This is it – the final leg of this long journey! We leave sunny Adelaide to head to the East coast and head North to Sydney. Incidentally, within this one drive (and within Stephen’s first week of being in Australia) we pass through four states – Western Australia, South Australia, Victoria and finally New South Wales!
Temperature – 35 degrees C
We arrive in Adelaide in the early evening, and are both looking forward to seeing our favourite bassist Lisa Flea, in her new designer home. Adelaide is a city of about 1.2 million people, situated on the south coast of Australia. It is the only state capital not to have been settled by convicts, which is one possible explanation for the relatively (and we do mean relatively!) refined sound of the Adelaide Australian accent. When we arrive, the sun is hot and the air is still, so after acquainting ourselves with Lisa’s house, we head to the beach for a relaxing evening.
If you know us, then you probably know that although we have managed to get from London to Australia without flying so far, we are on the ‘wrong’ side of Australia! In Perth we aim to get a train across the country, which would take 3 nights, but to our dismay the next one is sold out! We want to visit Adelaide before getting to Sydney so we take a chance on a car relocation. We luckily find a company that has a campervan located in Perth who actually needs it to be located in Sydney – within 6 days! We grab our bags, leave the horrible hostel that we didn’t manage to sleep at in Perth and for just a dollar a day we pick up the keys to our ‘new home’ ‘ for the next 6 days. The journey to Sydney is from the West coast to the East – around a mindblowing 4,100 kilometres in total. First however, we head to Adelaide in South Australia – some 2,700 kilometres away…
Temperature – 32 degrees C
Perth is where our ship arrives. With a population of 1.7 million it is Western Australia’s largest city – and its capital. We a shocked by the price of things, not helped by the astonishing exchange rate – as we arrived we find that the Australian dollar is worth more than the US dollar, and the massive resource base in the 2.5 square kilometres of Western Australia is one of the main reasons why. We spend just a day and a night in Perth, and are happy to leave when we do! It is not really our kind of place…
Once we had made it to Bali without flying, the key journey would be this long boat journey to get us to the land of Australia. With the help of Chloé’s mum we find a cruise boat that leaves Bali on a five day direct sailing to Perth, in Western Australia! After travelling ‘around the world in 80 days’ the boat was an absolute luxury!