There has never been a better time to visit Australia for us Brits! While the land down under may have seemed like a distant far-off dream land for most of us for the longest time, with the introduction of the first non-stop flights to Perth coming very soon it is about to become a lot more popular and accessible as a holiday destination. In fact now might be the exact time to start thinking about planning your ultimate Australia holiday itinerary!
Without a doubt the best organised group trip I took during my year in Australia was one of the last ones I went on a 3-day camping trip from Alice Springs to Uluru with Emu Run. It quickly rocketed the red centre to the top of my favourite places in the country. I had known the minute I booked my plane ticket down under that I would make sure to see Australia’s most iconic landmark in the flesh but what I hadn’t banked on was that there’s so much more in the centre that shouldn’t be missed.
So you’re headed to Australia? You’re not going to want to go to just one place when there’s so many different landscapes and exciting experiences to be had all over the country so the first thing you’ll need to figure out is how best to travel around because here’s the thing… Australia is huge. Trust me, it’s actually bigger than you even think it is and you won’t realise it until try to travel in it. So should you fly, rent a car, take a train? It really depends on your travel style, budget and the time you have. If this all sounds super complicated then as my Aussie friends would say “no worries” I’m about to break it down for you.
I think it’s fair to say that a lot of people used to make the trip to Alice Springs to reach Uluru. Despite the fact that it’s a good few hours drive away Alice Springs is the nearest and largest town to the big red rock and so if you were going to visit Uluru and wanted a base or some contact with other people at the start/end of your visit instead of staring into the shrub for days on end in the middle of the outback then you usually stopped off at Alice Springs. However since Uluru opened it’s own airport and there have been a number of luxury resorts popping up nearby gone are the days of camping in isolation in order to experience the spiritual heart of Australia, which has also lead to a visit to Alice Springs sliding way down people’s priority lists when visiting this huge country.
You’ve probably already got a variety of visuals when someone mentions Australia… but it’s not all about the beaches and the Opera House (although those are some very good draws that it would be amiss not to mention!) In fact one of the reasons I loved exploring the country so much was it’s vast and varied landscapes and so I’ve divided some of the panoramic photos from the last year into four categories demonstrating just some of the different sides I discovered.
If you’re not quite sold on Australia yet read on… I promise there’s something here for you.