Having driven through 5 of the bigger continents on earth it was just a matter of time for Team Lipstick to complete their world tour and explore the smallest of the 6 continents -AUSTRALIA.
The boys will start their 6th Journey at the end of September 2019 and attempt to do a figure 8 journey through this amazing continent which is often referred to as being “down under”.
Amazingly Australia was “hidden “from the rest of the world’s population and only discovered in the 17th century – long after the other 5 continents already established a lively trade between them.
The first recorded European sighting of the Australian mainland, and the first recorded European landfall on the Australian continent (in 1606), are attributed to the Dutch.The first ship and crew to chart the Australian coast and meet with Aboriginal people wasthe Duyfken captained by Dutch navigator, Willem Janszoon.
He sighted the coast of Cape York Peninsula in early 1606, and made landfall on 26 February at the Pennefather River near the modern town of Weipa on Cape York.Later that year, Spanish explorer Luís Vaz de Torres sailed through, and navigated, Torres Straitislands.
The Dutch charted the whole of the western and northern coastlines and named the island continent “New Holland” during the 17th century, but made no attempt at settlement.
William Dampier, an English explorer and privateer, landed on the north-west coast of New Holland in 1688 -while serving as a crewman under pirate Captain John Read – and again in 1699 on a return trip. In 1770, James Cook sailed along and mapped the east coast, which he named New South Wales and claimed for Great Britain.
So, Team Lipstick decided to follow in the footsteps of these great explorers and have a look by themselves intending to follow the coastlines of Australia and crossing from North to South through one of the world’s driest deserts often referred to as “the outbacks”
This will be a new adventure for Team Lipstick and one which they are looking forward to.
Lipstick itself has been polished up and was shipped out of South Africa on 15th August 2019 on its journey to Perth where the boys will reunite with this well-travelled car of theirs to begin their journey “Down under “