Seal🏝Rocks

It is Labour Day in New South Wales this week so we seize the opportunity of the long weekend to go north and visit beautiful Seal Rocks for the first time. With amazing weather, we do lots of hikes in the area through pockets of littoral rainforest and especially the numerous boulder- and rock-scrambling passages…

Spring has sprung in Kangaroo Valley🌷

This weekend we finally make it to the place with the sounding name: Kangaroo Valley 🙂 Getting a free rental car upgrade made our day and on the Hume Highway we head south. Half way between Sydney and Canberra we leave the motorway and find ourselves in the middle of a green landscape with rolling…

Taronga Zoo Walks🐾

It’s a beautifully warm Sunday morning, apparently Father’s Day in Australia (upside down here?), and we’re on our way to the zoo, juhuu! About 10 months have passed since we were here and in the meantime the new “African Savannah” has opened and welcomes Lions, Zebras, Giraffes and others we didn’t get to see last…

Weekend away in Jervis Bay

After a couple of rainy long weekends we finally get some sunshine on our days off and can’t wait to get on a roadtrip again 😎 Being based at my kitchen table every day all day is starting to take its toll on me and cabin fever is kicking in a bit. A change of…

Visiting the iconic Luna Park🎠

Luna Park is reopening its gates this weekend and offering all-inclusive tickets for an afternoon of fun 🙂  Great timing, we’re all in and start the day with a ferry ride from Manly to Circular Quay, walk over the Sydney Harbour Bridge with sweeping views and explore Wendy Whiteley’s Secret Garden before entering the iconic…

Afternoon Stroll at Berrys Bay

Every Sunday, we take advantage of the special fare, unlimited public transport ticket to explore Sydney and our surroundings 🙂 This time, after gifting ourselves with some trendy new sunglasses, we set out to Berrys Bay at Waverton in Northern Sydney.  An old Coal Loader has been revamped into a learning hub for sustainable living,…

Birthday Weekend🐨Port Stephens

Not only was it my birthday last Sunday, New South Wales also observes the Queen’s Birthday on the second Monday of June and so we enjoyed a long weekend off, drove to Port Stephens ~2hours north of Sydney for an adventurous getaway! Let me give you a picture tour of our tour 🙂  The weather…

Walking Maroubra to Botany Bay🐳

We’ve walked down from Bondi Beach to Maroubra before but never made it further than that so we decide it is perfect timing to explore more of that part of the coast in South Sydney and the Malabar Headlands National Park all the way to La Perouse at Botany Bay. On 29 April 1770, Botany…

Kuringai Chase Nationalpark

Kuringai Chase Nationalpark is at our doorstep at the top end of the Northern Beaches and so we take the opportunity to catch the ferry over from Palm Beach to Mackerel Beach from where we start our gorgeous 15km loop hike! Passing West Head Lookout we picnic at Flint&Steel Beach by the Hawkesbury River and…

Hiking the Northern Beaches Coastline🐬

Another marvellous weekend and we walk out the door with a backpack and big smile to discover more of the gorgeous coastline we inhabit. Colourful lorikeet accompany us along the cliff hike and we even observe a few dolphins swimming playfully in the bluer than blue waters below us. Thank you for the gifts to…

Long Easter Weekend🐰💐🐣

“When the world is running down, you make the best of what’s still around.” … written by Sting and first released by The Police on their 1980 album Zenyatta Mondatta. According to this motto, we are spending our Easter Weekend exploring the beautiful nature surrounding us where we live at Sydney’s Northern Beaches. What an adventure to discover hidden…

No more flights but lotsa walks☀️

The world has seemingly turned upside down since the WHO declared the outbreak of Covid-19 a pandemic on 12th of March 2020. Much about this novel virus is still unknown and it is an emotional, controversial topic to say the least. We are grateful for the work of essential workers and everyone else all over…

Mardi Gras🌈Sydney

Mardi Gras – or “Faschingsdienstag”, as we call the day in my native Austrian – is french and means literally translated “fat tuesday” or better known as Shrove Tuesday. It refers to events of the Carnival celebration when (traditionally), foie gras and other rich foods are eaten prior to the Christian abstinence period of Lent, proceeding the…

