Sunday June 14, 2015

Yeehaa! It’s happening at last! Three more sleeps and we’re off on a legendary journey-by-rail through the untamed Never-Never, in the sunburnt heart of AUSTRALIA! We’ll be travelling from Adelaide to Darwin (south to north) on one of the world’s most stylish, luxury trains. And along the way, between here are there, we’ve got heaps of adventuring to do.

Here are some of the FAIR DINKUM GREAT AUSSIE MOMENTS that await us:

  • Adelaide: city tour, including Mt Lofty lookout for panoramic views, Adelaide Market for eating & shopping
  • Hahndorf: German-settled village, for arts & crafts outlets, galleries, boutiques, cafes & Hans Heysen’s studio
  • Barossa Vineyards: famous wine estates & outstanding wines, plus Maggie Beer’s Farm Shop for foodie-delights
  • Clare Valley: Mintaro & Burra historic villages, Martindale Hall Museum, and some more yummy wine-tasting
  • Alice Springs: Royal Flying Doctor’s base, School of the Air, Reptile Centre, Telegraph Station, ANZAC Hill
  • Kings Canyon: West MacDonnell Ranges, Watarrka National Park, canyon walk, Outback Sunset BBQ
  • Uluru (Ayers Rock): Kata Tjuta, Walpa Gorge, Mutitjulu Waterhole (Python Dreaming legend), Mala Walk
  • Katherine Gorge: gateway to Nitmiluk National Park, natural wonders, and 25 million-year-old canyons
  • Darwin: city tour followed by the Jumping Crocodile Cruise, Window on the Wetlands, Mindi Beach Markets
  • Kakadu National Park: Aboriginal-guided wildlife cruise, ancient rock art, Yellow River Billabong, prolific birdlife
  • Arnhem Land: stunning wetland views, plus guided cruise on the East Alligator River, Bowali Visitors Centre

Anyway, Robyn and I haven’t started packing yet. And we’ve gotta remember our togs and hats and sunscreen! Goodbye wind and the rain and wintry cold – we’re outa here, in search of some Outback sunshine!

Talk to ya, later!

Yours bloggedly – JOHN

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About John Cooney

John Cooney and his wife Robyn have enjoyed more than their fair share of travel. They hesitate to call themselves ‘experts’ – but they’ve grabbed every chance that’s come their way to explore new countries, cultures and customs. They’ve had the privilege (both on their own and as the leaders of numerous successful group-tours) to sample many stunning destinations: Europe, the UK, Singapore, Vanuatu, the USA, Israel, Egypt, Africa, Dubai, China, Laos, Cambodia and Vietnam. And their recent (and most pleasant) memories are of the places ancient-and-modern that border the Mediterranean. John and Robyn are at-home in airports, hotels, cruise ships, and the like … and they know how to make the most of a unique travel opportunity. Travel, they reckon, is an all-five-senses experience – a chance to see, feel, smell, hear and taste the world. And they’ve done it often enough to know for sure: sightseeing with a group of laid-back Kiwis is DOUBLE the fun – lots of laughs, great company, and memories that last forever!

3 thoughts on “OFF TO THE LAND OF OZ …

  1. Hi to Jo Gifford. Loved the pictures of Adelaide, weather looks lovely. All good here, Grant coming for dinner tonight. Relax and enjoy the train ride 🙂

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