I travelled with a company, together with other people who wanted to see Australia, but did not want to drive themselves or fly. With the help of our small bus we saw all the nice things between the different states and cities and got to know each other, making friends from for example England, Hungary and Denmark.
Here's some tidbits from the first part, Sydney-Melbourne:
We started on November 11th and I was picked up early in the morning. We were only 11 people on the tour, plus two guides, Bones and Nugget, so there was plenty of room in the 24 seater bus.
One of our first proper stops was Canberra, the capital of Australia. We didn't spend more than a few hours in the city but had time for some nice views and a tour of Parliament House which was really fun since Bones knew alot about the place and the people who have worked there during the years.
The House of Representatives. The sessions there are much more entertaining than the Finnish ones ...
After Canberra we drove up towards the Snowy Mountain. Yes, snow in Australia. And there was still some left despite the very warm weather. On the way up we were close to crashing with a big kangoroo but luckily it escaped with a few centimeters to spare ...
We stayed the night at a ski resort in the alpine town Threbo which was quite deserted since the ski season is over.
The snow looked red because of the sand storm we had earlier this spring (it shows better in another pic).
The morning on day 2 began with a ski lift and a hike up to a outlook point on Australia's highest mountain, Mt Kosciuszko. We couldn't go all the way to the top because of too much snow.
We made it! (I blamed my out of breathness on the 2000 meter altitude... hrm.)
I´m home! Although the color is a bit funky ...
Afterwards we took the very windy The Barry Way along Snowy River, stopping in the Kosciuszko national park for a barbeque.
After the food we did a few short stops but the main stop of the evening was the 90 mile beach, a beautiful, 90 mile long beach in Lake Entrance, the town where we also spent the night.
The walk on the beach was realxing after a long ride. But no, we did not walk the entire 90 miles.
I got a bit wet ...
On our third day we drove to Wilsons Promontory National Park. A park with lots of wildlife and beautiful hills and beaches. We saw some wild kangoroos, redback spiders and I held a real blue tounged lizard. We did a nice hike up to a look out point over the ocean and then had a picnic lunch on the cliffs before walking on "Squeaky beach". Yes, it squeaks!
Of course we had to take a picture with a native sign.
No, that's not my hands, but I did hold it!
Stunning views from the look out point. Too bad they never look as good in a photo.