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  • Latest News: 7 Pieces Of Travel Advice
    posed the question What is your number one travel tip to the team here at Gondwana So just what were some of the hot travel tips being discussed Contact wherever you are staying to confirm the location details and recommended transport method if you are traveling somewhere that you don t speak the language ask them to send you the written address in the local language and to let you know how long it will take to get from the airport port as well as how much it will cost This way you will be able to pass the address to the taxi bus driver and know how long to expect the trip to take and cost Catriona Product Manager Research the destination online before you go to pick up handy tips from those that have traveled there before you Stuart General Manager Always pack a travel robe instead of bulky towels something like a multi use sarong is perfect Michela Outdoor Addict Smart layering is a good way to save on taking lots of bulky clothing especially when going to cooler climates I took 2 sets of the Gondwana Body Map with me to the UK during my last trip and they kept me warm and dry along with the Whyalla jacket Eliminating the need for extra heavy woolens Sue Finance On long haul flights take a full change of clothing with you in your hand luggage It s great to be able to get completely changed and freshen up on your stop over This will make you feel much more human on the second leg of a long haul flight Liana Product Developer Plan your expenses save up as much as you think you will need and then double it Margarita Product Team Member If you like to

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  • Part 6 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    map gives you a road that says Developmental consider it DE VEL OP MEN T A L and not DEVELOPED ER MA GOD MAN 355km of corrugations Definition a ridge or groove of a surface that has been corrugated and dust and dirt and wind and darkness and nothing and more nothing and oh hey look over there hahah just kidding nothing to see over there as well tricked ya So the lesson being unless you own and choose to drive a Arjun main battle tank with its hydro pneumatic suspension think twice about doing this because going at roughly 32km an hour for 355km makes you a very irritable person AHHHH I dislike very much corrugations Anyway Woo Hoo Onto Winton The dinosaur capital of Australia Which would be this early morning s adventure and detour Now I m not sure if it s because I had so much fun for the last 355km but not to spoil anybody s excitement nor diminish the enjoyment of dinosaurs but it kind of was a long drive for not much We visited the Age of Dinosaurs Museum where there were 3 separate 1 5 of a dinosaurs bones laid out before us and a slide show of how they were found We were then shown how they clean the bones and package them I understood and accepted the fascination of finding something so old in the middle of a place where they did not belong and using some detective skills to piece it all together but unfortunately it was not worth the extra effort we needed to get out there Not much to see and nothing interactive for us to do so I left slightly disappointed The good thing about disappointment though is that if you re a positive person it doesn t last long and I was quickly recharged with the excitement of being able to drive inland stopping only for fuel for the next 464km with yet again absolutely nothing to see But oh boy oh boy at least it was main highway so we were kicking on at a good speed Mount Isa here we are commin After staying the night in Mount Isa we were now starting to see that the roads were getting longer and longer and we felt like the Aussie outback was fast approaching Our next leg was a big one Mount Isa to Ti Tree 975km This however was a necessity for us to get to where we needed to be in time Thankfully though it was well worth the drive as we got to experience the Devils Marbles conservation reserve as the sun was beginning to set A beautiful place with huge marble shaped boulders placed in awesome and precarious configurations We created a shadow puppet show and then spent the night at Ti Tree You should also know that the main road down the centre of Australia within the Northern Territory has a 130km speed limit then if you keep going

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  • Part 5 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    it was a fulfilling experience Quick History lesson Once upon a few years ago there was a grandpa dolphin that started a punch on with a shark he lost and beached himself on the shore Unable to swim and eat he began to contemplate his life and the decisions he had made As he closed his eyes in preparation to go to the oyster pearly gates a fisherman came a running and said ye shall be saved The fisherman nursed the dolphin for two weeks until he was strong enough to say thank EE EE Eeeee you and he set the dolphin free He thought that would be the end of it but to his surprise dolphins like free food Grandpa dolphin came back with his family and thus the Barnacles dolphin centre was born It has now been three generations of lazy dolphins that continue to visit for a free meal Free to come and go as they please I have brought this up with many people but I am still so amazed by the complexity of communication these dolphins must have To be able to transfer enough retained information to say they helped me it s safe come I ll show you baffles me They are one smart creature and if you have time there is a documentary called The girl who talked to dolphins which is a pretty radical story about a scientist who convinced NASA to fund a program for him to try and find a communication method with them From Tin Can Bay we headed up to my birthplace coincidentally on the day of my actually present birthday Strange timing Do you believe in coincidences It would be here many years ago that my parents would meet at a hotel and fall in love my father the painter and my mother the waitress thankfully hanging out together long enough to give me the skills to breathe walk and talk It has made my current life up to this point much easier Cheers Here I would also catch up with my Aunty Eve who lives near Fraser Island where we actually intended to go however after working out the costs involved 50 per person to get to the island plus you will need to hire a 4wd which can be done on the island HOWEVER this is the only time you will ever be quoted a per person 220 basis to hire a car CRAZY so we thought the money could be better spent elsewhere and didn t end up going My Aunty allowed us to stay with her for the night and suggested we go for a drive around the town to show me a bit about my 28 year ago past We drove past houses where I had been shifted in my very early years and the past behind them I was also shown the tree in which my umbilical cord was buried under The tree was very handsome looking and had great attractive

