You Beauty! The Outback in Living Colour
Australia’s Outback presents a colour palette like no other. From the sunburnt sands and ochre-hued escarpments of its Red Centre to the lush green rainforests of Tropical North Queensland, the Outback packs a punch when it comes to the kaleidoscope of colours on show. Here are four unmissable locales.
In Cape Tribulation, rainforest-clad mountains tumble down to meet the coastline, where pure white sands and turquoise waters dazzle. This is the only place on Earth where two World Heritage-listed sites meet – the Great Barrier Reef and the Daintree Rainforest. The Daintree is the oldest tropical lowland forest in the world and is home to thousands of species of birds, animals and reptiles. Here, giant fan palms, emerald green vines and ancient ferns tangle together, forming a dense rainforest that makes you feel as though you are stepping into Jurassic Park. Experience the awe-inspiring scenery on our 10 Day Journey through Tropical North Queensland.
As the light shifts and changes throughout the day, so does the landscape at Uluru – the spiritual heart of the Red Centre. At sunrise, feel an overwhelming sense of calm as you watch this mighty monolith come to life against a pastel-coloured sky. In the afternoon, Uluru appears as an ochre-brown hue, scored with dark shadows.
Get Your Fill of Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre
Few sights in Australia stir the soul more than that of the normally dry Lake Eyre filling with water and suddenly teeming with life. The lake, properly known as Kati Thanda-Lake Eyre, relies on monumental rains in Queensland and the Northern Territory for water to begin to flow into it. In 2019, the lake reached levels unseen for almost half a century, and the region was once again alive, with fish surging through the rivers that feed the lake and its surface thronged with an array of birdlife including hundreds of thousands of pelicans. Only the weather gods know what the year ahead will bring, but whether you see the lake brimming with water or bone dry on our 7 Day Lake Eyre & Flinders Ranges tour, both are equally spectacular. The best way to fully appreciate this gigantic inland lake is from above on a scenic flight.
Stretching over 1,100 kilometres of seemingly untouched coastline, Western Australia’s Coral Coast is a marine paradise like no other. Here, waves lap lazily on pristine white-sand beaches and turtles sweep through sheltered turquoise bays. The crystal-clear waters of Ningaloo Marine Park harbour the world’s largest fringing reef. Beneath the surface, you’ll find dolphins, dugongs, manta rays, and more than 500 species of fish. See the marine life on our 15 Day West Coast Explorer tour.