The only nation to govern an entire continent which is estimated to cover 7,692,024 square Kilometres, Australia offers a great variety of landscapes and coastlines to explore.
Its southern shores host a lush blanket of plains and basins peppered with mountainous areas, such as the Musgrave Ranges in the northwest and the Flinders Ranges in the southeast. The driest inhabited continent on earth its interior has one of the lowest rainfalls in the world, and about three-quarters of the land is arid or semi-arid. Yet, however dry the earth may be it has yet to deter the wealth of both flora and fauna that has adapted to live in every nook and cranny of this vast and varied landscape.
The 12 months that we spent traversing the highways and rural roads which connect this sparsely populated island, served only to inspire the desire to further explore the country’s great wilderness. I hope one day we’ll return and spend more time getting to know the land Down Under. However in the meantime, let me share with you our favourite snapshots from our ultimate Australian road trip.
Sydney is an iconic city and acts as a base for many who visit Australia, ourselves included.
Having purchased our camper from a family in one of the city’s suburbs, we took the opportunity to soak in the vibrant culture and relaxed vibe on offer.
During our first Aussie house sitting assignment we were invited to join the crew of a yacht sailing in the CYCA Twilight series. An opportunity we couldn’t miss and one that offered a rather unique perspective of the well known city skyline.
Tucked away on the northern tablelands of NSW is the quaint navigable route of the Waterfall Way.
The route travels through some of the state’s most scenic countryside and encompasses seven national parks, three of which are listed as World Heritage Areas by UNESCO and form part of the Gondwana Rainforests of Australia.
Dorrigo National Park is home to the waterfalls which gives the route its name, and offers those travelling north or south the perfect detour from the sometimes monotonous Bruce Highway.
One of the most notable features of the Australian continent has to be the Great Barrier Reef.
Composed of 900 islands and over 2,900 individual reefs the Great Barrier Reef is the world’s largest coral reef system. Covering an area of approximately 344,400 square kilometres the reef is larger than the Great Wall of China and is the only living thing on the planet that can be seen from space.
Diving the reef is an experience quite unlike any other. The wealth of marine life is truly remarkable and the colours are so rich and varied that at times it is hard to imagine how such beauty can exist.
Possibly the most iconic Australian highway, the Nullarbor Plain connects Southern and Western Australia.
A 1200km stretch of tarmac it follows the southern coast of the country and takes those adventurers who’ve decided to make the mammoth journey from the cities of Syndey, Melbourne and Adelaide over land to Perth, into some of the most remote parts of the Aussie Outback.
We were fortunate enough to travel across the Nullarbor twice and snapped this shot one morning at sunrise as the evening mist retreated back out to sea.
The Northern Territory is often overlooked as a humid and indomitable landscape yet it offered us the chance to experience true outback living.
Darwin itself is quite different to the major cities in the country’s other states, however it is the surrounding landscape which serves to highlight the dramatic difference between north and south.
This shot of Katherine Gorge highlights the scenic beauty of the arid terrain. Steeped in Aboriginal heritage and significance, it was a place which seemed to almost reach out to my soul and steel my heart.
Known in scuba circles as possibly the best marine wreck to dive, the S.S Yongala has a reputation for the diverse range of life that has made the structure home.
After falling victim to tempestuous seas during a cyclone the S.S Yongala sank to the depths of the ocean floor on 23rd March 1911. Considered one of the most tragic incidents in Australian Maritime history the S.S Yongala lay undiscovered for almost 50 years before two skin divers happened upon the wreck.
Diving this sunken time capsule has been one of my scuba highlights and I highly recommend the experience to anyone who loves nothing more than exploring the underwater realm
There’s really nothing like the Australian Outback.
Arid and vast it consumes much of the continent pushing the few pockets of civilization out towards the cooler coastal climates. However no visit to the country is complete without experiencing at least one night in this great desert.
As the sun set the cold night air wrapped itself around you and the sky revealed a hidden treasure kept out of sight by the light of day. I’d never seen the night sky in such clarity before.
1. Charli Moore, 27, Female (&) Benjamin Jones, 34, Male
2. Wanderlusters - http://wanderlusters.com/ - A niche adventure travel blog highlighting off the beaten path destinations and activities.
3. We have been travelling full time for the last 4 years.
4. Barbados, Antigua, St Kitts & Nevis until November 2015 - We are still working on our itinerary for the remainder of 2015 and 2016 but are looking at South America and Africa.
5. We are certified PADI Divemasters and travel with all our own dive equipment. We are interested in all adventure activities including Trekking Dry Land, Ice & Snow, Jungle, Animal Safaris, Water sports, Climbing, Aerial Activities.
6. Asia, Africa, South or Central America, Caribbean
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