Australia

3 days on the Katherine

The first time I swam with freshwater crocodiles I was seven years old. We were out exploring on my family’s Top End cattle station and Dad had thrown thin fillets of beef onto a slab of rock so hot that they cooked in minutes. When he turned away to call us kids for lunch, a..... . .

Following Flatbacks

Windswept, deserted and just far enough from Darwin to be considered remote, Bare Sand Island is an idyllic sweep of reef and sand on the edge of the Joseph Bonaparte Gulf. The Kenbi clan who won native title four years ago after the longest running Aboriginal land claim in..... . .

Mud crabs and crocs: Adventures on Arnhem Land’s Cobourg Peninsula

It might be a local delicacy, but the long bum that we’ve just dug out of the mangrove mud is a hard sell, even after a solid roasting on hot campfire coals. Barramundi it ain’t, but my fellow Cobourg Peninsula campers don’t seem to mind.  “Let’s eat some long bums” They nibble..... . .

Cassowary’s Last Stand

Who’s Saving the Cassowary?  Meet the conservationists hell-bent on stopping Australia’s next extinction. They are far north Queensland’s most incongruous neighbours. Tourists, sea changers and land developers – all chasing a slice of tropical paradise – and the..... . .

The Road Trip Bucket List

The Road Trip Bucket List: 10 things to do this year

As travel restrictions begin to slowly ease around Australia, now’s the time to plan your next road trip and tick your way through this travel-changing Bucket List. It’s full of big and small challenges to shape your travels and make those memories stick, no matter what..... . .

100 Things to See in Tropical North Queensland

This is the book I needed 20 years ago when Dave Bristow and I – fresh off the plane from Ko Pha-Ngan – threw our backpacks into the boot of our tiny Charade hatchback and fled north to the Daintree. Deep in the rainforest, we rockhopped up silvery creeks in search of..... . .

Wet & wild in Karijini

Wet & wild in Karijini: Gorge Out on this Red Rock Playground

Lost in a labyrinth of soaring red rock, Karijini adventurers quickly lose their shoes to shimmy along twisting waterways and plunge through sculpted chasms into tantalising, ‘dare-me’ waterholes.  In Western Australia’s vast spinifex-covered interior, this wet and wild..... . .

30 Free things to do around Cairns

If you can do it outside, you can do it in the tropics and this list of top outdoor adventures from Cairns to the Tablelands and Daintree National Park is oh-so-budget-friendly, guaranteed to fill your days and mothball your wallet. All your need is a lazy couple of weeks, a set..... . .

Nautilus Aviation Helicopter Flight Cairns

Nautilus Aviation: Sky high over the Great Barrier Reef

Cairns to the Reef Helicopters are cool. These bubbles of whirring metal that dip and dive at high speed and bank at thrilling angles to swoop us closer to the world, pack a good rush and unbeatable views into one gripping adventure. But when my family came to town and the idea..... . .

Swimming Babinda Boulders Queensland

Babinda Boulders: Discover North Queensland’s Favourite Waterhole

Rainforest Escape Nestled against the rainforested slopes of Queensland’s highest mountain, enormous granite boulders divert the flow of Babinda Creek into deep, translucent pools and over treacherous granite falls Each year more than four-and-a-half metres of rain falls on the..... . .