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Aussie Travel by susithwaites on 25 April 2003 12:56am

I live in Australia and for the last 5 years have been working as a Travel Consultant specialising in some of the more out of the way places in Australia. If anyone is coming over and wants some info and what to see and do, and how to do it, drop me a line. The areas I've specialised in are Western Australia, the Kimberley region, Northern Territory and South Australia. I have info on travel on a shoe string through to 5 star places, all that will give you a real look at Australia, not just the commercial centres.

Have fun planning.

Re: Aussie Travel by macpac70 on 27 April 2003 6:47am
Hi Susi,
thankx for your offer of providing travel info etc. I am very pleased to say that I will be visiting your wonderful country in June of this year and will be travelling on the AAT Kings "Eastcoast and Outback Adventure" (camping). One thing I had wondered about is whether ther are any operators on either Darwin or Alice Springs that run Camel riding trips ? this is something i would very much like to try as part of the full experience. I have a free day in both these locations.
many thanks
Re: Aussie Travel by susithwaites on 29 April 2003 2:14am
Hi Graham,

Yes, you can do a camel riding trip out of Alice Springs. The company is called Frontier Camel Tours. www.cameltours.com.au - have a look at the site. They run 2 tours each day, a breakfast and dinner tour including transfers from Alice, the ride, camel display, camel shop and a meal. Nothing but good reports from people so far.

Another great thing to do in the Alice is the sunrise balooning. Everyone that has done it so far has raved about it - the best comment I've heard so far was from a 72 year old lady who said it was better than sex!! It's a very early start and normally includes breakfast but virtually leaves the rest of the day free for you.

I've had a quick look at your tour itinerary and have a few other suggestions for you.

Coober Pedy.

When you get in there get your accommodation to book you into 'Martins Star Gazing Tour'. I've done many of these tours in the past but his one is memorable. (Wear warm clothing. It can get down to freesing point in the desert overnight.) I'll be putting an article on this section called "Bedrock 2000". It's an article I wrote on Coober Pedy. It's an amazing place - unlike anywhere else on the planet.

Ayers Rock.

Unless you have your heart set on climbing the rock try the Liru Tour option. It is run by the Aboriginal owners of the Rock and will give you an insight into the Rock that no one else can.

Alice Springs.

I see that there is an option to do the Red Centre Dreaming Dinner. Good idea.


For a day tour Litchfield Park is beautiful. The area is full of Waterfalls and it's only about 1 - 1 1/2 hours out of Darwin - not too long to spend travelling after all the other road time you will be putting in.

If you are relatively fit and like walking I suggest you do the one day "Litchfield Experience" with Adventure Tours Australia. Tour Code NTL1. www.adventuretours.com.au - They are probably the best tour company when it comes to the Territory - the guides are fantastic (the one we had was a park ranger) and it will be a young fun crowd. If you go with the option with AAT Kings you run the risk of spending the entire day with the blue rinse set.

For something to do at night in Darwin, if you like Coral Reefs, I suggest the Coral Reef by night. This is run by Indo Pacific Marine, an aquarium set up on Stokes Hill Wharf. It is one of only 2 self sustaining aquariums in the world. They never get fed or the water changed - the water just gets topped up from time to time. The amazing thing here is not just the coral - you'll see that on the Great Barrier Reef. What most people don't get to see is the Coral reef at night when the coral glows. Unreal. The meal ain't too bad either!


From the sounds of it you may be staying at Springvale Homestead. For the fun of it do the Night Croc Spot. These are fresh water crocs, not the salties so there is no danger.

Gold Coast.

From the looks of it you are just staying the night. If you have the time, go back there for a few days. It's Australia's version of Disney Wrold. Fun Parks galour but a lot of fun. Sea World is totally different from the one at San Diego but a good day out. If you get there early enough you can book in to swim with the dolphins. The best place to do it - no sharks.

I think that's it for now. If you have any questions just jot them down.

Have fun.

Re: Aussie Travel by macpac70 on 29 April 2003 7:20am
Hi Susi, What can i say ? I am overwhelmed by your kindness in letting me have all this info, I will print it out and make a point of trying to get on some of the trips you have recommended. for me this is the trip of a life time and I intend to squeeze the max enjoyment out of it.
Thankx once again. I will naturally report back to ya wen I am back in the UK.
Take care
Re: Aussie Travel by susithwaites on 29 April 2003 1:36pm
Hi Graham,

No Probs. Enjoy your trip. What part of the UK are you from? I was over in your part of the world 7 years ago. For me, that was the trip of a life time so I understand the anticipation you're feeling now.

Re: Aussie Travel by macpac70 on 1 May 2003 1:32am
Hi Susi,
In reply to your question, i live in Cornwall ( Southwest England), a land of Legends, Treasure and smugglers, ooh arrrr lol( to be read in a pirate accent). if you would like to keep in touch and swap tales etc, plz let me know, my email address is [email protected] Heres hopin, Graham

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