NORTHERN TERRITORY WITH WAYOUTBACK: ADVENTURE SAFARIS OF AUSTRALIA!

Very excited to be off to the Red Centre, the great outback, the heart of Australia – Northern Territory, this weekend!

 

I’m an Australian and I’ve never been to our most famous landmark – ULURU! But now I will.

 

Flying in on Tiger Airways this Saturday 6th July (fingers crossed for me, this is another first and I’m terrified!) and then staying at Chifley Alice Springs Resort.  We have one night there and then we join our little tour to head into the desert for 2  nights and 3 days.

3 Day Goanna Dreaming
Vehicle: 16 or 20 seat 4WD vehicle (get to do some off-roading)
Campsite: Permanent capsites (permanently erected tents with beds, pillows and sleeping bags, option for swags, toilets and hot showers)
Other inclusions: Nibbles and sparkling wine when watching sunset at Uluru, slight better quality food
 ”Experiencing the wonders of Uluru (Ayers Rock), Kata Tjuta (The Olgas) and Watarrka (Kings Canyon), we’ll give you the opportunity to really experience the desert – driving on dirt roads, private bush camps, eating quality food cooked over a campfire and sleeping under the clearest southern stars you can imagine.”
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We then head back to Alice Springs for 1 more night before I fly back to Melbourne! I really can’t wait to see more of this beautiful Country. After a weekend on the incredible Great Ocean Road, I just can’t wait to explore!

Have you seen Australia?

Check out the latest Advertising Campaign from the NT and you can head off and plan your very own trip!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27TynhCp1M&feature=youtu.be 

NT logo

For more information, visit the Travel NT website:

www.travelnt.com 

To book your own great holiday, visit:

www.territorydiscoveries.com 

Watch this space for many more posts about the Northern Territory, Australia!

Conquering my last territory in Australia, Northern Territory!

After years of travelling to far away lands and foreign places,I felt it was time I started to explore my own backyard. Australia is an incredible travel destination and I’m proud to say that I’m now just 1 state/ territory away from visiting all 7 of Australia’s territories. Northern Territory is the last one I’m yet to have stepped foot in and I’m so excited to say that in 2 short weeks I’ll be doing the most Aussie trip you can get -Uluru by 4WD in the outback!

Uluru

More than half of Australians have identified the Northern Territory as a bucket list destination. However with cheap international airfares making Bali, Thailand and Japan super accessible, we are favouring foreign destinations over our home soil.

This year I’ve been to Sydney 3 times, Adelaide twice and now off to Northern Territy. Last year I got to Tassie for the first time and got up to visit friends and family in Queensland 3 times when I hadn’t been for 5 years! I’m loving living in Melbourne, my adopted city of 2 years and exploring Victoria whenever I get the chance.

Northern Territory

So now – The Red Centre! The desert, the outback, the heart of Australia! I can’t wait. I’m off on 6th July on a tour with 2 American friends. We’re doing the luxury package with 4WD tour, fixed camping, Olga’s visits and Uluru. I must add – I will do a post specifically with the itinerary for our trip – I just haven’t even had a chance to focus on it – and to be honest, sometimes I like the surprise!

After years of recommending the Northern Territory to overseas family and friends, even myself working on 2 promotional campaigns for NT, I’m finally going. You never never know, if you never never go! That stuck with me since I was a kid – the old tag line from Darryl Somers.

Check out the latest Advertising Campaign from the NT. These are always my favourite promotions in Australia as they really embrace the Australian spirit. Now at least I’ll be able to say “Yes, I’ve been there”

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y27TynhCp1M&feature=youtu.be 

NT logo

For more information, visit the Travel NT website:

www.travelnt.com 

To book your own great holiday, visit:

www.territorydiscoveries.com 

Watch this space for many more posts about the Northern Territory, Australia!

Ben & Jerry’s Flavour Election – Vote for me!

HEY loyal friends and family,

 

 

So we knew it wouldn’t be long before I was off on my next adventure!!

 

 

This is it:

 

www.flavourelection.com.au!

 

From March 7th – April 12th I will be campaigning for Ben & Jerry’s and my favourite flavour to win!!!

 

 

HALF BAKED!

 

 

You can now call me half baked!

 

Flavour =

Chocolate & Vanilla Ice Creams Mixed with Chunks of Chocolate Chip Cookie Dough & Fudge Brownies

 

 

Also known as = YUMMY!!

