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Uluru is the trip every Aussie needs to take at least once

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What I will say is this: despite my urban tendencies, I’ve never regretted a single sunset or sunrise in a remote place, nor have I ever regretted any experience I’ve had in the outback – no, not even a hike (which, for those who don’t know, is “walking”). On a recent work trip, I made my way back to Uluru for the third time, and it was no less incredible this time around than the first. There’s...

American woman baffled by Aussie rule

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Since moving Down Under with her husband she has been sharing the biggest culture shocks she has experienced on TikTok. Last year she revealed her surprise at being asked if she wanted a bag at the supermarket checkout – only to then be charged 15 cents for it (she is also aghast that we have to pay for extra sachets of BBQ sauce). She is also stunned by the fact you can visit a hospital and it...

The wild life of ‘Outback Wrangler’ Matt Wright and family

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Summer is already under way in the Northern Territory, and a saltwater croc with half its jaw missing is stretched out to his full 4m on the creek bank to catch some sun. Three-year-old Banjo waves, then hops out of the airboat with parents Matt and Kaia Wright to pose for photos beside the wild saltie. Matt pats the creature’s nose as if it’s a pet dog. This isn’t an unusual encounter with  a...

‘Unwritten’ rules of Australia

Replying to the question “what are some of the unwritten rules in Australia?”, Quora user Adita Udayana wrote “As an Indonesian, I’d like to answer the question from an Asian perspective. “To Australians or other Western countries, my answer will probably sound ridiculously obvious.” His first point is in relation to water conservation – something that battles many visitors down under. “NEVER...

Australia’s most epic fishing tours

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Now, with lockdowns and border closures behind us, it’s the ideal time to put our fishing skills – and gear – to use a bit further afield. The rewards of a fishing trip are more than reeling in a catch – it can also mean precious time spent with family or friends in some of Australia’s most spectacular locations. Top End, NT Whichever way you look at it, a Territory fishing trip is an enriching...

I found a majestic rock that’s bigger than Uluru

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I was watching friend after friend head to the north of Western Australia, drooling over their photos and the countryside – Karijini National Park, the Kennedy Range, Shark Bay. I was longing, no, wishing it was me. My family had camped heaps when I was a kid and I love camping, but I didn’t have anyone to go with. What if I got bogged, or had a flat tire I couldn’t change, or something went...

Sorry New York, this stunning Aussie spot is better

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I had been working as the global creative director of Japanese fashion brand Uniqlo, and I flew home to renew my work visa. I didn’t realise how much I missed Western Australia: the smells of the gum trees, the kookaburras cackling, the crows crowing at 4 am, even the banksias. We all loved it so much that we thought, “Why go back to New York?”  Both my wife and I are from Perth, but we’ve been...

I found Australia’s best campsite views

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Meet Bilby the Love Bug, our 1970s-era adopted home on wheels, and the ultimate beachfront crash-pad for exploring a town that takes its heritage seriously – so seriously, it’s named after the year Captain Cook came ashore here. Fast-forward 252 years and the site of Cook’s second Australian landing is still trumpeted as the “birthplace of Queensland”. (In truth, it’s been home to the Gurang and...

Packing list that can save you thousands while camping

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Lee’s tips: My 6 glamping essentials Glamping is so hot right now. Wilderness retreats – canvas-walled cabins with hard floors or billowy bell tents with big double beds, ensuites, decks, and private chefs – are springing up all around the country, even in national parks. And while all this luxury feels good, it doesn’t come cheap – expect to pay anywhere from $150 to $1400 a night to camp out in...

Remote Aussie islands you can now reach in a day

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“As you know, while you have a monthly calendar, the seasonal winds tell us Torres Strait Islanders everything we need to know: When to hunt, plant and harvest. Even what type of birds are flying.” The “as-you-knows” that I don’t know quickly pile high on Strait Experience’s maiden A Strait Day, a whirlwind tour co-founded by Fraser Nai (traditional owner on Masig Island) in partnership with...

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