Ivan – a big wanderer

What does it mean and how it happened …

Once upon a time, as the picture below was still present, Ivan and Alex said that it would not be wrong to look a little into the world. They called it the “Great Vandrer” and in fact, they thought they would take the caravan from there then socialist camp.

Life wanted it differently, the studies, the work, the families came, and finally the death of the camp. The big wanderer lost some charm, but Ivan did not see it and took the caravan. A few years after opening the border, he moved to Australia, where he lives today. He and Alex saw only a few times, during Ivan’s occasional visits to the Czech Republic. At the last of these visits in May 2009, they jointly rejected Alex’s idea of going to the USA or Canada, and Alex eventually agreed to visit Australia.

Travelling to Paris
Travelling to Paris

It was agreed that the visit will take place in March 2010 and will cover travel to Central Australia and its east coast. As a means of transport, a car with a caravan, which Ivan built in his spare time, was chosen and in which he travels with his family and friends. Ivan calls it a paved caravan, and although it really does not look great from the outside, there is everything in it that is needed for such a wild venture, and the men of saving figures are quite sufficient.

Alex has acquired an Australian visa, a matter of a few clicks in the web browser, a ticket, which can also be handled during the evening, and finally, the promise of a four-week holiday in the job, which was over-expected (thanks, boys!). And then there was nothing left to wait for.

The following records were taken by Ivan during the trip, and Alex occasionally supplemented them with dry fact notes. For the order, the contributions of both travellers are distinguished by the font, but even a less attentive reader would certainly recognise the flowery style of Ivan from the austere Alex.

The Places they travelled together;

Prague – Melbourne
Melbourne – Adelaide – Glendambo
Coober Peddy
Kings Canyon-Kathleen Springs-Henbury Craters
Devil’s Marbles
Tennant Creek – Mount Isa
Mount Isa
Hervey Bay
Fraser Island
Australia ZOO
Byron Bay
Blue Mountains
Snowy Mountains
Eden – Mallacoota
Bear Gully
Walkerville – Melbourne
Mount Dandenong
Cathedral Range State Park
Phillip Island
Melbourne – Praha

Port Douglas Barrier Reef

Getting out and about:

Port Douglas is synonymous with the Great Barrier Reef. Quicksilver offers highly professional day tours to the Agincourt Reef at the edge of the Continental Shelf. It ain’t cheap adults cost $154 and children aged four to 14, $80.50 (children under four are free) but it’s worth it if this is your once-in-a-lifetime visit to the reef. Just north of Port Douglas, you can go croc spotting on the Daintree River, walk the wetlands boardwalk behind Mission Beach or join the assortment of backpackers sunning themselves on its super fine sand. Back towards Cairns, try the 34-kilometre Kuranda Scenic Railway and the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway, said to be the world’s longest gondola cableway. Port Douglas itself is a foodie’s mecca and brims with restaurant, including some with moderate prices. Make sure to take the winding drive between the million-dollar homes to the top of Flagstaff Hill to take in the glorious view of Four-Mile Beach.

Kathryn McNess travelled to Queensland courtesy of the Radisson Treetops. It is no longer The Age’s policy to accept free or subsidised travel. This story was prepared under the previous policy.

Sightseeing By Boat In Melbourne


Along the Yarra River, stunning views and scenery have been exploited to date with fancy parties being held either during the day or at night. Boat cruise experiences in Melbourne do not just offer fantastic views; they come with comfort and a wide range of waterways to cruise in style. The best part comes when you watch the sunset and the city come to life at night with lights. After that, you can enjoy the various delicacies served both international and local, but that’s just the tip of the iceberg.


Enjoying your dinner in the open air more fun as it is romantic. You and your colleagues can enjoy drinks without worrying about driving home drunk. Besides cruising the Yarra River, you can enjoy Australia’s most famous road trip of the Great Ocean Road and take photos at Apollo Bay and the Twelve Apostles. These are just a few Melbourne’s attractions you will come across with several fantastic stopovers. After a long day of work at Melbourne, a majority of locals take a few hours of boat cruising especially when there are events or shows organised for the night. The experience is outstanding and the moment more relaxing than anything in this world. Instead of gathering your team in a bar and spending hours in traffic, a cruise party seems like an ideal option to treat your colleagues. Similarly, hosting corporate events on a boat cruise has a certain level of appreciation and respect to those invited. Besides, as a host, you will have more control of the environment than hosting an event at the office.