 

 

Photos are here and on my page:

 

 

http://www.flickr.com/photos/benandjerryaustralia

 

 

my fb:

http://www.facebook.com/album.php?aid=291823&id=511114236&l=2f0556e6d8

 

You can vote by LIKING – through facebook – HALF BAKED via the flavour election.

 

 

Please contact me for any more instructions.

 

 

I’m also looking for friends and family to be secret squirrels/ noisy noisy promotions team and flavour campaigners. I need as much support as poss.

 

 

Anyone in the world can vote! just LIKE my Half baked on Facebook.

 

 

I have already won an I-phone 4 just for taking part and I have the opportunity to win a return trip to ANY Ben and Jerry’s anywhere in the world.

 

 

 

Vote #1 HALF BAKED!

 

 

 

 

Lovelly Em (Half Baked Emma

 

Tale of Australia from an American Sailor

This is a poem written by an American Sailor in 1944 when he was serving in Australia with my Cousin, Bill Hunter.

This is about the Australians from the American sailors:

 

Down below the South Pacific

In the sunny Tropic Sea,

There lies a country called Australia,

which once was new to me.

Since the time that I have been here,

Which is several months or more.

I’ve met the people, learned their ways

And would like my home once more.

For I’m sick of mates and cobbers,

Trams, pubs and teatime too,

And i’m damned tired of these Aussies

bumming smokes the way they do.

It’s uncle this,uncle that

More planes, more bombs, more guns

and when the nips are whipped

Don’t ever ask who won

Cos you will hear the Aussies holler;

“We Anzacs are the ones

Just give me 2 bob and a cigarette,

I’ll tell you how twas done”

Yes, i’m tired of Australia

and the whole of this Anzac race

If anyone wants to trade

they sure as hell can have my place

Cos now i’ve seen Australia,

and when this war is won

This bloke is going right back home

and on the bloody run.

Recited by William Hunter

(aka Bill “Magic 500” Hunter)

for more info on this time period

go to Ozatwar

see stories about Frank Morill

http://www.ozatwar.com/usnavy/usnavalbasehospitalno10

Freedom Travel

Freedom Travel means no commitments, nothing to return to, no time restrictions and no worries.

 

I have travelled a lot over the past 5 years, but I’ve always had a purpose, a deadline, something that I must get back for or to or someone to go back to. This is the first time I’ve travelled that I haven’t had any thing waiting for me back home.

Before I left australia in December 2010 I sold my car, I stepped down or walked away from a few of my jobs, and I didn’t give a date of return. Although I have a return ticket, I have no extended that 3 times. I love this feeling.

 

I have now graduated University, I am free to choose any career I want and literally the world is my oyster. I can go anywhere and try anything. 23 is a great age to be.

I’m blessed to have so many people around the world supporting me- both emotionally and physically by giving me beds to stay in haha.

 

I hope I can have this peaceful feeling on more of my trips in the future.

 

Thom and Sean Travel the GLOBE

This week is an exciting DOUBLE DOSE with the travelling duo – Thom and Sean from the UK.

I met Thom and Sean via their great posts on Twitter and by xploring their awesome blog, http://www.thomandsean.com. These two certianly know how to write. I can’t wait to follow the guys as they travel around the world and eventually arrive in Australia to party with me!

Here Thom and Sean reflect on their home country, England and share the best with you.

1.      Name

Thom and Sean

2.      Occupation

Theatre technician (T) and photographer (S)

3.      Country of Residence

Currently the United Kingdom

4.      Country of Origin

United Kingdom

5. Website

http://www.thomandsean.com

6.      Why do you love Travel?

I think for us it’s the opportunity to meet new people and experience new things, trying out the world and seeing what else it has to offer.

7.      Favourite place in your home country and why?

Sean: I think the favourite place that we both share is Brighton.  It’s a seaside town (technically a city) on the south coast of England and it is brilliant.  It has gorgeous Georgian architecture, friendly people, lovely little shops and vintage interestingness and then there’s the beach.  Although not a sandy beach but a pebble beach it’s still fantastic.

Thom: Definitely agree with Brighton, it’s a damn lovely city. I’d probably throw in Chester too. It’s where I went to university so holds lots and lots of good memories for me. The town itself is quite small and easy to get around but holds loads of interesting shops, pubs and restaurants within the (Roman) city walls.

