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Exploring Tasmania’s Diversity at Cradle Mountain

Cradle Mountain

This is a guest post courtesy of our friends at Carsales.com.au. Often overlooked in favor of more famous parks in Australia, Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain – Lake St. Clair National Park is a treasure trove of crystalline lakes, evergreen forests, and unique wildlife. You can find wombats, wallabies, and Tasmanian devils in their natural habitat, before taking a [...]

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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part II

Lawn Hill Gorge

  Read Part I: Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland Day 2: Hike, paddle and drive The next morning, I awoke just in time to see the sun slowly rising above the tree canopy. With my guide, John Warren, I headed for Boodjamulla National Park (just 10km from Adels Grove) first thing in the morning [...]

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Skydiving Gold Coast — Plunging Off at 12,000 Feet Above Ground

Preparing to take off

“Are you ready?” David, my skydive master from Gold Coast Skydive, shouts from behind me amidst the strong winds and the roaring engine. I’m sitting at the ledge of the plane’s opened door, about to jump from 12,000 feet above the ground. Looking down at the earth far beneath my feet, my head spins deliriously and my heart races faster than [...]

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Exploring Adels Grove in Outback Queensland — Part I

Constance Range

Flying over the vast savannahs, I feasted on amazing views of  orange earth and green spinifex cacti that ran for miles and miles. The terrain twisted and curved around gentle hills and long dirt roads, and cattle herds ran in all directions on the dusty plains. This was my first glimpse of Outback Queensland. It [...]

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The Great Barrier Reef from the Air and Underwater

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Just this morning, I hopped on a day trip from the Gold Coast to Lady Elliot Island, an islet in the southern part of the Great Barrier Reef. The 100-acre coral cay is the closest Great Barrier Reef island to Brisbane, Queensland’s southern capital, and is easily reached by plane. To get there, I flew on a [...]

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Outback Queensland: Red Earth, Emerald Water and Blue Sky

Sunset at Harry Hill

Rose red sandstone mountains rise from parched grey earth dotted with lime-green spinifex grass and eucalyptus tree, while emerald water runs through the gorges lined with green palm trees. This part of Outback Queensland reminds me of the Red Center (specifically the area around Uluru) — but  without the crowds. It’s hot, dry and harsh, studded with gorgeous unearthly landscapes and criss-crossed [...]

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Up Next: Australia, New Zealand and Singapore

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By the time you read this, I’ll be making the long trek down to Queensland, Australia for an exciting trip around the region. For those who have been following us for a while now, you would probably know that Australia is somewhere special for me. My first real trip abroad was to Australia and that was almost 15 years ago when I [...]

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Off-Road Adventures Around Australia

Off road driving

If you like to enjoy a taste of adventure when you travel, then four-wheel driving might be a fun new activity for you to try out on your next Aussie holiday. Off-road travel has become increasingly popular over the years, no doubt due to the freedom and flexibility it offers and the sense of …

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Cruising off the Southern Tip of Australia: Tasman Island

Under the cliffs

The boat rocked from left to right, over choppy waters that looked ready to engulf us. I held on tight to my seat as the wind howled and the waves swung us high and low. Even in thick waterproof jumpers, we were shivering like baby chicks with no feathers. Our guide had warned us of the swells – they can go up to 5 meters on [...]

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Koalas, Emus and Kangaroos: South Australia’s Wildlife

A koala bear in action

After a long road trip from Alice Springs to Adelaide in South Australia, we were ready to take a break from driving and do some exploring. The problem was, we only had one day to explore Adelaide. So I asked my Twitter friends for some advice: what should we do with just one day in [...]

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Camping in Australia’s Red Center – Part II: Exploring Kata Tjuta

Sunrise at Kata Tjuta

Dawn had come and go. Rising at 5am was well worth it: the sunrise over Uluru and Kata Tjuta proved to be spectacular. After seeing Kata Tjuta from atop the sand dunes, it was now time to see it up close and learn about the many stories behind it. Our young and energetic guide Nick claimed [...]

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Camping in the Red Center – Part I: Uluru and its Aboriginal Roots

sunrise at Uluru

Dawn had yet to arrive, but the sounds of the desert had awoken me. I opened my eyes to the sounds of birds chirping and dingoes howling in the distance. A sky full of stars sprawled before me, the Milky Way running its course overhead. I listened to the desert orchestra and smiled to myself, [...]

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Digging Beneath the Surface: Getting to Know the Central Australian Desert

Alice Springs Desert Park

Mention Australia’s Red Center, and the vast, red desert immediately comes to mind. When we set off for Australia last October, the desert was one place we really wanted to see and explore. So it was with much excitement when we found out that we didn’t have to venture far to explore the Australian desert. [...]

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Up Close and Personal with Tasmanian Devils

A grumpy devil

They growl like ferocious bulldogs, snort like pigs, and have the most disturbing screech I’ve ever heard. They’re strange creatures alright – spotting a stocky and muscular body, clothed in black fur and an incongruous white marking on its chest, point ears and a tail that emits a pungent odor. With ridiculously powerful jaws, they consume all types of carcasses [...]

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Hiking Tasmania’s Cradle Mountain

Australia’s Tasmania island has long been known for its large and relatively unspoiled natural environment. Almost 37% of it lies in reserves, national parks and World Heritage Sites. And of these national parks, the most well known is perhaps the World Heritage area of Cradle Mountain-Lake St Clair. Spreading all the way from the Great Western Tiers in the north [...]

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