australia australia is a promise a promise of pristine landscapes empty beaches and unforgettable adventures we set out to explore it our journey starts in perth capital of western australia perth a city of more than one million people boasts a number of beautiful parks and buildings the adjacent pool town of fremantle is known for its lovely atmosphere and has a beautiful oceanside promenade fremantle exudes a creative atmosphere as can be witnessed by the amount of street art the local pelicans our first contact with the australian wildlife with a wingspan of two and a half meters the australian pelican is medium-sized by pelican standards on the other hand it has the largest spill of any bird worldwide earth’s most beautiful attraction is located 45 minutes offshore broadnest island entices visitors with beautiful bays drizzle clear water and above all the happiest animal on earth quakas are small marsupials related to kangaroos on rottnest island they are used to the presence of humans and have lost their natural shyness much to the delight of visitors they can frequently be seen foraging for food or posing for selfies a short ferry ride brings us to penguin island a designated bird sanctuary thousands of seabirds call this their home countless breeding pairs lay their eggs in nests and protect them with fierce cries back on the mainland we travel south until we reach lake clifton the shallow water is home to one of the world’s oldest living organisms from the lights [Music] a school of bottlenose dolphins often approaches the beach of bunbury’s kumbana bay volunteers of the dolphin discovery centre provide visitors with interesting information they’re venturing out into unknown waters or deeper waters if they’re going outside the bay where there might be some more threats then they usually go in groups we’ve had a few dolphins that have that their first calf has survived but sometimes they’ll lose their first cast and learn from that experience and become more successful out deeper you’ll see a row of dolphins all asleep um the two at the ends seem to be a little bit more alert they’re all asleep in a row and it’s called snagging because they look just like sausages on a barbecue after passing through the city of bustleton which holds the world record for the longest wooden jetty we visit the kennel rocks these rock formations are a traumatic feature on australia’s south western coast in stormy weather massive waves smash against the rocks and churn through the canals cleansing in some of the crevices reveals that they are not all uninhabited a visit between september and december might furthermore be rewarded with seeing some whales southern right whales and humpback whales can be spotted on their southward journey to their feeding crowns in antarctica some of them are in a euphoric mood regularly jumping out of the water [Music] only a short distance south there are several beautiful beaches among which hemlin bay is outstanding in many ways following a rough off-road track for the forest brings four-wheel drive enthusiasts into the ocean trails like this one make it obvious why 4×4 vehicles are the most reasonable choice for a road trip in australia [Music] many beautiful spots are solely accessible with such a car woohoo [Music] we made some of our most memorable experiences by following an unknown path into the world [Music] on a sunny day this beach is a perfect spot for playing around in the surf with huge waves crashing onto the shore [Music] at the southern end of the bay stingrays often hope to catch a scrap of fish from the local fishermen they swim in the shallows and do not mind a pat on the back [Music] a simple rule applies to all of australia’s beaches the rougher the path to get there the fewer people you’re likely to encounter with little luck an entire beach could be yours contrary to popular belief australia does not only offer fabulous beaches but also magical forests the curry trees of the southwest are among the tallest trees on earth with heights of up to 90 meters in the afternoon sunlight every visitor feels a sensation of awe among these giants of a forgotten time adrenaline seekers can also get their share by climbing to the top of up to three carry trees the diamond tree cluster tree and dave evans bicentennial tree all have a viewing platform far above the ground climbers will have to scale 130 packs on the way to the top the viewing platform rests 65 meters above the ground it is notorious for swaying several meters from side to side in windy conditions the climb is not for the faint-hearted but the experience and view are more than worth the effort some argue that the climb back down is even harder than the climb up as you can see the forest floor below a truly unique tree is the giant tingle tree with a height of 24 meters this is the largest living eucalypt in the world the tree was hollowed out by one or more bushfires but it still lives to this day funnily enough it isn’t the only hollow tree in the area this curry tree can aptly be nicknamed the walk through tree in close vicinity the donk trickerstown national park is a four-wheel driver’s paradise many easy to challenging tracks across the park anna is walking ahead all the time because the track is pretty much overgrown very intense going for us at least as we’re not that experienced and it’s just like taking some branches off the track but they also big big trees actually lying directly on the track so we have to drive over them up to now it was okay so now we’re managed um hopefully we’re back on a cradle track pretty soon so that we can then drive down to the hebrew blade well we’re not lost we’re on the track the track is just a bit more intense this is not the track this is a truck this is a track it is it is a track but it is a right track the tracks lead through forest