Working from the Salesforce HeadQuarter in San Francisco

What an eventful week at Salesforce in San Francisco! It was an honour to represent Earthforce at the Global Equality Leadership Summit hosted by Tony Prophet’s team, to learn from, share and collaborate with the Office of Equality and our different Employee Resource Groups. Paula Goldman shared her vision for Salesforce’s Office of Ethical and…

Hwy1🇺🇸Big Sur

Whoop whoop – what a trip. For the first time ever I’m flying all the way “on the other side” of the planet … from Sydney to San Francisco across the Pacific Ocean! I couldn’t be more excited, leaving Australia around lunchtime on a Saturday and shortly after looking down unto tiny archipelagos in the…

Milford Sound and Gertrude Saddle

It’s a wonderfully warm and sunny morning at Athol Lodge. The rooster would have had us up way earlier but we resist and get up around 7am. After all, we’ve got a long drive ahead of us to Milford Sound. The happy chicken stop by our breakfast table, breadcrumbs seem to have caught their attention….

Te Waipounamu🇳🇿

New Zealand’s South Island is our destination of choice for this year’s summer holiday – in January because we’re on the southern hemisphere and if we went it August we’d need to bring our skis 😉  We fly with Australia’s national carrier Quantas to Christchurch and arrive there in the middle of the night, hence…

Happy New Year from Sydney🎉

What a fabulous start into the new year! Wishing you all a happy and healthy 2020, may you be blessed with a growth mindset, tolerance, gratitude, positivity, mindfulness and inner peace🍀 “Progress is impossible without change, and those who cannot change their minds, cannot change anything.” ~George Bernard Shaw~

Our 2019💖

What a whirlwind of a year it’s been! I’m taking a moment to reflect on it all … my head still spinning and this overwhelming feeling of gratitude and how fortunate we are. Dancing into 2019 in Vienna after a wonderful Christmas with my family back home in Styria, the green heart of Austria💚 Selling…

Camping Weekend the Aussie Style🔥

When the opportunity arose for us to come along with a bunch of newly found friends to join a camping weekend, we were all in. It meant packing our gear and travelling all the way across Sydney to Cronulla in the southern Shires. We start on a Friday with drinks after work, Gyros for dinner…

Festive Season on the Southern Hemisphere✨

The end of the year is approaching fast. It all feels very strange – we have just moved the clocks forward an hour to be on daylight savings time, it’s getting hotter every week – summer is coming! Christmas? Really? We had xmas jumper day and hot chocolates in July😆 Growing up on the northern…

Austrian National Day Celebrations in Sydney

As always when 26th of October – Austria’s “Nationalfeiertag” – is approaching, I receive invites for a reception at the Austrian embassy or consulate of the country I’m living in currently and more and more it’s common to also have an Austrian get2gether announced on social media platforms. And so we learn about the Austrian…

Hobart and Mt Wellington

It’s afternoon and as we’re getting closer to Tasmania’s capital city so increases the flow of traffic. Clouds have moved in and so we see less and less of Mount Wellington, towering over Hobart. Still, we decide to drive up and beautifully winding streets take us higher and higher, the views get better at every…

Across the Apple Island through Lake Country into the Western Wilds

At St Helens we take a left turn and head inland up the winding roads into beautifully green rolling landscapes and lush forests. We walk through a mystic old rainforest to visit the 90 meter high Columbia Falls. In tiny Branxholm (population 210) wecook lunch: Wallaby Sausage😋 In the late afternoon we get a first…

Touring Tasmania’s East Coast

After going to tropical Queensland for our first holiday in Australia back in June, we chose Tasmania as our next dream destination for a little spring holiday. I couldn’t have been more excited to get to know this place we’ve heard so much about, watched movies and documentaries – now we are renting a campervan…

Winter in Sydney

Weatherwise this seems better than an English summer😹 More to follow shortly…

A few days in Melbourne

An opportunity came round for us to visit Melbourne and we are super excited to explore “Australia’s 2nd City” and Melburnians certainly challenge this in the constant (friendly) rivalry with Sydney 🙂  It’s a city everyone has heard of and we even had the chance to move their but opted for Sydney. Finally we get…

