Did you know that the Red Centre in the Northern Territory has been named 4th on Lonely Planet’s top ten regions for 2019? To me the red centre really does feels like the beating heart of the country and when there I feel an energy that is perceptible. The big must see places include the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, Watarrka National Park (Kings Canyon) and of course Alice Springs. But don’t stop there. The MacDonnell Ranges, East and West are full of breathtaking gorges, unique wildlife and scenic walks and Palm Valley and the Finke Gorge National Park.
Have you ever followed a river to where it eventually flows out to the sea? You can do this in South Australia by following the Murray River from anywhere along its winding path to downstream where it spills into the Murray Mouth at Goolwa.
This trip will show you how you can do it in a day with the starting point of Mannum, under 100kms from the city of Adelaide.
Yes it’s true! For less than $20 you can experience the eastern most point of Australia, Cape Byron and Byron Bay to the most westerly point of the continent at Steep Point in WA. And you can do it from the comfort of wherever you are in Australia, in your favourite chair. All you have to do is pick up a copy of the June / July edition of Australian Caravan + RV Magazine and the July / August edition of On The Road Magazine and settle in to read about both of these destinations.
I have two stories in print at the moment and they show the incredible diversity of this beautiful country. Hopefully they inspire you to visit one or both.
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This is a line from my favourite poem “My Country” by Dorothea Mackellar and the reason I love this poem is, as anyone who has ever travelled in Australia knows, the words resonate so deeply yet so succinctly. This line in particular kept jumping into my mind on the last road trip where we hugged the coastline from South Australia, through Western Australia and eventually to Darwin in the Northern Territory. We were blown away by the vivid colours of the Indian Ocean in particular and so many of the bays and beaches we explored.
The homeward stretch began as we left Darwin behind with its coldest day on record, struggling to get above 21 degrees all day. Too cold here, time to head south (Ha Ha, that’s one for our Darwin friends).
We stayed one night in Katherine then moved on to stay the next at Bitter Springs, Mataranka. There were noticeably more caravans and campers on the road as it got closer to the Easter weekend. Still we could pull up wherever we liked and the sites were big enough to stay hitched on to the car for a quick take-off the next day. Continue reading
Our next stop was about half way between Port Hedland and Broome, a spot we’d heard about called Eighty Mile Beach. It’s just a short 10km detour off the highway, or so we thought. The road was a bit more corrugated than we expected so slowly we crawled our way in through the red dirt and ruts, not having an off road van, and made it to the oasis at the end of the track.
This was one of the must do things on our list when coming to WA and that was of course to go to THE most westerly point on the mainland, Steep Point.
We didn’t know much about it other than where it was before heading over here and then the more we found out about it and how to get there the more daunting it sounded. We had conflicting information anything from ‘yeah you can do it in a couple of hours’ to ‘you will need all day’.