At Uluru, there are kilometers and kilometers of pure desert all around and you're hours from the nearest city. All of a sudden, WHAM! You see a fire-red rock 3-kilometers wide jutting up over the horizon. It's sacred for the Aborigines and there are thousands of legends that swirl around it.
Along the roads leading to Jaribu are the famous Kakadu termite mounds; some are even four meters high. A few miles past the north entrance of the park you will find them and are known by the name of cathedrals. Scientifically speaking, they are called epigean nests which protrude from the ground. They are also in Litchfield Park.
Hiking in Kings Canyon involved an 18km walk, enough to give you a first-rate asthma attack if you're not careful, but it's also a chance to get up close and personal with some truly incredible flora and fauna. The rocks have been worn by time, lizards dart by your feed, and the rough red soil shines under the Australian sun. The whole place is beautiful. It's like a miniature version of the Grand Canyon.
The Australian outback ... an endless desert, red fire and at its center, this great rock named Uluru by the Aborigines and the revered icon of the country. You will be awestruck by its size and everywhere you look you will be able to see it, it is huge, as the rough lands of Australia.
Although it's not as famous as the nearby Kakadu, many travellers prefer Litchfield Park. Its waterfalls and trails make it an ideal spot to visit - a set of lush forests crossed by streams that flow into beautiful waterfalls. It is very nice, perfect for hiking and the chance to run into the odd wallaby or rainbow bird. Upon entering we were struck by the huge termite mounds, some up to two metres high. They all face the same direction, to minimise the impact of the sun. One of the most famous and popular sights in the park is the Wangi Falls, a waterfall flowing into a large lake where you can swim. There is a path along the lake where we spotted several flying foxes. The scenery is spectacular, with several possible routes for a walk, including the chance to visit an old abandoned tin mine. The more daring can complete the Tabletop Track, a distance of 39 kilometres around the park. Before entering the park, you can collect information and maps at the visitor center. There is a park area only accessible to 4x4s. You can find camping spots throughout the park. There is no admission charge to visit.
You have to go down a path of just over one kilometre through the forest, part of Florence Falls, to reach Buley Rockhole, an irregular succession of small natural pools among the rocks of Florence Creek. The atmosphere is festive, with whole families filling the pools, and intrepid young people diving from the rocks into the small lagoons. Definitely worth a visit!
There are often problems between travelers and the Aboriginal communities of Australia, who are trying to preserve their customs and traditions, but the Limilngan-Wulna Reserve in Litchfield Park is trying to improve matters. After a welcome from the head of the reservation, guests can enjoy an explanation of aboriginal hunting and cooking techniques, and see the traditional manufacture of baskets and a demonstration of musical instruments, followed by a farewell dance at the end of the visit.
There are small boats offering trips on the River Mary, where you'll find yourself in a few centimetres of water. Small groups of wallabies can be seen around the river, along with numerous varieties of birds, crocodiles sunbathing, and water lilies. Birdwatchers from around the world gather here each year to appreciate the spectacle of the great southern migration.
A chance to observe coral reefs like you're there, but without having to dive among the sharks. It's a bit expensive, but it's worth it because of the fascinating array of species and the unique shows, especially if you opt for the night visit, when the fluorescent colours of the coral are revealed!
Corroboree Rock was sacred to the Australian aborigines. It's about 50 kilometers east of Alice Springs in the area called East Macdonnell. This place has easy access and the road is fully paved and no creeks that cross. On reaching the place, we have a small path around the rock, the journey does not last more than 15 minutes.