Outback & Beyond

Ahlan! says G'day to the great outdoors
Wednesday , 25 June 2008
Outback & Beyond

Think you've seen one desert, you've seen ‘em all? Leave the dust storms of Dubai behind this summer for the outback down under. With May to November being the coolest months, now's the time to brave Australia's ‘red centre'... and you'll find it's more than just a dusty plains and coolabah trees.

In the Watarrka National Park, Kings Canyon gives way to forests awaiting avid bushwackers, the desolate surface of Coober Pedy belies the source of the world's most beautiful fire opals, and it would be a shame not to find out exactly where that renowned town of Alice is. Then, of course, on top of most adventurers' must-tick lists is Uluru (Ayers Rock), the perfect spot to catch the sunset with a stubby clasped in your hand, mate.

While you're there...

Set up camp in style

Breathtaking open spaces, Australia's most famous landmark - the sacred Aboriginal sight of Uluru - changing colours at sunset and the chance to tuck into a ‘barbie' under the open skies are what awaits those who book into the Voyages Sails In The Desert hotel in the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park.

Do the locomotion
Those wanting the great Australian adventure... all aboard the Ghan train! Whether you travel Red, Gold or Platinum Kangaroo class, this is the most luxurious way to see the landscape as you make your way from Adelaide to Alice Springs and onto Darwin.

Take a dip
Get your cozzie on at Kakadu National Park, where Barramundi Gorge, Yellow Water, and the Secret Rock Hole are the perfect spots to cool off.