and half landscapes and more than once and on completely deserted beaches [Music] [Music] the close by eager of sand dunes are the largest landlocked sentient system of the southern hemisphere after deflating tyres they can also be explored with four wheel drive vehicles [Music] we continue our journey on rough off-road tracks always heading south east sandy beaches in cape lacroix national park are among the whitest in australia [Applause] considering all beaches we’ve visited hellfire bay is our favorite pure white sand and incredibly clear water it is certain nobody wants to leave too quickly [Music] taking a dip in the ocean is highly recommended we simply couldn’t get enough of the massive waves rolling in [Music] not far away another kind of beachgoer can be encountered it often happens that kangaroos visit lucky bay and search for food among the flotsam and jackson other inhabitants of the country are the colorful glass and their cousins the rare black cockatoos north of perth the distances between sides start to grow with a suitable vehicle and enough time the monotony of the highway can be broken by following hidden paths into the wild a gps is essential as these tracks can’t be found on any regular map being able to enjoy these sand dunes in complete loneliness more than makes up for the rough trails at namboon national park thousands of fragile limestone formations known as pinnacles create a cereal landscape a four kilometer long drive makes this one of the most easily accessible national parks in australia [Music] back on the coast hillberry national park excites with its beautiful red-coloured cliffs many viewpoints offer spectacular signs under different rock patterns like natural bridge and island rock as beautiful as the cliffs are kerberry national park is most famous for its nature’s window to escape the tourist crowds arriving early in the morning is key looking through the window visitors will behold the murchison river gorge an equally marvelous sight most people are satisfied with a short walk to the window the more adventurous however can hike along the ridgeline or even down into the riverbed the intensity of colors from swaparole national park is simply stunning use of red green blue and white melt in an almost inconceivable overall picture close to the national park another world famous attraction can be found michelle beach billions of tiny white shells down to a depth of 10 meters create this unique beach while most people have heard of the great barrier reef it is a lesser-known fact that western australia has its own coral reef by taking a cruise to the outer ningalu reef between april and july visitors have the chance to swim with the biggest fish in the sea a whale shark as a filter feeder this gentle giant isn’t dangerous for humans swimming along one of those whales is without a doubt an experience that won’t be easily forgotten inland of the ningaloo reef marine park the landscape is equally astonishing everything is dry and dominated by bushes and spinifex grass with the occasional giant termite hill off-road tracks are rough and sometimes even require track building [Music] upon leaving the park a decision has to be made continuing along the coast or heading inland our further journey takes us through the dry but scenic pilbara [Music] close to the town of tom price we decided to drive up the second highest vehicle accessible mountain in western australia not nameless the sweeping view was rewarding and we took some time before we headed down again ironically a nail succeeds where many sharp rocks couldn’t causing us our first tire puncture rule number one for outback travel is always be prepared and so we fixed it ourselves roughly 600 kilometers from the reef karagini is one of western australia’s most beautiful national parks to explore the many gorges visitors will have to climb down handrails balance along rock ledges and hike through deep water among all the gorges hancock gorge is outstanding in terms of adventure and scenery this especially demanding part is known as the spider’s walk it gets really interesting if hikers are walking into opposite directions [Applause] the reward for all the climbing is kermit’s pool at the end of the trail in comparison dale’s gorge is more family friendly the hike is not as strenuous and with circular and fern pool there are two water holes to cool down in the trees above flying foxes create a noisy atmosphere [Music] wherever the next aim may be it is far away we travel 1100 kilometers to the start of the gibb river road in australia’s kimberley region the gibb river road is an outback travel track which shouldn’t be taken lightly boap trees fringe the roadside amid thousands of termites especially during dusk and dawn driving as hazardous as cattle wanders freely along the road [Music] the high ground grass proves to be the perfect camouflage for wallabies cockatoos inhabit the trees above and big pythons can be seen crawling along the road [Music] freshwater crocodiles regularly relax in the sun in banjana gorge these crocodiles grow up to a length of 3 meters but are considered non-dangerous for humans along the 700 kilometers of the gibb river road visitors can enjoy many different gorges and water holes after the high walls of banjana gorge tunnel creek offers a view into a world of light and dark the short walk into bellgorge is rewarded with a beautifully cascading waterfall and one of the best sceneries around the game kelvin’s gorge boasts a mesmerizing waterfall a refreshing plunge crew and aboriginal rockard almost no adventure along this outback road ends without any mishaps flat tires are common sight we were exceptionally unlucky to also be afflicted by a leak in the fuel tank we just had one of the most horrible nights probably of our lives yesterday in the evening we drove to