Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, all to myself

Halligans Bay is the only place you can camp at Kati Thanda (Lake Eyre), and I have it all to myself.

Well, not quite to myself. There is a bird who appears to be trying to mate with his reflection in my wing mirror. And there’s the spiders – but more on them later. First, the bird.

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Coward Springs, a desert oasis

Reeds glowing in the sunriseLike most places of interest on the Oodnadatta Track, Coward Springs was originally a siding for the old Ghan railway line. When they were putting the track through, somebody decided that the best way to get water was to sink a bore. Well, they got water – more than they expected. The water gushed out, and flooded the plain.

So now, like Mungerannie on the Birdsville Track, Coward Springs is a man-made wetlands in the desert.

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The best laid plans ….

 

 

The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men
Gang aft a-gley, [
often go awry

– Robert Burns

 

 

 

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The most iconic places in Australia you’ve never heard of

Sydney Opera House & Sydney Harbour BridgeEverybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef.

But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, if you do know them, haven’t thought about visiting.

Places that are seared into the Australian psyche,but which even locals don’t know. Places where you can have truly unique experiences.

Places that are truly iconic.

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Top Australian Outback landscapes

Wildflowers in the Australian desert - Innamincka The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things you’ll see. Sometimes all within the space of a day’s drive.

Even the name of the deserts conjures up amazing images The Stony Desert, The Painted Desert, and The Moon Desert are only a few of the deserts that you can travel through in outback Australia.

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Things you need to know before travelling in Australia

You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here.

You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. If you’re like most people that list will include

  • Sydney Harbour Bridge & Opera House
  • Bondi Beach
  • Uluru
  • Great Barrier Reef

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