In early June 2012 we did a quick trip to Australia, specifically to drive along coastal Highway 1 from Sydney (New South Wales) to the Gold Coast (Queensland). With this 1000-km road-trip we can claim to have travelled by road all the way from Perth (Western Australia) to Rockhampton (Queensland) along the Australian coastline, for a total distance of about 6000km. We did the other stretches between 1982 and 2011.
We flew to Pokhara, just 200km by road west of Kathmandu, but could take up to 8 hours depending on traffic and road conditions. Pokhara is the gateway to explore the Greater Himalaya of central Nepal, where the famed Annapurna mountains are. Unfortunately the weather played havoc with our plan again, and we left Pokhara without sighting the mighty Himalayan peaks. Nevertheless Pokhara is a delightful city, with 200k people the second largest after Katmandu with 800k. September 2012.
We made our maiden journey to Nepal on 13-18 September, 2012. The late-monsoon weather somewhat put a damper, but nevertheless we enjoyed the charms of Kathmandu and its friendly people.
A 3-hour drive north of Perth, some 250km away, stand the Pinnacles, the famous limestone formations rising out of the desert floor. We spent an afternoon wandering around this fantastic spot — nature at its best, no doubt. 01 September 2012.
A drive north of Perth brought us to Two Rocks at the Indian Ocean, followed by a discovery of beautiful blooming wildflowers along a desolate country road. 01 September 2012.
A visit to the historical town of York in Western Australia, founded 1831 as the first inland settlement in the state. Charming old buildings still preserved to maintain the charm of the old days. 31 August 2012.