Monthly Archives: April 2013

Dragon fruit for breakfast in Crown Plaza hotel in Singapore

The last night of our great holiday we spent in this posh hotel near the airport – business people know it I assume. Before we had flown 3 times in one day. First from Mackay to Brisbane, took then the connecting flight to Sydney and later the long haul to Singapore.
There, what a great suite we had, just impressive. But how a woman in Sydney Airport said to me after I wanted to use a bag trolley for free: First pay and then use it, they want money from you. I had to say, ok, sure, they want always the best from you 😉
After a lovely breakfast this morning (Singapore time – 19 April 2013) our addiction to activity came back. Liz appreciates always a nice swim in the pool, which we had. Now, its time to say Good Bye and we are looking forward to our lovely home.

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Highlight: Great end of the holiday! We look forward to a smart jetlag 🙂

Posted in Singapore

Captain Cook and Cape Hillsborough

On 2nd June 1770 Captain Cook was the first European to see Cape Hillsborough. He named the area after the Earl of Hillsborough. 90 years later the first farms had been founded there. The resort we are at just now was developed in the year I was born. Guess how old I am 😉
Anyway the Cape Hillsborough Resort nowadays is a gorgeous area to spend a week or more to get this laid back feeling after a very active time in Queensland.

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Highlight: The beach of Wedge Island and its Mangrove forests

Posted in Australia, Cape Hillsborough

Last day

What a lovely last day! George had unfortunately had his breakfast by the time we got down to the beach at 06:30 so we had a quick breakfast and went for a lovely walk through the nature reserve to Turtle Lookout – and what a view! We were definitely ready for the pool afterwards and after clearing up, headed back to the pub at Eimeo and a leisurely lunch enjoying the fantastic view over the ocean. Then it was a last walk on the beach before heading back to Sue’s for yummy roast lamb!
Highlight: blue sea, blue sea, blue sea ….




Posted in Australia, Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

Idyllic day at Cape Hillsborough

What a perfect day! Waking at dawn to the sound of waves lapping onto the beach, walking sleepily over to say good morning to our new friend George playing with the other kangaroos and wallabies in the sand (some with babies in their pouches) while the sun was rising, then a long walk on the beach in the company of two turtle doves, followed by the pool to cool off. A siesta was then the order of the day in the hot sunshine and another walk on the beach to watch the sun go down. And what’s the best way to finish a hot day in Oz? A barbie of course!
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Posted in Australia, Cape Hillsborough

Three Island Adventure Cruise

Best weather ever today! We had to do it right now, our GBR tour (GBR means Great Barrier Reef, also Australians like shorties ;-)).
We arrived very early at Shute Harbour (Airlie Beach), got on the boat and left the harbour for the Whitsunday Islands together with an international crowd of 50 tourists and a very professional crew.
Now I can understand why people write books about the Corals and the GBR. Anyway I think pictures are worth a thousand words…

Highlight: Whitsunday Island itself with beautiful views over its bays and the other islands.

PS. Limited access to the internet here in Cape Hillsborough – the tour was yesterday on 14 April 2013










Posted in Australia, Whitsunday Islands

Ball Bay and onto Cape Hillsborough

Sue kindly drove us to the airport to pick up the car. After a quick shop in a mall (along with the rest of Australia :-)), we made an equally quick exit and drove to Ball Bay for lunch. Totally idyllic with just two horses to keep us company. Then it was onto Cape Hillsborough Nature Resort and a simple but clean and spacious beach hut literally next to the beach – lovely and peaceful (with limited Internet access). Tomorrow we’ll be up at five to see the wallabes on the beach and drive up to Airlie Beach for a Three Island Adventure Cruise – watch this space!
Highlight: surprise visitor and hot roast chicken picnic at Ball Bay 🙂


Posted in Australia, Cape Hillsborough, Mackay

It’s all about sugar!

Sweetener or sugar? Anyway, around Mackay you cannot ignore the huge fields of sugar canes. The streets around Mackay are very often touched by the sugar cane railway network which is used to transport cut sugar cane to the mills to crush and make sugar. To understand a little bit of the process I found it nice to get some help from Sue. Concerning sugar vocabulary, you can find a lot on the web, obviously 😉
Besides all the sugar Sue didn’t want to leave us Mackay without showing us the Regional Botanic Gardens of Mackay. Interesting what you can learn there about the history and formation of Australia.

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Highlight: a Wonderful day with two nice girls and the ongoing feeling of being where I always wanted to be with the best person to enjoy it with!

Posted in Australia, Mackay

Sue’s 70th birthday

First, must just show you this picture of this cute frog on the window … But no kangaroos yet although we ate kangaroo at Sue’s birthday dinner last night … tastes similar to venison. Lovely party in a converted church top Mackay restaurant and it was fascinating to talk to real Aussies who mostly have their roots somewhere in Great Britain. Really open, friendly people in a country where profession is just not important and everyone has made us feel so welcome.

Our mascot of the holiday

Our mascot of the holiday

PS Thanks for all the compliments on the blog – Reiner tells me every day it is the best holiday of his life and it has been great to share it with so many family, friends and students.

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Highlight: Sue’s birthday of course and the yummy carrot birthday cake I made for her!

Posted in Australia, Mackay

G’day from rainy Australia

It was extremely wet today in Australia and especially in the Mackay area. So it was a day for me to repair something in the house of our landlady and assemble a laundry trolley. And we went shopping (very exciting 😉 in the supermarket Woolworths. Later on in the day I found myself reading some interesting things about Australian history. E.g. I found the following about the Australian Flags.


Highlight: gorgeous dinner cooked by our landlady – beef in beer with caramalized onions – just yummy!

Posted in Australia, Mackay

Eungella National Park

We took a trip to Eungella National Park about 80 km west of Mackay in the hope of seeing a platypus and ended up finding a very eccentric German Lady from Braunschweig in her rather eccentric Café with teapots hanging from trees and plants growing in old sneakers :-). The only animals we came across were scrub turkeys and leeches who licked our blood but apparently are harmless … It was very interesting to walk through the rain forest and see all the different foliage such as staghorn and crows nest ferns.

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Highlight: souvenir chime bells at the Hideaway Café.

Posted in Australia, Mackay