(c) March 2011 Oliver Bonten
Initially we wanted to go to Thailand but for various reasons changed our plans a few weeks before the trip and went to Australia instead. I'd been to Australia before, shortly after graduating, but this was more than 20 years ago and I was sure a lot of things would have changed. One thing that didn't change was the air ticket - after more than 20 years of inflation, an Emirates flight ticket to Australia in 2011 still cost about the same as an Olympic ticket cost in 1989. Flight time now is a few hours shorter and the planes are much more comfortable than they used to be.
We've decided to rent campervans for most of the trip, and stay in Hotels only in the cities. In Australia, this gives us easier access to some of the sights. In a vast and empty country, hotels do not abound, and for example in a lot of national parks, camping is the only way to stay inside the park. We've booked the air tickets ourselves, but for the campervans, we have used a specialized travel agency, as they get better conditions than if you book directly.
Our flight took us to Melbourne, from where we drove along the southern coast to Kangaroo Island. After Kangaroo island, we took a flight from Adelaide to Alice Springs. We made a long circle in the Northern Territory to Uluru, back to Alice Springs, and took a flight to Sydney. From Sydney, we drove inland through the Eastern parts of Australia to Brisbane, from where our flight home departed
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