Northern Territory, Australia
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Destinations in Northern Territory
The Red Centre is a ruddy sprawl of desert wilderness in the middle of Australia – a desolate and seemingly endless landscape of dunes and shrubland, with iconic Uluru towering imperiously at its heart.
Tropical weather, rich indigenous culture and national parks are headline acts in themselves, but add to this an impressive cast of brilliant sunsets, world-class fishing and a colourful calendar of events and you have a taste of this northernmost point.
You should definitely visit Uluru in the Red Centre to savour proper camping, see jaw-dropping night skies and discover ancient Aboriginal cultures rich in mystery and folklore.
Earlier this year I took a bunch of guys on bikes over on the ferry from Melbourne to Tasmania and fell in love with the place. We rode from Devonport to the Freycinet Peninsula and south to Hobart, where we visited the brilliant MONA art gallery, and then rode one of the best biker routes ever – north-west to the scenic village of Strahan. We all felt like we’d done a Grand Prix as the roads just twist forever – biker heaven! I’ll be hosting another 10-day motorbike adventure to Tasmania and Victoria’s High Country next March with Compass Expeditions, on which travellers can join me, as well as a Sydney-to-the-Outback tour in February.
I travelled to the Top End in the Northern Territory a few years ago on a small boat – the trip should have been three days, but took six and a half with three days of 10- to 15-metre swells. I really thought it was my final voyage so was delighted to arrive in Darwin! I now understand why people who go on long boat trips end up in the pub when they reach land. I had a great time in Kakadu National Park, camping out in swag beds and admiring the bird life.