Exploring the Secrets of Esperance in Western Australia

I decided to skip writing my diary blog posts with daily reviews of what I am up to. Even though it is a nice memory for myself to look back on later, it doesn’t really give any value to you and isn’t very interesting either. I much rather want to focus on the exciting things that I experience, my thoughts on different topics like travelling solo & being homesick and sharing content that brings value and inspiration to your life.

So if you have requests of blog posts or topics you would like me to talk about, please let me know down below!

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When I came to Western Australia, I suffered a little bit from the feeling of loneliness. I already wrote a little more about it in this blog post and also some of my tips against feeling lonely as a solo traveller.

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Anzeige |  So I wanted to get rid of these negative feelings inside of me and socialize more and as I already had two amazing tour experiences, I decided to book another six-day tour. This time Nullarbortravel* took me and my eleven travel mates from Perth to explore the south-west of Australia, the Secrets of Esperance and many more wonderful places.

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Day 1: Wave Rock & Fitzgerald River National Park

The first day is always very exciting when you meet your tour guide and group because I think they are the most important factors to make a great trip. Just like on my other tours we had a small bus (for around 20 people) and luckily, we were only 12 travellers, which is a great group size in my opinion as the chance of some cool people is big and you still get to know everybody in the six days quite well.

Once more I was blessed with a lovely tour guide. Nat (aka. Natalie) was just super funny, cute and she really cared for each and everybody.

My travel buddies were: an Aussie couple (Virginia and Mathew) from Victoria state, two more Aussie girls (Emily from Victoria and Tiffany from Sydney), Jeff from Canada, James from London, Josefine from Sweden and four other solo travelling girls, two from Swiss and two from Germany.

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Our journey started with a long driving day and our first stop at the famous Wave Rock. Before I came to Australia I was always keen to see this weird rock transformation in the shape of a wave. Now I have to say that it was not as impressive as I thought but still kinda cool though.

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We had lunch with thousand flies around our heads and then drove further into Fitzgerald River National Park, which is such a beautiful place on earth. We climbed up one of the mountains in the NP for a spectacular (almost) sunset view. The hike was the toughest I did in Australia (until now) because it was super steep and had many loose rocks, even though it’s quite short.

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The first night in a swag again was a little bit weird and I had to get used to it again. Also, it was freezing cold (summer nights in December can still get very chilly in the south) and our camping space had no light at all.

Those of you who already read my Outback Diary know what sleeping in a swag means, as I explained a bit in that blog post.

Nevertheless, it was wonderful to sleep under the stars again and I was excited for 5 nights of camping adventure.

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Oh, and we also spotted this beautiful huge spider at our camping toilet – fun, isn’t it? :D

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Day 2: Esperance & Cape Le Grand National Park

The next day we had a stop at “Pink Lake” that actually isn’t pink anymore which is a little disappointing, but the algae that create the pink colour isn’t thriving at the moment because the water level is too high… still a pretty view though.

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We had several stops at different beaches that are all breathtaking: turquoise water, white sand and we were blessed with the nicest weather as well. So we enjoyed some time in the sand, sun and waves.

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We weren’t lucky to see kangaroo’s at the beach, but @lene_merle was.

Then we drove into Cape Le Grand National Park right to our camping spot for the night: Lucky Bay. One of the most famous beaches in whole Australia, because it is one of the whitest and very special for the fact that you can be lucky to see some kangaroos at the beach.

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In the afternoon we did an amazing 3-hour coastal walk from (I think) Hellfire Bay back to Lucky Bay. It was such a beautiful walk with so many great ocean and beach views and I think it would have been my favourite if we would have done it in the morning. I just prefer working out/hiking in the morning so much more! Especially for sunrise, but the sunset views we had at Lucky Bay afterwards were just insane!

Day 3: Frenchman’s Peak & Stirling Ranges

In the morning of day three, there was another hike on our to-do list. I love how you hike so much on these tours! I really enjoy being in nature, walking, getting a sweat on, feeling my legs the next day and having the greatest views at the top.

