The route:
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The journey began and ended in Perth, since this is where we hired the aircraft. We followed the coastline counter clock-wise, as we thought there would have been more non-VMC periods in the southern part of Australia than in the north at this time of the year (winter in the south and dry season in the north). We therefore expected to experience most delays in the first half of the trip. We had planned for the trip to take 70 days, including 25 so-called 'buffer days' to count for delays. We must say that we have been pretty lucky with the weather. Only a very few times did it affect us in such a way that we had to change our plans.

Roughly the route was Perth - Kalgoorlie - Uluru - Coober Pedy - Kangaroo Island - Tasmania - Melbourne - Canberra - Sydney - Byron Bay - Fraser Island - Whitsundays - Cairns - Thursday Island - Normanton - Katherine - Darwin - Kimberley - Broome - Carnarvon - Coral Bay - Shark Bay - Perth.

The only fixed dates we had were Sydney on June 29th (to pick up Lene and Dirk) and Darwin on July 27th (where Lene and Dirk left us again and Edlef, Dirk and Klaus' dad, got on board instead). The flight back to Denmark was on August 17th, so we intended to be back in Perth some days before that to be able to sort out some last things and say good-bye to friends.

Since it was winter we spent a fair bit of time in the northern states of Australia. Namely Queensland, Northern Territory, and northern Western Australia. Most of the west coast of Australia we had already seen on an earlier trip, so that part was done less thorough (btw: if you ever get to Karijini National Park - don't miss Dave Doust's tour out of Wittenoom - it's amongst the best we've ever done).