lichen. It is a skin

protective for these domes. These sandcastles old of

350 million years are fragile and it is forbidden to climb them.

 

sunset on the Bungle-Bungle

Cathedral Gorge is named for the shape of the arched end of the gorge. The tone of the place is perfect.

 

 

Echina Shape is a narrow defile that winds through the steep cliff. Rock walls 150 meters high

just allow the light to enter. The gorge ends in an impressive cul de sac.

 

 

These miniature palm named Livistona grow only in the Bungle Bungle-. The gorge here has two names,

either mini-palm gorge for Livistona trees or frog hole for the pond at the end of the gorge.

 

 

The lunch break will often relax after the steps performed in the gorges.

 

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EMMA Gorge

 

Emma Gorge

natural pool

 

the end of the gorge

We visited Emma Gorge on the territory of the famous

El Questro cattle station. The area of  500,000 hectares

With 3,000 head of cattle.

The end of the gorge ends in a natural pool fed

by a waterfall of 60 meters.

 

 

Before joining Wyndham, we stayed in a farm with a high concentration of baobab trees along a river.

 

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WYNDHAM

 

 

From Mount Bastion, we have the sight of five rivers King, Pentecost, Durack, Forrest and Ord flowing into the Gulf of Cambridge.

 

The Grotto is a quiet oasis in a waterhole in the desert.

 

 

At swim in the morning, a young Dutch Martine has dislocated his shoulder. She was treated at the hospital in Halls Creek.

 

the road train

road in Australia

 

Halls Creek is a wild place where the passage of a road train was only our entertainment

 

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GEIKIE Gorge

 

Geikie Gorge offers lush vegetation

 

 

 

During the wet season, the bed of the Fitzroy River rises

17 meters by flooding the gorge within 7 meters of water.

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TUNNEL CREEK

 

 

 

 

 

We walked through Tunnel Creek along 750 meters

in the Nappier Range. At the end of the tunnel,

Alan showed us rock paintings.

When we came back and reading guides, we discovered

we could meet with crocodiles in the river.

A shiver afterwards!

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WINJANA Gorge

Winjana Gorge

Winjana gorge

 

Whites cockatoos

 

a fresh water crocodile in the Lennard river

 

a white spoonbill in the Lennard river

 

 

 

 

 

 

Lizards encountered during our trip.

the Lennard Gorge is the last place where we camped.

 

At Derby, we visited the famous baobab called Prison Tree.

 

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The trip from Broome to Perth

BROOME

Alan dropped us off at the Mercure hotel we had booked and the whole group, except for Martine, found itself

the same evening in a restaurant to celebrate our arrival in Broome. We were tired but still insured

on our shape to see that the young were also. The Mercure Hotel is not ideally located and we

moved to the Cable Beach Intercontinental Resort, a small paradise along the Cable Beach, a white sand beach

long of 22 kilometers.

 

Broome city center

our Cable Beach hotel

 

Cable Beach

Broome is the largest city of Kimberley with

approximately 11,700 inhabitants.

 

We took a tour to visit Roebuck Bay at 15 kilometers from the city in order to observe the birds.

We learned that the place was the place in the world where the differences between high and low tide were among the most

important in the world after the Bay of Fundy in Canada.

 

Roebuck Bay, the mangroves and birds

rocks in the bay

 

behind the white egret, we see a giant curlew

 

birds perched on the roots of the mangrove

 

an osprey

we were surprised to learn that much

amount of migratory birds arrive from Siberia.

 

At Broome, we contacted a travel agency to organize the rest of our trip to Perth:

the bus from Port Hedland to Broome, renting vehicle to get to the Pilbara, the bus from Port Hedland to Exmouth,

the bus from Exmouth to Monkey Mia, the bus from  Monkey Mia to Kalbarri, then Kalbarri to Perth.

We made the worst choice because the bus is ideal for backpackers, hostel type Australian,

because they are still expected at the bus station.

Imagine arriving at 2 am not knowing where to find your hotel!

 

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Le Pilbara

 

We rented a big 4X4 to get to the Karijini Park in the Pilbara.

 

We made several hundred miles before finding the road house.

 

between the road house and the small town of Tom Price, we rubbed shoulders with the bush fires.

