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Authorities, mails and waiting - MO 06/09/2014, partly cloudy, 14°C

We are still in Canberra.
The last week and a half we spent the time with getting the last equipment, route planning, creating the website and applying for visas. The embassy district of Canberra has become our second home and some security officers of various embassies already start to greet.
It took 10 long working days for the issuing of the Indonesian visas (instead of 3-4). After picking up the passports we immediately lodged our application for the Indian visas which means another 10 working days of waiting. Since we plan some detours on our way from Canberra to Darwin we quickly realised that we would not reach the car ferry on 22 June. And since not every Toll Marine Logistics ferry from Darwin actually is making a stopover in Dili (East Timor) we will probably not leave Australia before the 12th of July - which is almost three weeks later than originally planned. But we do not mind since we have time!

View from Mount Ainslie towards the Parliament House
View from Mount Ainslie towards War Memorial, Anzac Parade und Parliament House
Old and new Parliament House

In our opinion Canberra is not as attractive to tourists as other bigger cities in Australia and furthermore we already know many attractions from our trip here in 2010. That is why we stay most of the time at the Caravan Park and deal with travel arrangements such as the organization of the crossing of Myanmar. We use a number of travel forums to search for people who also want to pass through Myanmar with their own car in August or September this year. Doing the crossing solely would be way too expensive. Should we not succeed in finding within the next six weeks, we have to switch to our backup plan: the shipment of the car from Kuala Lumpur (Malaysia) to Kolkata (India). Thus we would not touch Myanmar and Thailand with the wheels. But we hope this will not happen.

In addition to completing this website another task is the fitting of vehicle signs to our Mitsubishi which will be take place the next days. Because we want our fellow people on our journey to know why there is a car with Australian plates driving through Malaysia for exmaple.

Lake Burley Griffin and National Mueseum
Dog championship in the Event Park
Dog championship in the Event Park

In the meantime, we got the idea of ​​a deviation from the route originally planned to Darwin:
Part 2 of the horror film "Wolf Creek" which takes place in the Australian outback has just been launched in the cinemas. As we will now have plenty of time until the scheduled departure of the ferry and our last off-road experience is almost four years in the past, going to the Wolfe Creek meteorite crater appears to us (scene of the said horror film) as the perfect irony! The Tanami Road with its almost 1,000 kilometers of unpaved road will lead us there. Outback, we'll see you again soon!
But first of all we hope that our passports are ready for collection on the 17th of June and then we can officially leave for our trip the next day.