Saturday, November 7, 2009

Articles to Read: Way2Go and Australian Traveller

I've been submitting some articles about my trip to competitions run by magazines. First up is my submission to way2go (published by NRMA) for my favourite Australian beach. I nominated Cape Leveque, with a beautiful picture of its sunny white sands. Check out the article if you find a copy of the magazine in newsagents (unfortunately, the article is not on their website).

Secondly, I submitted an article to Australian Traveller for their competition about favourite secret holiday spots. The competition hasn't finished yet, but the article has already been published on their website in the Reader submission section. Check out The Other Port Douglas online. I earlier wrote a blog post about my stay there.

Wednesday, October 7, 2009

Back Home

I'm now back home, and hope you've enjoyed following my trip through my postcards. If you want to read some of my recent writing, follow my blogs Quick & Tasty and Declutter Your Life.

Also - check out the photos of David and I published in the September/October 2009 issue of Australian Geographic Outdoor magazine, on page 17. Taken early in our trip at East Mt Barren on the south coast of WA, you may recognise the photo of me from this blog post. Oh, and our names are the wrong way around!

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Lake Mungo - 18th September 2009

A lake that has been dry for thousands of years, the highlight of Lake Mungo is the lunette on its eastern shore. (It's also known as the Walls of China, but we feel it doesn't quite live up to that moniker.) Formed from years of west blowing winds, the lunette is impressive both scenically and archaelogically. Whilst walking through the clay outcrops rising up from the dunes, I look carefully for any remains of bones (the ancient remains of Mungo Woman and Man were found here), but I'm not sure if I spot anything.

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Wilpena Pound - 14th September 2009

Wilpena Pound is the jewel of the Flinders Ranges. After meandering for a few days through the northern and central Flinders Ranges down to the pound, our first glimpses inside of it come during our ascent of Mount Ohlssen Bagge. Our quick ascent of the steep climb whets our appetite for the grand tour we have of the pound on the St Mary Peak Loop Route the next day, climbing to the top of the Flinders Range's tallest peak and taking in its breathtaking views, before returning through the flat expanse inside of the pound.

Oodnadatta Track - 12th September 2009

After being very bored the previous day driving down the endless bitumen of the Stuart Highway to Coober Pedy, we decided to take a different type of route to the Flinders Ranges: going along the Oodnadatta Track. After heading across to William Creek, it was a slow, scenic trip down the eastern 200km section of the track to Maree, as we followed the historic route of the Overland Telegraph and the original Ghan Railway, with its barren desert and artesian springs. The old outback pubs of William Creek and Maree at either end of the stretch provided some welcome refreshments on the hot, windy day.

Coober Pedy - 12th September 2009

Whilst Coober Pedy mightn't be a place you'd choose to live (unless you like the allure of striking it rich mining opal, perhaps one day), it is a visually stunning town. In addition to the eeriness of the tailings around the town, there is also the broken away range of coloured hills known as The Breakaways located to the north of the town. Looking oddly alien and surrounded by a pale barren plain known as the Moon Plain, it is easy to see why the location has been used in many movies and commercials.

Uluru - 10th September 2009

Today was the day of the rock. It started with the silhouette of Uluru against the growing pre-dawn light on the way to the sunrise viewing area, before we embarked upon climbing the rock. (I would've skipped this based on the current don't climb requests and the fact that I'd climbed it as a kid, but David naturally couldn't resist the temptation, and I head along too.) After a rest back at the resort, we headed back out in the afternoon heat to encircle the rock on foot on the Base Walk, which offers views of the artwork on the rock and close-ups of the weathered patterns on its different sides. Finally, we wrapped up the day at the sunset viewing area. As Uluru changed to red in the last sunshine of the day, I felt we'd seen it from every angle possible.