 

 

 

 

Joffrey Gorge

 

Joffrey Gorge

 

Kalamina gorge

 

Kalamina Gorge

 

Kalamina Gorge

It is these gorges that form the tourist attraction

in Karijini Park. The water holes are appreciated for

swimming.

 

some flowers growing in this landscape

 

Iris

 

Mula Mula

 

 

and of course the birds of Australia

 

parrot Galah

the white cockatoos

 

You do not need to rent a 4x4 vehicle to visit the Karijini Park. The roads are gravel and most

Visitors are in limousines.

 

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EXMOUTH

 

We arrived at night at Exmouth. A first bus of backpackers would not take us

when he went to the location of our hotel. Fortunately, a nice Swedish negotiated with

the driver of a second bus which took us gently to our hotel.

At Exmouth, we visited the Cape Range National Park and took a trip to the whale watching.

 

Cape Range national park

Cape Range national park

 

Cape Range national park

 

a flower Banksia

 

 

 

the bush tomatoes

 

the coral reef

Around the Cape Range Park includes a swim on

coral reef located about fifty meters from shore.

 

wildlife found in the park

 

a kangaroo visible in the evening

rock wallaby

 

spiny dragon

 

an other lizard

 

emus

During the day, the animals hide.

They are discovered late in the day.

 

We observed whales around the world, but it's at Exmouth they were most numerous.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

observed Whales were right whales as in the Valdes Peninsula in Argentina.

We have never seen so many leaps of whales!!

TO DO!!

 

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MONKEY MIA

 

From Exmouth we took a bus to Overlander, a gas station in the desert where we waited another bus
which served Denham and Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort on Shark Bay.

 

Every day, tourists expect the Dolphins

food of dolphins is controlled by park guides

 

a dolphin satisfied

a fisherman's wife was in the habit of feeding

Dolphins and now it was usual.

These are the park rangers who monitor this practice.

 

Due to its seabed, Monkey Mia and the region has the largest colony of dugongs in the world with

a population of 15,000 individuals. We conducted a catamaran boat tour to observe

dugongs, dolphins and sea turtles

 

our boat Aristocat 2

a colony of dolphins

 

a dugong

 

a sea turtle

 

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KALBARRI

 

We took a bus at Monkey Mia for Overlander and have found the local line which led us to Kalbarri.

Kalbarri is located at the mouth of the Murchison River and recognized for its national park rich in wild flowers

and landscapes with valleys overlooking the Murchison River.

TO SEE

 

 

Banksia flower

a bright flower in the landscape

 

the Grass Tree rich in nectar

 

this flower is called smoke bush

 

the lizard is called the Thorny Devil

 

this place is called Z-BAND

 

in the bottom Murchison river

 

a souvenir before this place

 

rocks wrinkled
 

 the window on the nature

 

overview of the park

 

with the Murchison river

 

the riverbed is expanding

 

when we approach of the mouth
 

Coast at Kalbarri

 

The natural bridge that will eventually become

 

Rock Island

We took a tour for the day, the morning visiting the

National park and afternoon the coast near the city.

You can get away with the morning tour, the more

interesting and make by yourself a visit to the coast with

the Natural Bridge and Rock Island.

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PERTH

 

After two nights in Kalbarri, we took the bus to Perth, the largest city of Western Australia visited in 1994.

 

 Perth view from King's Park

 

We stayed at the Mercure Hotel located downtown, and have recovered very tiring journey by bus.

We made a bad choice in taking this type of transport and it would have been better to rent a sedan

in Broome and down to our speed along the coast to Perth especially as we now know that

we did not need a 4X4 vehicle to visit the Karijini Park.

 

 

 

 

We walked through the pedestrian streets of Perth and booked with Qantas a room and a car

in Adelaide for the rest of our trip.

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WILPENA POUND 

 

 

In Adelaide, we took the road to the park Wilpena Pound in the Flinders Ranges. En route,

we phoned to book accommodation with the park administration. We stayed three nights.

 

The camp of Wilpena Pound with the restaurant in the foreground and the houses in the background.

 

Flinders Range

Flinders Range

 

Wilpena Pound is located in this range of hills called the Flinders Ranges.

 

The day after our arrival, we took a tour organized by an Aboriginal guide of the park and visited

the field of Arkaba where the first inhabitants were severely affected by drought.

