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With the words “lean right back” ringing in my ears, Murphy, a towering 24 year old camel gracelessly lifts his backside in the air before unfurling his front legs and standing up. The cameleers assure us that several of their guests have speared head-first into the ochre red dirt – not a good start to a chilly pre-dawn ritual. Each rising camel is greeted with oohs and aahs as each with ....Continue Reading >>
One of the most surprising parts of Australia's Red Centre, especially when walking around Uluru (Ayers Rock) or exploring Kings Canyon is the variety and colour of wildflowers. Each seem so ideally adapted to the harsh dry heat - some have small waxy thin leaves while others hide in special rock cracks that can store watera. David Attenborough would love it all... While I can only identify one of ....Continue Reading >>
Uluru (Ayers Rock) is apparent even before the plane hits the tarmac. Clearly visible from the air, the airport and the surrounding roads, one of Australia’s most iconic sights is strangely mesmerising. Roughly triangular in shape (most expect an oval), the giant rock stand an impressive 348 metresabove the flat arid landscape and is almost ten kilometres around. To give a sense of scale, ....Continue Reading >>
guest post by Dan MatthewsAustralia and New Zealand are exotic, exciting holiday destinations, bursting with natural wonders and thriving, modern cityscapes - but finding your way around on the other side of the world can be exhausting. Escorted holidays are a way of ensuring your trip down under is filled with the experiences which make the countries memorable. Titan Travel's Antipodean Discovery ....Continue Reading >>
After a fun-filled but dusty and tiring day riding quad-bikes around Kings Creek Station and exploring the wondrous panoramas of Kings Canyon, the idea of camping in the middle of the outback may alarm some. However my Northern Territory Checklist itinerary listed glamorous camping or glamping (is that a horrible word or is it just me?) at Kings Creek Wilderness Lodge.Any concerns are removed ....Continue Reading >>
Pulling into Kings Creek Cattle and Camel Station in the mid-morning, I wondered what would possess a family to setup life on a massive 1,800 square kilometres of land in the middle of nowhere. Yet there is a sense of excitement of visiting this outback station, with a chance of quad-biking the ochre red tracks, riding camels or taking scenic helicopter rides over the surrounding mountain ranges.Fitted ....Continue Reading >>
Soaring over 270 metres from the red desert sands of Australia’s Red Centre, the magnitude of King Canyon’s sheer rock faces is breathtaking. Carved by water and time, the towering russet and golden walls and mysterious rounded pancake domes are accessible via a memorable half-day rim walk.After initially staggering up a natural sandstone staircase to get from the canyon floor to the ....Continue Reading >>
Glen Helen Gorge sits near the western end of the spectacular MacDonnell Ranges. Dotted with gorges, twisted rock formations, gaps and waterholes and Aboriginal sites, the MacDonnell Ranges run through central Australia for over 600 kilometres.Glen Helen offers a chance to re-fuel (body and car) with a bar, cafe, accommodation (rooms and camping), swimming hole and opportunities to explore the ....Continue Reading >>
The Northern Territory is full of superb experiences whether it be exploring the remote Red Centre or the dazzling tropics of the Top End. See the evocative changing colours of an Uluru (Ayers Rock) sunset, ride camels, quad-bikes or mountain bikes in the remote wilderness, explore the remote cities of Alice Springs or Darwin, come eye to eye with our quirky wildlife, dive in for some bush ....Continue Reading >>
Driving along the superb Red Centre Way between Alice Springs and Kings Canyon, a wild camel(introduced by Afghan traders in the 1800s, there are many to see) is checking on the road rules. On this 300 kilometre scenic outback drive, you may also sight wild horses (brumbies), kangaroos, birdlife and more.The author travelled as a guest of Tourism NT and Plus7.Alice Springs Vacations ....Continue Reading >>
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My name is Mark and I’m a keen traveller. In fact, over the last 25 years, I’ve travelled to every continent and over 80 countries. This blog is about the most memorable destinations – the places I regard as the travel wonders of the world. I’m also a keen photographer, and have taken nearly all the photos you’ll see. During my travels, I’ve met some incredible people, seen inspiring places, viewed extraordinary wildlife and scenery and had some amazing experiences, and I’m writing these stories not only to entertain but primarily to inspire others to discover their own travel wonders.

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