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  • Part 4 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    the pod passed by us a just a few meters away For further information continue reading Being the thrifty shopper I am a discount coupon was found in a local map at the caravan park we were staying at for 10 off kayak tours and as we tried to regain lost funds due to the ridiculous 40 unpowered campsite we were staying in a bargain price of 59 per person for the tour sold it to us The company was called Go Sea Kayak and must be mentioned because it was comforting to see people having so much fun when they were actually at work The main thing to mention about Byron is the water clarity it s unbeatable it s the only time I have felt safe enough to jump into the lovely shark infested maybe water and have a swim We paddled out for a good one kilometer or so from the beach front after fighting some totally bodacious waves and when we looked down into the water we were still able to see the definition and patterns in the sand below Cra zy experience but still didn t get that high flipper five so don t bring it up Luckily at this stage though it s just a dream and not my life porpoise After spending two nights in Byron we headed further north up to Brisbane in which we would enjoy the comforts of an air conditioned room a Labrador named Fudge and the warm company of Georgie s Aunt and her welcoming family HI GUYS Whilst within their company we visited the small town of Beerwah after passing through the Glasshouse Mountains which were an array of multiple odd shaped mountains that looked purpose built as the land surrounding it was so flat As it was a hot 35 degree day we took in the sights and didn t stay very long The family was located 45 minutes from the port of Brisbane in which we used to our advantage to go and catch the MICAT ferry for a visit to Moreton Island and the Tangalooma wrecks Moreton Island in the worlds or Australia s can t remember what the brochure said third largest sand island with Fraser island being numero uno The Tangalloma wrecks are an artificial reef that has been created with old sunken dredging ships located about 40m from the beach With Byron waters fresh in our eyes I was keen to go check this place out especially after having somewhat resolved my fear of sharks and my new found confidence of the deep We arrived at the island in which they filmed Scooby doo there and well the water wasn t quite so clear The sun started out the day by saying Hey Yo Wassup Why not have a quick dip I ll be here for ages got nothing else to do today take your time however after our 1 hour and 15min contemplation and brainstorming session on how to tackle

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  • Part 3 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    listening to some severe rustling in the woods and left in the late morning uninjured towards Port Nelson Port Nelson was quite the surprise and after we had collected all of our groceries we managed to find a really friendly caravan site and got ready for the night As I was talking to Georgie there was a flash Georgie didn t seem to respond so we continued talking as normal then flash again I turned around to face the main road and its surrounding tree life and then flash flash FLASH It was a silent lightning storm You ll have never seen anything like it before well actually it s not that different to a regular lightning storm expect this had no thunder or noise The isolated patches of clouds would light up with the lightning bolts going in whatever direction they felt like highly en lightening experience In the morning we headed for The Summit which was an hour hike that rewarded you with a view of the whole town from the top We Hiked up for about 45mins then had an aerial view of Zennith beach below and to my delight what was seen was about 15 or so dolphins having a swim near the sand We decided to run down and see if we could make some new dol friends before the sun went down and claim that much awaited flipper high five so we sprinted down but only managed to see a few fins as they progressed further around the unobtainable rocks but it was nice of them to say a short h ee Ee EEEE llo to us Leaving Port Nelson we headed to Flynns beach in Port Macquarie Visiting the Koala Hospital and Study Centre that sat adjacent to the undocumented haunted house of Mr Flynn and his family Mr Flynn was the main surveyor of Port Macquarie One of the stories the volunteer guide told us was that she went out into the car park one day to tell some campers that they were not allowed to camp there they responded with a lady in a white dress holding a lantern told us it was ok that lady did not exist in the living world creepy As well as that as I felt like my presence was being watch and convinced myself that a lone kookaburra who greeted me at the entrance of the house as well as to the entrance of the toilet he stared at me for one minute as I stood one meter away from him jumped around with his back towards me sat there for 30 seconds then flew off was watching my every move They should be called Spookaburras After making my gold coin donation to the Koala hospital we headed north towards South West Rocks camping at Hat Head National Park in which after donating a good three liters of blood to the mosquitoes while setting up camp I tried a little fishing on the secluded beach

