Destinations

The Gunbarrel Highway

Seventy years ago, before the Gunbarrel Highway existed, the remote outback it traverses was close to impassable, with only grizzled bushmen daring to confront it. Cue Len Beadell, the man employed to map the area for proposed British atomic bomb testing sites. One of the last great Australian explorers, Beadell opened up several isolated desert … Continued

Start an outback adventure on the Explorers Highway

Follow in the footsteps (or hoof prints) of Scottish explorer John McDouall Stuart’s 1861 convoy as you travel from Adelaide to Darwin on the Explorers Highway. It took Stuart and company almost a year and a half to cross the continent, through unforgiving, unchartered lands, from Adelaide to Darwin. Stuart’s experience and care for his … Continued

Carnarvon National Park

Just under an hour away from Emerald in Queensland, you’ll arrive in Springsure, a town on the cusp of the absolutely stunning Carnarvon National Park. There’s a lot to see and do here, and there’s no doubt that it’s one of the most striking features of Queensland’s outback, but keep in mind that there are … Continued

Emerald by name, emerald by nature

While Queensland might be known for its arid inland landscapes, azure coastlines and tropical rainforests, this region, roughly three to four hours west of Rockhampton, offers up some lesser known, but equally breathtaking attractions. Considered to be the hub of the Central Highlands, Emerald will whet your appetite for the region’s stunning natural features, with … Continued

The Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track

Two of the best-known and most impressive routes in Australia’s history are the Western Australia’s Canning Stock Route and the Overland Telegraph Track, between Adelaide and Darwin. During the 1890s, the discovery of gold near Kalgoorlie in southern Western Australia led to a rise in the region’s population, meaning that pastoralists working in the Kimberley … Continued

The history of Australia’s Afghan cameleers

During the mid 1800s, exploration into the centre of Australia was well on its way, and this period became the peak time for exploration. Explorers had many aims, but highest among them were to continue mapping the country, to find natural resources, and to establish viable areas for settlement. Horses – ill-suited to the dry … Continued

Walhalla to Phillip Island

Walhalla has a front-row seat to the popular Baw Baw National Park, so be sure to explore its bushwalking and picnicking opportunities before you hit the road. It’s also the site of the Walhalla Goldfields Railway – a must-visit for any train enthusiast! Then it’s on to Wilsons Promontory Marine National Park, where you’ve got … Continued

Batemans Bay to Eden

Not far from Batemans Bay lies Mogo State Forest, where you can take a bushwalk and watch for native birds. Keep quiet and you’ll likely spot bowerbirds, lorikeets, kookaburras, rosellas and cockatoos – both sulphur-crested and black. For more nature-based activities, take a daytrip to Eurobodalla National Park, which stretches from Moruya Head in the … Continued

Stockton Beach

Stockton Beach in Port Stephens truly has it all – authentic World War II tank traps, aircraft wrecks, historical fishing huts and the largest moving coastal sand dunes in the Southern Hemisphere. There are more than 32 kilometres of beach to explore along this stretch alone, and with sand dunes stretching up to 30 metres, … Continued

Ocean Beach

Stretching from Trial Harbour to Hell’s Gates at Macquarie Harbour, Ocean Beach is the longest beach in Tasmania, and it does indeed seem to stretch forever, even if you’re conquering it by four-wheel drive. There are more than 35 kilometres of beach to explore, meaning Ocean Beach is a driving experience that is never quite the … Continued

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