The Great Ocean Road is one of those famous routes that you have to have seen when you are in Australia. The expectations that we had was a coastal route similar to the French Cote d’Azur. Beautiful scenery with a small or bigger ‘tourist’ village every few km’s. We wanted to go to a campsite at the Great Otway National Park, close to the town of Cape Otway, almost in the middle of the Great Ocean Road How different reality was. Continue reading “Great Ocean Road our experience”
Bush camping, back to basics
Until now our camping adventurous in Australia have been on campsites with facilities. Time to roughen it up and get ready for the real stuff: bush camping! Continue reading “Bush camping, back to basics”
Do you need police, fire or ambulance?
Our second night in the bush: It is a beautiful evening and we are alone in Buandik bush camp in the western side of the Grampians. The other couple had left and the two guys have not returned to camp yet, so it is just us. That little green dot between the trees is our tent.
10 p.m. Oliver is picking up his mobile phone dialing 000. Which gets answered with: “Is it really an emergency? Do you need police, fire or ambulance?” How did we end up calling the emergency number? Let me take you back to minutes before. Continue reading “Do you need police, fire or ambulance?”
My food got stolen by a kookaburra (bird)
This holiday we went to a camping place there was almost nothing except a toilet and undrinkable water so we had to bring drinking water by ourselves. Now what happened to me… Continue reading “My food got stolen by a kookaburra (bird)”
Koalas are cute! They have a fluffy body and when they have babies they carry them on there back. We made lots of photos of koalas but we did not make a photo of one with a baby. Continue reading “Koalas”
We are on the Great Ocean Road and we are currently surrounded by koala’s! After over six months in Australia it has finally happened. Another one off our bucket list, two actually, as we did not eat one, nor do we intend to.
Staying at Bimbi park, a camp site in the middle of the Otway National Park, has given us close encounters with ‘active’ koala’s. It is great to be able to observe these cute, fluffy and very cuddly looking creatures. They are very curious and very willing to pose for the camera. Even though they do little more than eating leaves, scratching themselves, staring at us and an occasional jump to another branch. Continue reading “Koala encounter”
On being Australian
Driving home from work today it suddenly hit me that we have been in country almost six months to the day. Man, time flies when you’re having fun! I guess it’s time for a reality check. Have I become Australian? Continue reading “On being Australian”
English after five months in Australia
Leaving our seven and nine year old children behind on the first school days back in July felt like a horrible thing to do, since they did not speak nor understand much English. How is that feeling now, almost five months later?
One of the things being very different at schools in Australia is the weekly assembly. Every week all the children from school gather in the gymnasium. There are some things that stand out for me at assembly. Continue reading “School Assembly”
Off day at school
I should have known it. After writing a positive post this weekend about the school experience so far it was bound to happen. The off day. Continue reading “Off day at school”