takarakka bush.

we went for a long bush walk through carnarvon gorge today, a really long one. and i must admit, i’m unsure which one i liked better: the takarakka bush retreat or the walk through carnarvon gorge. both were great and are highly recommended. we had been told that the vegetation in carnarvon gorge is similar…

the amazing beaver duck.

turns out don is full of sh!t after all. the amazing beaver duck really exists, and we have reasonably blurry photos to prove it. actually we have a few rather good ones, too, despite the low light in the late afternoon. when early european explorers brought (presumably dead) examples of the platypus back from australia…

queensland and northern territory aviation services ltd.

queensland and northern territory aviation services ltd – that’s a bit of a mouthful. but aussies being aussies they quickly came up with a shorter version: qantas. the national carrier, a very emotional story. and it all started as a typical australian story, with two guys in a car on a road trip. or more…

run!

we’re back in the cretaceous period, for the last time, i promise. imagine this: it’s a quiet day about 95 million years ago and a bunch of (about onehundredandeighty) little chicken-sized skartopus australis are just having a drink at the local river. a few wintonopus latomorum, slightly bigger, maybe the size of a turkey, have…

romeo and juliet.

it’s a true australian outback story and it does have a really tragic ending, too. the only thing i’ve been a bit ‘creative’ with are the names: they were actually called banjo and matilda. but it’s as true a love story as you could possibly get with dinosaurs (‘darling, i could eat you up …’).…

my townsville

After leaving Cooktown and a couple of days on the road we arrived back in Atherton Tabletops, this time in a place called Malanda. The caravan park we stayed at was a lovely place with animals in the middle of the grounds that you could hand feed. I especially loved the baby sheep but there…

terror of the seas.

did that headline draw you in? how are my click bait skills shaping up? you thought this was going to be a practical joke, given we are about 400 km form the sea in hughenden? prepare to be amazed. everyone knows the evil t-rex, the lizard that called all the other ones lunch? have you…

104 degrees.

in our good old metric system, which australia has adopted as well, that does not sound nearly as good: 40 degrees. nowadays that’s almost a normal summer day in austria, but after a couple of nice days with no more than 30 degrees in townsville this has been a bit of a shock. the picture…

the five dimensions of cuteness.

‘the cutest thing in the world’ exists in five dimensions: the commonly known and understood three that describe any object’s location in space, time and the ‘pre-teen coefficient’. the fourth and the fifth dimension may require additional explanation. you may think that ‘the cutest thing in the world’ is a constant, when in fact it…

battlecamp road.

we’ve now travelled a long way around australia but we still find it rare to come across localities named after events that are remarkable for all the wrong reasons. names that are considered scary on a less personal level like ‘hell’s gate’ or ‘devil’s marbles’ seem to be fine and probably attract tourists e.g. to…

cooktown.

i personally enjoyed driving the bloomfield track but that feeling was not universal; natalie complained the up and down made her queasy. i guess it is worse on the back seat; anyway, we’ll not be going back the same way. cooktown is the only ‘big’ town on the york peninsula. it traces it’s origins back…

the wet tropics.

that’s really what they call this area, from townsville to cooktown, running along the great barrier reef. the ‘wet tropics of queensland’ is also a a world heritage area adn is on the australian national heritage list. we did get a pretty wet welcome right away, as soon as we hit the dividing range and…