Tasmania 2014

So in December 2014, my boyfriend and I went on a holiday in the lovely state of Tasmania, Australia. We traveled all around the island for about two weeks and this is why I’m planning on writing several posts as one would just be way too much with all the pictures we took and the things we did and saw. So be prepared!


On the ferry leaving Melbourne towards Tasmania



Tasmania is an island state located 240 km (150 mi) south of the Australian main land separated by the Bass strait. It is also the 26th largest island in the world!
There are about 507500 people living on Tasmania with almost half of them in the Greater Hobart area which is also the state capital.
The area is 68401 square kilometres and the main island covers 64519 skm.
Around 45 % of the area of Tasmania is in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites and apparently the founding place of the first environmental party in the world.
(Thank you wikipedia for this.)

The start:

Because of all the national parks and the nature we actually picked Tasmania as our destination and so we started looking for a new tent and all the camping equipment one would need on a two week trip.
We decided to take our own car over hiring a campervan and taking the ferry over.


To be honest, we only had some information from my old flatmate who grew up on Tassie and a few hiking and tourist books we got the day before leaving and most of the trip was planned as we were driving, reading the pages of the region we just were in, and it worked out fine. We have covered almost all of the island and know where to go next when ever we come back!

Day 1:
From arriving in Devonport and driving via Deloraine to Launceston, Scottsdale to Mount William National Park

Day 2:
From Mount William National Park via St Helens to the Bay of fires Conservation Area

Day 3:
Exploring of the area: Binalong Bay, Halls Falls, Saint Columba Falls, Pyengana, Lottah, Fresh Oysters and Seafood

Day 4:
From Bay of Fires via Beaumaris, Bicheno, to Coles Bay and the Freycinet National Park


Our campsite had its own access to the beach.

Day 5:
Hiking to Wineglass Bay, Sleepy Bay and Hazards Beach


Day 6:
From Coles Bay via Swansea, Triabunna, Orford, Sorell Fruit Picking Farm to Marion Bay. Exploring of the Tasman National Park


Day 7:
The day in Hobart, Visiting Cascade Brewery and more seafood from the harbour


When you do a tour, you also get free beer.


Day 8:
MONA, and off to Bruny Island via Margate. Having Oysters and Island Cheese and fun with the possums.

Day 9:
On Bruny Island. Hiking, visiting the lighthouse at Cape Bruny, trying to fish, searching for penguins at the Neck and a big dinner at Hotel Bruny.

Day 10:
Driving to Mount Field National Park via Cygnegt, Huonville, Hobart and New Norfolk in really bad weather.

Day 11:
Exploring Mount Field National Park, waterfall, Giant Trees and the Styx River and the Creepy Crawly Nature Trail.

Day 12:
From Mount Field to Cradle Mountain – Lake Saint Clair National Park

Day 13:
Hiking up Cradle Mountain and around Dove Lake, relaxing at the fire with red wine.

Day 14:
Driving all the way to Stanley and stopping at Rocky Cape National Park, Burnie, Penguin and waiting for the ferry from Devonport back to Melbourne.


Bye, bye Stanley.


Early morning view of Melbourne.


As I go writing the posts, I’ll update here with the links to the days and hope to share a lot of pictures with you all.



It’s packing madness here at my place right now.

My train to my parents place is tomorrow at 11:38 or so and until then I have to figure out what to take with me, not only to my parents where it is really cold right now, but also for my holidays in Australia. Who again thought it would be a good idea to fly from Munich and not Berlin? Arg, I could kill myself!!!
Well, well. That’s how it is now. not much to do about it. So I’m cleaning up my room and getting it tidy and packing… A few friends came over and we had a beer or two and some red wine and I’d rather sleep right now but my suitcase won’t pack itself unfortunately!

I’d guess, next time you here from me is from down under.

Already Friday?

So time is flying by so fast right now. But that is usually the case when you have a lot to do and  not really enough time to get everything done.

So since I came back I haven’t been home much, just been working, babysitting, at university, at my ‘real’ job, physiotherapy and acupuncture… Today I went to three of the mentioned places, left the house at 07:50 and came back around 21:35 ! Too crazy!

I did knit today which is really nice. Been watching Knit All The Things, a really nice podcast by Cara from Wales and it is really nice to watch a knitting podcast by a young person 🙂 And I love her english accent too! I’ve been catching up with her episodes so now I am up to date again and I knitted on my Pigeon Jumper for my niece in Australia. I’m on the first sleeve now. The body was done in Chile! Now I’m writing here and watching the first episode by Little Bobbins Knits but when I look at my watch I should rather sleep!

