Our friends Chris and Emi have been living in Canberra (the capital of Australia) for the past year. Chris is an American guy who we met in Japan- actually, he was one of our neighbors. He was also on the JET Program, same as Bob, and he’s originally from the DC area as well, so we had an instant connection. Emi is his wife, a Japanese woman from the Osaka area. Of late, they’ve been pursuing master’s degrees at an Australian university. So they’ve been in Australia almost a year already, but being grad students, they haven’t had time to see much of the country and wanted to rectify that. We wanted to split travel costs. It’s a win-win situation! So we decided to take The Great Australian Road Trip together.
Our route is as follows. We got picked up in Sydney by Chris and Emi, and driven to Canberra. Our next stop is Melbourne. After that we’ll drive the Great Ocean Road to Adelaide, then take the Stuart Highway to Coober Pedy, a detour to Uluru/ Ayer’s Rock, then on to Alice Springs. Then we’ll make our way over to Townsville, stopping at some Outback towns along the way. After spending some time in Townsville and snorkelling the Great Barrier Reef, we’ll go to the Whitsunday Islands before we all fly back to Sydney.
Will we survive in the Outback? Will the car break down in the sweltering summer heat? Will we kill each other with camping cutlery? Tune in to find out!