our campsite set up our tent and then and i smelled some fuel so we discovered that we got a fuel leak under our car right there nicely dripping and luckily there was a mechanic at the campsite he said we should drive back to the roadhouse immediately because he couldn’t fix anything the roadhouse of course was already closed we tried to drive to mechanic which was another 30k away which was also already closed so we drove to another campsite stopped there tried just put the pot underneath and then we discovered another beautiful thing we had a flat tire so now we’ve got a fuel leak and a flat tire we can just try to fix the flat tire drive to the road house and see if they can do anything today let’s see after training the fuel tank for four to five hours cleaning the hole another hour maybe letting it dry and it now applies the steel stick clue which we bought in the mount pinea road has directly behind me i’m gonna hope that it’s gonna seal the hole in the fuel tank at least so we can get to mechanic in canada let’s see driving the gibberish road is only possible during the dry season as there are many water crossings along the way most of them are no big challenge even for novice forward drivers the longest and potentially most dangerous crossing occurs at the pentecost river the coburn ranges as a scenic backdrop this spot is the iconic symbol of the game no visit to the kimberleys would be complete without stopping at the constantly 38 degrees warm civility springs similarly the tranquil scenery and ice cold water of emma gorge invite to reflect on the past adventures before we leave western australia towards the northern territory we travel south to honolulu national park often referred to as the bungle bungles this national park can only be accessed via a 50 kilometer long demanding cravel track several hiking trails lead to different landmarks an early start is paramount to escape both the heat of the day and flocks of bus tourists the beautifully carved creek bed is especially scenic during sunrise soon as the sun is high enough to reach the bottom of the gorge every step becomes a struggle visitors deciding to spend the night in the gorge will be rewarded with loneliness and a sky full of stars [Music] after three days on the road our first destination in the northern territory is knit milk national park a scenic short walk leads into butterfly gorge and onto the catherine river taking a swim in the river would be a welcome change to the daily humidity due to the potential presence of crocodiles it is not advisable though to get the desired cooldown one has to walk eight kilometers to a place known as sweetwater pool this croc-free waterhole enchants with a little cascading waterfall and for all those that can endure the tickling a free foot nibbling heading north brings us to the lost city of litchfield national park with a little bit of imagination the eroding sandstone formations can be seen as an ancient city claimed back by nature one of australia’s most famous national parks is kakadu the park protects many marshes such as the mamukala wetlands this habitat is a perfect breeding ground for voracious mosquitoes bigger insects also tend to feel homely in the warm tropics a high clearance vehicle is necessary to overcome cahill’s crossing thereby crossed east alligator river is inhabited by lurking saltwater crocodiles even snakes do not take chances many rock art galleries tell the story of the long inhabitants of the area by australia’s indigenous people [Music] a must do during a visit in kakadu is to witness a sunset above uber the view from atop the rocks is marvelous during daytime watching the sunlight fade over the planes is truly magical the yellow water wetlands are another popular destination on a calm day the clouds reflect perfectly only to be interrupted by the occasional boat crews in the early dry season visitors should not start to panic if they see a burning landscape controlled bushfires are part of the annual cycle to stimulate plant growth and reduce the chances of out of control wildfires the magical combination of a serene plunge pool and sweeping views made gundlam falls the last highlight of kakadu more than two and a half thousand kilometers away every traveler crossing from the northern territory into queensland nothing else than cattle farms make this the most unexciting part of australia as soon as tropical north queensland comes into site the vegetation changes considerably this region is a lot wetter in many ways in daintree national park mangrove beaches can be explored during low tide big ferns are home in the rainforest and water drops can be found in a lot of places [Applause] plenty of water rushes down the impressive wallerman falls australia’s highest single trop waterfall with a height of 268 meters often a little bit of patience is required as the falls are regularly veiled in clouds of mist with a little bit of luck a fork disappears only to be substituted by rainbow to fully gain an appreciation for the splendor of the australian landscapes a scenic flight offers a suitable perspective [Music] flying in such a small airplane on a windy day is an adventure in itself that requires a strong stomach after floating over several islands of the whitsundays the great barrier reef appears below stretching for 300 kilometers the great barrier reef is the largest coral reef in the world we catch a mere glimpse of its beauty but that is enough to leave a lasting memory [Music] another way to explore the area is with a sailing ship [Music] is embarking directly onto with sunday island allows visitors to take in the world famous hill inlet the dazzling white color of the beach stems from the high amount of silica contained in the sand although it can get crowded most people only leave reluctantly through the south fraser island offers