I cancelled tomorrows morning babysitting which I am happy about. I watched the two kids today and the big one got a stomach bug which I have the feeling I got too cause I am feeling really weird in my stomach. So I am not in the best mood right now. And I got my pictures which I took with my La Sardinia analog Camera in Chile and most of them are just not nice. I don’t know what happened. I used the camera a lot but this roll is just really bad quality and I can’t really explain it. I am super sad! I did take my big digital camera and another analog one but because of my friends telling me about another of their friends who travelled alone being robbed I was a bit too afraid to take the big cameras with me especially because I was wandering the streets by myself a lot and I don’t speak Spanish… I did take a lot of pictures with my phone but they got into stupid iPhoto, which I just hate…

But, I got my boyfriends christmas calendar all done and I might even post it tomorrow so I have less to put in my suitcase! Which would actually be really nice! I already have so much to take and it is always a question of weight at the end. Never the space always the 30 kg :/

Ok, Good Night.

I am back but…

Its been more then 24 hours that I am back from my trip to Chile and I wish I could already leave again.
My shared flat looks like a bomb has exploded, well no not that bad, but you can see, three men lived here without watching the space, kind of.

I also already went to work today, around 8,5 hours. We drove to Poland to shop but they had a massive national holiday so no stored were open but it was a nice trip which I got to do with O who I don’t see that often, so never mind.

I also went out for dinner with my three men that I live with to Toca Rouge here in Berlin and it was divine. I shared a crazy cabbage and baby octopus salad as a starter with E and the other two had some roast beef rolls and then for dinner I had really spicy crunchy Scampi with a Mango and Tomatoe Salad and rice, while E had fish and the other two each had something with chicken. After that we walked to find a nice bar for another beer and then went home where I found my washing machine ready to hand up to dry. No fun.

I also uploaded heaps of pictured of the yarn I bought in Chile, but I hope I manage to write about my adventures there in its own post!

And now, good night. I have acupuncture, university classes and physiotherapy waiting for me tomorrow!

To new adventures!

It’s less then 15 hours I will be on an airplane to Santiago de Chile to visit an old friend of mine and his girlfriend and I couldn’t be more excited!
Time flew by so so quickly the last weeks that I kind of still haven’t realised I will fly out tomorrow! And I still haven’t done all my packing nor reading about what to do there!

I just did a very quick google search “What to do in Santiago de Chile” and now I have a little idea about what I will do.


So here is a small list of what I want to do, and we will then find out what I actually did 🙂

  • Climb the Cerro San Cristóbal or Cerro Santa Lucia to get a nice view of the city and the mountains! I hope my knee will allow me to do this!
  • Do sightseeing in Santiago and visit all the interesting buildings like Catedral Metropolitana de Santiago, the Museo Histórico Nacional and Museo Bellas Artes too
  • Of course do a bit of shopping, mostly yarns though, lucky me my suitcase is half empty!
  • Eat a lot of local delicious food! My friends already told me about the sea food and fruits and veggies! I’m so excited! I hope I won’t have any bad allergy reactions though! And visit Mercado Central
  • Have a nice walk through Barrio Bellas Artes and Parque Forestal and hopefully knit a little bit in the sun!
  • Drink a lot of Wine!

I also hope to visit Valparaíso and maybe do a trip to the Andes!

But now, I have to finish packing, get some dinner and clean up my room and tick of a lot more things from my massiv long to do list!

It’s booked!

So, the last few days I’ve been trying very desperate to book my flight to Australia and so many things went wrong, you can’t imagine. So today I looked the flight up and then went to a sta travel agency to get them book it for me and I can easily pay with my maestro card there but, the flight was 100 € more then what I just looked up while at work. So I said thank you, went home, tried it myself and finally booked it. Baam. So now I have my flight and it’s only 1284 € which I can totally live with. Ok, cheaper would have been nice, but I have 30 k baggage and I’m flying from Munich and back to Berlin so it is fine. And now I can finally relaxe and start thinking about my holiday before my holiday! My trip to Chile in less then TWO weeks!!!

The Grampians, December 2012

In December 2012 my boyfriend and I went to The Grampians National Park in Wimmera, Victoria, Australia. We booked a little cabin in Halls Gap and from there we planed all our little trips and it is one of my favourite places in Australia to go hiking, well let’s say in Victoria.

Halls Gap is the heart of the Grampians and the base to most travellers. You’ll find private cabins, backpackers, a YHA, camping and even a bit up prize villas to rent.
We stayed at D’Altons Resort which was perfect for us, we even used their swimming pool once when the temperature rose to above 40 ° Celsius.
The lonely planets writes about Halls Gap that there are more then 6000 beds for travellers and only about 300 permanent residents, so it is one of the top places to explore the Grampians and I could not agree more.
So after arriving and settling in our little cabin we went to the Halls Gap visitor information centre and got some maps and brochures about the area, did some shopping for dinner and then went for our first hike in the afternoon when the high temperatures dropped a little bit.

