The graphic designer & the research scientist

I was always wondering why people had built a city in the middle of the desert, surrounded by red sand the size of Europe & at least 1500 km away in each direction from cities & other resources.  It kept fascinating me and I’m glad I finally found the answer. Mparntwe, The Arrente Aboriginal name … Continue reading

The Red Center

‘This is Anangu land and you are welcome!  Look around & learn in order to understand Anangu and also understand that our culture is strong and alive!’ – Traditional owner This is one of the important things you learn when visiting Ayers Rock.  First of all it’s a sacred place and demands for respect for … Continue reading

Gippsland & Sapphire Coast

My journey up the East coast of Australia was a fact.  After some beautiful days around Melbourne, I started to drive up north.  The Gippsland Lakes, Australia’s largest & most beautiful inland waterways are a network of lakes, marshes & lagoons covering 400m2 and are separated from the ocean with coastal dunes known as Ninety … Continue reading

The Grampians & Philip Island

Think adventure in majestic landscapes, in extraordinary views, desert lands, volcanic plains, country towns & villages… That’s what to expect in Victoria’s series of dramatic mountain ranges known as The Grampians.  Nis, a Maleysian girl joined me for a few days on this trip.  Coming from the Great Ocean Road, we stopped in Dunkeld, getaway … Continue reading

Great Ocean Road

The Great Ocean Road… A legendary road that I was dreaming of doing for so many years!  And here I am, standing in Torquay for what will be one of the highlights of my trip!  Imagine… Nature’s drama unfolding itself as I drove along the dramatic coastline with its unspoiled green landscapes, pretty villages & … Continue reading

Melbourne

My first steps on Australian ground (Tasmania not taken in consideration) were in Melbourne, knows as the capital of fashion & coffee, the home of arts & culture and the sports hub of Australia with the most popular one happening on waves on the famous ‘Bells beach’.  Michelle, a local girl who moved to this … Continue reading

Freycinet NP

Cole’s Bay, a small coastal town bordering the Freycinet National Park & perfect getaway was our overnight stop where we camped in the town’s camp ground.  Lying beneath the sheer pink granite cliffs known as ‘The Hazards’ and beside the sheltered waters of Oyster Bay, Coles Bay was once the haunt of whalers & tin miners, … Continue reading

Bay Of Fires

We started our journey to the Bay Of  Fires with a stop in Launceston, sometimes referred to as the ‘Northern Capital’ of Tasmania.  The city is known for it’s beautiful Victorian architecture, its manyn garden & parks and the pittoresque Tamar river running through it.  The most famous feature is ‘Cataract Gorge’, a gorge with … Continue reading

Cradle Mountain

After a good night sleep in our tents, we drove to Cradle Mountain National Park.  This is Tasmania’s frontier region linking coast with wilderness, a region of rivers, caves, forests, lakes & mountains.  It’s an area of 1262 km2 of dramatic wilderness scenery and the famous ‘Overland Track‘, one of Tasmania’s most popular treks.  Cradle … Continue reading

Mount Field & Franklin-Gordon NP

After picking up Lara, a German/Indonesian girl at the airport we left Hobart for our first destination. Mount Field National Park is one of Tasmania’s oldest and most loved national parks.  From the tall forests and waterfalls of the lower sections to the glaciated mountains, windswept moors and tranquil lakes of the highlands, the park … Continue reading

Bruce Almighty

After an amazing journey in New-Zealand I flew to Hobart, the capital of Tasmania. Tasmania is an island south of Australia and is part of Australia as well. But one thing I learned right upon arrival… don’t ever ever tell a ‘Tassie’ that they’re Australian! That reminds me to my visit in Corsica.  Same thing, … Continue reading

Lake Tekapo

Last day in New Zealand… Unfortunately a sad day but I can reflect on an amazing time in Aotearoa ‘The Land Of The Long White Cloud’.  It hasn’t stolen it’s name because on my way to Christchurch, where I would take my flight the very next morning, I could admire amazing & unique cloud formations … Continue reading

Moeraki Boulders

We started in Invercargill, the most southern city of New Zealand & the heart of Southland.  With a population of only 53000 souls, Invercargill is recognised for its hospitality to visitors and as the gateway to some of New Zealand’s most beautiful scenery.  Wide streets with minimal traffic, spacious parks & gardens, Victorian & Edwardian … Continue reading

Mekka of extremez

After a couple of relaxing days in Wanaka, a rural & pittoresk town at the edge of Lake Wanaka, we left for the slightly busier town of Queenstown.  Both are situated between the deep waters of respectively Lake Wanaka / Lake Wakatipu & the rugged, snow-topped peaks of the Southern Alps.  The appeal lies in … Continue reading

Milford Sound

According to the legend, Tu-te-raki-whanoa carved out the fjords with his adze Te Hamo.  He started in the south with a rough coastline & many islands.  By the time he reached Piopiotahi aka Milford Sound, he had perfected his technique and carved an awe-inspiring fjord.   The Goddess of the underworld Hine-Nui-Ne-Po worried that once … Continue reading

The Southern Alps

Franz Josef Glacier, found in the stunning Westland National Park, is one of the most spectacular glaciers in this region with ice caves, extraordinary colors of the ice-flow, pinnacles & seracs of the pristine alpine environment.  Stavros booked a heli tour + 2h hike on top of the gletsjer.  Pilar, Vivi & myself kept it … Continue reading