just as much scenery the world’s largest sand island can only be accessed by ferry [Music] we chose the southern tip of fraser and thus embarked on the manta ray barge although the ferry lands on sand a 75 mile beach is an official highway with a speed limit of 80 kilometers an hour left lane traffic rules apply in the same way as on the mainland besides being a highway the 75 mile beach is also an official airstrip small airplanes land in designated zones which change with the tide this airplane lands next to the mojino shipwreck washed ashore during a cyclone in 1935 the wreck has been a tourist attraction ever since the relentless tide eats its way slowly from many inland tracks crisscross the island all of which are unpaved due to the soft sand only four wheel drive vehicles are allowed to enter the island sooner or later visitors will come upon one of the over 100 freshwater lakes on fraser island lake mckenzie is doubtless the most famous and a true jewel of nature just as clear as the water of lake mckenzie is vangualba creek which gently flows through fraser’s rainforest on the western side of the island visitors can find many abandoned peers such as mckenzie chatty a little bit of patience reveals an active wildlife thousands of soldier crabs move along the beach sifting the sand in search of food [Music] other animals that are frequently encountered include the dingo and snakes to truly explore the island a couple of days are necessary many beautiful campsites along the beach are perfect to sit back and relax if there is one australian city that almost everybody has heard of it is sydney capital of new south wales its fame can mostly be attributed to one architectural landmark the sydney opera house to evade the crowds staying on the opposite side of the sydney harbour creates a stunning vista including the harbour bridge another attraction of sydney is the blue mountains national park a multitude of hiking trails lead visitors down into the canyons resulting in strenuous climbs back up many easily accessible lookouts provide the not so adventurous with an alternative most tourists only pay a short visit to the three sisters venturing further into the adjacent cananco boyd national park guarantees excitement and views enjoyed in solitude following roads through the snowy mountains we arrive in melbourne from where we set out to tasmania tassie’s west coast is rough wild and mostly uninhabited by humans most waterfalls carry a lot of rain water at the end of winter while gaining altitude the image of australia as an everlasting summer beach destination is finally shattered snow-covered landscapes aren’t unusual in many parts of tasmania [Music] with a distance of 82 kilometers the world-renowned overland track crosses through the pristine wilderness of two tasmanian national parks the track is notorious for its unpredictability at any time of the year snowstorms can occur only the fit and well prepared should attempt to walk it in spring the overland track is aptly nicknamed the underwater track with some luck the climb to the top of cradle mountain is possible on the first day conquering the summit will be rewarded with views towards bahn plath and the surrounding landscape [Music] traversing a diversity of landscapes every day will offer something new the track winds through alpine plains dominated by button cross follows tempered rain forests along mountains and wild waters walking the oval and track only one thing is a certainty stepping into one bad poop reaching lake sinclair after seven days is an exhilarating feeling sometimes followed by a little surprise a completely different kind of landscape can be explored on a tasman peninsula the scenic tolerate columns of cape raul and cape hoy are well worth a visit not far away former convict settlements tell the story of australia’s first european habitation next to mountains tasmania also offers beautiful beaches a climb to the top of mount amos is rewarded with magnificent views of the famous wineglass bay one of the most exhilarating roads in all of australia is jacob’s ladder the switchback drive is sure to provoke an adrenaline rush what really sets tasmania apart from the rest of australia is the permanent presence of wildlife echidnas across the street in search of food just to take a nap on the other side also known as spiny ant eaters echidnas are egg-laying mammals although they do resemble ant eaters and hedgehogs they aren’t closely related to either female wallabies with their joeys enjoy the sun in the meantime tasmania’s natural lawn mowers wombats chew their way through the landscape outstanding in terms of wildlife is narendrapun national park in tasmania’s north visitors are all but certain to see wallabies feeding on bushes forester kangaroos relaxing on the meadows and wombats keeping the grass short the last part of our journey takes us along the world famous great ocean road koalas are commonly seen in the eucalypt forests although they sleep more than 20 hours a day once they start to move they are agile climbers [Music] all this excitement is solely for the purpose of finding their favorite food eucalypt leaves [Music] spectacular cliffs and eroding rock formations make the great ocean road a truly scenic drive among all the formations the 12 apostles are most well known but many of the other sides are just as impressive 35 000 kilometers on rough roads and highways experiencing tranquil lakes and the roaring sea with close wildlife encounters and views of a lifetime australia is the tranquil crackle of the campfire and the laughter of the kokabora the stunning white beaches and the snowy peaks the relentless heat of the north and the cold starry nights of the south australia you kept your promises [Music] [Music] hello [Music] you

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