Mighty Marum & Big Benbow One volcano, two lava lakes. Ambrym, Vanuatu

A few months ago, on a Maya pyramid in the middle of the Guatemalan jungle, we met Sam Cossman, a young guy from the States who had done a crazy thing: Dressed in a special suit he descended into the crater of one of the world’s most active volcanoes, Mt Marum on the island of…

From the City to the Mountains Australia: Sydney and the Blue Mountains

Contrary to what many people all over the world think, Sydney is not the capital of Australia. Nope. But it’s Australia’s most populous and probably the country’s best known city. Who hasn’t heard about Sydney and seen pictures of the iconic Opera House? Postcard pictures however, only show you one side of the story. We…

Great Ocean Road Trip Driving along the wild coast of Victoria, Australia

The Great Ocean Road was built after WWI by Australian soldiers who had returned  from the war. They used picks and shovels to build a road along the rugged coast. Even at the time, their methods and equipment were considered outdated. Nevertheless, they managed to build the road (it was opened in 1932) that today is…

Wilpena Pound: A Matter of Perspective Flinders Ranges, South Australia

There are places that look much better from the air  than from the ground. One of these places is Ikara/Wilpena Pound in South Australia’s Flinders Ranges. The pound looks like a (oval) crater but has not been formed by the impact of a meteor or anything the like, it’s form is totally natural. On images…

Your Majesty, the Kings Canyon Northern Territory, Australia

Equally far from Alice Springs as Uluru and Kata Tjuta lies the truly majestic Kings Canyon. The rim walk A short and easy walk leads, not very far, into the canyon. Much better however, and really amazing is the walk along the canyon’s rim. On days when the temperature exceeds 36°C, a part of the…

Kata Tjuta: The Bigger Rocks Northern Territory, Australia

In the same national park as Uluru, but about 35 km further west from the big rock are the 36 boulders of Kata Tjuta (also known as The Olgas). The highest of the boulders is 100 meters higher than Uluru. . A beautiful hike A trail leads around some of the rocks and takes the…

Uluru: The Big Rock Northern Territory, Australia

Uluru/Ayers Rock is one of Australia’s most iconic sights. In fact, a picture of Uluru is like a synonym for Australia and of course it ranks high on any traveler’s bucket list. But is it really the greatest sight in the country? The one place you absolutely have to see if you’re going to Australia? A…

West MacDonnell Ranges: Gorgeous Gorges Northern Territory, Australia

Stretching east and west of Alice Springs, the MacDonnell Ranges are a series of mountains with spectacular scenery, gorges and gaps, and diverse flora and fauna. West of Alice Springs, a road leads along the mountain range and to some of the gorges. An unsealed road then continues all the way to Kings Canyon. Gosses Bluff At…

Kakadu National Park: Open Air Gallery Northern Territory, Australia

The area of UNESCO World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park has been continuously inhabited by Aboriginal people for over 50’000 years. Aboriginal history and culture is illustrated by some 5000 recorded rock art sites; however, only very few of them are accessible to tourists. The national park covers a huge area (about half the size…

From Darwin to Litchfield Northern Territory, Australia

Welcome to Australia! After four months (I guess it was four… I kind of lost track of time) in Asia, we headed even further south and further away from Europe: to Australia. Australia is different in many ways – landscape, geology, wildlife – from all the places we’ve visited so far. Arriving late in Darwin,…

Ibu Volcano: The Ultimate Camping Experience Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia

Yet another active volcano on Halmahera Because Dukono was great and because on Halmahera island there’s another one of Indonesia’s most active volcanoes, we absolutely wanted to go to Mount Ibu. Plus, we were told that there we’d be even closer to the action (is that even possible?!). Our guide for this tour was Alex Djangu, a native…

Dukono Volcano: Playing With Fire Halmahera, North Maluku, Indonesia

Force of Nature It’s dark. You walk up the steep crater, on loose ash. The ground shakes with every thunder from the active volcano underneath you. The closer you get to the smoking crater, the louder the thunder and the faster your heartbeat. You’re scared. You know this is crazy and you should better turn back,…