Rather than giving any material gifts to the kids for their birthdays, my father decided he would give them experiences instead – specifically tours he had done on previous visits to Australia and which he found exceptional. One of these was a boat cruise on the Mary River.
The Mary River is famous for the large amount of crocs – both “sweeties” and “salties” – lining its banks and inhabiting its waters. However, the floodplains are impossible to navigate by land, which leaves the water the only way to get close to these primal beasts. Continue reading “Cruising the Mary River”
As we wrote in one of our earlier posts, diving the Great Barrier Reef was one of the items that were on my Things-To-Do-In-Australia list. And, over the past three days, I have been able to do just that.
The one luxury accommodation we had booked on our Good-Bye-Australia trip was a 5-night stay on Heron Island. Sitting towards the southern end of the Great Barrier Reef, it houses a luxury resort and a research station, as well as being home to a lot of coral, mantas, rays, sharks, turtles and a huge variety of other marine and avian life.
It was here that I was able to enjoy five dives – the first dives I have done in almost 10 years. Continue reading “Diving the Great Barrier Reef”
Wherever you go to in Australia, you are guaranteed to see a hot plate barbecue. They are in almost every park, playground, campsite or close to rivers and beaches. You can even find them in the middle of Melbourne, along the Yara river. And, they are heavily used. Some are coin operated, many are completely free. Continue reading “How to use an Australian hot plate?”
(For all the non-Australians out there, brekkie is the local slang for breakfast.)
Any food tastes better when you’re camping. This is especially true for a hearty breakfast with bacon and eggs. Which is why in this recipe, it’s not only about the ingredients but also the surroundings. Continue reading “Recipe: campfire brekkie”
Are you planning to go bush camping in Australia or just want to know a bit more about it? There are seven essentials that you need to know about. And yes, some of them are different from other continents. At least according to us. Continue reading “7 essentials for Australian Bush Camping”
As the kids had a pupil-free day on Monday and we hadn’t been back in the Grampians in, like, almost a month and a half, it was high time that we went back to our favourite national park for some camping and some hiking. This time we went to the southern most tip, to hike up and down Mt. Sturgeon. Continue reading “Hiking Mt. Sturgeon”
This holiday we went to a camping place there was almost nothing except a toilet and undrinkable water so we had to bring drinking water by ourselves. Now what happened to me… Continue reading “My food got stolen by a kookaburra (bird)”
Koalas are cute! They have a fluffy body and when they have babies they carry them on there back. We made lots of photos of koalas but we did not make a photo of one with a baby. Continue reading “Koalas”
A few weeks ago I posted about the bush fire that was raging along the Great Ocean Road. Today, on our way back from a short camping trip down the coast (more about that later), we drove through the area and got a first-hand-view at the aftermath of the fire. It was pretty intense. Continue reading “Bush fire aftermath”
With Christmas over…
Well, OK, technically in Australia it’s still Christmas. You see, Boxing Day fell on a Saturday this year, and since we can’t just lose a public holiday, it gets moved to Monday. Which is today.
Well, with Christmas almost over, it was time to do something else than sit at home, eat good food and play all the new games we got this year. It was time to go for a hike. Continue reading “Out and about”