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26 February 2011

New travel companions

20th February 2011

My parents picked us up from the hotel this morning. I paid the bill before they arrived, and got the first cold wake-up to the fact that Australia is going to be expensive to travel in. The room was about £100. For a characterless no-frills hotel in an uninteresting part of town, that was a shock. The only place we’ve stayed in seven months that cost more was the Cathedral Peak Hotel back in South Africa, and there you got breakfast and a buffet dinner thrown in. Here a continental breakfast would be another £12 each. We got pastries from a nearby petrol station instead.

Anyway, the four of us are heading north in a hired 4WD, into some of the least populated parts of this continent-sized island. We’re aiming to reach Exmouth and Ningaloo Reef in four days of driving. Tonight we ended at Geraldton, a little coastal town trying to make itself into a resort with a shiny new promenade and marina. We had some good Italian food and our room is comfy. However, there was also rain in the air and rumours of a cyclone hitting the coast to the north.

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