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.


My Favourite Times in Australia

I’ve been asked quite a few times about my favourite places and tours in Australia, so I figured ending my blogging about Australia should be about my fav places. To me, these places hold something special because of a triangle of personal interests: nature, history and the people.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: April 27, 2005

Heading to Melbourne: Great Ocean Road

In hindsight, I believe I saw and did too much in a very short time because I couldn’t really appreciate the beauty of nature and tried to be invisible during the tour. So here is a slightly negative (and unfair?) blog post about the Great Ocean Road.

Posted by: Lisette


Perth to Adelaide

And so I was off, back to Adelaide, again. Loved Fitzgerald River National Park and Cape Le Grand National Park had gorgeous, paradise-like, beaches!

Posted by: Lisette

Date: April 25, 2005

Oz’ Red Centre

Whoo hoo, I spent ten amazing days in the bush and desert! I had such a great time with newly made friends, learned a lot about Aboriginal culture, saw Uluru, smelled and tasted the desert and walked a fair bit. I decided to use Heading Bush for my tour and that was well chosen in hindsight.

Posted by: Lisette

Date: April 15, 2005

Broken Hill

Though I have heard many good stories about train travels in Australia, I wouldn’t advise it personally. My only train experience was going and coming back to Broken Hill and […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 22, 2005

Canberra: Boring, Commemorating, and Protesting

Australia’s capital is situated beautifully in nature, obviously well thought about in the last century (before World War I) by its architects and legislature. Also carefully negotiated is the exact […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 18, 2005

Tasmania: rough and untamed?

Loved it, loved it and loved it! That’s my introduction to everyone who asks me about Tasmania. Except the fact that after the desert and all the gorgeous beaches 15 […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 15, 2005

Newcastle’s Wines

Newcastle is an interesting place to be after young, hip and surfing Byron Bay. It is my understanding that Newcastle used to be an industrial town, but is has changed […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 5, 2005

‘Lighthousing’ on New Year’s Eve

Actively I started walking to Byron Bay’s lighthouse, pheww some stairs! It just kept going and going and going. Beautiful walk and absolutely well worth for the views and the […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: January 3, 2005

Byron Bay’s Bed Crisis

And here I am in beachy Byron Bay. The sand is everywhere! My arrival was not so great… No problems with the bus, but the youth hostel that was supposed […]

Posted by: Lisette

Date: December 29, 2004