The Blue Mountains

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Stig has left the bush and is now on route towards the south, to the city of Adelaide. The red sandy bush is replaced by green vegetation, koalas and one unfortunate Kangaroo.
ABAX and the Stig in the Blue Mountains

Adelaide is the capital of the state of South Australia and with its 1.3 million inhabitants, a medium-sized city. The city is known for its large park and green areas and is partly named one of the top 10 cities and the best city to live in Australia in the period from 2010-2013.

From Adelaide, the road continues to the northeast and last part of the ABAX Around the World journey across the Australian continent, the Blue Mountains, Sydney and last but not least, Melbourne.

The Blue Mountains is a mountainous region in the Australian state of New South Wales. It is largely a sandstone plateau with deep, rugged canyons up to 760 metres. The highest point is 1200m. Much of the area is part of the World Heritage Site Greater Blue Mountains Area. The area has up to 760 metres. The highest point is 1,190 metres above sea level. A large part of the Blue Mountains is incorporated into the Greater Blue Mountains World Heritage site, an area consisting of seven national park areas and a so-called "Conservation reserve" (environmentally protected area).

Stig says:

"If you come to the airport without a picture of you and a Koala, They send you back. As Australian citizen it is my duty two shows you a Koala bear".

My previous travelogue was written in Alice Springs, a "half-urban" city in the middle of no man's land. From there I headed south and roughly 150 miles down to Adelaide. On the way I managed to run at a kangaroo. It was both sad and messy. The animal was small so there was no major damage to the car. On the way I ran well past the "world's opal capital", Coober Pedy. It was a strange place where people live underground. The houses are simply built in the old mines - where it is cooler than above ground. In Adelaide, I got to stay at their home ‘Larwood’; with Kath, Greg, Eleanor and Lewis. We visited a farm outside the city to greet the animal. Adelaide is incidentally a nice town, and like so many others, they think of green areas and "common" for the people when they think urban planning – features which we unfortunately don’t emphases much on in Norway.  In Adelaide, I got to go on a real bike ride, all the time the municipality had made a pedestrian and bicycle track 2 x 37 km in a green belt on both sides of the river that runs through town.

Adelaide

Adelaide is situated in the state of South Australia, I then went to Victoria and now I have come to New South Wales. With that, I've run through all Australian states except Queensland and Tasmania island. There is a lot of open landscape and it is mostly “flat". But now the desert region is replaced by vast farmland. Large farmers in Hedmark are boys here. In addition, there are lots of bulls and especially sheep. Thousands of sheep! I have been to Wales a lot of times, and saw many large flocks of sheep, but it does not compare to here. Today, it is the year's second most important day of remembrance, after the National Day. April 25 is the anniversary of the disembarkation of New Zealand and Australian troops at Gallipoli Peninsula in Turkey during WWI. A war in which 60,000 Australians (of a population of 5 million) were killed in British service. So today, people dress in nice clothes. Tomorrow, I'm going to the Blue Mountains outside of Sydney.

Blue Mountains

I stand before the "Blue Mountains", about ten miles outside of Sydney. Throughout my journey eastward, this is truly one of the greatest experiences of nature. Big mountains, vast wooded valleys, high cliffs and stunning waterfalls. But I can really not convey what I see down on the memory card in the camera. I am an apprentice in the photo subject and have not yet reached the subject of landscape photography. I would love to show you what I now see. But you will have to take the tour yourself to see this live. You must visit the continent without taking a visit to the Blue Mountains! Australians have also made it a great tourist attraction, with paths that include shelves in the mountains, gondolas, Skybusses, the world's steepest train ride and many more exciting things!

Do you have any tips for Stig about places he should see or visit, restaurants he should try? Send us an email to kha@abax.no or sal@abax.no. Click here to follow Stig's route in Google maps.
ABAX and the Stig in the Blue Mountains
ABAX and the Stig in the Blue Mountains
ABAX and the Stig in the Blue Mountains