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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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Photos: Devil's Marbles

Sat, 30 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Magnificent rocks along the Stuart Highway
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Karlu Karlu

Sat, 30 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [27]

I’m ahead of schedule on this journey, as I started out only 11 days ago. I was going to give myself a week in Laverton to get a lift on the Great Central Road but I only had to wait a little more than two days, and I was prepared to spend multiple ... Read more >

Uluru and Kata Tjuta, 15 Years Later

Wed, 27 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [28]

15 years ago I was a rookie traveller, having been to only about three countries. Hitchhiking was only a distant dream, and I would buy stacks and stacks of postcards and trinkets to bring home. I was a tourist with a basic camera and no phone, just ... Read more >

Mission Accomplished!

Tue, 26 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [32]

As a day of remembrance, Anzac Day is never a particularly busy day. I was warned that I likely wasn’t going to get anywhere yesterday. Keeping my hopes high, I got on out there with all of my gear, including 10 litres of water. A ham and cheese ... Read more >

Ngaanyatjarraku

Sun, 24 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [34]

For two full days I waited in Laverton for a lift. How am I not frustrated? Hitchhiking, especially when undertaking extreme journeys like this one require the 4 P’s: patience, persistence, provisions, and power. Alex and Felix remarked that I’... Read more >

Dusty Laverton

Fri, 22 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [34]

Several years ago I hitchhiked across the Nullarbor from Perth to Sydney, thumbing more than 4,000 kilometres. Last October and November I hitched from Airlie Beach to Perth via the top of Australia, and I ended up doing more than 8,100 kilometers along ... Read more >

Photos: Great Central Road

Thu, 21 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

An epic journey of more than 1,000 kilometres with almost nothing around!
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First flight out of NZ for the longest time

Thu, 14 Apr 2022 | By nomad_kiwis | Views [57]

I'm in Oz with my daughter and granddaughter having not seen them for around 3 years. It's wonderful to be here, and it's lovely weather. A few things have changed in C's house. The kitchen, bathroom and laundry have been remodelled and the whole house ... Read more >

COVID-19 Isolation

Mon, 11 Apr 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [33]

A few weeks ago I was in Albany briefly, and I decided to I wanted to come here again and spend a bit more time. The soldiers bound for Gallipoli during WWI left from Albany, so it's home to the National Anzac Centre. The setting for this coastal city ... Read more >

Great Southern Adventure

Tue, 22 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [80]

Western Australia (WA) has too many gorgeous places to count. I won't be able to see all of them on this stretch, but I've seen a good chunk of them and I'm doing my best before I leave for Queensland next month and then Papua New Guinea in May. Continuing ... Read more >

Photos: Albany and Denmark

Mon, 21 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Albany, Denmark, Kojonup, and the surrounding area make up the Great Southern Region
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Photos: Kalbarri National Park

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery

Nature's Window!
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Nature's Window

Tue, 15 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [66] | Comments [2]

Back in November I undertook a most extraordinary journey. A journey across the world's six largest country, doing a total of 8,100 kilometres using only my thumb. Unfortunately, my plans were altered; not due to COVID-19 but because of bushfires. Altering ... Read more >

Photos: Kalgoorlie-Boulder

Tue, 1 Mar 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Photo Gallery


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Wave Rock

Tue, 22 Feb 2022 | By kiwiaoraki | Views [100]

Well, I've done a lot more than just Wave Rock (there is no "the" in the name) over the past couple of days. Part of my quest is to find a geocache in every local government area (LGA) in Australia, and there are many small LGAs in the southwest corner.... Read more >

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