+ OUTBACK ADVENTURE
Australia is renowned for its great outdoors, nature and wildlife experiences. From the grandeur of the remote Kimberley, to the Tasmanian wilderness, to bird-watching in Kakadu National Park; there are plenty of ways to see Australia’s unique wildlife and diverse landscapes. Australia is a country for all seasons. You can do practically anything here, at any time of year. There are four seasons across most of the country and a wet and dry season in our tropical north.
Summer in Australia, from December to February, is a great time to get outdoors. Swim Sydney’s beaches or hike Tasmania’s Overland Track. March to May heralds Australia’s autumn, a season of fiery foliage in Canberra and the Formula 1 Grand Prix in Melbourne. Australia’s winter, from June to August, offers snow skiing in the Australian Alps. Alternatively, take a winter sun holiday. Snorkel in the temperate Great Barrier Reef or 4WD through South Australia’s Simpson Desert.
Spring in Australia, from September to November is the time to watch for whales and wildflowers as you explore the wineries of Western Australia’s Margaret River region. In tropical Australia, the dry season from May to October has clear blue skies and sunny days. It’s the time to experience Darwin’s vibrant outdoor markets, movies and festivals. December to March is the wet season, which is hot and humid with daily rainstorms. See waterfalls thunder through Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks or fly over Katherine Gorge when its water levels are highest.
Australia's desert landscapes, regarded as the ‘outback' of Australia, are a powerful symbol of place, and have inspired and helped define Australia's identity. The desert is part of the mythology of rugged survival in a harsh climate. Surviving/Camping in the Australian Outback allows one to derive strength from nature, which allows one to recognize and embrace his/her own potential. The Outback is also home to some of the World’s most dangerous, poisons and biologically diverse species from all walks of the Animal Kingdom. Australia is a must see for the athlete/adventurer/hiker.
European people entered the desert lands at their own peril, running the risk that they would perish – and some did. This mythology was connected with the metaphor of the desert lands being seen as the empty or ‘dead heart' of Australia. Australia's Aborigines believe their ancestors formed massive Ayers Rock, or Uluru.
Is it an island or a continent? Australia is both with an extreme diversity of reasons to visit. You name it, it’s probably there. Starting with nature, there is red desert, coral reefs, snow-clad mountains, wetlands, wine lands, national parks and much more. Then there are the cities, each with its own individual character. Australia was once a penal colony – perhaps the convicts gave the Aussies their unique humor! Indigenous wildlife? Kangaroos, koalas, kookaburras abound. And every major city has its excellent selection of art galleries and museums. So nature plus culture plus urban attractions equal Australia.
Sydney is the oldest, largest and most diverse city in a fantastic harbor setting. A ferry ride from here can take you to small coves, beaches and interesting suburbs and at the same time, provide you with amazing views of places like the legendary Opera House and the Harbor Bridge.
Melbourne, Sydney’s “rival” is a sophisticated metropolis. Its unique character includes its streetcars and colourful neighborhoods such as Fitzroy and St. Kilda. A side trip to Phillip Island and its Penguin activity will certainly entertain you.
The Great Barrier Reef is “God’s gift to Australia”, a truly wondrous natural phenomenon. It is the world’s largest coral reef system with 2900 individual reefs and 900 islands located off the coast of Queensland in the Coral Sea. Just to give an idea of its size, it stretches 2600 kilometers/1600 miles and is the world’s biggest single structure made by living organisms. In fact, it was naturally declared a World Heritage site in 1981.
It is environmentally protected to ensure marine life is healthy so that one can continue to see whales, dolphins, porpoises, sea turtles and a whole host of colorful tropical fish swimming in these waters.
+ TOP 10 NATURE EXPERIENCES
- Kimberley Canyon Luxury, Western Australia
Experience the grandeur of remote Kimberley canyon country, from the barefoot luxury of Berkeley River Lodge. Explore the Mitchel Falls and King George – two of Australia’s mightiest waterfalls. Take a helicopter flight on a secret wilderness picnic and on the way back, spot turtles, crocodiles and dugongs from the air.
- Tasmanian wilderness adventures, Tasmania
Take a thrilling seven-day white water rafting trip down Tasmania’s mighty Franklin River, amidst surging rapids, tranquil gorges and forests of myrtle, leatherwood and ancient Huon pine; or hike the iconic six-day Overland Track through the ruggedly beautiful Cradle Mountain Lake St Clair National Park, staying in exclusive eco-sensitive cabins.
- Swim with giant whale sharks, Ningaloo Reef, Western Australia
From April to July, swim with gentle whale sharks at Ningaloo Reef, one of the worlds greatest fringing coral reefs. Stay in a luxury tented eco-friendly camp amongst the sand dunes within Cape Range National Park. Sea-kayak amidst turquoise water or hike through the red rock gorges of the Pilbara.
- Top End Wetland Safari, Northern Territory
Go crocodile-spotting in the wetlands on a thrilling airboat ride or bird-watching on a sunset river cruise at Mary River in Kakadu National Park. Discover ancient Aboriginal rock galleries on a helicopter tour or 4WD safari. Explore the gorges and swim in crystal clear rock pools in Nitmiluk National Park.
- Hike the Larapinta Trail, South Australia/Northern Territory
Soak up the vast flood plains and rocky outcrops of the Australian Outback on the Larapinta Trail through South Australia’s West MacDonnell Range. This six-day hike takes in Mount Sonder, Ormiston Pound Gorge and Simpsons Gap, staying in luxury wilderness campsites; and Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory.
- Watch turtles hatch on Lady Elliott Island
Swim with dwarf minke whales; snorkel with manta rays and see corals and fish of every color with one of the many eco-accredited operators. Take a flight over the islands or sail through the Whitsundays and visit some of Australia’s most beautiful beaches.
- Hang out with wildlife at Kangaroo Island, South Australia
Swim with dolphins in the turquoise waters of South Australia’s Kangaroo Island with KI Marine Adventures. Take a 4WD tour with KI Wilderness Tours to see sea lions and seals. For true indulgence try out the award-winning Southern Ocean Lodge. Kangaroo Island also produces some of Australia's finest gourmet foods.
- Discover the Daintree Rainforest, Queensland
The Daintree is Australia’s largest tropical rainforest. Fly through the Daintree Rainforest canopy with Jungle Surfing Canopy Tours, then for a change of pace, cruise the Daintree’s waterways with Cooper Creek Wilderness Tours. Stay in a luxury treehouse at Silky Oaks Lodges, then take a personalised safari to Cape Tribulation.
- Glamping in the Flinders Ranges, South Australia
Head out by 4WD and stay in a safari tent in Flinders Ranges National Park. Admire the dazzling purples of sunrise over Wilpena Pound. Take a scenic flight over Lake Eyre. Experience the ancient Australian Outback of South Australia’s Flinders Ranges with Wild Bush Luxury on the guided Arkaba Walk.
- Walk the Great Ocean Road, Victoria
The Great Ocean Walk is Victoria’s premier long-distance walking track, traversing the length of the Shipwreck Coast and Great Ocean Road, home of the Twelve Apostles. Return to the comfort of exclusive luxury eco-villas and dine on top-class Victorian regional food and wines on tours.
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