Virtuoso Life Australia Special Edition – May 2017 - 21
(ULURU) DAVID EVANS, (ROCK ART) JAMES FISHER/TOURISM AUSTRALIA
Clockwise from left:
Uluru at sunset, Kakadu
National Park rock art,
and Outback eco-lodge
see the red rock walls morph into countless shades of mauve,
or follow one of the many walking trails. But if you want to see
the extraordinary gorge up close, the best way is by kayak.
Paddle to spots the tour boats can't reach and even camp out
overnight if you like.
3. Make ancient art come alive.
Kakadu National Park's World Heritage-listed rock art galleries are some of the best in the world. More than 20,000 years
old, they serve as a testament to what may be the oldest living
culture on earth. The key to experiencing them: Have your
travel advisor arrange a guided tour with an indigenous park
ranger, who can tell you the stories and meanings behind them,
and bring the etchings to life.
4. Take a tropical trek back in time.
Rife with rugged coastlines, remote islands, and rivers replete
with fish, Arnhem Land, an Aboriginal reserve to the northeast of Kakadu, is one of Australia's last untouched wilderness
areas. Rocky escarpments tower like Mayan ruins, white sand
beaches abound, and rain forests heave with freshness. Owing
to its entry requirements, the area is best appreciated via a
tour - traveling alongside a guide will allow you more opportunities to tap into the indigenous culture, known here as Yolngu.
G Adventure's six-day wilderness walkabout from Alice Springs to Kakadu takes travelers looking to discover Australia's wild and rugged heart
through parched red landscapes to secret waterfalls, towering gorges, hot springs, and even giant termite mounds.
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