farewell Australia.... You were amazing!
01.07.2016 - 12.07.2016
Our last two weeks we rented a lovely Air BNB in Fremantle to sell our beloved car and camping equipment and explore Perth and surrounds. We managed to sell beautiful Bruce and relax for a few days. We spent a nice day exploring the city Perth, shopping and walking between the skyscrapers. Fremantle however we prefer. It is full of lively cafes, shops and history, the streets are lined with beautiful colonial buildings and it is on the Indian Ocean with a marina and busy working port. We visited the famous Little Creatures brewery, indulging in several different beers to try, walked around the maritime museum and ate breakfast at hipster cafes.
On our last full day in Australia we decided to visit Rottnest Island, an island in the Indian Ocean, 30 minutes from Fremantle. We rented bicycles and rode the whole way around the island, 22km. Although it down poured with heavy rain several times the island is stunning. The cycle road take you right around the coast and the views over cliffs and the bright blue sea are beautiful, through Heath, up and down hills, past lighthouses and gorgeous beaches. We finished at the main settlement, Thompson Bay and had a cold beer at the pub overlooking the ocean. The best thing about Rottnest however is the happiest animal on earth.... The quokka. They are everywhere and they are Just adorable. They are curious little things and seem to smile at you, following you around.
After almost two years in Australia we have seen a lot. We have travelled from Melbourne, all the way up the east coast, across the desert to Darwin and then all the way down to Western Australia. Through Victoria, new South Wales, The ACT, Queensland, Tasmania, The Northern Territories and Western Australia. Australia has won our hearts, we have loved every second. There is no where else on earth you can swim next to a whale shark, dive on a reef so big you can see it from space, snorkel with a humpback whale, trek through a rainforest, see a dinosaur stampede in the desert, see sand so red and sea so blue, walk beneath an ancient forest of giants, hunt for truffles, sheer a sheep, see the best fireworks on earth, drive on the beach, see a platypus, swim along side a sea turtle, explore deep red gorges, walk through snow up a mountain, sailed past exotic islands and kissed under waterfalls. Australia... You have been so much more than we expected and will forever be in our hearts.