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But before, I got up at 4.10am to watch the sunrise at Lucky Bay – definitely worth getting up early!

Frenchman’s Peak is a rock (yep, it’s basically just one solid rock) not far from Lucky Bay, that is pretty steep and slippery. Especially the way down was difficult and not super safe. But we made it, and it was a great morning workout before we had our second breakfast: pancakes.

Afterwards, we could enjoy ourselves at Lucky Bay, soak in some sunshine and jump into the beautiful turquoise (but chilly) water.

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In the afternoon we had a long drive to the Stirling Ranges and saw the reddest sunset that I ever experienced before.

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Oh and we also had sooo many yummy strawberries! It’s so nice that it’s getting into strawberry season here now – I love it!

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Day 4: Climbing Castle Rock, Coastal Drives and Tingle Trees

Another day, another hike. But sadly the last one for our tour. We walked up the Castle Rock hill through a beautiful forest and this hike was my favourite because the way reminded me of hiking at home. I really enjoyed it and walked all by myself. The view from the top wasn’t as spectacular as the other ones we had before, but the little bit of climbing to get there at the end was super fun.

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The weather wasn’t that great that day, but we still enjoyed the views over the beautiful coastal scenery. We saw Elephant Rock, the Green Pools and the huge tingle trees.

In the evening we arrived at a rainy and wet campsite. I had a wonderful experience with a kangaroo that came so close to me (for more roo stories head to my Instagram @mind.wanderer), we had a birthday boy Mathew that day and celebrated with chocolate cake and had to sleep in the kitchen area of your campsite because it was so rainy outside – what an eventful day.

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Day 5: Tasting us through Margaret River

Day 5 wasn’t around hiking and moving, but more around driving around in Margaret River and testing us through all the different factories. We went to a distillery, several wineries, a dairy factory that sells super yummy ice cream and a chocolate factory. Had lunch at the beautiful Margaret River and went to a super fun pub where you can play a lot of funny games in the outside area.

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For sunset, we went to surfers point beach and had a beautiful pre-sunset view. Sadly, when the sun set there were too many clouds, so we could only see a slight red shimmer, but it was still super pretty.

Day 6: Ngilgi Cave Stories & Back to Perth

On our last day, we went to a cave in Dunsborough and heard some stories, information and wonderful didgeridoo songs by the Aboriginal Josh. He showed us traditional fire lighting, bush medicine and hunting equipment from his tribe, the Wardandi.

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Afterwards, we had a wonderful last lunch and swim in the most turquoise water I’ve ever seen and drive to Brusselton for our last real stop on tour before we headed back to Perth.

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To conclude: it was once again a great tour experience and I am very happy that I decided to book it and got to see some of the beauty that Western Australia has to offer. I’ll for sure come back to see the West Coast as it is supposed to be the most beautiful and untouristic part of Australia (but it’s not season right now).

And I learned on this tour that the first impression of people can sometimes be the complete opposite. At first, I thought, I would get along very well with my German speaking travel mates, but after day three I decided to try to stay away from them as much as possible as they only spread negativity against everything (and I mean really everything). And the people I thought would be boring turned out to be the nicest, loveliest and funniest! But that’s the great thing about these tour groups, you really get to know each other when you hang out for six days and usually, you get along very well because you already have a commonality: the urge to travel and adventure.

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*Disclaimer: I got a discount for my booking with Nullabor Travel, but I am obviously still 100% honest with all my reviews and thoughts.

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My Favourite Photography Accounts on Instagram

Some people are just real superheroes when it comes to capturing the perfect moments. I love following inspiring people on Instagram and be blown away by the beauty of their shots. I already shared a few of my absolute favourites in the categories travel, veganism and fashion with you.

This time the accounts can’t really be put into one category but instead, they are masterpieces in storytelling and expressing feelings, emotions and vibes through their photography. In my opinion, these accounts create art!

