Our 10 Best Homegrown Adventures

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 The Red Centre, NT

 

The Red Centre is an extraordinary landscape of desert plains, weathered mountain ranges, rocky gorges and some of Aboriginal Australia's most sacred sites. Floating in an outback waterhole, dining under a starry sky while being serenaded by didgeridoo, and watching Uluru change colours at dawn and dusk are just some of the Red Centre's only-in-Australia experiences.

Best time to visit: May to September is best for temperatures that are not too hot, drier weather and fewer crowds.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO DO


Watch the sun rise or set over Uluru

Seeing the world's most famous rock change colours at dawn or dusk is a magical way to start or finish your day.

Hike Kings Canyon

Explore the domed 'Lost City' and luscious ‘Garden of Eden’ along the six-kilometre Rim Walk of this spectacular canyon.

Learn about Aboriginal culture

Discover the rich culture of the Traditional Owners, the Anangu. Having lived in the region for tens of thousands of years, they have a strong connection with this land.

 

POPULAR ITINERARIES


Inspiring Journeys 5-day Colour of Red tourImages courtesy of Inspiring Journeys.

Take a tour from Uluru to Alice Springs, with stops in outback stations and the MacDonnell Ranges, and a stay in Kings Canyon.

Suggested itinerary: Inspiring Journeys 5-day Colour of Red tour

Journey Beyond 8-day Red Centre Rendezvous packageImages courtesy of Journey Beyond.

Take the legendary train journey on The Ghan from Darwin to Adelaide, with a 3-day stop to explore Alice Springs and Uluru.

Suggested itinerary: Journey Beyond 8-day Red Centre Rendezvous package






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 The Nullarbor Plain, WA

 

For a true taste of the Western Australian outback head east to the Nullarbor Plain. This massive stretch of land is home to the Eyre Highway and the transcontinental railway line used by the Indian Pacific train. This great treeless plain boasts the amazing sea cliffs of the Great Australian Bight, and plentiful wildlife including kangaroos, emus, dingoes and wedge-tailed eagles.

Best time to visit: Winter is a great time to visit as the temperatures are much more mild and it is the peak time for whale watching.

Nullarbor Plain. Photo by Chris Fithall on flikr.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO DO


Whale watch from the Bight

From June to October, you can watch the incredible Southern Right Whales up close and personal as they swim in from the Atlantic Ocean.

Photo by Chris Fithall on flikr

Stand at the edge of the world

The Bunda Cliffs run 200km between the Head of the Bight and the border of Western Australia. The very most southern point of the Nullarbor Plain, these cliffs are a magnificent sight that will make anyone feel like they are at the edge of the world.

Play golf on the world's longest course

Nullarbor Links is an 18-hole par 72 golf course spanning 1,365 km with one hole in each participating town or roadhouse along the Eyre Highway. The course provides a unique and quintessential Australian experience in the golden outback.

 

POPULAR ITINERARIES


Journey Beyond 19-night South West Wanderer package

Journey Beyond 19-night South West Wanderer packageImages courtesy of Journey Beyond.

Take an epic combined cruise and rail journey, cruising Australia's Southern Ocean from Sydney to Perth, 
then boarding the Indian Pacific to explore your way across the Nullarbor back to Sydney.

Suggested itinerary: Journey Beyond 19-night South West Wanderer package


Thursday Island, Far North Queensland

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Cape York Peninsula, QLD

 

This large remote peninsula in Far North Queensland is about as close to the very tip of Australia as you can get and definitely one of the most challenging places to explore. However, the rewards here are just as immense! From the crystal clear waters of Fruit Bat Falls to the ancient wonders of the Daintree Rainforest, if it’s raw untouched beauty you’re after then Cape York more than delivers. 

Best time to visit: The dry season, from May to October, is the best time to visit as this is when the weather is more comfortable and the roads and businesses are all open.

 

TOP 3 THINGS TO DO


Get to know the Torres Strait

Experience the vibrant art, culture and natural beauty of the Torres Strait Islands, and see incredible sweeping views of Australia's northernmost tip.

Take the track less travelled

The Cape York peninsula boasts many wild and beautiful 4WD tracks, including one of Queensland’s most scenic short road trips The Bloomfield Track, and the famously challenging Overland Telegraph Track. 

Explore the remote Lizard Island

Snorkel through Lizard Island's pristine reefs, chill out on its pure white sand beaches, then hike to the historic peak Cook's Look.

 

POPULAR ITINERARIES


APT 11-day Cooktown & Cape York tourImages courtesy of APT.

Take a tour roundtrip from Cairns, with stays in Port Douglas, Cooktown, Torres Strait islands and more along the way.

Suggested itinerary: APT 11-day Cooktown & Cape York tour

Coral Expeditions 10-night Cooktown & Cape York cruiseImages courtesy of Coral Expeditions.

Take a small ship cruise from Cairns to Horn Island, exploring the many reefs and islands of the Coral Sea & Torres Strait along the way.

Suggested itinerary: Coral Expeditions 10-night Cape York cruise

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