The Murray River, divides the states of Victoria and New South Wales and is a holiday destination close to Australians' hearts. Just 3 hours from Melbourne, it has been long favoured as a weekend holiday spot, as well as a staple location for those who love to water ski, meander in a houseboat or enjoy riverside camping.
There is a common misconception when it comes to the Murray and that is that it is the heart of motorised water sports and whilst it is a mecca for these, the Murray has been blessed with many quieter tributaries that are incredible when explored at a slower pace.
Ecotourism holidays are a growing attraction along the Murray and an increasing number of operators are offering unique experiences to help you get a little closer to nature. Basing ourselves in Moama, the centre of the Murray, we spent a weekend exploring some new and exciting experiences that truly capture the spirit of this special destination.
The state of Victoria is split up into many regions, with the Otways being just one. Situated around 2 hours to the west of Melbourne, and encompassing parts of the famed Great Ocean Road, the Otways are a diverse and spectacular destination filled with many wonderful natural attractions.
If you head a little inland from all of the tourists at the 12 apostles, you'll be rewarded with a spectacular sub tropical microclimate that is home to soaring gums and spectacular waterfalls. It is popular with those who love to hike as well as those who enjoy a leisurely stroll and if you really want to experience the diversity of the forest, all the way from forest floor, to the upper canopy, then the Otway Fly is for you!
Often visited in a loop from Alice Springs, alongside Uluru and Kata Tjuta, King's Canyon is one of Australia's most spectacular natural landmarks. Unlike the cavernous swimming holes found in places such as Karinjini National Park in the Pilbara, King's Canyon is a site best explored by foot and air.
Located in the Watarrka National Park, it is easily accessibly with a 2WD and can be explored independently or with a group. We did the 'rim walk' which is the most popular and spectacular option. At a grade 4 walk, you will need to be fit, as your first challenge is a steep climb known locally as 'heart attack hill'. Don't worry, we lived to tell the tale and even had a 70 year old woman in our group who powered ahead of many of us younger folk.
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Whilst the results of this survey are geared towards living in a city, surely being liveable also makes it visitable. With a big focus on free and cost effective events, Melbourne comes alive over the summer months and buzzes with positive vibes. Summer runs from December to February in Australia, with the warm weather continuing well into March.
As a multicultural city, we love welcoming new people from around the world and you will find that locals are friendly and willing to help you or have a chat. Daylight savings means that there's plenty of daylight to enjoy and the outdoor lifestyle is perfect for the warm weather.
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Darwin is the northern most capital city of Australia and is situated in the Northern Territory. It is a gateway to areas of interest such as Kakadu and Litchfield National parks as well as Arnhem Land.
It is most easily reached by air and is both a domestic and international port. Alternatively you can drive, catch an interstate bus or take The Ghan from Adelaide or Alice Springs.
I'll let you in on a little secret. Most Australian's don't holiday here (they don't know what they're missing out on!), favouring Asia or the East Coast, so tourism wise its relatively quiet and bordering on remote if you head out to the right parts of the national parks. Sounds perfect huh?!
It is a little unusual for an Australian to go on a tour of Australia. So much so the tour guide suspected I may have been there to secretly review him! Due to its remote nature, Central Australia is a little harder to visit on your own as you need a lot of equipment and to know what you are doing. That in mind, I jumped on the tour bus and took to the road. Our first stop was. Around 5 hours north of Adelaide, it was my first taste of rural Australia and whet my appetite for the Outback that lay ahead.
Being a camping trip, we settled into the the Wilpena Pound Resort where we had a campsite for our group. It was then that everyone realised what camping in the outback really entails! Sleeping in swags (small rollaway beds) on an empty patch of land, with a small shelter for cooking and respite from the sun. This was certainly no glamping holiday, but we would certainly see the 'real' Australia.
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