@espenvalverde

Landscape photography can be boring. But not when you know how to capture it right. When there is a story behind it, a feeling and emotions that are soaked in that one shot.

@chelseakauai

What she is able to experience is out of this world. And she knows how to show these moments and bring the feelings behind it across to her viewers – pure magic.

@_foodstories_

It is so beautiful to see what art these two ladies create with their locations, tables, plates and food. You could say this is food photography, landscape, detail and home or interior photography in one. Such a huge inspiration.

@alliemtaylor

This traveller just knows how to show the depth of landscapes. Usually, I would say you can’t capture these huge mountains and breathtaking landscapes in one shot, but she knows how to.

@vanellimelli

The vibe Melli spreads is just adorable. Cute, smiling and straight from the 90th.

@linesauberlich

These soft tones are just made to dream of. I love how her pictures are calm and adventurous at the same time.

@vagabondhearts

Another adventurous soul that captures the best views and hiking-rest-places in her shots. Makes me want to go on adventures in the mountains straight away.

@lene_merle

I just recently discovered her because of her wonderful pictures of her trip through the south of Australia. I love that her couple pictures are something different, not to cheesy, kinda real, kinda what you dream about. Just beautiful.


What are your favourite photographers on Instagram? What pictures make you start to dream? Do you like the ones I choose to show you?

 

Entscheidungen Treffen: So Fällt es Leichter

Heute gibt es eine kleine Premiere auf dem Blog! Der erste Gastbeitrag – geschrieben von der lieben Carla zu einem Thema, welches sie in letzter Zeit viel beschäftigt hat. 

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Auf meinem Blog carlakatharina schreibe ich über Dinge, die ich mag und die das Leben schön machen. Reisen & Erlebnisse. Achtsamkeit & Kreativität. Körper & Seele. Schönheit & Genuss.


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Bei großen Dingen, können wir uns oft nur schwer entscheiden. Ewig lange machen wir im Kopf Pro und Kontra Listen, und am Ende des Tages sind wir immer noch nicht weiter. Kennst du das? Ja? Ich auch… Aber keine Angst: Entscheidungen leicht treffen zu können kann man lernen! In diesem Beitrag erfährst du, wieso es so unglaublich wichtig ist, Entscheidungen zu treffen und wie es dir leichter fällt.

Wieso es uns schwer fällt, Entscheidungen zu treffen?

Tagtäglich dürfen (oder müssen) wir mehrere Entscheidungen fällen. Soll ich jetzt schon aufstehen oder noch ein bisschen liegen bleiben? Soll ich einen Salat oder doch einen Avocado Toast essen? Soll ich am See entspannen oder doch lieber im Park? Für welchen Job soll ich mich entscheiden? Welche Wohnung ist besser? Soll ich den weichen Pulli oder das lange Kleid kaufen? Laut Wissenschaft haben wir täglich unglaubliche 20‘000 Entscheidungen zu treffen! Einige davon fallen uns ganz leicht. Wir überlegen gar nicht lange und entscheiden einfach. Und dann sind da noch die anderen, die wir ewig hin und her schieben und bei denen wir uns einfach nicht entscheiden möchten. Wieso fällt es uns bei manchen Entscheidungen eigentlich so schwer?

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Oft haben wir einfach nur Angst, uns falsch zu entscheiden und es danach vielleicht zu bereuen. Wir denken, dass unsere Entscheidungen einen riesigen Einfluss auf unsere Zukunft haben. Das stimmt ja zum Teil auch, denn dein jetziges Leben ist nichts anderes als eine Folge von den Entscheidungen, die du in deiner Vergangenheit getroffen hast. Du würdest nicht dort arbeiten, wenn du dich für eine andere Stelle entschieden hättest. Du würdest nicht nach London reisen, wenn du dich für Paris entschieden hättest. Oft haben wir einfach Angst vor der Folge der Entscheidung.

