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About Australia

Australia is so full of superlatives that the best way to appreciate them all is to get Down Under and see for yourself mate.

Champagne Sunset - Darwin, Australia Sydney Harbour Bridge

Travel Around Australia

Map of Australia showing the states around the Australian continent.

Interactive Map of Australia -- Free Australian maps for webpages.

Australian Capital Territory (ACT), New South Wales, Northern Territory, Queensland, South Australia, Tasmania, Victoria, Western Australia.

Australia by Rail

From the vast emptiness of the Nullarbor Plain, on the longest straight rail line in the world, to the twisting tracks of outback Queensland and the rainforests of the north, Australia's railways offer a rich variety of contrasting experiences. Taking the train is an ideal way to explore the Australian continent in comfort and style.

Backpacking in Australia.

Australia Accommodation

Book Australia hotels online to save yourself time and money.

Popular Destinations in Australia

Adelaide, Alice Springs, Brisbane, Cairns, Canberra, Darwin, Hobart, Melbourne, Perth and Sydney.

Compare Australia Hotel Prices.

Australia Tourism

The chances are that you will arrive in Australia by air.

Many people choose to fly to Sydney first, but Melbourne, Perth or Darwin also make excellent starting points to travel around Australia.

Australian Tourist Commission:
The official promotions to get you going walkabout Down Under.

Getting Around Australia:
General travel information about getting around Australia.

Museums and Galleries:
Search the Australian cultural heritage collections online.

Smart Traveller:
The Australian Government's travel advisory and consular assistance service.

Driving Around Australia

Not everyone has it themselves to hitch-hike around Australia, but many travellers on a budget do buy a cheap car to drive around Australia and later sell it on; if they're lucky and the wheels haven't fallen off.

A hire car is also an option, for visitors to Australia who have a bigger budget to travel with.

Hiring a campervan is a good middle road to take; offering free accommodation on the road Down Under, in the bargain.

Australia Campervan Rentals:
Spaceships Campers offer a versatile, compact, fun and fuel efficient way to travel around Australia. There's also a friendly community of Space Travellers, or Space Mates, ready to swap DVDs and offer travel tips.

Spaceship Campervan Rentals in Australia
Campervans available for hire from Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane and Cairns.

Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

The Australian Outback

A cult classic with an ever-growing audience, Tracks is the brilliantly written and frequently hilarious account of a young woman's odyssey through the deserts of Australia, with no one but her dog and four camels as companions. Davidson emerges as a heroine who combines extraordinary courage with exquisite sensitivity.

Outback Travel Tips

Having the right information on this region can mean the difference between a good or great holiday. It can also mean the difference between life and death. Like all of the world’s remote regions, this one needs to be treated with respect and care.

Australia Weather Warnings:
The weather can affect your outback experience. Be sure to check ahead; especially the reports and weather warnings for northern and western South Australia.

Flinders Ranges and Outback Tourism:
Discover a vast and ancient land filled with startling colours, amazing wildlife and stories as spellbinding as the location itself.

Outback Road Warnings:
Before setting off or heading back, check this regularly updated website for the latest info on open, restricted and closed roads.

Coober Pedy

Coober Pedy, in the heart of the South Australian outback, is the Opal capital of the world; a fascinating place if you're interested in these colourful gemstones and the underground culture that surrounds them.

Coober Pedy is around 10 hours drive north of Adelaide or 6 hours drive south of Alice Springs.

Over 100,000 tourists from Australia and around the world visit Coober Pedy each year to enjoy this unique and cosmopolitan outback opal mining town.

Mud Hut Motel:
Built of rammed earth in a style sympathetic to the Australian outback landscape, the Mud Hut Motel provides fine accommodation in a friendly atmosphere and at a reasonable price.

Opal Capital of the World:
The Coober Pedy Retail Business and Tourism Association invite you to include Coober Pedy as a destination during your stay in South Australia. The Tourist Information Centre is located on Lot 773, Hutchison Street.

Opal Inn:
Through the ever-increasing demand for economical, family style accommodation, Coober Pedy's Opal Inn was developed as a Hotel, a Motel and a Caravan Park - to cater for the needs of the growing number of tourists attracted to this unique area.

Coward Springs

Coward Springs is a permanent wetland caused by a free flowing bore sunk for railway use, in 1886, and now a crucial water source, feeding and breeding area for over 100 species of birds.

Coward Springs Campground:
The camping area is beside the old Ghan railway line and was previously known as Coward Springs Siding.

The Oodnadatta Track

The Oodnadatta Track closely follows a major Aboriginal trade route, the Overland Telegraph Line and the Old Ghan Line. Add to this unique mound springs, the largest lake in Australia and the biggest cattle station in the world and this becomes one of the most important outback heritage areas in Australia.

The road travels from Marree to Oodnadatta, via Coward Spring, Curdimurka, Lake Eyre, William Creek, Algebuckina and numerous red and white sand dunes.

William Creek

Travel 160km east of Coober Pedy, along the historic Oodnadatta Track, and you will find William Creek; halfway between Oodnadatta and Maree.

William Creek Campground and Store:
If you see the sign 'Cappuccino 3km' you know you're on the right track. Situated at the edge of fascinating Lake Eyre, Peter and Bev have made this an ideal stop for people exploring the beautiful outback of South Australia.

Outback Tours

Australia Outback Tours.

Aussie Heritage Tours:
Aussie Heritage Tours has a range of pre-planned, fully accommodated tours to popular South Australian outback destinations. Tour in a comfortable, specially equipped, modern 4WD Station Wagon with a personal tour guide.

Lake Eyre & the Oodnadatta Track:
This tour is a unique journey to the far north of South Australia in the company of Arabunna guides. Learn about bush tucker and other desert resources and hear stories about the old Ghan railway, the Overland Telegraph, the Afghans, the missions and the mines.

Outback Camel Safaris:
Explore the Outback camel safaris are based in the central Australian deserts at William Creek (Lake Eyre, South Australia), and operate from April through to October every year.

Specialises in outback scenic flights and aircraft charter from William Creek and Coober Pedy. Fly over Lake Eyre, William Creek, Dalhousie Springs and Anna Creek Station to appreciate what makes the outback so special.

Australian Outback Travel Tips

That the Australian East coast is the most marketed part of Australia doesn't mean it is the most beautiful.

Between the Northern Territory and northern Western Australia you can have your reef and beaches and all your adventure activities but get away from mass tourism, to experience what makes Australia so unique and different from other continents.

Meta-Travel Members By Birgit Bradtke.

4WD in Australia

ExplorOz supports the entire Australian 4WD industry without bias, ensuring you get the best free and useful information available.

Diamantina Touring Company:
Tours and expeditions into Outback Australia covering vast areas not accessible to regular vehicles. These 4WD tours take you to remote deserts, gorges, Aboriginal communities and alpine wilderness.

Australia Related

Australia Index:
Miscellaneous information about Australia.

Cruise Sale Finder:
Find the perfect ocean getaway within Australia or cruise off to foreign shores.

Rocky Travel:
Michela Fantinel provides useful travel advice for independent travellers who wish to visit Australia; especially women travelling alone.

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