A few months ago, while on another expensive trip to the mall, Willemijn bought a book with walks within Melbourne, in an attempt to let us explore our city of residence a bit more. Since then, the book has been sitting on the shelf, gathering dust.
But a couple of weekends ago we decided that we would need to remedy that situation. We took the great weather as a sign, flipped through the book, decided on a trail, invited some friends, packed our stuff (including our new drone) and off we went to the Red Bluff beach walk.
Continue reading “Walking in Melbourne: Red Bluff beachwalk”
Having only one weekend in New Zealand and wanting to get the most out of it, I was on the lookout for things to do that are “the thing to do” here. One of which was my visit to Hobbiton.
But I was also looking to do some hiking in this largely empty country. Some research on the internet revealed that, apparently, the Tongariro Alpine Crossing falls into the above mentioned category. It’s a day hike between two of the highest volcanoes on the North Island and is quite famous for Kiwi’s and tourists alike.
So I booked a hotel in the area for the night and prepared for a day of mountain hiking. Continue reading “Doing the Tongariro Alpine Crossing”
When we told people that we were moving to Australia, we often saw their eyes light up, almost like seeing the sun reflecting in them. Most of them have this image of people always wearing shorts, as if it is always summer everywhere in Australia. Continue reading “Our Australian snowball fight”
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”
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”
This long weekend we finally got the chance to be a tourist at home ground. We packed all our stuff and drove three hours to get to the Grampians to go camping and hiking. Continue reading “Hiking in the Grampians”
We have been missing out on summer for almost a year now, since we moved to Australia at the beginning of the European summer into the coldest Melbourne winter.
Having two kids and a German husband it might have been the obvious choice to drive directly to the beach from Brisbane and stay at the beach, we did not do this. Continue reading “Travelling the Sunshine Coast Hinterland”
After having lived in the middle of Melbourne for almost three months now and only hiked in the beautiful, but not remote at all Dandenong Mountains, we were very impressed with the nothingness that we saw on the way to the You Yangs. There was so much space already, so close to the city still. I just can not wait to cross off one of our 38 things to do in Australia-list to experience the outback. Continue reading “Hiking the You Yangs”
As of today our favourite area in the Dandenong Mountains is the area around the Olinda Falls. Hiking the famous 1000 steps was beautiful, but a very crowded route, the hike from the Grants pick-nick ground is nice, but a bit tame. The area around Olinda Falls feels more remote and authentic, which is something that we all prefer. There were hardly any people and the tracks are narrow and adventurous. Continue reading “Hiking Olinda Falls – Dandenong Mountains”
After a week of all work and no play, combined with all rain and no sun (well, almost), it was time to get out a bit and breathe some fresh air. And since the Dandenong Ranges are so close, we decided to go there again, this time aiming to complete the 1000 Steps Kokoda Track Memorial Walk. Continue reading “1000 steps”