Surprise visit at Gold Coast

Wow – what an unexpected adventure! On a Wednesday I get asked whether I could help out at Salesforce’s first ever Trailhead Bootcamp in Australia the following week. The only caveat – it’s at Gold Coast, an hour’s flight north from Sydney in tropical Queensland. Hm, I certainly can help out and would be delighted…

Canberra🦘

This weekend we decide to explore Canberra, the capital of Australia. It’s winter and because the so-called ACT (Australian Capital Territory) lies quite far south, it does get pretty chilly here. 6C feels a bit like a European winter, the sunshine is wonderful though and we still can’t get our head around the seasons being…

A Week in the Whitsundays⛵️

We couldn’t have picked a better day to leave Sydney, it’s raining cats and dogs and temperatures dropped to less than 12C (well, it’s late autumn after all). Flying north to Queensland into the tropics is quite soothing indeed. The 74 Whitsunday Islands were named by Captain James Cooked who passed through the famous “Passage”…

Off to the Great Barrier Reef🐠

Australia honours the Queen’s Birthday with a public holiday. Now, those who know me might know, I honour my birthday with a personal holiday. Hence, we’ve got a few days together and take the opportunity to explore a bit further afield. Avoiding to go south as it’s much colder – winter after all – we…

Fun in the Sun

Weekends on Sydney’s northern beaches are divine … and mind you, this is winter … some impressions below 😉

Up the Coast and into Hunter Valley

Another beautifully sunny day and we take the Old Pacific Highway up to Central Coast to a quaint little beach surrounded by lush tropical forest, it’s called Bateau Bay. We’re following the bushwalk around some corners to enjoy some sweeping vistas and as the sun sets, pitch our tent in the nearby holiday park “Blue…

Kayaking🛶Hawkesbury River

It’s Anzac Day and we decide to head north, exploring the Hawkesbury River and its vast network of broad waterways and small quiet creeks. It’s been a beautiful, soul-curing experience to cross wide waters, watch jellyfish play next to us and then silently paddle into one of the narrow sidearms of the mighty Hawkesbury River…

Blue Mountains National Park

Yippie, we’re leaving Sydney on Thursday evening after work for our first camping trip in Australia. Our destination: Blue Mountains NP Just about 2 hours drive from the big city, we’re in a different world! We’re on top of a 1.100m high sandstone plateau, cut through by deep canyons, high waterfalls and with thick tropical…

Moving to Manly😎

House hunting is actually quite enjoyable here. There’s an app for it, one creates filters for all the criteria and preferences, then looks up the properties on the map with pics and price and when the next inspection is taking place. We’ve put together our own tour and it’s also a great way to get…

🇦🇺G’day Mate🇦🇺

Whoop whoop, having just relocated to Australia I’m trying to keep up with everything, so far we’re loving it! Wohooo – we’ve arrived in Sydney, it’s in the middle of a warm, tropical night. Friendly, pragmatic, well-equipped … so many pleasant impressions in the first couple of hours, we’ve got a certain feeling we’ll like…

Dubai – City of Superlatives

We’ve left rainy London in the late afternoon to catch our flight to sunny Dubai, where we arrive bright and early in the morning. Wow – what a different world here, an eclectic mix of ethnicities, architectural styles and the smells of delicious oriental food is surrounding us. We spend the morning walking around the…

A weekend in romantic, medieval Tallinn💞

After clearly not enough sleep, our alarm clock rings at 3:30am and we’re heading off to Luton Airport, which – given it’s that early in the morning and we’re leaving from Clapham – is a journey in itself. All goes well and we’re spoiling ourselves with some coffee and croissants at the airport before take-off….

Adventures in the Caucasus

We’ve heard about Svaneti before, it’s the most traditional of Georgia’s regions that has managed to keep it’s authenticity so far. “During the many invasions of Georgia over the centuries, icons and other religious valuables were brought to this isolated region for safekeeping, and a significant number remain in private homes today. Svaneti also has a…

Exploring Georgia

Wow – what a destination, off the beaten track and for sure something different, I thought to myself. I wasn’t disappointed, this trip had some crazy surprises in place … but let me start from the beginning. We take off from London Luton, flying into Kutaisi though not before a turn-around manoeuvre *first one for…