Cruising in Melbourne offers a fresh atmosphere to cruisers and an opportunity to be away from a familiar ground. It is located on Australia’s largest bay which is a window for cruisers to explore marine life and discover the secret islands in the region.

Uluru / Ayers Rock.

As the weather is slowly improving but has not gotten too hot just yet, it is the perfect timing to go and see that huge, cool, red rock in the middle of the desert! See us at reception if you would like to book any tours for Uluru and/or Kata Tjuta. We have everything from day trips (if you are already booked in somewhere in Yulara) to tours that take you for several days and originate in Alice Springs or even longer tours taking you from Adelaide to Alice Springs via Uluru. Both Uluru (Ayers Rock) and Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) offer great scenery and awesome hikes so it is great to go when the weather is not too hot…The Valley of the Winds hike at Kata Tjuta is amazing, there are apparently flowers in the desert :-)

The color contrasts are outstanding, the blue skies, the red dirt, the greenery on that backdrop… *dreamy*

Of course you need to see Uluru at sunset. Finally a snap from the Mala Walk… there is also the option of renting bikes and riding around the base of Uluru! A great way to explore and get some exercise :-)

If you prefer to do it on your own, you can fly with Jetstar to Ayers Rock Airport and rent a car at the airport, that way you can make your own itinerary choose freely which hikes you would like to do and at what pace. Just remember that NT requires an international drivers license (a lot of the other states do no so this is definitely different) and also it is forbidden to drive between dusk till dawn. Ayers Rock Resort offers various types of accommodation in Yulara, ranging from a campground where you can put up your tent to a 5 star hotel so there is something for any budget!

Travelling in Australia

There is a vast array of travel experiences awaiting you in this unique country. One of the country’s greatest lures is its sense of space. A beach, patch of tropical forest or piece of sandy desert all to yourself is an easy reality.
To enjoy the experience of Australia’s mainland resorts, island resorts, hotels and tours just call our consultants or email us and we will put together an itinerary suited to your travel needs.

Due to the huge coastline of Australia, watersports are very popular, especially surfing. The Gold Coast is a favourite destination to take in the surf and golden beaches of Australia.

Uluru (Ayers Rock) is an Australian icon and a sacred place for the Aboriginal population. The colours of the Australian Outback are a sensation with the reds and oranges of the outback’s fiery sun dominating the ancient landscape.

The contrast between the outback arid centre and some of the lush tropical rainforest of Cairns and Port Douglas is astounding.

Experiences are always a major part of any travel pans in Australia – between July and November a highlight would be the whale watching in Hervey Bay dive Australia.

Australia offers a vast range of experiences including wonderful island resorts, World Heritage listed Great Barrier Reef and Fraser Island, the tropical north and its rainforests and the beautifully rugged centre of Australia with Ayers Rock and King’s Canyon.

Where else but Queensland will you find so many natural treasures – where rainforest meets reef and warm blue seas lap unspoilt beaches.

Here the pace of life is relaxed and your holiday dreams will come true.

Escape to exotic islands set in tropical seas or indulge your sense of adventure with the hundreds of day or extended tours and activities on offer Snorkel or dive one of the world’s greatest wonders, the Great Barrier Reef Stretching over 2,000 kilometres, the largest expanse of living coral on earth is home to more than 1,500 species of fish.

Enjoy the excitement of the Gold Coast, the amazing features of World Heritage Fraser Island or explore the beauty of Tropical North Queensland at your own pace. Enjoy the casual, relaxed lifestyle and discover the endless attractions of the Queensland.

After you enjoy the big city buzz of Sydney, its great restaurants and shopping, the beauty of its world famous harbour why not take in the local flavours of the regions of New South Wales.

Laze on a beach, hike in fresh mountain air, take a trip to the real outback of Australia, visit one of the World Heritage national parks, take a leisurely drive through the State’s productive farm regions and enjoy the quaint towns along the way