Cairns- North Queensland (8)

Rainy season

Straight from Melbourne we took a plane to explore northern Australia. We booked our flight a few weeks in advance what makes it always a bit risky in case of rainy season. We planned to stay in Cairns only a few days and move further to the south. After our arrival we were negatively surprised due to heavy rain (heavier than expected) and pessimistic weather forecast. We were not sure what to do: staying in hotel is not really our style, going to the Great Barrier was not on option. At the end we decided to stay two days and as a “Plan B” we booked a bus to Airlie Beach.


Skyrail Rainforest Cableway and Kuranda Scenic Railway with Kuranda

We had to fill our visit with other activities. Our choices were limited due to the weather conditions and our “Plan B” became-Kuranda, a beautiful village hidden by tropical rainforest. Fig trees line the main street while colourful parrots and butterflies flock among ferns and orchids. You’ll find galleries, market stalls and boutiques to occupy your time. A journey to and from Kuranda is arguably the highlight.  The Skyrail Rainforest Cableway took us to the top with two stops on the way (Red Peak and Barron Falls).

On the way back to Cairns, you can travel on the equally impressive  retro Kuranda Scenic Train, to complete your experience of these iconic attractions. This historic two-hour train journey, operating for over a century, takes you through the lush region, taking in dramatic mountainous scenery and teeming waterfalls.

In the Kuranda village we have visited a mini Zoo to get in touch with Koala’s🙂 Actually our alternative stay in Cairns was also successful and left us with a reason to come back and see the Great Barrier Reef next time.


Melbourne-what to do? (7)

During our Australian trip we had the pleasure to stop in Melbourne 3 times ( as an entry to Aussie, between Tasmania and Great Ocean Road, at the end). Even with our efficiency we didn’t manage to visit everything (next time🙂 ).

Botanical Gardens

First time our hotel was located outside of the city. To get to the CC we had to take a train about 30 minutes. After arrival first thing which we have done was exploring the famous Botanical Gardens. The gardens have a wide variety of plants with special sections such as the Australian Forest Walk, the Tropical Glasshouse and the Arid Garden.


Southbank Promenade

That’s one of my favorites places in Melbourne. This promenade is perfect to relax after a busy day in town. Sitting on a balcony with a riverside view, you can have dinner at one of the many restaurants or a quick drink.


St Kilda and Brighton beach

 We were very lucky with weather (39 degrees in March). After whole day in the city we needed some refreshment. I heard a lot about St Kilda and Brighton beach so the choice was easy- Let’s go there. Those are perfect places to cool down after a busy day in the city.

Brighton beach is well known from colorful beach houses where many tourists come to make a photoshoot.


Great Ocean Road-Australia (6)

Back to Melbourne

After almost a week spent in Tasmania according to our plan we had be back I Melbourne as this is best beginning point of Great Ocean Road.

Did you ever heard about Australia’s most spectacular coastline along the Great Ocean Road? I read many travel books and magazines and every time when GOR was popping up I had the same feeling- When I ever will be in “Kangaroos land” I must see it🙂

What to Expect?

Australia’s Great Ocean Road is legendary. It is a road that hugs the side of sheer cliffs, and where native bushland meets the clear blue waters of the most spectacular coastline. We rented our car in Melbourne and went for a full-day journey along this miraculous road.  Hear tales of shipwrecks along the coast, and get breathtaking vistas around every corner.

As you drive, you will see spectacular views of the coastline, including the famous 12 Apostles rock formations, and Loch Ard Gorge. You can then head down Gibson Steps to arrive at one of the most pristine beaches in Australia.

My opinion

All the books were right. I loved the road with the amazing rocks formations. It is very easy to drive (all view points are perfectly marked so for you will not miss anything).  For us one day was enough and we don’t travel in Japanese style🙂

The first kilometers were less spectacular but that’s why it makes it magic as you can see the best at the end. You are looking forward to see the nest attractions and you don’t feel that you have done already 200 km. Enjoy some pictures and don’t miss it when you will be in Australia!!!


Wildlife of Tasmania (5)

Wildlife of Tasmania was one of my reasons why I have decided to add Tasmania to our Australian tour. With fewer introduced predators and a relatively large amount of intact habitat, Tasmania is a final refuge for many animal species including the Tasmanian devil.


