5th February 2012
had to get up early as tour flights were at around 8am. As morning
walk we brought our baggage to the check-in counter. Here we were
surprised as it should be 4kg heavier than before the flight to
Australia. I do not think that there was more baggage as I already
then did nearly not have enough space. After the last breakfast
together we went to the gate. I accompanied Konrad to his flight
after his hand luggage was checked for traces of explosives. Now it
is definitive: Konrad flew to Sydney to work and I flew to Tasmania.
had a special experience when I arrived in Tasmania. There was no
customs. Instead there was a dog which sniffed at my hand luggage and
walking on the baggage band my backpack. Nobody should bring fruits,
vegetables or flowers to the island. Then I went with the bus into
the city to get to my accommodation. As it was before noon, it was
not yet possible. They were so kind that I at least could leave my
baggage there. First I went to the tourist information to check out
what I can see here. In Hobart there is a tourist bus and I bought a
3-day pass for it. After a short trip with the bus I first checked in
to my room. There are two others in my room which are travelling with
a guided tour. They are from Ticino and Germany. As they told about
their trip, I was glad to be on road by myself. So I can stay at the
nice places and enjoy the time as I like. The disadvantage is that I
surely meet less people.
I went into town again. Now it started to rain. I had a umbrella and
was hoping it will get better. Towards the evening I walked to the
harbour and visited the Salamanca Market. There is a big flea market
every Saturday. After a short walk I went back to the hostel.
4th February, 2012
we packed everything in the backpack, we visited the rest of
Melbourne. We passed the library and went to see China town. Next
stop was St. Patricks Cathedral, the catholic one. We enjoyed the
chill in Lord's house, as it was warm outside and already in the
morning the sun was burning on the skin. On the way to the aquarium
we saw here and there a wedding and our one returned to mind. In the
aquarium we marvelled at many foreign fishes. Here we also found the
crocodile from Maru Koala Park which was on holiday here. It will go
back when its new home will be finished.
get a bit distance to the city we walked in the Fitzroy Gardens.
There we visited Cooks Cottage. This is the house where the explorer
James Cook was born. It was moved to Australia. It is a small English
cottage and they show how the people lived back then and told about
the voyages of the sailor. In the park we could everywhere read that
we should not feed possums as they then multiply and damage the
the evening we had again an appointment with Zoe and went into a
Japanese restaurant. It reminded more at a beach bar than at a
restaurant, but was very cosy. Despite the full stomach we decided to
have a dessert in the Italian barrier. Brunetti had a big assortment
of culinary delights which we immediately tested. We gladly accepted
the suggestion of Zoe to drive us to the hotel at the airport.
3rd February 2012
I did not master yet the Australian washing-machines and
tumble-dryers. Yesterday evening I washed the clothes and then
realized that there is still washing powder on the cloth. I tried to
wash it out by hand, but not very successfully. Also with the dryer:
according to the hostel crew 30 minutes should be enough for drying.
But also here the dryers are not faster than at home
we brought the car back as Melbourne is easier to get around with
walking. First we visited the nearby Queen Victoria Market. On this
huge market you may buy everything from food to souvenirs. We bought
some fresh but expensive fruits. As the summer was bad here, the
prize for fruits and vegetables is higher. But generally speaking
Australia is as expensive as Switzerland.
is a free tram line circling around downtown. To explore the city we
rode about half of the tour. I realized how much the area of the
dockland developed. When I was here last time, there was very little.
Now there are many new buildings and a new stadium. At the Federation
Square in the center of Melbourne we dropped off. We visited the
Pauls Cathedral. As we like to walk we went to the Royal Botanic
Garden. It is huge and makes the impression of a local recreation
area. After a nap in the park we wanted to see Melbourne with eagle
eyes. The elevator took us to floor 88 of Eureka Tower. At nearly 300
m the city is very impressive to look at.
the evening we met Zoe, a friend of Konrad from his Dublin times. As
she had to work longer it was quite late when we met. So we had to
look for something to eat. We found a Korean restaurant. We ordered
meat for the table grill. Konrad took beef tongue, Zoe and I two
different kind of chicken. One was tender and lovely. The other
tasted like a chewing gum and was not really edible.
2nd February 2012
our bones were tired we made a lazier day. First we drove to the
Dandenong National Park. At the car park we saw many cockatoos and
parrots. You may feed them there with prepared feed. Suddenly, shhhh,
and all cockatoos flew away. As I still felt the hiking from
yesterday, we just made a little walk in the park. And again we
observed a echinda. It seamed to take a nap. We drove on towards
Melbourne, more exactly to St. Kilda. It is quite a way from the edge
of the city until you reach the beach. The late afternoon and the
evening we enjoyed with a long walk along the seaside. We closed the
day observing the sunset.
1st February, 2012
the hostel we met yesterday Flo from Germany. He studies in St. Gall
and is doing an exchange semester in Australia. As he did not travel
by car he asked if he might join us. We sat off in the morning to the
Prom, how the National Park is tenderly called by the locals. On the
drive to Tidal River an Emu crossed the road, but it was too fast to
take a picture. First we informed us in the tourist information which
tracks were open. Many are closed as there were floods in the last
year. For warm-up we walked to the Norman Bay. On the way we chased
off a snake which wanted to take a sunbath. To have time to enjoy the
view we went along the beach back to the car park. Now warmed up we
hiked in the Lilly Pilly Gully. There was a dry rainforest. To get a
better view over the Prom we went up Mount Bishop. Suddenly there was
a loud noise in the bush beside us. We guessed that was a wallaby
fleeing us. Even as the peak was only at 319 m, we had a spectacular
view. Back at the car park we drove to Squeaky Beach. If you walk on
that beach, it crunches below your feet. We were striding around the
rocks and discussed what will be next. I was a bit sceptical about
the suggestion to hike another 6 km as I felt already my sensible
knee. So we decided to walk to a bay named Millers Landing. On the
way a bird couple was trying to get feed from the tree beside the
track and the cones dropped to the floor with a big crack.
Understandable that we were a bit scared. But these kind of parrots
we did not yet meet: black with yellow spots on the head and tail. We
also met a few wallabies. To some we could get as close as 2 meters.
Impressive. Down at the bay there were mangroves and black swans. As
I still had some power left, we hiked up to another viewpoint. The
track to the Vereker Outlook lead over many rocks and went up and up.
The view was brilliant. On one side the sea and the islands, on the
other the wide nature park. On the way back home we saw more
kangaroos, cockatoos and other birds. It was a very nice day and I
was surprised that I hiked in total about 20 km.