Almost one year ago, Adrian the Canadian cycled through Townsville on her way down south and stopped in for a visit. Well, we heard from Adrian recently and thought her Australian journey looked and sounded so good you might enjoy it too!
‘…The rest of the trip went really well. I ended up stopping in Adelaide and got home to Canada at the end of July. I ended up hitching a few times between Sydney and Melbourne due to some mechanical problems (my god the hills of the princess highway! does a number on the gears after a bit). But overall the bike and trailer held up really well, no broken spokes, no broken chains, just had to replace the bottom bracket a few times and new rear cassette twice. I ended up going into the great dividing range a few times which was stunning! The platypus picture from Eungalla Park is still my favourite animal shot of the whole trip. I spent 3 days camping in the park waiting for one of the platypus to go under a bridge for an aerial shot.
Platypus – Eungalla Park
For my birthday in May I stayed around Noosa Heads, and saw the most unreal sunrise. My first ocean sunrise!
Around the central coast I did a few closed-off old mining roads which were an adventure in themselves, scaring off dingos and experiencing complete silence in the middle of the forest, eerie but beautiful.
I stayed a week in Sydney during the Vivid festival and going whale watching for the first time. I got to see a family of very curious humpbacks!
The Great Ocean road and the Great Otways was mind blowing. Every day in your country was more beautiful, there’s no other way to describe it. Very few cars on the roads, rainy, but kind people all along the way and lots of wildlife. In the Otways I had my first snow of the trip, woke up to frost on my sleeping bag each morning. But countless parrots every day, tiny mammals I couldn’t even try to identify but would fit into any fantasy book, a very inquisitive koala,a rare black carnivorous snail, and hills so steep I had to walk DOWN them!
Great Ocean Road