Brecht in Australia - Photos!

 

be Beste bezoeker, speciaal voor u wordt hier een fijne selectie van foto's tentoongesteld. Hieronder vind je een lijst van verschillende fotoboeken, klik op een foto om het bijhorende album te openen. De meeste foto's zijn voorzien van enigste commentaar van mijnentwege, bij de albums met een Britse vlag is de commentaar logischerwijze in het Engels. Natuurlijk mag je zelf commentaar toevoegen in het West-Vlaams als je dat liever hebt... Veel plezier.

eng Hello dear visitor. On this site, I've prepared a fine selection of the best photographs made in town;) Click on one of the thumbnails to open the corresponding album. I'll try to write some comments in English, these albums are marked with the British flag. But feel free to add English comments to photos in other albums too!

 

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Ballarat 1 sep 2007

My third weekend in Australia. I still haven't found a house, and I have a bit of a flew (be 'k zin ziek) as you can see on the images where I'm wearing all my warm clothes + jacket + scarf. This can't stop me from joining a trip with some IAESTies to Ballarat and the authentically restored mining town Sovereign Hill. The place seems to be very touristic, but still it's nice to see the mining infrastructure and all restoration has been done using methods from those days...

 

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Treeplanting Benalla 8 - 9 sep 2007

Aha, I'm feeling better and ready for some charity work. The Australian nature calls for help. As you might or might not know, there a big draught going on in and around Melbourne, so some parts need a hand from us.
In Benalla, we planted a strip of trees to preserve the natural environmental conditions for the local animals, some of whom are only rarely spotted in the region nowadays. On saterday evening we had a very good meal prepared for us, and sunday afternoon my first Australian barbeque... A nice compensation for the hard work :)

 

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Sydney 22 -24 sep 2007

Apart from the dark and rainy start on saterday, this 3 day Sydney trip turned out to be the hottest sunny weekend I'd had here this far! Great Sydney contrast with cold Melbourne...

 

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Great Ocean Road 29 sep - 1 okt 2007

12 trainees, 3 days, 2 cars, 1 GREAT ocean road, 0 sun, and an awful lot of kilometres... Thé road trip you have to do when you're in Melbourne. About wild waves, great views, raindrops, waterfalls and barbies...

 

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Grampians 6 - 7 oct 2007

The Grampians National Park. Situated about 250km north-west of Melbourne, these rocky mountains have impressed me very much and I haven't seen enough of them. They had a great bushfire in januari 2006, and now the bush is beautifully recovering: the black bark of the trees in contrast of the fresh green grass and leaves is to the eye as chocolate fudge is to the tongue. Very hard to capture that on camera to be honest...

 

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Tasmania Our 5 day Tassie trip. A swirling ride passing wild seas, rough cliffs, icy mountain peaks, green rainforests, peaceful lakes, snowy walks, lovely fishing harbours and so much more... Don't forget to also explore the Hanson Lake panorama.
 

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Melbourne Cup 'Melbourne Cup Day' is the public holiday in Victoria on which everybody suddenly shows a big interest in the Horse Races. Indeed, the whole long weekend is devoted to the horse races at Flemington Racecourse where the best stallions compete eachother. We decided to find out which would be the next horse to shine in the Melbourne Cup Hall of Fame. We dressed up and headed for the racecourse to place a little bet...
 

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Canoe Time to head for nature again... A two day canoe trip on the Murray River through Barmah state forest was the perfect choice for spending the first hot days. But also an unforgettable first contact with the ever so popular Australian Fly who invites all his friends to join him sitting on your face and be as annoying as possible... Nevertheless we had a great time there; relaxing with a beer on the easy flowing river, in an "unsinkable" canoe... until this branch crosses our way...
 

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Phillip Island Surfing on Phillip Island
 

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Christmas Eve Dinner Dinner on Christmas Eve at my place.
 

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Tongariro Crossing 16 mar 2008

eng This 1 day hike seems to be one of the most popular hikes in the North Island of NZ. Tramping along the 18km track through the volcanic region around mt Tongariro en mt Ngauruhoe, brings me through a huge variety of landscapes and colors. A wonderful experience, definitely deserving to be on top of the NZ tramps hall of fame.

 

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Hell's Gate 19 apr 2008

eng The active volcanic region around Rotorua and Taupo has lots of tourist attractions on offer. There's a few thermal parks to choose from, and having missed out on any of them while traveling (I considered them too touristy), colleagues Adrian, Nick and me decided to check one out on our free Sunday afternoon. There are indeed some bubbling, boiling, steaming and mud spewing holes in the ground, it smells, looks and probably feels like hell. It was cool to see, but I have to admit that all the pamphlets and brochures are a sophisticated tourist trap (for which I fell), and the city park in Rotorua town center is as impressive. Nevertheless, I've got some nice pictures, which has definitely something to do with the sky being magically lit by the setting sun...

 

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Napier 24 - 26 apr 2008

eng This smaller city on the east coast has a beautiful black-blue pebble beach upon which the pacific waves are thrown with an impressive display of natural force. Swimming is not allowed, but that's probably not the reason that nobody tries... Apart from this natural beauty, nature has had also a huge impact on the current architecture in the city. After the 1931 earthquake, which destroyed pretty much the whole town, most buildings have been rebuilt in the Art Deco style, which was current at that time. The result is a nice and colorful city center with lost of surprising art deco elements hidden on the facades above the shops.
Close to Napier is also Cape Kidnappers, reachable by a 10km walk along the beach, between massive waves on one side and huge cliffs on the other. Beautiful. I spent 3 nights in Napier, but I wouldn't have mind staying there a bit longer...

 

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Wellington 27 - 29 apr 2008

eng The capital city of NZ, built between and eventually on the hills of the southernmost peak of the North Island. I liked the city with it's sunny docklands, hills with city views, enjoyable Cuba street mall, vast botanical gardens and foresty cemetery.

 

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Wanganui & Kawhia 30 Apr - 1 May 2008

eng After Wellington, there's one more stop on my to do list: Coromandel peninsula. It is however 600km north of Wellington, so a few stops along the way wouldn't hurt. First stop is Wanganui, with a short hike in Whanganui National Park. The next day I move on to Kawhia, with it's wonderful pitch black sand beach and hot water springs - which I missed because of the tide...

 

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Coromandel Peninsula 2 - 4 May 2008

eng My last 3 days in NZ are well spent in Whitianga. The cosy town in a bay on the east coast of the peninsula allowed me to get some (very) short introductions to sea kayaking and snorkeling, as well short hikes to Cathedral Cove and Hot Water beach, where we again missed the hot water springs because of the tide (and human errors).

 

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Along The Path... Some pictures from short stops to break the longer hours on the road...
 

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Travels around Australia The last month has started, my brother arrived and together we'll take a tour of the big continent... Up the east coast to Cairns by campervan, after a refreshing dive we continue the tour in our brand spanking new $100 Toyota Corona via Kakadu, Alice Springs and Adelaide back to Melbourne. Enjoy!
 

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