Brisbane to Sydney

Trip Start Jun 24, 2008
Trip End Oct 17, 2009

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Sunday, July 19, 2009

Hi All,

Here's wishing everyone well.

Our journey through Australia concludes with this blog as we have finished our travels here now.
After 'wintersun' we set about preparing the motorhome for sale. I stripped the bullbar and front panel for repainting since 16,000 miles of driving had pitted and faded the paintwork severely. With a good respray we hit the road to view the gold coast region and Brisbane before the last trot down to Sydney.

Gold Coast seemed to be nothing but an odd mix of the very poor and the rich living in a beach lined town with nothing else to see or do in the colder months but shop. We were quickly bored so headed for the mountains to the west.

Tambourine mountain was a surprise since, despite its remoteness is heavily populated with a significant small township spread across the plateau. Some lovely views of the valley to the north and the coast to the east from daybreak to be enjoyed before our drive into the city.

Brisbane was very congested without enough motorway space for the through traffic. It was very difficult to find anywhere to stop and park up to look around. Even then there seemed nothing to see, such was the shortage of green space. After a frustrating days effort we gave up and drove to a car park for the night. The next morning we found the mount Koot-Cha lookout. A quick drive up for the views then off to NSW.
Byron Bay seemed pretty. A short detour from our motorway overnight stop brought us to the lighthouse that dominates the town and beaches either side of its high clifftop peninsula. The clouds were gathering however, so we pressed on down the coast for coffs harbour.

The rains began on this leg of the journey and before we got to 'Coffs' the light faded and we spent the night off-road in a railway yard. It poured throughout the night.
We found a camp-site in Coffs Harbour the next morning and checked in for 3 nights intending to discover this attraction on foot.
3 days later we drove off the campsite as the rain still poured having seen nothing. Now quite deaf from the drumming of rain on our aluminium roof 24 hrs/day we got 200metres before our 150 sat nav died.
Without the aid of navigation we decided to head straight for Sydney.
We bought a street map to guide us through the maze of Sydneys streets (whilst our sat nav was being repaired) and had a good few days. Firstly, by attending a live gig by the 'Flaming Stars', a local rock'n'roll/R&B band supported by Danny & the Cosmic Tremors from 'Wintersun'. A rare night of good times in this 'dance music dead' city!
We met up again with friends found in Darwin. Emma & Ollie from Swansea joined us for a night out in Coogee and it was a lovely evening. We all shared sunday lunch to follow before saying our goodbyes as they were to fly home in a few days. We called in later to Paul and Lindas (the people who sold us our van) to collect our suitcases they had kindly stored for us.
Went to Kingsford Smith airport to welcome Emma and her travelling companion Chris from their flight in from Hong Kong.
Arranged a cabin for them at the nearest camp-site so they could rest after the journey. Chris got work starting 2 days after, so the next morning we drove them to the Sydney northern beaches area so he could move into his hostel and get to work from there. Emma stayed with us for a week as we went across the city seeking the van sale from dealerships, sightseeing, walking and resting up in a north beach camp-site.
Emma parted company with us and we moved north to try and arrange a sale of the wagon with dealerships on the way to Brisbane. By now it was clear the market for motorhomes in Sydney was dry as prices there had all but collapsed. The prospects further north were much brighter (possibly due to the better weather) so we decided to head back to Brisbane where we would stay until a sale could be arranged.
Arriving in Brisbane our fortunes on the sales front have improved. Adverts were placed in national web sales sites since 16th June but not a single enquiry was made until we got up here on 14th July when we've had a call or a viewing every day since. More importantly, we have found a sales yard that wants to sell for us on consignment. If a private deal hasn't materialized by 26th July we shall make onward travel plans to hand in the keys on 31st July. Then it's on to New Zealand, Thailand, Indonesia and Sri Lanka before coming home.

Australia has been a wonderful experience and we've seen more of it than a lot of native folk.
After 20,000 miles, from the sights of Sydney in the spring to the western coast in summer. The red centre in autumn and Queenslands tropics in the winter. It is certainly a dramatic and unique part of the world. As a major part of our journey it has been a very educational, eye opening and at times - awesome experience.
We left england with a view to consider migration to another part of the world to live. This adventure has taken us to many popular places for the british to emigrate. One thing we now know for sure is that it wont be us.
Despite the damp weather and congested roads we wont be swopping old england for anywhere else.

See you all soon.

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Great photos!I like palm beach so much!

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