Gheerulla Valley

After hiking this route over two days in March I am excited to be taking it easier over three days to really enjoy the bush. Mum is hiking with me, which makes it even more special. Gheerulla Trail Bike Camp to Ubajee Walkers Camp I wake in my bivy looking at stars through tall gum…

Northbrook Gorge

It’s a hot summer day and we’ve decided to hike Northbrook Gorge. Our group includes my sister, her children and two Couch Surfing guests. Setting off up the creek, my nephew and I waste no time getting our feet wet. The creek water is cool and the gravelly creek bed is not too slippery. The…

Rotterdam

We’ve come to Rotterdam to visit Mum’s cousin P and her family, including my great aunt and great uncle. We stay with P and her husband M, who have given up their room for us. My great aunt E and great uncle C prepare feasts for us to eat at their house near P’s home.…

Biddinghuizen

My cousin suggests ice skating at the 3km (2 mile) long artificial outdoor skating track at Biddinghuizen. How can I say “no”? I love ice skating and want to catch up with my cousin so, despite the two hour drive each way, we drive across Holland to Velonice at Biddinghuizen. I’ve only skated two or three…

Loeverstein Castle

Loeverstein Castle is part of a network of protection that extended down the Rivers Meuse and Waal for centuries. Originally built as a private home using stolen river taxes, the castle was quickly commandeered by the government of the day while the owner was away. The waterways that surround the castle are more than a mere…

Noord Brabant

While en route to Lovverstein Castle we take a scenic drive along the Rivers Meuse and Waal and the farmlands of Noord Brabant. My uncle drives us. He knows every tiny byway in the area and we get to enjoy some gorgeous riverscapes that we would have missed on the highway. We pass my Oma’s…

Hilvarenbeek

We’ve just landed at Schiphol Airport in Amsterdam and I walk immediately to the incorrect side of our rental car. There’s nothing suave about that first dorky moment when you can’t work out how to change gear with the wrong hand, flick on the windscreen wipers instead of the indicators nor look the wrong way at…