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Days 29, 30 and 31 – The return. The grass hides, the rain clears (V.H.)

Time to say goodbye On Friday morning, just before taking the shuttle to Airlie Beach Airport, I’m not sure what to expect. As I carry my suitcase around the lagoon, taking pictures and listening to Leslie Gore, it’s a bit Read more…


Days 26, 27 and 28 – Whitsundays Islands, the heart of the ocean

heartreef

There’s an archipelago in the Coral Sea where, between waves of a dazzling turquoise, you can clearly recognize the shape of a heart. It’s the Heart Reef in Whitsunday Islands, a remote atoll where thousands of tiny polyps have settled, Read more…


Cairns, Days 23, 24 & 25 – Sporty Car Rentals & Paradise Beaches

Queensland, Kewarra Beach

Cairns – a misadventure Plan a visit to the Daintree Forest, all the way up to North Queensland, in a road trip with a rental car. Make it perfect with a night in the rainforest, in a suspended tree cabin. Read more…


Darwin, days 21 and 22 – Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks

Crocs in Litchfield Park

“Hey bros what happens if I lose my son in Kakadu?”“He may get eaten by crocs”.Ref. Google Maps Q&A, first result. It is difficult to fully realize the size of a natural park that is as big as half Switzerland. Read more…


Darwin, days 19 and 20 – WWW, Welcome to Wild Wet

Sunset in Darwin

The pilot of Qantas flight QF1936 is insane. He might be a Madman from the Outback, a failed fighter pilot, a guy who got a sunstroke… but takeoff and landing were so violent to be the most challenging during my Read more…


Days 16, 17 e 18 – Walking on Mars. The Red Heart of esoteric Australia

Uluru

A pre-historical crash “Palya!” “Palya!” “Guys, let me introduce you to my uncle…” The dialogue is surreal: Connor is a white, blond and blue-eyed Australian boy. What does he have in common with the very dark aboriginal he greets with Read more…


Days 14 e 15 – Red Centre. Alice Springs’ Secret

Thorny Devil, Alice Springs

Alice Springs, magic hippies in the desert A couple of hours flying over large red rock surfaces and I’m in Alice Springs. The airport is very small, the shuttle runs only after the few flights departing and arriving, so I Read more…


Kangaroo Island, Days 12 and 13: The Sanctuary

Wallabies on Kangaroo Island

No words can really describe Kangaroo Island. “Paradise”, “Eden”, maybe the most accurate definition is “Sanctuary” (sanctuary is the name of several natural parks). A place that Nature has made sacred, where you can feel a little part of the Read more…


Adelaide, day 11 – Tuscany in the middle of the ocean

Adelaide

Friends in the world This time, in Adelaide someone is waiting for my arrival. At dawn Nicole and Derek, a couple of super nice globetrotters I met in Granada, during a Couchsurfing happy hour organized by a Bulgarian guy under Read more…


Melbourne, Days 9 and 10 – Great Ocean Road, rock waves and graffiti

Melbourne, Twelve Apostles

GOR, the receipt! Try to image: two Mexicans, one Italian, four Chinese, some Aussie guys, a bit of India and Bangladesh. Mix them with a cute guide from Osaka, who has recently moved to Australia… What do you get? This Read more…