We went to Reeds Lookout and the Balconies and it is breath taking! To Reeds Lookout it is just a small walk from the car park but you already get a great view overlooking the Victoria Valley, Victoria Range, Serra Range, Lake Wartook and the Mt Difficult Range.  But, do the one hour walk to the Balconies because now we talk spectacular! Along the walk you can already see so many wild flowers (best to go in spring when they are at their peak) including 20 species that don’t exist anywhere else in the world (thank you lonely planet). And rock formations and maybe a lizard or two. From the balconies if you dare, you can take some great pictures standing or sitting on the rock balconies, I had to sit first and get familiar, a long way down from there. But in the end it was worth it! The view of the Victoria Valley, unbelievable. So much area! And you just don’t see any buildings from here.


View from Reeds Lookout


Me sitting on the Balconies


Taking in this view from the Balconies


After driving back to Halls Gap in the dawn, make sure to stop at the footy oval, cause you will probably be as lucky as we were and see heaps of kangaroos. These were my first ones, alive, in the wild and we were able to walk really closely up to them. I was the luckiest girl then, not knowing I would be even closer the day after, but more about this later. We even saw an emu walking around!


A group of kangaroos in Halls Gap



The next day it was really hot (above 40° Celsius), especially if you are not used to the heat as me. So one of the best things to do, freeze some Grapes and watermelon bites over night and take them with you when going hiking again. We slept in, had a great breakfast, went to the swimming pool, saw more emus until in the afternoon we went to our next hike to maybe the heart of the Grampians, the Pinnacle or Gariwerd as it is called in the local Aboriginal language. You can either opt for an easy way up with the Sundial carpark as your start or the more challenging walk departing from Wonderland carpark. We choose the second one cause it goes through the impressive Grand Canyon which reminded me a little bit about a place in Iceland. You will have to go up some stairs and it is impressive how well maintained every thing is but still so untouched. When walking you will see a variety of rock formations and a lush vegetation that has recovered from bushfires with new growth. This was a really interesting thing to look at, the black trees there and the new young green ones right next to them. In one of the brochures we read that it is even possible to see koalas, kangaroos, snakes, skinks and even echidnas in this area but we only heard koalas and saw a few lizards and I’m quite happy no snakes.
When you finally reach the Pinnacle lookout, you will be speechless again. It is 1100 metres above sea level and you will be able to see Halls Gap and Lake Bellfield. We were lucky and went to the Grampians during the week because it is really crowded with people on the weekends. So we took a lot of pictures, had our now half frozen grapes and watermelon and then went back to the carpark again.
Before every hike there are signs about taking enough water with you and wearing appropriate shoes, still we saw so many people without anything to drink and small children walking only in flip-flops around.


Always follow the signs


Inside the massive sandstone mountain range, also Grand Canyon


incredible view


When we came back to the cabin we had a little nap and woke up to an impressive view, well to me. A whole group of kangaroos were feeding just outside of our cabin and I got a great look at a joey getting out and in of its mums bag and kangaroos are just impressive. That day we also went to the “center” of Halls Gap for food and to buy and write some postcards.


Just outside of the cabin

And then it was time to leave. But we decided to go and visit the McKenzie Falls and Billimina Shelter. On the last day, the temperature had dropped significant and with all the water is was really chilly. This is just one of the six waterfalls you can visit in the Grampians but probably the most impressive one as it is one of Victoria’s largest waterfalls. The top part of it is called Broken Falls where you will find a viewing platform and then continue down the stairs to the basin of the around 20 m high McKenzie Falls. It is even possible to swim here but it was too cold that day. We then bought icy poles at the kiosk at the carpark and then started driving to visit Billimina Shelter. We had some trouble getting there cause the map we got at the visitor center must be wrong, so we drove in a circle for a while and ended up driving almost all the way up to Horsham, the north beginning of the Grampians but took a shortcut before and then driving along Henty Hwy until Glenisla and then a nice red road until the Buandik picnic area. The whole area seemed like not so many people come to visit and we did not meet anyone here and the walk was a bit frightening me cause the plants along the path were already trying to grow there and it was sometimes hard to tell where to walk to next, and we should not have started to talk about “what if a snake bites me now!”… But the walk was worth it and getting close to the massive rock overhand which was once a meeting place for the Jardwadjali people really interesting with many information signs around. The rock is covered with over 2500 motifs that consist of red ochre bar strokes. We also continued walking to the Buandik Falls but because of the weather there was not much going on so we just had a quick stop and a sandwich until we wandered back to the car and started driving home.


McKenzie Falls


Billimina Shelter


Once meeting place of the Jardwadjali people

We had a really nice stay in the Grampians and I will definitely be back and visit the Brambuk Cultural Centre and maybe even the tiny Halls Gap Zoo. And I want to do a rock climbing tour in the Grand Canyon! We saw people doing this and it made me really jealous. We should also have driven up to Mt Zero and visit the olive grove there and buy some lovely products there and we will definitely dine at the Royal Mail Hotel in Dunkeld, which was the plan for the way back home but we were too late.

Have you already been to the Grampians?
Any recommendations what we could do next time we go there?
Thank you for reading!