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My name is Gernot. You most like have never come across this name before, because it is rare even in Germany where I am originally from.

I have been to Australia for the first time in 2000 and immediately fell in love with this this country. The pleasant climate in Sydney, the unique combination of urban life and nature this city offers but especially the beautiful, warm colours of the land.

In 2010 I finally made this long standing dream come true. I left Germany and migrated as permanent resident to Sydney.

Between this first visit and relocating to Australia permanently has passed almost a decade and of course I have been back in between a number of times, travelling this country I now call home.

Back in 2000 I was still a medical student and part of my visit was spend on doing an elective in emergency medicine at Royal North Shore Hospital in Sydney. I therefore spend the majority of my time in this city and got to know it much better than most tourists. But once I was done with the elective, I started travelling the country. Inland along the New England Highway via Tamworth to Brisbane and from there mostly following the coast all the way north up to Innisfail I went. Then I headed via Charters Towers, Emerald, Charleville, Cunnamulla, Bourke and Broken Hill, as straight as the few existing roads in the Outback would permit to Adelaide on the south coast. From there I again followed the coast, passing Coorong National Park, Mt. Gambier and Warnambool and of course the Great Ocean Road to Melbourne.

Unfortunately by then time was running short, so I had to skip the Victorian coast and headed inland via Bairnsdale to Lake Entrance, from there through the Snowy River Nationalpark and via Batemans Bay back to Sydney from where Ithe plane took me back to Germany. But I had promising myself I would be back to see more.

3.5 years later, in January 2004, I was back in Australia, this time for 8 months and based in Hobart (Tasmania), where I did 2/3 of my internship in the Royal Hobart Hospital. The hospital staff was very supportive and did their best to work out a roster that left me plenty of time to see Tasmania and so I came to travelled a fair bit and managed to discovered most of what Tasmania has to offer. From South Cape Bay and Hastings Caves in the far south to Burnie, Penguin and Devonport in the north and from Port Arthur on the Tasman Peninsula in the state's east to Strahan in the far west. I also had two trips to the mainland.

The first took me to Cairns where I hired a 4WD and headed through the Atherton Tablelands to Undara, to see the lava tubes. Then I turned west, into the outback towards the border of the Northern Territory where I visited Adels Grove and Lawn Hill National Park and then headed south via the Riversleigh Fossil Field to Camooweal. From here I followed the Barkly Highway travelling west until it met the Stuart Highway. Although my destination was further north, I went now south a few kilometres to Tennant Creek where I spend the night only to go north again the next day to Katherine. There I visited Katherine Gorge, today known as Nitmiluk National Park. Then I spend several days exploring Kakadu National Park before I headed west again to Darwin. Before I had to fly back to Hobart I had two more days which I spend seeing Lichfield National Park, which is located south-west of Darwin.

My second trip took me to Brisbane and from there I travelled along the coast to Sydney, this time seeing the Gold Coast, Byron Bay, Evans Head, Coffs Harbour, Port Macquarie and all the other coastal towns along the way. I pretty much saw everything I had skipped four years ago, when I travelled between Sydney and Brisbane inland on the New England Highway.

2006 I was back again, but this time I visited the west. From Perth I went south along Bunbury, Margeret River to Augusta and then west along Pemberton, Walpole, the Valley of the Giants, Denmark to Albany and further via Stirling Range National Park and Ravensthorpe to Esperance. From there I headed north to Kalgoorlie and then west again, where I saw the Pinnacles in Nambung National Park, before I headed back to Perth.

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