The Red Center

The Red Center

You haven’t seen Australia until you’ve visited the Red Center, home to iconic Ayers Rock, the Olgas, and Alice Springs. You’ll want to fly into Alice Springs, then proceed by road or plane to Uluru National Park, where comfortable motel accommodations are a short drive away. Ayers Rock is beautiful at any time, but most […]

Family Travel in Australia

Family Travel in Australia

Traveling with children? Australia is the perfect destination! From weird and wonderful animals to exciting sports events … excellent beaches to rainforest adventures … pie floaters to “hamburgers with the lot” … you just can’t beat Australia for a fun-filled family vacation. I know, because I’m an American who lived and worked in Australia for […]

Road Trip!

Road Trip!

If you like the open road, you’re going to love driving Down Under! We rented a car and headed from Darwin to Katherine—hundreds of miles of open road, dead straight, with no Highway Patrol. There is no speed limit on the road to Katherine. Oh, there were signs, all right: white rectangles with a big […]

William Ricketts Sanctuary

William Ricketts Sanctuary

This place is definitely worth a trip; I have never seen anything like it! On a weekend drive to the Dandenongs we discovered the William Ricketts Sanctuary, a truly incredible park full of tall eucalypts (plural of “eucalyptus”) and tree ferns, and with sculptures around every bend in the pathway. The park was created by […]

Kakadu

Kakadu

Kakadu National Park, about 140 miles east of Darwin in the Northern Territory, is a The park is composed of tidal flats, estuaries, lagoons, mangrove swamps, and grasslands.The park is an excellent place to view wildlife, as well as rock art believed to be at least 20,000 years old, and perhaps the world’s oldest surviving […]

Aboriginal Art

Aboriginal Art

I love this painting by Aboriginal artist Clem Abbott. Example of “x-ray” style of art most commonly seen at the top end. This one is “Ngarrbek” (Echidna) by Samuel Namundja. “Dot” style paintings done by Aboriginal artists near Alice Springs. This one is “Goanna Dreaming” by Malcolm Jagamarra Maloney. This one was painted by George […]

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock

Ayers Rock, also known by its Aboriginal name of Uluru, is the world’s largest monolith (or single stone), standing 348 meters (1142 feet) above the surrounding plain and 867 meters (2844 feet) above sea level. Uluru is important in the mythological beliefs and ritual life of the Yankuntjatjara and Pitjantjatjara tribes, and caves in the […]

Cave art

Cave art

Aboriginal cave art is believed to be the oldest existing two-dimensional art in the world. Here’s an example of X-ray style.

Digeridoo

Digeridoo

The digeridoo is the best-known musical instrument of the Australian Aborigines. It’s made from a piece of tree branch (often 3-4 feet long), hollowed out by “white ants” (termites), then finished and decorated by Aborigines. A didgeridoo has one fundamental tone, and is used as a percussive and rhythmic instrument, in combination with singing and […]