Blanket Bay
Blanket Bay
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About...

...moving to Australia, and falling in love with nature

In 2008 I decided to travel Australia, not long after finishing university in Germany. I felt the need to do something different and see the world, and so I applied for a Working Holiday Visa in Australia.

My plan was to travel around the country for at least a year, but of course things ended up very different. My travels came to an unexpected halt when I lost some of my luggage with all my documents in it, while in Tasmania. I needed to stay in Launceston for several months in order to replace at least the most important things before moving on.

In the meantime I kept myself busy working in forestry, and I fell in love with Tasmania and its landscape.

When I was offered a job as a web developer in Hobart, I applied for a Skilled Visa and received a sponsorship from the Tasmanian Government. This enabled me to live in Tasmania for the following years and, in my spare time, enjoy long-distance hiking on some of the best trails in the world.

View from Mt Ossa, Overland Track
View from Mt Ossa, Overland Track
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In 2011 I received Permanent Residency and decided to leave Tasmania to travel the rest of the country. I went on a road trip North across the outback, via Alice Springs to Darwin. The outback and the tropical North are my favourite parts of Australia.

In Darwin I got the chance to spend two months working and living in an Aboriginal community in Arnhem Land, no doubt one of the greatest experiences in my life and something only few people get to do.

My neighbour in Numbulwar
My neighbour in Numbulwar
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Once I was back in Darwin I went on to travel Vietnam and from there went to Germany in order to spend a few months working on side projects.

Late 2012 I moved back to Australia and since then I have been working as software engineer in the Melbourne area.

2014 I became Australian citizen.

This website is my place to post photos and write about long-distance hiking and camping trips. Australia is best enjoyed outdoors, be it hiking, camping, sailing or motorcycling.

Contact

matthias [dot] siegel [at] gmail [dot] com