Experience 13: Melbourne, Great Ocean Road & Sydney
And suddenly we were together again in this awesome Australia. We can’t get enough of it. Its wildlife, its landscapes, we enjoy everything on our trip. We’ve seen amazing birds, koalas, kangaroos and even some dolphins. We are getting used to this beauty, which is very dangerous, we know. It is hard to realise that we’ve been away from home so long and that we experience such great things everyday again. We save a lot of beautiful moments and we will remember these many times in the future.
After we dropped Floris on the airplane in Sydney we continued our trip to the south of Australia. In Jervis Bay we enjoyed the view of its white beaches and we spot some dolphins here. Via Ulladulla we drove to The Great Ocean Road. This road has been build between 1919 and 1932 by the soldiers that survived World War I. The road is dedicated to all victims of this war and therefor it is the biggest war memorial of the First World War. The road is beautiful and has a lot of lookouts. We found a great campsite in Kenneth River where we camped with the koalas. Very quit and relaxing are these animals. The campfire was great at night, so we could read a book or play a game.
We planned an ultrasound in Melbourne, so we interrupted our trip on the Great Ocean Road for a visit to this big city, where we rented an apartment for a few days near the famous Albert Park. As happy as a kid in a candy store Rob ran, walked and drove with the car over the street circuit of Melbourne.
On Thursday 16 May it was Ultrasound day! We saw our girl in full HD and 3D! Yes, we are having a girl. Amazing how detailed we could see our new little life in Marlous belly.
After Melbourne we got back on track of The Great Ocean Road. Port Campbell was our basis. Fortunately it was low season, so we could enjoy every lookout quietly.
Consequences of travelling during this period are that it can be freezing during the nights. Rob has solutions for everything: up to 5 bottles of hot water were put between the bed sheets so mother and child were kept nice and warm during these nights.
On our way back to Sydney, we stopped at Canberra for a few days. In Canberra we enjoyed the beautiful colours of the autumn and we walked through the city all day. At the end of the day we looked over the city from the huge Telstra Tower.
As we speak we are in Sydney where we rented an apartment for a week and a couple of days. We sold our camper van, we visited our friends Duncan and Catherine and we started to make our photo books.
On the 5th of June we will take the plane to Kuala Lumpur and we will be landing on Dusseldorf on June the 7th. Then the end of our trip is near. In July we will have a last short trip to Indonesia together with Robs sister and her family. Before that, we are going to arrange a house in Breda. Our first house visits have been planned already!
Marlous and Rob