10 TOP Things to Do in Port Augusta

Sooner or later, most travellers in Australia will reach the great cross-roads at the head of Spencer Gulf that is Port Augusta. North is the Stuart Highway to the Northern Territory. West is the Eyre Highway across the Nullarbor to West OZ. East is the Barrier Highway to Broken Hill and New South Wales. And South is to Adelaide and

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7 Reasons to Road-trip the Lions Road NSW

Queensland from Lions Road Border Crossing

****PLEASE NOTE THAT THE LIONS ROAD WILL BE CLOSED FROM 9TH JANUARY 2017, TO ALL TOURIST TRAFFIC, FOR APPROXIMATELY SIX MONTHS WHILST COUNCIL CARRIES OUT BRIDGE RENEWAL PROGRAM-6 WOODEN BRIDGES BEING REPLACED.****   More information and updates HERE on the Visit Kyogle website. As Aussie road trips go, the Lions Road NSW isn’t the best known. Or the longest. Or

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Climb Mount Abrupt! Grampians, Victoria

Mt Abrupt from Dunkeld Arboretum

Climbing Mount Abrupt took us an awfully LOOOOOONG time. First, it took a long time to even get there. Over 20 years of regular trips to the Grampians National Park and its amazing natural attractions had passed by without fully exploring its wilder, more remote southern end. We’d always found plenty to do from more central Halls Gap 65 km

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet #38 – The Neck, Bruny Island

The Neck from Truganini Lookout, Bruny Island, Tasmania

If you like your landscapes complete with killer views, superb natural attractions, unusual wildlife and a touch of history, Truganini Lookout overlooking ‘the Neck’ on Tasmania’s Bruny Island ticks all the boxes. Pretty good, huh?! But this already FINE outlook is elevated from pretty good to perfect by its scenic public toilet. That’s it, right down there near the car

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The Jewel in the Toe – Innes National Park, South Australia

Pondalowie Bay from West Cape Lighthouse

Visit Innes National Park on a fine day and if you don’t end up with a photo that looks almost exactly like the one above, you’re just not trying! But joining the ‘Entrance to Innes National Park’ photo club isn’t the only reason to visit this smallish 9400+ hectare National Park around 300 km from Adelaide on the toe of

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Walk Dales Gorge! Karijini National Park, Western Australia

Sunset at Dales Gorge, Karijini National Park, Western Australia

I gripped the railing and looked through the deep shadows down the deep RED gash of Dales Gorge. WAAAAAY down. Late afternoon at the lookout meant the sun was long gone from the gorge floor although it lit up the eastern wall quite spectacularly. Ho Hum. Another day in the Pilbara, another killer landscape … A movement among the rocks

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Surviving Nature’s Window – Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

Nature's Window, Kalbarri National Park, Western Australia

The sun wasn’t that hot.  The track wasn’t that long. The going wasn’t that tough. And yet, all along the shortis Kalbarri Natures Window walk, people were dropping like flies. Despite the detailed warning signs above the steep staircase accessing the track below the gorge rim, the walk to Kalbarri National Park’s favourite attraction looks deceptively easy. Nature’s Window is

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Ride the Ragged Ranges: The RED HOT Arkaroola Ridge-top Tour!

Coulthard Lookout View, Arkaroola Ridge-top Tour

‘Now we’ll see some REAL scenery!’ Doug announced, herding us away from the spectacular outlook from Coulthard’s Lookout towards our convoy of two vehicles. I was sceptical. The ragged mountain ranges (yes, I’m channelling Aussie poet Dorothea Mackellar*) glistened and glowed in a glorious 360° panorama in the perfection of a clear Outback day. I thought Doug was joking. He wasn’t.

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The Landslide Legacy – Australia’s Scenic Public Toilet # 34, Wool Bay

Wool Bay Jetty (and public loos) from old Limestone Kiln, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia

Looking down over the steep limestone cliff into the multicoloured waters of the Southern Yorke Peninsula’s Wool Bay can be a parallel universe moment as the flat and unremarkable pastoral country – often dry and arid – gives way to the vividly coloured and splendid panorama of the bay. High on the cliff the now disused limestone kiln, the only

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Australia’s TOP Toilet! #33 – Charlotte Pass, New South Wales

Charlotte Pass Amenities Block, Mt Kosciuszko National Park, New South Wales As the road wound inexorably upwards through rocky peaks and alpine meadows studded with non-operational chairlifts, the temperature dropped, then dropped some more. Fresh from the 39°Cof an Adelaide autumn heatwave, we’d plunged right along with the temperature into the parallel universe of the Mt Kosciuszko National Park in

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