M y first taste of Australia came in December 2000. It was my first backpacking trip abroad, I was 18 and traveling with a bunch of girlfriends. We had the time of our lives seeing new sights, meeting people at youth hostels, , exploring national parks, and having an adventure of a lifetime. It got me hooked, seriously hooked to seeing the world. Since then, I’ve traipsed around the world and returned to Australia twice, but I’ve never forgotten that first trip when I fell in love with travel.
Now twelve years later, Alberto and I are heading back to Australia once again and this time, we’ll be spending a month there to explore as much as we can! Over the next few weeks, we’ll be doing a road trip from the Red Center of Australia to Adelaide in the south, then on to Tasmania, before heading back up to to Brisbane and the Great Barrier Reef. Driving is one of our favorite ways of exploring a country, for the flexibility and freedom that comes along with it. This will be our first time driving a campervan and we’re seriously looking forward to it.
We’ll be flying in to Alice Springs, thanks to the kind folks at Tourism Northern Territory who have arranged our trip for us. We’ve been dreaming of camping out in the Red Center and experiencing the real Outback so we’re stoked to have this chance this time. We’ll start off the journey with a trip a camel track and several self-guided hikes around the desert, before hopping on a hot air balloon to see it from above. I’m most looking forward to joining Wayoutback Desert Safaris on a 3-day camping safari through Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, to see the world-famous Ayers Rock and Kings Canyon.
Flickr photo by Paolo Rosa
From Alice Springs, we’ll then pick up our campervan from Britz and head down south. Alberto and I love driving abroad, and camping under the stars so we’re really excited about renting a campervan. Thanks Britz and Tourism South Australia for making this possible! We’ll be spending a five days driving through the Painted Desert, Coober Pedy and Flinder’s Range to get to Adelaide before catching up with some old friends there.
Flickr photo by Paleontour
Our journey will then take us down south to Tasmania, one place we’ve both always wanted to go after reading about it. Tourism Tasmania has kindly arranged plenty of activities for us, such as paddling in Freycinet Peninsula, Hollybank tree top adventure, Gordon River Cruise and trekking in Cradle Canyon. We’ll again be driving all over the island, but this time we’ll get to stay at a few hotels including the beautiful Cradle Mountain Lodge set in the wilderness of Cradle Mountain.
Flickr photo by Razmataz
For the last part of our trip, we’re picking up another campervan with Mighty Campers and driving along the coast near Brisbane and then up to Heron Island, which lies right on the Great Barrier Reef. As avid scuba-divers, we’ve always wanted to experience diving the Great Barrier Reef and it’s one of the main reasons why we wanted to come back to Australia. Heron Island is not another Great Barrier Reef resort, it’s a resort on the Great Barrier Reef. We can literally dive off our backyard to see one of the world’s wonders.
This trip’s definitely shaping into a power-packed journey. We’re all psyched up for this adventure down under and we’ll be updating here whenever we get the chance, be sure to leave us some travel tips or ideas!
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Disclaimer: Our trip was made possible by all the sponsored mentioned above, but all opinions expressed are our own.