Litchfield National Park is located about 100 km south of Darwin in the Northern Territory of Australia. The park has numerous rivers, waterfalls and pools in an almost untouched unique Australian landscape. Unlike the Kakadu National Park, there are hardly any crocodile hazards and the park is much easier to reach. Visiting the park is free and numerous signs provide information about the sights, including maps. Basically, it is also possible to camp in the park at certain designated places.
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: On the search for further sights around Darwin I drove to the East Point. East Point is a bit north of Darwin and is a long beach. The beach was completely empty despite high temperatures in water and air, which raised some questions why. I knew about the dangers of crocodiles but nevertheless it seemed quite strange to me. Later I met a woman who explained to me that nobody actually goes into the water there, because the danger from crocodiles and especially from nettle jellyfish (stingers) is too great. Unfortunately there is an excellent beach with best equipment but no possibility to swim, although the water has almost bath tub temperature.
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: This video is about a visit to the Botanical Garden Darwin/Northern Territory Australia in October 2019. I noticed the botanical garden while searching for some sights in and around Darwin. The garden is directly in the city of Darwin and easy to reach by car. I visited the garden in the afternoon on a weekday. During this time I met almost no people, which was probably due to the high temperatures at this time of day. At the beginning of the visit I thought that the garden only covered the part for the native Australian plants. I had only seen this part of the map and thought it was the whole botanical garden. Later I saw my mistake and found out that the garden is really big and diverse. For example there is a part for rainforest but also a community garden.
DARWIN, AUSTRALIA: A few hours before the video I arrived in Darwin/NT. Looking for some sights I talk about the first impressions of Darwin during a walk through the Charles Darwin National Park.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Supermarkets in Australia, especially in big cities like Sydney, have an incredibly interesting and varied offer. This supermarket is one of three supermarket chains in Australia.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: Sydney is an absolutely wonderful place. This video gives a small overview of the surroundings in Zetland. Zetland has got a lot of new buildings in the last years and a lot is quite new. Besides the new buildings there are also typical older houses that remind of England. In the surroundings you can see how much work the Australians do with the design of their surroundings. Everywhere there are parks within short distances. At every corner there are plants, which are completely unknown at least for a European and either originate from tropical regions or are native plants. The parks have many amenities. There is drinking water everywhere, public barbecue areas, benches and shaded donors. Especially in summer these places are popular and are also clean and safe places to stay outside at night.
SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA: This video gives a small overview of Meriton Suites in Zetland in Sydney Australia. It is not really a hotel, but serviced apartments. What I have not shown here is that Meriton also has a pool in the ground floor. The Meriton is my preferred place to stay in Sydney. It is not cheap, but compared to the alternatives, especially for longer stays it is much better suited than being locked in a small hotel room.
Because of my more or less regular stays in Sydney we decided this year to spend our annual vacation in Australia. The plan was that M. would first come to Sydney and then we would fly to Western Australia, rent a car there and then buy some equipment from a friend and finally go somewhere. Until the evening before the trip we really didn’t know where we were going. I had already arrived in Sydney two days before with Air China and M. arrived on Sunday with Emirates. My flight was really cheap and quite empty. At M. the flight was full and expensive. All in all we completed two times Sydney and in between Western Australia with 6100 km in the car. The route there went from Perth to Coogee, Rottnest, then north, Shark Bay, Coral Bay, Karijini National Park and via Newman back to Meekatharra and Kalgoorlie. While Sydney is almost always very relaxed by the climate, Western Australia was riddled with adversities. But that’s what it’s all about.