The World Around Us

Map of Australia


So many flashbacks come to my mind reminiscing about my backpacking adventures in Australia. The adventurous feeling of not knowing if you’ll like your next destination; the amazing and dreamlike tropical, lush, beaches; the strange and often colourful animals.

Seeing the sunrise above the water in Kakadu National Park is etched in my memory, and it was utterly smashing to have my Ozzie ‘family’ at our wedding five years later!

And, .. ah.. Uluru. Boringly named Ayers Rock by the English in 1874, Uluru is sacred to the Anangu, the Aboriginal people of the area. In the middle of the desert, there is suddenly this formidable and beautiful sandstone formation. The origins of Uluru go back to the Dreamtime era in which ancestral spirit beings created the world.

Please note this is a personal blog about traveling the world around us.


Christmas 2004

On Christmas Eve I chose to attend a service at the Cathedral of St. Stephens in Brisbane. The service was of course quite similar to a Christmas service in the […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 27, 2004

Jingle Bells

Jingle Bells sung by true Ozzies! Lyrics: Dashing through the bush, in a rusty Holden ute, Kicking up the dust, esky in the boot, Kelpie by my side, singing Christmas […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 25, 2004

My Ozzie Family

It’s time to visit my Ozzie family that I met during my first weeks in Australia, driving through the outback. They live in Ipswich, which is located close to Brisbane. […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 21, 2004

Springbrook National Park

Woot! I’m back in the rainforest. We actually only went in for a couple of kilometers but ah.. The views were grandiose! (Think 50-meter high waterfalls) Also, keep remembering I […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 20, 2004

City Girl

As soon as I arrived in Brisbane I fell in love with Brissy, aka BrisVegas. It is a sparkly, lively town with beautiful building, restaurants, and shops. I am excited […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 19, 2004

Rocky, the Dromedary

I am not embarrassed to admit I wanted to ride a camel. It was actually great fun. Rocky was huge, smelled and I was slightly afraid of his big, chewy […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 16, 2004

Fraser Island

Queensland has many islands, such as Whitsunday Islands, Dunk Island and Great Keppel Island and Fraser Island. Everyone that I speak to tells me I absolutely must, must!, go and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 14, 2004

Bundy’s Ancient Turtles

Still in Bundaberg and recovering from a nasty hostel along with some fine rum, I go to see its famous ancient sea turtles. The Loggerhead Turtles are 1,5 metres big and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 12, 2004

Bundaberg’s Rum

From Great Keppel Island I took the bus to Rockhampton, Queensland’s Beef Capital. As with Mission Beach, this was a real hit and miss. It seems there are hardly any […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 10, 2004

Blah blah blah

If you have traveled for a longer period of time you know what it is like to meet new people on the road or at your hostel. Within a few […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 7, 2004