I am happy you are enjoying our adventure.Hi,
Enjoying the read so far, you seem to be having fun in our back yard.
Looking forward to your experiences in freighting the vehicle across the ditch, I gather their quarantine is strict.
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FUN FACT 2: Even before we arrived in Australia, we had heard of their “road trains.” Although spoken of with extreme caution, I was excited to see one. A movie that we watched implied that they were these extremely long semi with multiple trailers in tow. I wanted to see one in action! But, from the time we arrived in AUS, Jonathan and I were in argument about what defined a road train. I thought that being a train meant it needed to have at least 2, preferably 3 trailers to qualify (otherwise it is just a simple semi or tandem trailer). But Jonathan thought that it was just what they called their semi trucks/trailers. Well, sadly, he was correct.
Generally, the fixed infrastructure in Aus is a bit hit and miss - but if you have an Aussie mobile plan, even pay as you go, you get a load of data. Boost (who run on Telstra) offer 20GB/month, unlimited calls to 20 countries (including Germany, the USA, UK and Canada) for only $30 for 28 days (so about $1 a day), unlimited calls and texts and unlimited streaming on Apple Music.Phone and Internet
In Australia, our Project Fi plan was partnered with Telstra (the largest mobile provider in AUS, originally government-run). This worked great as Telstra had reception nearly everywhere, even when other carriers did not. This meant we had unlimited text and were charged our US rate of $10/GB for data. WiFi calls to USA were free, while WiFi calls to AUS were about $0.04/min. Cellular calls were $0.20/min. So we did pick up a Telstra SIM and put the minimum amount of credit on it for the few calls we did do (maybe 10 calls the entire time). The best part of that, though, was that we could access the Telstra Air hotspots. They had these in most towns and meant that we could get unlimited WiFi without using our phone data whenever we could find a functioning one. Of course, sometimes they were so slow it wasn't worth it, but many times it was useful.
Otherwise, internet is hard to get. They don't really have any internet cafes (we saw two the entire time). Libraries (especially Tasmania) can be a great source, but not always. Internet in general is terrible there. Case in point, the Ukraine has better bandwidth than Australia...