Local top-end tips …

DOROTHEA Mackellar might have been dreaming about the Northern Territory when she penned the most famous verse of her ode to Australia. The swathe of sunburnt terrain crowning the continent has everything the patriotic poet describes in My Country’s second stanza, from the sweeping plains and ragged mountain ranges to droughts, flooding rains, and evenContinue reading “Local top-end tips …”

Alice Springs refresh …

CROWNE Plaza Alice Springs Lasseters has completed a refurbishment of its 139 guest rooms to modernise the accommodations and celebrate the best of the outback Australian landscape Each suite has been updated with tiles, carpet, furniture, cabinetry, fittings and artwork while bathrooms have been revamped and now feature modern décor, a spacious walk-in shower, andContinue reading “Alice Springs refresh …”

Australia, after the stars …

SO, you’ve done Australia’s headline acts. Heard Dreamtime stories in the Red Centre, paddled from pontoons above a far north Queensland atoll, soaked in Top End waterfalls, walked in the footsteps of convicts and motored the asphalt winding around a stretch of southern coastline. But don’t rest yet. Some of this Great Southern Land’s mostContinue reading “Australia, after the stars …”

New outback experience …

TRAVELMARVEL is taking bookings for an new seven-day tour that visits Lake Eyre (above) in flood at the innovative Field of Light installation at Uluru. The guided Lake Eyre & the Red Centre itinerary, priced from $3595 per person twin share, journeys between Adelaide and Uluru with the tour company offering five departure in MayContinue reading “New outback experience …”

Lights at Uluru …

THE spectacular and innovative installation Field of Light Uluru has finally open at the Ayers Rock Resort in Australia’s red centre. Bruce Munro’s creation, which features more than 50,000 slender stems crowned with radiant frosted-glass spheres over an area the size of four football fields that “blooms ” when darkness falls on the desert, openedContinue reading “Lights at Uluru …”

Darwin in the dry …

IT MAY be the middle of the southern hemisphere winter but there are places in Australia where shorts and a singlet, sandals, a sunhat and a liberal layer of sunscreen are the wardrobe of choice. Darwin is one of them. During the cooler months – it’s called the dry season – the city is delightful,Continue reading “Darwin in the dry …”

No need for speed …

WHEN an old pal’s husband discovered bushwalking his first big hike was a trek in a remote corner of the country, a journey that had him out of mobile range and made my friend feel like she was missing out as she waited at home while he navigated some of Australia’s most spectacular territory. SoContinue reading “No need for speed …”

Aussie outback made easy …

THIS country has some of the most remote locations in the world, but it doesn’t mean you have to rough it to see the best the Outback has to offer. Home Valley Station Home Valley Station sits on the eastern edge of the Kimberley, beside the Pentecost River and Cockburn Range, with the West Australian propertyContinue reading “Aussie outback made easy …”

Footsteps of the fallen …

SATURDAY’S Anzac Day services will commemorate more than the 100th anniversary of Australian troops landing at Gallipoli. This significant day also signals the start of a century of Australian men and women serving in wars, police actions and peace-keeping missions that have taken our army, navy, air force and merchant mariners to battlefields around theContinue reading “Footsteps of the fallen …”

Wet-season Darwin …

Where …  Darwin Harbour When …  Saturday, November 29, 2014 What …  Whispy wet-season clouds gather over Darwin Harbour, with this early-evening photo snapped from Stokes Hill Wharf which was the site of devastation after the first Japanese raid on the top-end city in 1941. Visit the official NT Tourism website … posted Saturday, NovemberContinue reading “Wet-season Darwin …”

Darwin’s waterfront …

Where …  My room at the Adina Hotel on the Darwin Waterfront When …  Thursday, November 27, 2014 What …  The view across Darwin’s wave pool to historic Stokes Wharf, which was the scene of such devastation when the first Japanese bombs fell on Darwin during the Second World War, to the gathering clouds ofContinue reading “Darwin’s waterfront …”

Darwin’s waterfront digs …

→ An apartment hotel on Darwin’s waterfront offers a comfortable place to stay in Australia’s steamy Top End … WHEN it comes to location, travellers can’t go past the Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront. The apartment hotel sits between the city’s CBD and Stokes Hill Wharf, beside a wave pool and close to the protectedContinue reading “Darwin’s waterfront digs …”