Australia – The Adventure Begins
Australia is a continent of opposites. The densely populated east coast contrasts with the barren red center, the snowy mountains with the desert, and the white skin of immigrant Europeans contrasts with the dark skin of the Aboriginals. Someone is attracted to Australia because it is so far away from us, someone just because of its incredible contrasts, but one thing is certain - it is definitely worth coming here.
In the central part of Australia, temperatures in the bush reach up to 50 degrees in January. It is not in vain that indigenous people of Australia have such dark skin - the sun is really strong here and the earth is hot. The white man is not genetically equipped for such climatic conditions, and that is why the largest incidence of skin melanoma in the world is in Australia.
At Adelaide we rent a car and buy the necessary equipment - two 20-liter cans (one for drinking water, the other for gasoline), mats, durable food, a car adapter to charge your mobile phone and many other things. We are heading across the desert bush to the north, we have set aside 14 days for this trip. You may be thinking that talking about the Red Heart of Australia could be summed up in one article, but believe me - it was not. This area is very colorful and full of interesting places.
We have to prepare for a few facts before we leave civilization. At least that's what scared us all to whom we told about our plan: there is no mobile signal in the bush. Gas stations are far apart. Drinking water is not available every day. It will be really unbearable heat. You won't meet anyone there at this time.
Ready for the worst and with supplies for a few days in advance we continue from Port Augusta along the Stuart Highway. The road is in perfect condition, we pass several road trains, which are long trucks with several trailers. The temperature is surprisingly at a pleasant 27 degrees, sometimes it rains a bit.
We meet less and less cars, the cell phone signal disappears behind the town of Glendambo. At the beginning we are a little nervous about the fact that we do not have the Internet and that we do not meet the car for several hours. But then we start to enjoy it. Around the road are several rest stops, which have basic equipment - seating, water tank, and sometimes toilets. During the winter season, when most tourists come here, you need to hunt for the resting places, as they are fully occupied in the evening.
We are only a little disappointed by the surrounding landscape. We expected that there would be only red sand around us, and so far there were only plenty of low bushes and plenty of hills. But our expectations and the scaring of other people are getting to the bottom. Everything is different. Central Australia in the summer is the right experience. You will experience true freedom here, loneliness in the wilderness, and in many ways you will surpass yourself. Ready? Come with me on an outbackadventure!
GPS: (Port Augusta) 32°29'36.6"S 137°47'15.7"E
Text and photos: Jana Hejlová
South of Brisbane, Queensland, is the sixth largest city on the continent - Gold Coast. You'll feel a bit like in Las Vegas, USA. In translation Golden Coast is a very popular destination especially among young people. This vibrant city is full of fun, laughter and of course golden sunrays.
The state of Queensland in the northeast of Australia is known for its Great Barrier Reef. Therefore, there are also a large number of tourists, especially diving and snorkeling lovers. Its southern part around Brisbane is a bit neglected by tourists but very popular with Australians.
The rock formation of Kata Tjuta lies about 50 kilometers west of Uluru. Both places fall under one national park and have a single ticket. The Australian name for this group of stones is The Olgas - after one of the rocks called Mount Olga. Along the way, Uluru shows us all the way again. Kata Tjuta is a group of 36 rocks, the highest of which reaches a height of 546 meters and its peak is at an altitude of 1066 meters above sea level.
If you really appreciate something about the fact that you visited Uluru in the Australian summer, that is, out of high season, then it is a minimum of people who had a similar idea to you. There are enough places in the parking lots, you do not push with the mass of tourists anywhere and you have your space in all sightseeing places.
Uluru is an icon of Australia. This majestic red monolith rises to a height of 348 meters and its highest point is located at an altitude of 863 meters above sea level. It is the largest single rock monolith in the world.
When you turn west from the village of Erldunda from Stuart Highway, you get to the Lasseter Highway, which leads under other names to Western Australia. From there, you can take road 3 north to Watarrka National Park. If you would like to continue from here to MacDonnell Park, you can, but entry is on license and only for 4x4 cars.
To the west and east of Alice Springs is the highest mountain formation in Central Australia, the Macdonnell Mountain Range with Mt. Zeil, which reaches an altitude of 1531 m. The red center of Australia is therefore one large red badge. There are several places to stay. Often it is fully equipped with no facilities.
In the mountainous center of Australia you can visit the mysterious grouping of stones. The Australians named them Devils Marbles or Devil's Marbles. According to Aboriginal legends, they are the eggs of the Rainbow Snake. On the way from Alice Springs to the north, it appears next to you quite unexpectedly (after about 400 kilometers). These unusual formations can be found in the protected reservation of Karel Karel, which has a total area of 1802 hectares.
In the reddish central Australia lies a very interesting city - Coober Pedy. It is famous for opal mining, which has been mined here since 1905. Before we arrive at Coober Peda on our way from Port Augusta, we also stop in Glendambo. Right from the beginning, we are welcomed by a sign saying that there are about 30 inhabitants and 2 million flies. We are also warned that the next gas station will be up to 253 kilometers away.
Fifth year in a row has Melbourne become the best place to live. Last time I guided you through its modern and busy downtown. However, not many people live in downtown- many travel there for culture and to work there. Let's take a look how other districts look like, districts where people actually live and dwell in.
Had I let go of my travelling job and choose a place to settle, Melbourne would be my choice. Why? The city is built and developed for the people. Not for buildings, industry, developers, and not even for tourists. It is built for the people who live there. Thus it is also one of the best cities to live in in the world. Don't worry. You can still enjoy it and leave with unforgettable memories even as mere visitors.
I thought that I would not find a country which is more diverse than Scotland or Iceland. I was wrong. Tasmanie is an island south from Australia. It is almost as large as the Czech Republic. However, it seems like Scotland, Portugal, New Zealand all at once. Moreover, there are all kinds of animals you have seen only in documentaries about nature.
It is 9 p.m. Streets are almost empty yet you are in Tasmania's largest city which is home to almost quarter of million people. The reason is simple - the city is so vast nobody stays in downtown in the evening. However, it is quite lively and busy during the day. Still, this is a noise and business of a quiet harbor city where is no reason to hurry. Apart from rising number of tourists, there are no radiant tomorrows for the city iteslf.
When I tought Hobart there was absolutely nothing going on in Hobart, Launceston at first seemed even worse. Soon I found out this sleepy town has many interesting nooks and can be quite interesting. Nice houses, brick factories, churches, brewery, a river full of pelicans, and a large city park which holds Japanese macaques. Moreover, Tamar Valley, a vineyard area, is just around the corner.
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