I drove a campervan 2,000 miles from Darwin to Cairns, making a stop in Kakadu National Park. It wasn’t the easiest drive & I was exhausted. The road was only partial paved and then I drove up and down a mountain on a narrow road with 263 turns! I had to get the campervan back to the rental place by 3:00 pm, but would I make it with all of the slow turns?
I was back to traveling solo, but thankfully, I had my Airbnb hosts and a friend who was still in town. I also met some great people at the horse races who welcomed me into their groups without hesitation.
It was our last night camping in the Australian outback. I was really starting to enjoy the company of the other 19 people on the tour. Jokes were told, we laughed, we drank, and we sang! What more could you ask for?
On day three of the Adventure tour, we hiked to two natural pools and went swimming. I got to know the others better and started to get along better with the tour guide. I was happy that I ended up on the group tour after all.
This was the start of a ten-day adventure tour through the Kimberley Region in Western Australia. I met the other 19 people on the tour as well as the salty tour guide, Damien. We explored a little, drove a lot, and slept in swags.
I had a few more days to explore Broome, so I went on a jet ski tour, drove a scooter to various sites, and went on a whale watching tour. After a few stressful days, I was starting to see why so many loved Broome so much.
I moved to a new Airbnb to wait a week before my ten-day adventure tour began. The host was great, giving me rides. But I needed a way to get around myself, so I rented a scooter. It’s my favorite way to drive around!
I was driving to a gas station in Port Hedland when a 6.6 earthquake shook the area. The credit card machines stopped working and the town was shook up. I was about to drive a few hours north to camp at Eighty Mile Beach – directly across from the epicenter that steamed from the ocean.
I had never rock climbed or rappelled, but this experience going into the center of the earth was once in a lifetime! We went all of the way into a class six gorge in Western Australia. This was in the top three things I’ve ever done.
I camped two nights at Cheela Plains station and had a great time! They offer hikes on their private property, which have incredible scenery! The Wall was so unique and I couldn’t believe that I was the only person there! I also met some interesting people and got into my “storytelling” mode.
I hiked in Exmouth and enjoyed the beach before heading east. Then, I camped at Cheela Plains Station, where I went on a stargazing tour. I had the opportunity to photograph the moon & met some great people.
I camped at a secluded beach full of shells on the Shark Bay peninsula. It was incredible! I also saw stromatolites – the oldest living life form on Earth!
On the way to Kalbarri in Western Australia, I stopped at a pink lake! The next day was full of adventure – an ATV ride and then a strenuous hike at Nature’s Window. The work was worth it to see the incredible scenery!
I walked around the pinnacles, a couple hours north of Perth. They were really interesting to see and scientists don’t know much about them. I also finally figured out what the “hives” were on my face, neck, and shoulders that Benadryl wouldn’t cure.
The nighttime prison tour at the historic Fremantle prison provides lots of good history and stories of some famous criminals. The first thing the convicts had to build was their prison! I also met an awesome Airbnb host who had unique travel stories.
Quokka’s might be the cutest animal I’ve seen! They live on Rottnest Island, just outside of Perth, Australia. They’re friendly and playful! I loved my selfie photo-shoot with one little guy! If you’re in Perth, you must go to Rottnest Island!
While in Perth, I was able to go on a bar tour, check out a market, see the botanical gardens, visit the Mint, and do some self-pampering. Perth has been one of my favorite cities to visit!
As an American, I had no idea what Australian footy was all about. I went to the Optus Stadium and watched a game. It was a blast and was exciting to watch! I scored a ticket in the 5th row and was invited to the VIP room!