Simpson’s Gap

One of the famous sights along the West MacDonnell Ranges is Simpsons Gap. This is probably the closest place to get to from Alice Springs being only half an hours drive away. Water flows through a small gap in the ranges here creating a permanent waterhole for many birds and wildlife. It is also an…

Ghost Gums

Another feature of the Australian outback are the Ghost Gums made famous by Aboroginal artist Albert Namatjira. You won’t miss these trees when you travel here. Reason being their trunks are stark white! And hence the name “ghost gum”. Apparently the powdery substance that cover the barks of these trees acts as a sunscreen in…

Standley’s Chasm at The Alice

Almost smack bang in the middle of the Australian continent lies the remote town of Alice Springs. Known affectionately also as “The Alice“, it is situated some 1,500 kms away from the nearest major city. That’s a long way by any measure  but it you are touring the Red Centre of Australia, you will no…

Organ Pipes National Park

Following on from Trentham Falls, I discovered that not far from Melbourne, there is even more evidence of our volcanic history. After unsuccessful attempts in Iceland to find the “church floor” at the almost unpronounceable Kirkjubæjarklaustur, it was to my surprise to find that we have our very own! (If you would like a clue…

Trentham Falls

After the feast of waterfalls in Iceland, I was interested to learn on a weekend away in Daylesford, that Victoria’s highest single drop waterfall was not far from where we stayed. Known as Trentham falls, it was formed millions of years ago with volcanic origins. As such, it falls over basalt columns, much like Svartifoss…

Coppin’s Track in Sorrento

I don’t know how I had forgotten about the scenic the cliffs and back beaches in Sorrento (a seaside town south of Melbourne). So, a few weeks back when we went for a walk along Coppin’s track, we were reminded by what we have been missing all these years! Coppin’s track is a walk that…

Sal Salis, Ningaloo Reef

For the last part of our trip, we treated ourselves to a few days at Sal Salis, the only operator allowed to operate within Cape Range National Park. Staying in camping style tents but with super comfy beds, it has the eco thing down pat. Powered completely by solar energy, compost toilets and only 20…

Swimming with the Whale Sharks

Other than Cape Range National Park, Exmouth is also home to Ningaloo Reef, which is where we were going to get an introduction to whale sharks, up close and personal!   It was very early in the morning when we set off from the Tantabiddi boat ramp in Exmouth, Western Australia. After a quick snorkel…

Cape Range National Park

Near Exmouth in Western Australia is Cape Range National Park which is known for its fringing coral reef 260km. Blessed by the warm Leuwinn current which runs southward, it creates the ideal condition for corals which results in one of the longest fringing coral reefs in the world. In fact, the reef in some places…

Kata Tjuta- The Olgas

Kata Tjuta means “ many heads“. This in itself is probably not that exciting to a boy who would rather spend the day in a pool. But when it is also home to the Wanambi, a King Snake that has long teeth, a mane and a long beard, the interest picks up a notch. And…