Showa Kinen Park, Tachikawa, Tokyo

It’s a clear autumn day in Tokyo, with a weather forecast of 16 degrees, which bodes well for a trip to Showa Kinen Park. Mt Fuji is visible in the distance, and appears to have […]


Toyko Redux

I enjoyed my first trip to Tokyo at Easter so much that I’m returning for a long weekend. QF25 to Tokyo Haneda airport is uneventful, taking off from Sydney ‘almost’ on time, and landing on […]


L’Austral arrives in Bali

Early morning start as L’Austral approaches the port of Benoa in Bali. A massive LNG tanker berthed in the port is visible from miles away. L’Austral has some difficulty contacting the harbour pilot, so we […]


Komodo Island, Indonesia

Komodo Island was the main reason for choosing to extend the Kimberley expedition with an Indonesian expedition on L’Austral. Fortunately it delivers seven dragons in an early morning hike, making it a highlight of the […]


Pink Beach, Indonesia

Today’s destination is Pink Beach, which requires 24 hours of sailing time from Kalabahi. A crew member has been taken ill during the night, and L’Austral has to divert course to allow them to be […]


Kalabahi, Indonesia

Kalabahi is a complete contrast to Ambon. The capital of the district of Alor, Kalabahi is located in the bay of Teluk Mutiara, surrounded by hills and mountains. L’Austral is able to berth at a […]