The 12 apostles at sunset on Ocean Road (c) David
After a few laps on the World map finally this year we have decided to travel to Australia. I usually make one-month getaways at the end of the year when prices are lower and destinations less frequented. However, this year for certain reasons we will have to take the holidays during the month of August.
The enormous proportions of Australia and the little time we have - three weeks - do not allow a complete tour of the country or to alternate nearby alternatives such as New Zealand - and that I am a trekking lover - or Tasmania.
As I am the only one of the four members of Viajablog who has not yet stepped on Australian soil, I have already thrown the question on the air in the group and a few interesting proposals have come out.
David, who is currently walking with a loincloth on a lost beach in Mozambique, spent a month in Australia and tells me that having only three weeks avoid staying too long in the cities.
A possible route would be fly directly to Cairns to start the trip immersing myself in the Great Barrier Reef. Then take a plane to Syndey, rent a van as it did at the time and travel the Grean Ocean Road with the majestic 12 apostles in between until you arrive and leave the van in Melbourne.
Once there the idea would be to take another internal flight to get to Perth where a new van would serve to cover the maximum of the west coast that we podamoos and return to Barcelona from Perth.
It is a very interesting route but it gives me the feeling that we will have to go too fast. Australia is a huge country and although doing this itinerary we lose many charms such as the magical mountain of Ayers Rock -Ulurú- it gives me the feeling that to make a trip well compensated between enjoyment and adventure we will have to sacrifice somewhere. Will it be Cairns, will it be the Great Ocean Road, will it be the west coast of Perth?
It is possible that we can with everything although the first comes first and we have not yet bought the flights. Used to flying in low season where the tourist influx and flight prices are lower, I have not yet processed the first step that catapults you to nervousness and to buy you the travel guide to lick your lips.