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  • Latest News: Part 2 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    an extra 3 hour delay we rolled out of bed at a comfortable 10am and began to pack my fathers yellow 70 s hiking bag with water sandwiches spare clothes pocketknife and an array of fruit based snacks We endeavored on the trek arriving at Ruined Castle within the described time and while sitting on a rock consuming my lunch I made friends with some highly intelligent crow style looking birds and the not so well popularized and understood Mr Lizard Was incredible and I thoroughly enjoyed the company of these creatures who helped assisted in my development of understanding the trusting nature of wild animals for a human much larger and more threatening than they We got back to Henry at around 4pm and proceeded to go to our next camping spot Ingar Campground Planning to go via Echo point and The 3 sisters and then onto Wentworth Falls The 3 sisters is usually what you ll see on all the Blue mountains postcards at least on the postcards sold in the 3 sisters information center They re kind of like a less apostley 12 apostles and less great ocean roady and more treey and mountainy We pulled into the tourist section carpark and bolted from the van to have a quick view trying to avoid the 4 80p h parking It s called budget people We waited for 5pm to roll over and parked in a free after 5pm spot then decided to go for a walk down the tip of the Giant Staircase something like 900 steps that are steeeeeep buns of steel anyone that leads you to a middle point on one of the actual sister rocks where you can stand and take in everything while making sounds like oooooooooo and ahhhhhhh and oooahhhhh One of the legends of the 3 sisters was something along the lines of one sister 1 of the rocks wanted to marry a man from a neighboring tribe this was forbidden and a tribe war started the father of the sisters turned them into stone to keep them safe with the intention to unfreeze them once the war was over but they lost the war and to this day they were never able to be converted back We left here and got slightly lost and redirected to Wentworth Falls Lake which we thought was the waterfalls It wasn t the falls but it did amazingly have that thing I was talking about earlier electricity With 2 power plugs situated near the BBQ area With all of our gear running on low we spent the next few hours charging everything and cooking dinner Until leaving around 9ish to head to the Ingar campground campsite which I would soon find out was located in the middle of a 160000000km dirt track After a hideous drive pacing around 8kmh and stopping to see something that resembled a Tawny Frog Mouth owl we set up camp and prepared for Wentworth falls in the morning We

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  • Latest News: Part 1 - The Charismatic Adventures Of Henry The Hiace
    lead the way Georgie says Shine over here for a minute oh wait never mind I thought I saw something I shine my torch around for awhile then decide to turn it off and as soon as I did we were surrounded by a neon lit river of what I have now heard is phosphorous Imagine neon stars moving flashing and dancing all around you in the water blinking twice and pinching yourself to see if you are actually hallucinating as one of the effects caused by to much Wormtastic slide The glowing dots leading into the silhouette of a sail boat with the whole view framed by tall trees and capped by a lid of stars that curved and joins back into the river Was sweeeeeet as And that was only day one Day 2 took us from the Metung river to Lakes entrance allowing us to test out our first caravan powered site We didn t realize that we needed a 15amp electricity cable to plug into the Van but anyhow we made do by sliding a cable through the window allowing us to watch Austin powers on our 24 Full HD PC monitor before falling asleep just like city living We explored the area a little bit and treated ourselves to some average fish and chips then walked over a massive bridge to get us to the beach Was very windy so I think it lost some of its appeal but was cool to see anyway Day 3 we left Lakes Entrance onto a place called Marlo in which we camped beside the snowy river kept a lookout for Banjo Patterson but couldn t find him he may have been in the river though as it was super brown and muddy Day 4 we left Marlo and headed north for Mallacoota to check out the Croa jing a long National park We camped the night first and stocked up on supplies 1 mushrooms 1 silverbeet We were sorted Eeeee We woke up early the next day heading for shipwreck cove and then it was time to get our Croa jingle ON I used that joke several times during the day driving Georgie to give me multiple bouts of the silent treatment I then adapted the joke to jing a long bells jing a long bells jing a long all the way That also was unsuccessful all other alterations of the word were unmemorable and not able to be recollected We went for a hike that took about an hour and then headed back While we were deep in conversation heading down the beaten path we both suddenly stopped and Georgie sprinted backwards approximately 10m as we had just awoken a red bellied black snake It however must have gotten the same fright as we did because it literally jumped 0 5m into the air didn t know they could do that AHH Humansssssssss We jumped back in the car and headed back to Mallacoota then onto Narooma

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  • Latest News: Kristan Fischer Enters The World's Toughest Air Race
    July 2015 June 2015 April 2015 March 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 December 2012 Latest News Kristan Fischer Enters The World s Toughest Air Race World renowned adventurer and Gondwana Outdoor Addict Kristan Fischer Fisch is set to compete in the ICARUS Trophy as the pilot of Team Paradrenalin The first of it s kind the ICARUS Trophy is the longest toughest and roughest paramotor race on the planet A test of endurance skill and flight for 2000km across America completely unsupported The journey starts with up to 30 pilots from all around the world taking off in southern California on October 12 2015 and will conclude 2 weeks later at the finish line still to be determined A paramotor is a powered paraglider where the pilot is suspended from a nylon fabric canopy and propelled by a motor and propeller on their back Flying with nothing more than a paraglider motor and bivouac gear and equipment Fisch will be relying on his skills not only as a pilot but also as an expeditioner and adventurer to help see his way through this magnanimous journey Fisch may be the pilot competing but there is much more to Team Paradrenalin than just the pilot Fisch has surrounded himself with a fantastic crew that are working hard to make sure Team Paradrenalin is competition ready come October 2015 World Champion Ryan Shaw and Paradrenalin will be training Fisch in the lead up to the event in Arizona in the coming weeks This is a pioneer race held by The Adventurists It has never been attempted before and is not just a race it is

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