Australia and 100 days to explore it: that was the first briefing in a nutshell for the next Donnavventura expedition.
It all started in Sidney, while our intrepid reporters made the news on many local papers and even on TV.
A brief visit was then paid to the Italian community in Melbourne, right before heading out to Tasmania, known for its unique flora and fauna. Tasmania has extremely diverse vegetation, alpine heathlands and large areas of cool temperate rainforests and moorlands in the rest of the state. Many flora species are unique to Tasmania.
Our explorers spent some time on Adventure Bay Island, where farmers and fishermen thrive in blessed harmony. Everybody had a chance to come across many sealions and koala bears, surrounded by crystal-clear waters and snow-white pristine beaches.
More koala bears saluted the caravan zipping down Great Ocean Road, eventually reaching Adelaide.
Our travel reporters had a chance to explore the Simpson Desert and the famous Ayers Rock, a large sandstone rock formation in the southern part of the Northern Territory, some 600 million years old, 1.150 ft high and 3,5 chilometres wide. Located in the Uluru National Park, Ayers Rock is not only a major tourist attraction, but also a mystical and most reveered place for the aboriginal tribes dwelling here from the very dawn of time.
More local tribes were then discovered along the way, while the expedition drove deeper and deeper in the very heart of untainted and wild Australia. It wasn’t that easy to make new “friends”, but our clever reporters were always successful.
Later on three helicopters were made available for the Donnavventura team to enjoy some highly spectacular bird-eye views of the legendary Rum Jungle uranium mines. Then the team landed in Darwin and took another flight to the mostly unknown Tiwi Islands – home of aboriginal tribes and colorful lizards.
The nit was time to explore Bremer Island, flying over Savannah Way – the famous route going across the whole continent, all the way to Queensland.
After so many hours of flying, the team decided to land in Port Moresby, the capital city of New Guinea, and discover the fascinating local tribes, with the support provided by the local police, for security reasons.
The team eventually met also with the famous Paia Gona locals, right before heading off along Queensland and going back to the mainland. Everybody had a good look at fascinating Whitsunday islands, a favourite destination for yacht owners in the southern part of the hemisphere.
The caravan eventually set camp on the untainted coast, right before being formally hosted for dinner by the very Australian Coast Guard. What a great party they were able to throw!
The trip continued down South, across the legendary Blue Mountains, their name deriving from the very tinge the range takes on when viewed from a distance. The actual dark color originates from the Eucalyptus plants abundant in the mountain forest some 2.000 chilometres wide – all the way to Sidney. The latter, among the very last destination of the Grand Raid, proved extremely vibrant as a city definitely worth visiting for few days, especially on Bondy Beach: the must-see place for surfers worldwide.
Right before heading back to Italy, the whole Donnavventura team visited New Caledonia – a most fascinating piece of heaven on Earth, in the very heart of the Pacific Ocean. Part of the Unesco World Heritage, New Caledonia has many unique species of birds and the richest diversity in the world per square kilometre. Its biodiversity encompasses a variety of niches, landforms and micro-climates where endemic species thrive.
So, after some three months of intense and exciting travelling, the Donnavventura team went back home with so many unforgettable sights and experiences to treasure forever.