Tasmania is a natural haven for Australian wildlife. Bennetts wallabies, seals, penguins and wedge-tailed eagles can be found without venturing too far from the state’s capital, Hobart, and encounters with friendly wildlife are an almost inevitable feature of travels around the state.

Tasmanian devil

About the size of a small dog, the Tasmanian devil is the world’s largest surviving carnivorous marsupial and is found only in Tasmania. The discordant snarls, screeches and growls they make are believed to have contributed to the naming of the devil and they are often heard fighting over food and during mating.

Tasmanian devils still occur in the wild. It is believed that devils became extinct elsewhere in Australia some 500 years ago. However now there is a new threat for this unique marsupial. Devil Facial Tumour Disease is a fatal disease that has caused a massive decline in devil numbers over much of the State. DFTD is extremely unusual as it is only one of three recorded cancers that can spread and it is passed from devil to devil by biting.



The wombat is a large marsupial found only in Australia. Wombats are nocturnal creatures and have powerful claws and rodent-like front teeth that they use for digging extensive burrows. Being marsupials, the wombat rears its young in a pouch, however in the case of the wombat this is a backwards-facing pouch – a very useful evolutionary variation that prevents the wombat covering its young with soil when digging. Wombats weigh around 25-30 kg and are herbivores, eating mainly grasses, herbs, bark and roots. One of the best places to see wombats is in the late afternoon at Narawntapu National Park in Tasmania’s north.



The pademelon is a stocky animal with a relatively short tail and legs to aid its movement through dense vegetation. It ranges in colour from dark-brown to grey-brown above and has a red-brown belly. The unusual common name, pademelon, is of Aboriginal derivation. The species is abundant and widespread throughout the state of Tasmania. It is commonly seen around many of the state’s national parks and in the suburbs of Hobart.


In Tasmania we have visited Tasmanian Devil Zoo where you can donate and support the research regarding DFTD. We have seen there also many kangaroos.


Freycinet National Park-Tasmania (4)

How to get there?

The park is about two and half hours from ether Hobart or Launceston. The main park entrance and visitor centre are just after Coles Bay township about 25 km from the highway.

What can’t you miss?

The Freycinet Peninsula is effectively two eroded blocks of granite joined by a sand isthmus. Definitely the imposing granite peaks and white sandy beaches are the highlights. The warm, dry weather of the east coast encourages the growth of the dry forest and heath species with wildflowers are commonly seen. It is also a heaven for lizards and frogs.


What to do?

Freycinet has a wonderful coastal and mountain walking, ranging from short walks to the multiday Peninsula Track. There is also wildlife, wildflowers, sea kayaking, climbing or just relaxing on the beach.

What did we do there?

Our schedule and time at Tasmania was limited that’s why we have chosen for a short walk to Wineglass Bay. It was hot and humid but it’s worth it:) Wineglass Bay has been rates as one of the world’s ten best beaches. It was amazing experience and I truly recommend to visit it when you will be in Tasmania.


I am coming back

Hello everyone,

Last months, weeks were extremely busy for me. Lots of travelling, work and other activities affected my blog (unfortunately). But no worries- batteries are loaded and I wil try to write missing posts.

What can you expect?

Missing posts from the last months:

  1. Tasmania
  2. Australia
  3. Montenegro
  4. Northern Albania
  5. Dubrovnik
  6. Oslo
  7. Berlin
  8. Rotterdam

Check my blog regularly for the newest updates🙂


Mount Field National Park-Tasmania (3)

Getting there

Last night we spent in Derwent Bridge to save some time and move already in another area. Mt Field National Park is just about one hour drive from Hobart (the capital of Tasmania).If you will follow A10 (the Brooker Highway) you can’t miss it as there is a clearly marked entrance.



This beautiful national park was added to the Tasmania Wilderness World Heritage Area in 2013 what is only 3 years ago. The park has spectacular glaciated landscapes, eucalyptus forests and an amazing network of excellent walking tracks. You can choose between short walks (15 minutes each) or long full day walks.

Russell Falls– It’s one of the highlights of this National Park. You can get there within 15 minutes from main entrance. For many people this three-tier waterfall is the prettiest in Tasmania.

My opinion

If you like nature this park will be perfect for. We have enjoyed the nice forests and beautiful walks. I would give 7/10 points for this National Park.