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Just back from: Uluru, Australia

Tasmin on her self-guided stroll around the base of Uluru

Tasmin on her self-guided stroll around the base of Uluru © Tasmin Waby

Tasmin Waby, Destination Editor for Australia, New Zealand and the Pacific, recently returned from a trip to Australia’s Northern Territory.

Tell us more… I went to see Uluru (or as it was once called, Ayers Rock) in the Uluṟu-Kata Tjuṯa National Park for the second time recently. The first time I drove there with a friend from Melbourne, camping all the way. This time I flew over from Sydney. It was much quicker (and probably cheaper) but it did feel less like a pilgrimage to the heart of Australia.

In a nutshell… I don’t want to overstate it but the beauty of Uluru is really quite astonishing. I fell in love with the contrasts: the flat desert landscape with this enormous icon, the smell of spinifex in the desert air, the colours, the tiny details you notice when you get up close to the rock and the wilderness in the park. It’s an indefinably powerful place to visit.

Traditional bush tucker displayed on a wooden board

Trying some traditional bush tucker © Tasmin Waby

Good grub? I ate at a few places at Ayers Rock Resort, where there’s accommodation and restaurants for every budget – including a small supermarket with outback prices. The thing I loved about the food is how Aboriginal bush tucker is fused with international flavours – at  Tali Wiru (an open-air dining experience), for example, I had beetroot with Illawarra plum mousse topped with crisped kale and wattle seed shards, plus Persian feta and finger lime caviar (spot the Australian indigenous ingredients).

You’d be a muppet to miss… the sunrise. Seriously get to bed early and go. More than once.

A camel saddled up and waiting for it's rider in the Australian desert

Buddy the camel waiting to take Tasmin on a once-in-a-lifetime adventure © Tasmin Waby

Fave activity? I wasn’t expecting to like the camel ride experience with Uluru Camel Tours, but I went along for the Instagram photo opportunity (tragic I know) and because I had read Tracks by Robyn Davidson (a book about the writer’s 1700-mile trek with her camels through Australia’s western deserts).

I thought it would be terrifying as I have some serious vertigo, or that the camels would be poorly treated in some way and I’d feel terrible having visited them. But nothing could be further from the truth – I was really impressed. The actual ride was very relaxed and a once-in-a-lifetime experience, especially when we rounded a red sandhill to see the sunrise colours still slowly washing over Uluru.

Quintessential experience? Hearing some of the Aboriginal astronomy stories and learning about the tales told with the didgeridoo while sitting by a campfire under a sky ablaze with the stars of the Milky Way. Australia’s indigenous culture is the oldest continuous culture in the world and there’s so much to learn from it.

A section of red rock along the Uluru self-guided Base Walk

Views from the self-guided Base Walk © Tasmin Waby

If you do one thing… walk the self-guided Base Walk around Uluru. It’s 10km but it’s so much better than climbing the rock. The custodians of Uluru, the Anangu, ask people not to climb and from October 2019 it won’t be possible.

There are dozens of other activities to connect with this place and have a truly memorable experience without having to ‘conquer’ the rock. I haven’t even mentioned the helicopter trips (once in a lifetime and amazing), cycling in the national park, the ‘bush tucker’ classes with indigenous superfoods, five-star dining under the stars and the truly mesmerising Field of Light art installation by Bruce Munroe.

So um, don’t climb the rock. Learn something new instead.

Tasmin Waby travelled to Australia with support from Tourism Australia. Lonely Planet contributors do not accept freebies in exchange for positive coverage.

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Just back from: Tasmania, Australia

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Kathryn exploring the botanical gardens at Hobart © Kathryn Rowan

Kathryn Rowan, Product Editor at Lonely Planet, recently returned from a trip to Tasmania, Australia.

Tell us more… I spent 12 days driving around Tasmania, exploring a part of my country that I’d never been to before. During that time we managed to see a large amount of the state, including Cradle Mountain, Stanley, Launceston, Hobart, Port Arthur, Saint Helens and Richmond.

In a nutshell… Tassie has everything – mountains, beaches, wildlife, wineries, food, crafts, history and the list goes on. But the landscapes and wildlife especially are incredible. There’s beautifully rugged wilderness everywhere, and you can’t go far without coming across local critters going about their day (in many cases dead on the road, but locals say it’s actually a good sign of a thriving animal population).