 

Arkaba field

some exercise for participants

 

a wildcat

At noon, we had a barbecue with bottle of

red and white wine. Attracted to odors

we had a visit of a wild cat, one predator for species

of Australia. Our guide gave him the

remnants of the barbecue.

 

the skink

at blue tongue

 

It is in this region that we observed blue-tongued skink.

 

The day before we left, we followed the geological path along thirty kilometers that offers

many stops with information panels on the rocks at different periods. We completed

by visiting the Sacred Canyon, an Aboriginal sacred place where you find rock paintings. it was

also the day of the discovery of local wildlife.

 

arrival in the Sacred Canyon

rock paintings

 

SACRED CANYON

 

the white cockatoos

Corolla with the blue eye

 

a family of emus

 

a couple of emus

 

This kangaroo is called an Euro

 

Galah with his pink chest

 

 

 

pair of parakeets

 

We met French-born Australian who advised us to make ourselves on the Murray River

to celebrate our 40th wedding anniversary.

 

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The Murray River 

 

It's November 12, 2000 we arrived on the Murray River in search of chic hotel to celebrate

our emerald wedding. We searched until we are 17 hours and stopped at the Overland Corner Hotel.

 

 

Flood level in 1956

 

 

The hotel had 2 bedrooms with access directly

in the dining room. The bosses were lovely and

they got us a bottle of Australian champagne

from their personal reserve to celebrate this event.

It was very good.

THANK YOU

 

 

This giant Red Gum is an eucalyptus trees over 500 years old. Its circumference is almost 11 meters.

 

many dams exist along the river

 

anhinga or snake bird

a black swan with white chicks

 

the great white Egret

 

a black-headed ibis

 

Australian pelicans

 

a white spoonbill

 

 

 

Blue Lake located in the caldera of an extinct volcano at Mount Gambier had a nice blue tint the November 13, 2000.

Until April, it retains this blue color then it becomes gray later.

 

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The South Coast 

 

 

 

 

at Cape Bridgewater, we stayed in a Bed and Breakfast. Here we find the petrified forest

and the seal colony.

 

Port Ferry

we stayed in this hotel

 

Ferry Port, first called Belfast, was founded in 1835 by the first sealers and whalers.

 

 

Tower Hill was created 30,000 years ago when a layer of basaltic magma encountered groundwater.

The violent explosion that followed formed a funnel-shaped crater later filled by a lake and islands

we see today.

 

 

Artifacts found in these caves showed that aborigines lived in these places at the time of the explosion.

 

an emu is 1.70 meters

Koala in the aboriginal language means NO WATER

 

 

 

 

 

London Bridge

 

the 12 apostles

 

the photo souvenir

 

You can see amazing formations near the coast where erosion has excavated continuous cliffs

and isolated the islets from the mainland.

The long road from the ocean runs along 320 km of cliffs and rocks shaped by erosion.

In January 1990, two people were trapped on London Bridge sea side when the center part

of the bridge collapsed. They had to spend the night because the helicopter could not land because of the wind.

 

After Cape Otway, the road winds through a wet rainforest.

 

 

After Apollo Bay, we find the great ocean road.

 

Melbourne 

 

 

the city center

walk along the banks of the Yarra River

 

 the banks of the Yarra River

 

 the banks of the Yarra River

 

MELBOURNE is the capital of Victoria state, the most populous state in Australia.

We will return our rental car in Melbourne and take the plane to Sydney, our last stop in Australia

after spending 2 ½ months.

 

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SYDNEY 

Sydney with its 4000 km2 is the largest metropolis in the world.

 

 

A new train line and station were created to visit the Olympic site.

 

 

 

 

 

 

The opera was conceived by the Danish Jorn Utzon. $ 102 million was spent on the project

while the initial budget was 7 million. Today, it's a little the logo of the city. It is located on the port

next to the famous bridge.

 

 

 

 

Construction of the bridge gave people jobs in Sydney during the 1929 crisis.

 

 

Pierre Cardin has said that the center Queen Victoria was the most beautiful in the world. We found it pretty.

 

arrival at Manly

the main street of Manly

 

the Manly beach

 

a surfing paradise

 

We took a boat and visited the Sydney Harbour, stopping at Manly. The Olympic Games have

brought many tourists because there was many more people than in 1994, date of our last visit.

 

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