To celebrate the new millenium the Donnavventura team flew to the opposite part of the world and its youngest emerged stretch of land: Australia.
Officially starting their expedition in Perth, the capital city of western Australia, the team made of seven young reporters eagerly set off to new, exciting adventures and discoveries.
The white dunes of Lancelin, facing the very Indian Ocean, were the first to greet the arrival of the caravan. Then, heading North, it was the time to explore the Pinnacles Desert and its majestic limestone formations which can soar up in the sky as high as 13 ft.
Travelling across the very regions still inhabited by the local aboriginal tribes, the team challenged some treacherous offroad trails leading to the very dry and harsh heart of the continent. Their efforts were eventually repaid by the breathtaking sight of the Uluru mountain – also known as Ayers Rock, the famous natural monolith appeared in all its pink, yellow, red and golden splendor throughout the day. Our travel reporters were also able to observe the ancient cave paintings and carvings made by aboriginal artists who used to worship this very mountain.
Later on the expedition drove across bivouacs and red plains, eventually reaching the Northern Territory capital city of Darwin, facing the Timor Sea. Following the coastline, the caravan then entered Queensland, the greenest Australian state with striking contrasts betweeen the luxuriant vegetation and the white beaches on the Pacific Ocean.
Fraser Island, near Brisbane, proved a wonderful surprise: its the biggest island in the world entirely made of white sand and a true piece of paradise on Earth, also part of the 1992 UNESCO world heritage. The Donnavventura team had the privilege to set camp right on that wondrous island, enjoying all its relaxing beauty and luxuriant landscape.
The hardest part of the itinerary was thus over and the team deserved a special treat for their outstanding performance and achievements: a relaxing, yey thrilling, surfing session on the Golden Coast – a true dream destination for surfers worldwide.
The 2000 Donnavventura expedition reached the end of this spectacular journey in Sidney, where the Lord Mayor, Mr Frank Sartor, offered an official accolade to our brave reporters.
The members of expedition team were: Barbara, Federica, Laura, Maria Chiara, Sara C., Sara K. and Valeria.