Month: November 2012

Blue Mountains NP

For the last day of the road trip, we drove from Wollemi to the Blue Mountain NP, excited to visit the lookouts with the steep cliffs. Due to the close proximity to Sydney, the park sees a lot of tourists (2.8 million per year) and most attraction are developed in a way, that they are easily accessible. There might be chances to escape to more remote areas of the park, but with just one day left, we did the main attractions as well. We first stopped at Pulpit Rock Lookout, providing magnificent views of the Blue Mountains. We then proceeded to

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Wollemi NP – Glow Worm Tunnel Hike

After the adventures at the Warrumbungle High Tops, we drove on to spend a day in Wollemi NP. We decided to do the Glow Worm Tunnel Walk,  an easy round-trip walk of about 10km. The walk follows an old stagecoach trail through a gorge on the first half, and former tracks of the Wolgan Valley Railway on the way back. The highlight of the trail is the old railway tunnel – a 500m long bend, completely dark in the middle and with lots of glow worms (which are not really worms but larvae of flies) on the walls. To reach the tunnel,

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Warrumbungle NP – The Great High Tops Walk

On the next day, we drove to Warrumbungle NP, a park known for its volcanic rock formations and its koala population. Soon after we arrived, several kangaroos approached us, feeding on the grass right next to where we pitched our tents. With a couple of sunny hours left, we started a short hike on the service road at Camp Blackman, trying to spot koalas without any success. We finished the day with a BBQ, and planned to do the Breadknife and the Great High Tops walk the next day. The trail starts from the Pincham Carpark and follows the Spirey

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Waterfall Way in New South Wales

After the rainfall on the coast in New South Wales, we decided to move inland taking the Waterfall Way over the Great Dividing Range. Over the day, the weather improved a lot – clouds disappeared and the sun came out. For lunch, we stopped at a lookout just before Dorrigo NP providing a great view of the mountain range. The next stop was the Dorrigo Rainforest Center with a skywalk along the tree tops of the rainforest. It was still a bit foggy, thus the views were limited. We headed on to the Ebora Falls, comprising the Lower and Upper

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Road trip on the coast of New South Wales

I booked a flight spontaneously to Sydney to join several co-workers of mine on their post-conference road trip in New South Wales. With the car already booked, the week-long trip started in Sydney, following the coast up north towards Brisbane, then turning inland for some mountain hikes. The weather did not really play along, the first days were cloudy with lots of rain. On the first day, we went to the Myall NP, a lush landscape with lakes, rain forest, and sandy bays. We crossed a lake with the ferry and ended up in Seals Rock at the campground. Sadly,

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Starting a new veggie patch with watermelon seedlings!

On the first weekend at the new house, the Peppertree Place, a community garden in Coburg, hosted a fiesta with workshops, music, and veggie burgers. You could also buy many seedlings and small plants for very little. My excitement grew once i saw all the different seedling for my favorite kind of plants: Food Plants! There were several plants that will most likely not grow very well in Berlin, such as watermelons. Luckily, my awesome house mates were already encouraging the idea to clear more garden space for additional veggie patches. The previous owner grew quite a lot of vegetables and

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Making ravioli

The shared house in Melbourne comes with a great veggie patch AND a pasta machine! So we put it all together and made ravioli from scratch with different fillings partly from the garden. One filling was made of roasted green asparagus with garlic and walnuts, the other one of semi-dried tomatoes, pine nuts, and rocket. I used Adelaide tomatoes and put them in the oven for about an hour at 70°C (thanks to Max for the tip). Here is a picture of the pasta doe and the two fillings. We had the ravioli with sage butter and avocados, which had to go

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Upfield line paintings in Melbourne

Lots of graffiti and street art can be found along the Upfield train line in Melbourne. The Upfield train starts in the Melbourne center, and from Jewell all the way to Coburg, both sides have been creatively used. Best of all, there is also a bike path all along the way next to the tracks. Here is a small collection of some nice work. Picture gallery

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Great Ocean Walk – Apollo Bay to Castle Cove

On the first weekend in Melbourne, I took the train and bus to Apollo Bay (3.5h) to do the first half of the Great Ocean Walk to Castle Cove. Since finding a room was so much easier than expected and work had not really started yet, I spontaneously decided to do this trip. I even got a registration for the first night to camp at Elliot Ridge just one day in advance, despite the long Melbourne’s Cup weekend (Tuesday off) and the advice to book those hike-in campsites at least two weeks earlier. Day 1 I arrived in Apollo Bay

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Melbourne street art alleys – Part 1

One thing Melbourne is famous for are several narrow alleys in the city fully covered with ever-changing graffiti and street art. One of these is Union Lane (hopefully that’s it), here is a bunch of pictures from that alley. Picture gallery

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Bike rides in Melbourne

On my second day in Melbourne, I got a (very crappy) bike via gumtree. I guess, I should have checked it better when I bought it. It seems ok to ride around Coburg but taking a trip to the city can be quite exhausting. Nevertheless, I spent most of the first days out riding through the different districts. There are some parts which I especially liked. Among them the Merri Creek trail, which goes from the Yarra Bend Park all the way up to Coburg and beyond. The Yarra Bend Park is also very nice and close to the city,

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One week in Clearwater Beach

On my way to Melbourne, I took a break in Clearwater Beach to attend this year’s LCN conference. After all the effort of packing our stuff in Berlin, I was quite happy with the choice of the venue. There is not much going on in Clearwater, the town is mostly made for tourists and retired people. Still, the beaches are very beautiful so taking conference breaks at the beach to swim and relax was pretty fun. The best part of the week were the sunsets. The first day had pretty much blue sky. Over the next couple it got more

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