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Fremantle, or Freo, is a cute town where the Swan River flows into the sea. The historic buildings and charming shopping streets give it a relaxed vibe and make it perfect for tourist to explore. Everything is at walking distance, but Freo also has a free CAT bus. From Perth several ways take you to Fremantle. There is the more exciting, romantic one of taking a boat. Unfortunately these are not ordinary ferries and will set you back about $27 one way. The cheaper and more backpacker-friendly option will cost you about $4,20 one way for a 30 minute train ride. Return fares are cheaper on both the ferry and the train. From the ferry and the train station it is a short stroll into town. Immediately you are surrounded by nice little cafés and quirky shops. Unwind with a cup of coffee on the Cappuccino strip. Then make your way to…

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The Gibb River road, heart of the Kimberley in Australia, used to be a route to get cattle to the ports of Wyndham and Derby. Now it is an adventurous road that leads tourists into the wilderness. You can attempt to do it in your own car, 4×4 required, or you can choose one of the many tour operators, from cruises to small group road tours. As I don’t own a car and couldn’t find travel mates that were up for the challenge, I decided on a tour. Kimberley adventure tours offers rugged tours with lots of camping and hiking. So I went back to basics. After seeing the beauty of Edith Falls in Nitmiluk, camping on an island on the magnificent Lake Argyle and seeing Purnululu national park, we entered the Gibb. It started with an easy sealed road until the turnoff to El Questro. El Questro offered a…

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The average tourist doesn’t even know there is an old jail in Adelaide. However, if you’re in Adelaide for a longer time, it is a place worth visiting. The Adelaide Gaol was in use until 1988. Since 1841, around the time Adelaide was founded, round about 300.000 inmates have lived between its walls en 45 people were hanged. Besides showing Adelaide’s history, the jail appears to be haunted. People who visited at night tell stories of unexplainable bruises, wounds and some ladies even claim they were pinched in the bum. Adelaide was a free settlement, unlike Sydney. The jail was not built for the convicts coming from England, but for the settlers that misbehaved. The whole complex is surrounded by a wall with loose bricks on it to make escaping just that bit harder. The steel doors and fences look old and old-fashioned. When you enter the jail the first…

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The Rocks, Sydney NSW. Here were the pubs the convicts visited. It was home to the workmen. When the government wanted to destroy the little old houses in the Rocks to place some more offices and hotels, some people came in action. Now the Rocks is still an area with restaurants and bars, but for a slightly different crowd. Harbored in this old part of town is a small museum; Susannah Place. It consists of four small houses dating from 1844. The museum is trying to create the living spaces of families back then by listening to the stories of the people who lived there and their families. They are trying to conserve and not renovate. So you’ll see the paint coming off the walls and stains in the ceiling. It isn’t the kind of charming place you’d like to live, but with some imagination you can see how families…

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If you’re lucky you’ll see them from one of Adelaide’s beaches; dolphins. Another good spot to look out for the playful animals is Port Adelaide. Take a trip down here and have a good look in the surrounding waters. But if you want an experience that is bigger than that, you go for a dolphin swim. Via your hostel you can book the swim in advance. Early in the morning you’ll have to take the tram to Glenelg beach where a boat and lots of other excited people will be waiting. First of all come the hideous task of fitting a wetsuit. The water can be quite cold. After some photos of your very charming outfit it is time to head out to sea. The crew of the boat gives some quick instruction. What is the emergency procedure? What is going to happen? And, under no circumstance are you allowed to…

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When people hear I’ve been in Adelaide for quite a while they frown and ask: “So, what do you do in Adelaide?” It is true; Adelaide is a relatively small city without much backpacker-appeal. In winter you might as well skip it, or minimize your stay to a day or two. In summer though, Adelaide comes to life. Adelaide has a quite relaxed vibe, unlike Sydney or Melbourne. It is a good place to live for a while and also considered Australia’s cheapest city. Adelaide can be reached by the Indian Pacific train that runs from Sydney to Perth and back. A ticket from Sydney will costs you a bit more than paying for a flight, but it is a good experience. Adelaide also has an international airport and can be reached by several bus companies. They travel right to the CBD bus station on Franklin street. There are plenty…

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“We are 100% Australian. Well, apart from me of course.” I haven’t even been in the city for a week and I’m already in an office for a sales training. Sales jobs are all around and can deliver a lot of travel money. That is, if you’re into it. Personally I’m a bit hesitant about sales jobs, but I decide to give it a try anyway. This one is the least aggressive I could find; the milkman. It sounds fairly innocent and seems like a good service. They deliver aussie made products to your home. You’d think people would be open to that wouldn’t you? Two days after the training I am in one of Adelaide’s suburbs. The houses are like castles, each with a big fence around it and only the intercom to get to whoever is inside. The only thing that’s missing is a water barrier to stop…

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So I’m in Adelaide. The money is running out again and so I’m on the job hunt. Every day I spend some time online to look for jobs. Plenty of things available, but for some reason nobody calls me. Luckily I found a short term backpacker job; a few days of work during the cricket games. The Ashes is a series of games played between England and Australia. This year they started in Brisbane and after Adelaide will go to Perth, Melbourne and Sydney. In each place they play a test game that mostly lasts for 5 days. So on Thursday morning I set out for the new Adelaide Oval, which is still decorated with scaffolding and builders. You know those hot dogs salesmen in American baseball games? They carry some sort of construction around their body so a big advertisement sticks out above their head. Around their waist hangs…

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