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Fish, anyone? There are sea creatures in abundance, and a
visit here without enjoying some freshly shucked oysters or fish
that's only been on land for a few hours would be a travesty.
The farmland and mountainscapes further towards the centre of
the country have plenty on offer as well, with rugged terrain and
spectacular sights on all sides.
What springs to mind when you think of the Northern Territory?
The Red Centre? The tropical north with its lush vegetation?
Whatever it is, it's colourful, and the journey between Alice
Springs and Mataranka (page 122) is a veritable rainbow of
experience and colour. The area is marked by its Indigenous
heritage and the art that has arisen out of myriad cultures, and
the remoteness of some townships lend themselves to oddity
and character. Unless you relive your memories through black
and white photographs, you will always think of this part of the
country in technicolour.
There's no such thing as a cold winter in the Top End (page
126), where the average winter temperature is somewhere
between the high 20s and low 30s. Festivals and markets take
advantage of the dry season and warm temperatures, coaxing
visitors into the streets of Darwin to revel with the locals and
experience the tropical north. Sprinkled around the capital city
are numerous stunning national park areas, plenty of sites of
national significance, and endless opportunities to forget that
winter even exists.
Sandwiched between the sparkling ocean and the scorching
outback of Queensland are some fabulous inland towns begging
to be explored (page 146). Countless Australian histories have
been written in this area, and the pioneering history mixed with
incredible natural beauty combine to create a fascinating journey.
An area whose gateway is often the only point of contact for
visitors is Queensland's hinterland, tucked behind the glitz and
glitter of the Gold Coast (page 152). What it lacks in man-made
sparkle it more than makes up for with its unexpected mix of
mountains, vineyards, tropical rainforest and charming villages.
For every part of brashness found on the coast, the hinterland
offers an equal and opposite part of tranquillity.
And for each part of lush greenery that the hinterland offers,
Queensland's outback (page 132) puts forward a quirky fact, an
oddly-placed pub or a horizon-skimming sky. Many visitors leave
this part of the country with a new understanding of outback
hospitality, the resilience of Australia's explorers, and the ferocity
paired with the tenderness of Queensland's remote regions.
The tropical north and its offshore counterparts -- the islands
-- are worthy of several weeks' worth of your time (page 142).
Rivers, beaches, restaurants, kayaks and islands are just a few
items on a long list of adventures to carry you along the coast
and deposit you, flushed and breathless with excitement, at your
NEW SOUTH WALES/AUSTRALIAN
New South Wales's north coast (page 176) is a popular spot for all
different types of tourist, which can result in a relatively constant
stream of itinerant folk populating the towns. Happily, there are still
small villages and hidden hamlets where you can be assured of
some quiet and space, and still get exactly what you came for.
Inland from the north coast is New South Wales's north-west
(page 165), where agricultural riches provide wonderful produce,
and the land is strewn with a vast array of natural charms. If
that's not enough, the old-style architecture and friendliness of
the many towns spotted around the region enhances the historic
value that you'll find within their borders.
Byron Bay is well known for a number of reasons, not least its
wonderful coastline. But inland from this once-hippie haven is a
hinterland packed with rainforest, national parks, waterfalls and
wildlife (page 170). From mountaintop to valley floor, there are
beautiful walks, drives, rides and 'sit and enjoy the views'.
Coffin Bay oyster © SATC
Florence Falls, Litchfield National Park © Tourism NT
Brampton Island. Image © Tourism Queensland
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