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Australia's biggest attraction is its natural beauty. The landscape varies from endless sunbaked horizons to dense tropical rainforest to chilly southern beaches. Scattered along the coasts, its cities blend a European enthusiasm for art and food with a laid-back love of sport and the outdoors. Visitors expecting to see an opera in Sydney one night and meet Crocodile Dundee the next will have to re-think their grasp of geography in this huge country. It is this sheer vastness that gives Australia - and its diverse population - much of its character.

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The Final Push

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [32]

Wow! I’ve hitchhiked more than 6,500 kilometres and I still had another thousand or more to go. Despite all the places I’ve been, Karijini is one of those rare places where I can purely scream out WOW! at the top of my lungs. It is simply ... Read more >

Photos: Wheatbelt

Thu, 11 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Gorgeous Gorges

Tue, 9 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [42]

Karijini is another place in that long list of very special places in my book. Whilst I originally planned on two nights in the park, my new Danish friend Annie suggested doing three or more. After all the drama yesterday I really had no choice. Yesterday ... Read more >

Photos: Karijini National Park

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Zion In Oz

Sun, 7 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [56]

It's not a palindrome, but an anagram. Years ago, my friend Krista spent close to two years in Australia. She raved about Karijini National Park, therefore when a good friend speaks so personally about a place it must be special. When I looked at it ... Read more >

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Dampier Detour

Fri, 5 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [37]

The most unexpected moments occur when you have room in your schedule for spontaneity. These days, people tend to leave no "wiggle room" in their lives for these unexpected detours that could turn out for the better. You never know what those detours ... Read more >

Photos: The Pilbara

Thu, 4 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Photos: Broome

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Broome Broome Rocks!

Tue, 2 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [43]

From the Queensland coast I've now hitchhiked more than 3,500 kilometres. Yesterday I had to say goodbye to Annie, my new Danish friend. She dropped me in Broome whilst she decided to continue her journey west. I thought about camping again but I booked ... Read more >

Kimberley With Annie

Mon, 1 Nov 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [51]

In the searing heat I stood just out of Kununurra, just after entering Western Australia (WA), wondering when my next lift was going to be. I've hitchhiked more than 3,000 kilometres already. A gorgeous lady named Annie pulled up in her maroon vehicle.... Read more >

Three Litchfield Waterfalls

Thu, 28 Oct 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [38]

Some guidebooks state "Litchfield-do, Kaka-don't," basically indicating that Litchfield is the better of the two national parks. A few months ago, I met a lovely lady named Chrisney, her partner, Josh, and her father Steve. They invited me to come stay ... Read more >

Photos: Litchfield National Park

Thu, 28 Oct 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Queensland Coast to Top End

Tue, 26 Oct 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [36]

For much of the pandemic I haven't even had an actual pair of shoes...just a pair of thongs. Also, I can count the number of times I've worn a jumper on one hand. I've received my first jab, and I'm ready for this ever-lasting pandemic to finally be ... Read more >

What Goes Up...Must Come Down

Thu, 29 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [81]

It was a long journey to the Tip of Australia, so it was gonna be a long journey down. This is one of those very special journeys where I've had to just roll with the punches. Regardless if I've had to sleep in a tent or give up after several hours with ... Read more >

Photos: Thursday Island

Tue, 27 Jul 2021 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

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