Mt Sonder from the Larapinta Trail, via Ormiston Gorge, Central Australia

My Top 7 Things to Do – Ormiston Gorge, Central Australia

For a good time, spend a few nights at Central Australia’s Ormiston Gorge and surrounds.  On our stay, we managed 6 fun-filled days (and nights)!  Here’s how! A geologist’s fantasy, the long line of Central Australia’s Western MacDonnell Ranges stretches out across the desert plains from Alice Springs.  It’s full of spectacular scenery, gorges, rivers, mountains and rock formations. 135[…]

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Big Bend, Murray River via Swan Reach, South Australia

13 Australian Place Names that WON’T keep you guessing …

Even without maps to guide them, Australian place names mean visitors to Australia – whether overseas tourists or aliens from beyond the Southern Cross – need not fear losing their way. In some parts of Australia, anyway. Thanks to the daring imagination and colourful speech of our colonial past, working out your location can be as simple as describing what[…]

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Thylacoleo carnifex, Australia's lion! Naracoorte Caves, South Australia

OZ Top Spot #12 – Naracoorte Caves National Park, South Australia

The dim yellow light cast a long dark shadow flickering balefully over the seeping rock as we descended deeper into the gloomy cavern. Treading carefully over the uneven rock floor, we dodged the oozing columns towering high above as we rounded the corner to leave the daylight behind. Channelling ‘Becky’ to Pilchard’s ‘Tom Sawyer’ in a weird re-enactment of Mark[…]

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