Farewell Australia, I’ve had a cracking time!

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Backpacks for motorbike pannier bags

It is half past midnight and I’m sat looking at three large motorbike pannier bags, filled with everything I have.  I traded my two backpacks with these bags, which Dave kindly lent me, because I’m planning to buy a motorbike to travel around New Zealand for the next two and a half month.  Also, Alan at work has given me a full set of leathers, which he no longer uses and fits me great.  That was a surprise and considering how much these sets cost I was very appreciative, cheer again Al!   

 

My flight leaves tomorrow morning.  Yet again, I’m overwhelmed by a deep sadness for leaving a place I have made my home, and having to say goodbye not only to my relatives but to Australia as well.

Group photo on Fraser Island, lake McKenzie
  I’ve just been going through a few photos with Dave and Di of my trip and many fantastic memories flooded my mind, when I recalled what a bloody great time I’ve had over the past 8 month: skinny dipping on Fraser island; driving on beautiful country roads through tall gum trees admiring a massive blue sky; sleeping in the boot of Bella and living rough on the streets of Hervey Bay; cooking prawns on Tin Can Bay beach; drinking Goon and partying all night with Lars, Else and a load of hippies at the Mardi Grass in Nimbin; helping Stephan build the stables and the arena in Coramba; walking for miles through native forests of Katoomba; working in Sydney and having a blast every weekend with a lovely crowd; shovelling oysters by the bucket in Pambula; Living in the bush and talking rubbish all night with Frank in Loch Sport over an open fire, a glass of wine and wild life all around us; driving the entire Great Ocean Road with no brakes; watching TV in Penshurst with little Ernie on my lap, I love that dog; camping in the red outback; catching up with my lovely auntie Janet, auntie Kath and uncle Dave, who I haven’t seen in eight years; and much, much more.  It’s been terrific, I’m really glad I have made this trip.   

 

Australia has been more than I had hoped for.

Getting lost with a Sat Nav!
  I didn’t have much of a plan when I got here and frankly I was just happy to get away from the cold, wet and gloomy UK days.  Here I have met many interesting people, made good friends, and working on farms I have learnt a lot about alternative energy, sustainable living, organic and back-to-basics life style.  It has been a fantastic experience, still, there’s a big question I keep asking my self:  could I live here?  I’m not sure… I don’t think I could get used to the massive distances between cities, towns and the rest of the world.  Back in the UK, within a few flight hours you can be in France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Austria, Norway, etc. and each country is so unique, with a different language, culture, history, food, entertainment… you get the idea, there’s more diversity.
Bella's boot
  Who knows, maybe I’ll change my mind as soon as I lay foot on the wet tarmac of Eathrow airport!   

 

In any case, Australia is truly a wonderful country and this isn’t going to be a good bye, but more like an arrivederci!

 

Off to New Zealand next…    

alicegourmet says:
Of course, you had great memory of your trip in Australia. I hope I can go there to visit one day! =)
Posted on: Dec 02, 2008
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Backpacks for motorbike pannier ba…
Backpacks for motorbike pannier b…
Group photo on Fraser Island, lake…
Group photo on Fraser Island, lak…
Getting lost with a Sat Nav!
Getting lost with a Sat Nav!
Bellas boot
Bella's boot
Tin Can Bays prawns
Tin Can Bay's prawns
Lars from Mars, Aussie Else and a …
Lars from Mars, Aussie Else and a…
Building the arena in Coramba with…
Building the arena in Coramba wit…
Walking through the Blu Mountains …
Walking through the Blu Mountains…
Few friends in Sydney
Few friends in Sydney
Oyster farm in Pambula
Oyster farm in Pambula
Living in the bush - Loch Sport
Living in the bush - Loch Sport
Carola and I on the Great Ocean Ro…
Carola and I on the Great Ocean R…
Little Ernie
Little Ernie
Camping in the red outback
Camping in the red outback
Uncle Andrea and Auntie Janet
Uncle Andrea and Auntie Janet
Charlotte, Josh and Uncle Dave
Charlotte, Josh and Uncle Dave
Auntie Kath
Auntie Kath
Serge, Oliver, Emma, Stella and Ge…
Serge, Oliver, Emma, Stella and G…
Marg, Lec, Marcus, me and Steph - …
Marg, Lec, Marcus, me and Steph -…
Jasie and me - wwoofing in Katoomb…
Jasie and me - wwoofing in Katoom…
Binka, Cloy, Rose, David and RM - …
Binka, Cloy, Rose, David and RM -…
Liz and Rod and a lot of oysters -…
Liz and Rod and a lot of oysters …
Frank - wwoofing in Lock Sport
Frank - wwoofing in Lock Sport
Me, Carola, Helen and Julian - wwo…
Me, Carola, Helen and Julian - ww…
Viv, Bill, me and Carola - wwoofin…
Viv, Bill, me and Carola - wwoofi…
Petes fish farm - wwoofing in Kal…
Pete's fish farm - wwoofing in Ka…
Saul and Tamara - wwoofing in Mt B…
Saul and Tamara - wwoofing in Mt …
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