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New Zealand The land of “Lord of the Rings” nurtured a desire to travel for many years. It promised majestic mountains, powerful glaciers, secluded bays, nature reserves, alpine paradises, thousands…

Byron Bay

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Eat, drink, sleep, repeat. About 90km south of Surfers Paradise, just after passing the border into New South Wales, there is the little town of Byron Bay. It has the…

Gold Coast

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Surfers Paradise The connection from Brisbane to the Gold Coast is very good and easy. There is a direct train every hour from Roma Street Station to Helensvale and from…

Islands Made of Sand

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Moreton Island Daytrip to Moreton Island People told me Moreton Island is like Fraser Island but smaller. In fact, it is the third-largest Sand Island in the world. It has…


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Gateway to Sunshine Coast and Gold Coast Brisbane is the capital of Queensland at the Australian East Coast. It felt to me like a little Sydney. Brisbane River is zigzagging…

Sailing the Whitsundays

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Airlie Beach Airlie Beach is the hub of the Whitsunday Islands, in particular for their most famous beach Whitehaven. They are the reason why people come to Airlie Beach making…

Magnetic Island

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Magnetic Island got its name because Captain Cook thought the island has some impact on his compass. Certainly a misapprehension. Today Magnetic Island is rather a magnet for tourists and holiday makers.

Tropical Cairns

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The Gateway to the Great Barrier Reef The reason to visit Cairns is the Great Barrier Reef. So I booked me in for just three days. It turned out that…