Tuesday, 31 March 2015

YHA Katoomba – An Adventurous Pitstop in the Blue Mountains



 The YHA Katoomba is an award-winning hostel set amongst the incredible scenery of the Blue Mountains. From the outside it doesn’t look like your average run-down hostel, instead it’s situated inside an old, restored National Trust building with archways and modern features.

Nestled amidst the breath-taking Australian landscape, it’s the perfect place for backpackers and nature lovers to rest their heads, but there are also a selection of family rooms for groups and families who are feeling a little more on the adventurous side.

In many ways, the YHA Katoomba is so much more than a hostel and in fact features amenities and facilities more familiar in a hotel. In the well-furbished communal lounge area, there is a cosy log fire, perfect for cooler evenings and for settling down and relaxing in front of after a long day exploring. The rooms are comfortable and spacious with a range of different occupancies, and many of the rooms have ensuites, providing a sliver of luxury in the Australian wilderness.

Internet lovers rejoice! There is fast internet available throughout the hostel, and there is
also a large communal kitchen with all the facilities you need for cooking up a storm with new friends.

Now let’s move onto the areas surrounding YHA Katoomba. Situated just minutes from sprawling national parks and the iconic bush scenes of Leura, Echo Point, and Three Sisters, the hostel is ideally located for those looking to get out and explore the natural beauty and heritage of the area. If you’re not sure where to begin, the YHA offers a number of discounts on activities, tours, and attractions for its guests, and there are numerous opportunities to tag along on group trips every day.

Things to do around YHA Katoomba
This adventurous part of Australia is filled with adrenalin-pumping activities and active pursuits, all set against a lush green backdrop.

Jenolan Caves Tour
If you’re feeling really adventurous and want to explore a different side to this part of Australia, then head underground on a tour of the Jenolan Caves, a natural phenomenon with plenty of unusual scenes and stories.

 Get Adventurous
You can also try your hand at numerous other activities, including canoeing, abseiling, bushwalking, horseback riding, rock climbing, mountain biking, and canyoning – the perfect way to get up close and personal with the incredible scenery. 

Stay overnight at the YHA Katoomba on our 2 Day Blue Mountains Tours

Thursday, 26 March 2015

New Tour – 1 Day Uluru Tour from Alice Springs



 Explore the myth, legend, and history of one of Australia’s most visited and iconic landmarks on one of our new Uluru day tours. This one-day extravaganza gives you a snippet into the natural and cultural heritage of Uluru, and delves into its indigenous past against a backdrop of rich red sands and breath-taking scenery.
Whether you’re a nature lover or a history buff, our new Uluru tours offer a taster of everything so you can begin to understand the complex narratives that surround Uluru itself.
Our Uluru day tours start in the picturesque landscape of Alice Springs and take you through a kaleidoscope of colours, views, and stories. We start out at sunrise to make the most of the day, stopping off on the way at folkloric hotspots and points of beauty and interest.

Highlights

Mount Ebenezer Art Gallery
You’ll have the opportunity to explore local, indigenous art at this cute, cultural gallery, where you’ll learn more about creative practices and the history behind them.

Walpa Gorge

Sprawling out in an awe-inspiring horizon of jutting peaks and dipping valleys, Walpa Gorge is a bastion of natural beauty set amongst the beautiful Kata-Tjuta National Park. Stand at the edge of the world, breathe in the aromatic wilderness, and soak up the vast, incredible plains.

Aboriginal Cultural Centre
This popular heritage hotspot is a must-visit on Uluru tours, showcasing the exemplary works of the local indigenous people as well as offering an insight into their struggles, successes, and lifestyle. Here, you’ll learn about the Pitjantjatjara people and you’ll have the chance to pick up the perfect souvenir.  

Uluru
After learning about the cultural splendour of the area, you’ll move on to the impressive reaches of Uluru itself. Sitting proud like something from another world entirely, you’ll be able to get up close to the glittering red rock, discover centuries-old rock art, and walk in the footsteps of people from times-gone-by.

Mutitjulu Waterhole
As well as exploring the sheer beauty of Uluru, you’ll get to explore some of its many natural facets, including the clear waters of Mutitjulu Waterhole and the surrounding caves that boast wall-carved aboriginal art.

Spectacular Sunsets
Before you head back to Alice Springs, you’ll have the chance to marvel at the changing colours of Uluru at sunset, as it fades from ruby red to delicate pink to dusty gold. Whilst watching this incredible show of light and colour, we’ll put on a traditional Australian barbecue in the shadows of Uluru itself so you can delve into the foodie world of the country whilst bathed against the glow of vibrant dunes and sprawling desert plains. 

Wednesday, 18 March 2015

The Harsh, Magical Beauty of Australia’s Outback





Despite its large size, Australia really only has a few places that are populated. These hotspots of urbanisation are concentrated along the southern and eastern coasts, as well as in pockets around Perth on the western coast.
For the most part, the centre of Australia is a sprawling mass of desert, scraggy bush, and vibrant orange scenes. This area tends to be referred to as the Outback, which spreads out across 2.5 million square miles and is inhabited by fewer than 60,000 people. There is not just one place referred to as the Outback, instead the term refers to remote areas that tend to sit inland.
Few people know much about these areas, including Australians themselves, but it is known for its harsh environment filled with endless orange deserts, scruffs of greenery dotted here and there, and roads that meander on and on. With the harsh environments come harsh temperatures, with no escape from the heat of the Australian sun in the most exposed areas.

Animals in the Outback
But everyone agrees on one thing – it’s a beautiful part of Australia, filled with incredible,
breath-taking views and a plethora of unusual wildlife. Here, you might catch a glimpse of a native red kangaroo, a desert dingo, the quirky thorny devil, the perentie, and the bilby. Each of these lesser-known creatures call the desert landscape their home, blending in perfectly with the red, rocky surroundings.

Iconic Landmarks in the Outback
Most people venture into the Australian Outback for one reason – to see the incredible landmarks and natural points of interest.
Uluru, or Ayers Rock, is one of the most famous of these hotspots in the Outback. It’s surrounded by miles and miles or rich orange landscape, peppered here and there with the odd burst of greenery.
Set in the Kata-Tjuta National Park, it’s centred round a collection of other natural wonders,
including the sprawling views across Kings Canyon, and the dipping peaks of Walpa Gorge. These rustic, rocky formations are typical of the Australian Outback, boasting ragged scenes and a fascinating heritage.
The Outback is home to a number of indigenous peoples, too, and you can get to know the cultural splendour of their traditions in a number of museums and galleries dotted around the arid area.
If you’re looking to learn more about the mystery and intrigue of Australia’s Outback, get up close and personal with some of the country’s weirdest wildlife, and stare, open-mouthed, at the spectacular natural landscapes, you can do all of this and more on our Uluru tours.