Driving the Mildford Sound

Climbing through the Southern Alps, State Highway 94, is one of the highest and most scenic state highways in New Zealand with the highest part at 940 metres above sea level. The Milford Road, part of SH94, takes you from Te Anau through Fiordland National Park to Milford Sound, part of UNESCO World Heritage Site, touted to be the ‘eighth wonder of the world’.
Driving the Milford road is an exhilarating experience, great care should be taken when doing it in the winter season, as these high mountain roads are prone to avalanches and the road are often closed in snow conditions thus making the carrying of snow chains a mandatory requirement during this time.
Check out road status of SH94 before heading out https://www.nzta.govt.nz/projects/sh94-milford-road/road-status/

One of the most memorable part of this journey is going through the Homer Tunnel. It stretches for 1 . 2km long. During the popular summer months, it operates one way with traffic lights outside the tunnel. During NZ winter season, the traffic lights don’t operate and it becomes 2-way. If you are driving your campervan, go slow and keep left, always looking out for coaches coming from the opposite side.

Outside Homer Tunnel during winter

The most incredible thing is that campervanners can stay along the Milford Road (between Te Anau and The Divide) at DOC camping area.
Spending your night among picturesque spots beside bush, rivers and lakes, often with opportunities for bush walks or trout fishing nearby.
http://www.doc.govt.nz/parks-and-recreation/places-to-go/fiordland/places/fiordland-national-park/places-to-go/milford-road-milford-sound-area/?activity=Walking-tramping&actionId=124#findplaces

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Be Star-Strucked ☆゚.*・。゚

New Zealand’s Lake Tekapo is known as a Dark Sky Reserve, one of the best places to view the night sky .
It is free of artificial light pollution so the night sky is a canvas for star-gazing. On top of Mt John is an observatory where the Southern Sky is waiting for you to be explored. Earth & Sky conducts twilight tours where you can view through their powerful telescope and see planet Saturn and the Southern Cross constellation. You’ll get a nice treat of hot chocolate at the cafe with some lessons on astronomy.
Nearest place to park your motorhome for the night : Lake Tekapo Motels & Holiday Park

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Monkey Mia

There’s no monkey business in Monkey Mia, but maybe…. a fishy one.
Monkey Mia, located in Shark Bay World Heritage Area, Western Australia, is the only place in the world where dolphins come to the shoreline daily. Under the supervision of DEC rangers(Department of Environment and Conservation), you can feed these bottlenose dolphins between 8am to 12 noon.

Make a stopover at Shell beach too, it’s worth it.
Shark Bay is 850km from Perth and 420k from Geraldton. Nearest powered site for campervan is at Monkey Mia Dolphin Resort or more at Denham 24km away.

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What’s that scent?

Ever wonder why Australian parks smells so good? Eucalyptus tree is native to Australia and there are over 700 species belonging to the family of Myrtaceae. Leaves of eucalyptus are rich in oil which give off a refreshing scent. It is a popular ingredient used in aromatherapy, essential oils and medicinal relief.
Especially on a nice December summer with daylight hours stretched as far as 9pm, the weather is perfect for a nice walk in the park and enjoy the fresh, earthy scent. After long hours of driving, recharge your body and soul by the Eucalyptus way.

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Pink Lake

A pink lake? Yes you heard us correctly.
Hutt Lagoon, located near Port Gregory in Western Australia is a salt water lake formed by a beach barrier ridge and a barrier dune system, separating it from the vast Indian Ocean. The water of the lake is pink due to the presence of two types of algae that produces a reddish-orange organic pigment called Beta-Carotene, that is used commercially as a coloring pigment in food and medicines and it is the world’s largest system of algae farms dedicated to the production of this pigment.
If this pink lake is not enough for you, there is another one, Lake Hillier, located off the south coast of Western Australia.

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