Beach at Bay of Fires, Tasmania

The stunning sandy stretches of the Bay of Fires © Kathryn Rowan

Fave activity? I’m a sucker for a stretch of white sand and bright blue ocean so seeing the Bay of Fires and other east coast beaches was the high point for me. The blowhole in Bicheno was amazing to watch, as were the sea creatures living in the neighbouring rock pools. But if I thought that was great it had nothing on the seemingly endless stretch of undisturbed beach in the Bay of Fires. What a great place to relax!

Good grub? With such a great variety of local produce it’s hard to work out where to start. A standout experience was picking strawberries on a berry farm in the Tamar Valley. The minute you got out of the car you could smell delicious berries, and I’ve never tasted one quite as sweet. With Tasmania being an island it’s natural to find seafood everywhere: buying takeaway fish and chips from a boathouse in Hobart was a definitely a foodie highlight.

Salamanca Market is a great place to go if you’re looking for a one-stop shop for the region’s best produce, with many stalls allowing you to try before you buy. I left with a delicious strawberry and champagne jam and the most amazing local honey.

Port Arthur's Penitentiary, Tasmania

Port Arthur’s Penitentiary © Kathryn Rowan

You’d be a muppet to miss… the Port Arthur Historic Site and Museum of Old and New Art (MONA). If you’re looking for history the World Heritage convict site is the place to visit but if quirky art and amazing architecture is more your speed then head to MONA.

Bizarre encounter? Meeting a very friendly wild wallaby at the Wineglass Bay Lookout in Freycinet National Park. Seeing wildlife in a national park doesn’t sound strange, but this one came right up and climbed on me in the hope I’d give him my banana (or that he could steal it while I wasn’t watching!). He clearly hadn’t seen the sign about not feeding the animals.

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5 apps for a successful camping trip in Australia

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There might be something quite contradicting with the idea of getting away, especially on a camping trip and using your phone constantly, however, in this day and age, it’s almost impossible to escape our sliding friends. Australia, being a country as well as a continent, you can only imagine the number of attractions and things to do in this miraculous place. From swimming with sharks in The Great Barrier Reef to exploring the outback and just simply relaxing on one of the many beautiful beaches the country has to offer. Yet, one of the most adventurous and exciting things to do in Australia is hands down – camping. It can be in the form of a tent in the middle of nowhere or inside a caravan. The camping sites and caravan parks are incredibly organized and are accessorized with the best features and amenities. All of these make the whole outdoor experience a much more pleasant one.

While camping is pretty much about going back to nature, having a smartphone in your hands can be quite useful and will enable you and your camping mates to enjoy and relax your camping vacation more freely. Here are five apps that will help you turn your next Australian camping adventure to a better one.

Wiki Camps Australia:

If you decide to go camping in the Land Down Under, you really should download Wiki Camps to your smartphone. This app will be your ultimate guide with the most updated information regarding different points of interest, parks, campgrounds and more. The bonus is that you don’t necessarily need internet connection as it works offline as well. The app is user-friendly and is simple to use.

Willy Weather:

They say that in Australia in just one day, the weather can change drastically. Sometimes, it’s almost like there are four different seasons happening at the same time, and that’s why you need a good weather app that will help you plan your trip according to the weather. Willy Weather app is great in the sense that intuitive and user friendly. You will have all the weather-related information you will need from forecast to sunrise and sunset and rain radars.

Australia Bushwalking:

It doesn’t get more Aussie than that, really. A big part of a camping trip is exploring the area around your campsite, and what better way than getting to know the area than by foot? Bushwalking is pretty much synonymous to hiking. The app will provide different useful and detailed track points. It chronicles almost 100 of Australia’s bush walks including the Larapinta Trail and the famous Great Ocean Walk. It’s both informative and includes some great personal insights, which makes it more authentic.

Show the Loo:

When nature’s calling, you just have to go. The only problem is that when you’re in the middle of nowhere, you’re not sure where the closest and most decent place to go is. This app is extremely useful for those who traveling in a van that doesn’t have an ensuite bathroom or toilet facilities. It will provide you with information on the closest toilets as well as their opening hours.

Star Chart:

What’s more romantic than staring at the stars when you are sleeping outside, it’s literally written in the stars for you to use this app. Even if you’re not a big astrology fan, it could be pretty cool to get some in depth information when you are stargazing. From a star to a constellation, the app will notify you what you’re looking at, even during the day.

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