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A daytrip to Taroko Gorge National Park

From Hualien, we arranged a day trip to Taroko National Park, where a river cut a beautiful gorge through the mountains. The first stop on the trip was a view point where the mountains meet the coast just before turning inland into the park. The first stop in the park was the Eternal Spring Shrine, where a flat trail leads all the way to the shrine. At the shrine there is a short but very steep trail up the mountain. We went up for a little bit to get a good view over the valley. The next stop was the Swallow

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Grampians: Reed Lookout, Balconies, and Mackenzie Falls

On the second day, we crossed the Grampians from East to West, stopping at the Reed Lookout, the Balconies, and the Mackenzie Falls along the road. The Reed Lookout offers great views both of the Northern and Southern Grampians. Since this summer was incredible hot and dry, we could see the smoke from remote bush fires from the lookout. Luckily, the Grampians were not too much affected by the fires but several campgrounds had been closed as a precaution. Also luckily, they were usually closed on the day we left them. From the Reed Lookout, its about a 10 minute

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Gippsland roadtrip continued: Mushroom rocks and Toorongo Falls

After our stay in the Tarra Bulga NP, we continued inland to the Alpine National Park. One of the highlights of the park are the mushroom shaped rocks reachable by a 45 minute walk. The mushrooms are a little bit hard to find, since you walk among the huge rocks for quite a while and have to keep your eyes open to finally see them. They look indeed very much like huge, petrified mushrooms. We then stopped shortly in Walhalla, an old rebuilt gold mining town in the mountains. Honestly, it did not leave a big impression on us. Most of

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Blue Mountains NP

For the last day of the road trip, we drove from Wollemi to the Blue Mountain NP, excited to visit the lookouts with the steep cliffs. Due to the close proximity to Sydney, the park sees a lot of tourists (2.8 million per year) and most attraction are developed in a way, that they are easily accessible. There might be chances to escape to more remote areas of the park, but with just one day left, we did the main attractions as well. We first stopped at Pulpit Rock Lookout, providing magnificent views of the Blue Mountains. We then proceeded to

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Waterfall Way in New South Wales

After the rainfall on the coast in New South Wales, we decided to move inland taking the Waterfall Way over the Great Dividing Range. Over the day, the weather improved a lot – clouds disappeared and the sun came out. For lunch, we stopped at a lookout just before Dorrigo NP providing a great view of the mountain range. The next stop was the Dorrigo Rainforest Center with a skywalk along the tree tops of the rainforest. It was still a bit foggy, thus the views were limited. We headed on to the Ebora Falls, comprising the Lower and Upper

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Half Dome hike

Around 3am at the 4th of July, we woke up, packed our tent and drove from Summerdale Campground to the trail head for the Half Dome hike. The hike is about 22.7km with a 1,600m gain in elevation! So we had to start quite early. When we arrived at 4:30am, there was still plenty of space for parking and in the bear boxes. After stuffing our food away, we joined the trail which was already busy with hikers eager to make it to the top. After 30 minutes, we reached the first bridge with a view towards Vernal Falls. Here

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