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Warum es wichtig ist sich zu entscheiden & „Der innere Schreibtisch“

Entscheidungen vor uns her zu schieben oder einfach versuchen, sie zu ignorieren kostet unglaublich viel Energie. Im Unterbewusstsein wissen wir nämlich ganz genau, dass wir uns irgendwann entscheiden müssen und unsere Gedanken sind ständig am Kreisen. Es ist ein riesiger Energieräuber und er wird von Tag zu Tag grösser. Ich habe mal einen Vergleich gelesen, den ich total gut finde:

Entscheidungen sind wie lose Blätter. Wenn wir die losen Blätter immer auf unseren Schreibtisch legen, anstatt sie in Ordner einzuordnen, wird unser Schreibtisch immer voller mit losen Blättern. Es herrscht Chaos und Unruhe und wir haben keinen Platz mehr, um uns für das Wesentliche zu konzentrieren. Bei Entscheidungen ist es genau dasselbe! Wenn wir Entscheidungen aufschieben, wird unser innerer Schreibtisch immer unordentlicher. Wenn wir Ordnung auf unserem Schreibtisch (bzw. in unserem Geist) Ruhe und Ordnung möchten, dann bleibt uns nichts anderes übrig, als die losen Blätter sofort einzuordnen, also die Entscheidungen gleich zu treffen.

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Die schlechteste Entscheidung, die du machen kannst, ist, dich nicht zu entscheiden, denn das ist auch eine Entscheidung. Die Folgen davon: Du fühlst dich energielos, unruhig und denkst immer wieder daran. Du bist eingeschränkt und fühlst dich machtlos. Sobald du das erkannt hast, ist dir klar, dass du dich besser einfach für etwas entscheidest, denn das kann nur besser sein als dieses unangenehme Gefühl dass du hast, wenn du dich nicht entscheidest.

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3 Tipps, die es dir leichter machen Entscheidungen zu treffen

  1. Höre auf dein Bauchgefühl. Nimm dir einfach ein paar Minuten Zeit, atme tief durch und höre auf dein Bauchgefühl, auf deine Intuition. Sie weiß den Weg und gibt dir die nötige Hilfe, um dich zu entscheiden (mehr dazu hier). Versuche, deinen Kopf komplett auszuschalten. Ganz wichtig auch: Denk nicht daran, was die anderen denken könnten, wenn du diese Entscheidung triffst. Es ist total egal, denn hier geht es um dich und um deine Zukunft.

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  1. No Drama! Mache kein Drama aus der Entscheidung und gib ihr nicht zu viel Aufmerksamkeit. Entscheide dich einfach. Ich weiß, es ist leichter gesagt als getan. Aber versuche einfach, es leichter zu nehmen. Denn sobald du es als „wichtige und grosse Entscheidung“ betitelst, fällt es dir umso schwerer.

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  1. Sei dir deiner Macht bewusst. Du alleine kannst diese Entscheidung treffen. Sei dankbar dafür, dass du überhaupt die Macht hast, und dass nicht über dich entschieden wird. Du alleine kannst die Entscheidung treffen und du alleine trägst die Konsequenz dafür. Du hast auch immer die Macht, dich wieder umzuentscheiden, du bist ein freier Mensch. Es ist nicht schlimm, in falsche Richtung gegangen zu sein. Du musst nur den Mut haben, dann auch wieder umzudrehen!

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Am Anfang ist es vielleicht schwierig, da du dir schon angewöhnt hast, lange zu warten, bis du dann entscheidest. Aber versuche es einfach bewusst zu beobachten und halte dir das Bild vom inneren Schreibtisch immer im Gedächtnis.

Fällt es dir leicht, Entscheidungen zu treffen oder gehörst du eher zu der Gruppe, die sie lieber ein bisschen aufschieben? Hast du weitere Tipps, um sich leichter entscheiden zu können?


Ich wünsche dir einen wundervollen Tag!

Alles Liebe,

Carla

https://carlakatharina.com/