8.      Best place for tourists to visit in your country?

If you accept that London is a given for every tourist, which it should be because it has so much to offer, then we would recommend WHERE????

Thom: I guess it depends on the tourist! The UK has got so much to offer and can cater to pretty much any taste! If you like the countryside and fancy yourself a bit of a rambler then head up to the Lake District and Northumberland or down to Cornwall and Devon. Both areas host stunning natural beauty spots and the very best of the English countryside!

If you’re a history buff, your in luck – we’ve got shedloads of it. From Tudor houses Roman ruins you could pick pretty much any town or city and have something to look at. For me, Edinburgh would be the pick of the bunch simply for the castle alone.

If you like you nightlife and consider yourself very much a city-based tourist, then it really does have to be London. Huge, sprawling and crowded it may be but you could spend weeks here without running out of things to do!

Sean: I think I would recommend London, you can’t avoid it, but once you have I’d pick somewhere like Bath, Bristol or Manchester. London gets a lot of stick from the rest of the UK for not being a true example of British life. So, mix it up and visit somewhere outside the south east of England.

9.      What other country would you live in if you had to leave your country?

Thom: Difficult one to answer this. I’d probably go for Australia. Good climate, good beer and good people. What more could you need?!

Sean: The United States. The older I get the more I appreciate the liberty and freedom of the USA. Also, I like the eccentricity. I know I’ll love Australia but I don’t know if I can live that far away from everything else that I know? Part of our year there is to find out if we can!

10.  Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?

Sean: When me and my friends were 16 we went on a mini-holiday to Bristol where we were going out to celebrate a birthday (bear in mind the legal drinking age in the UK is 18). We walked through all of Bristol trying to find a guest house with vacancies and we finally found one that we named Toad Hall. There were statues, pictures and toys of frogs EVERYWHERE. The landlady was something out of a Hammer Horror Film who insisted: “NO MONEY, NO KEY, NO MONEY, NO KEY”.

Suffice it to say we told her we would go and get cash, at which point we legged it! We found a new hotel and 10 or more years later we still chant ‘NO MONEY, NO KEY!’

11.  Favourite activity when around your city?

Thom: Going down to the Greyhound Racing track in Wimbledon and putting on a few bets! Such a fun night out and very easy to pick up.

Sean: Photography. London is just absolutely amazing for photography, there is every conceivable kind of back drop or setting and I know that I’m really going to miss that flexibility and inspiration once we’ve left.

12.  Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?

Thom: I’d certainly like to do some more exploring as you can always learn something new about a place. Saying that, I think I know the country quite well. As a kid we couldn’t afford to go on family holidays abroad so I’ve been to many and varied places in the UK.

Sean: I definitely need to explore the UK some more, I’ve still not been to Northern Ireland (or the Republic) and the last time I was in Cornwall I was a baby. I think I’ve got a fairly good handle on my country though. The south is hard and stuck up and the north is soft and friendly. Luckily for me I like stuck up and I like friendly!

13.  Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?

Thom: Um, not that I can think of. It’s a very safe place. Of course, city’s and towns have there dodgy areas, as they do anywhere, but nothing major springs to mind.

Sean: The UK is expensive, I think Japan is one of the only countries more expensive than the UK. You won’t get value for money I’m afraid. Visit now though because the £ is barely worth the paper it’s printed on so it won’t seem so bad!

14.  Must see movie featuring your country and Why?

Thom: Withnail and I. Possibly quite dated now, but a very very funny film. And very British.

Sean: Monty Python and the Holy Grail. The British are a sarcastic bunch and also quite leftfield in their comedic tastes. If you can’t get the sense of humour then a visit here is going to leave you stranded.

15.  The best book to read before visiting your country?

Thom: I honestly can’t think of a single book that’s worth reading set in this country.

Sean: Probablysomething by Dickens or Shakespeare (technically plays not books)

16.  The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

Thom: The classic Sunday Roast. Roast beef, roast potatoes, Yorkshire puddings, veg, stuffing, horseradish sauce and lashings of gravy. Perfection.

Sean: Yeah, Sunday Roast is the best!

17.  The top three sayings to make travellers stay in your country easier? E.g. How much? Too expensive or Hello.

Thom: Beer comes in pints or halves. “I’ll have a pint/half of lager please barkeep”

The Underground public transport in London is called the Tube not the Subway. (Sean: and it’s pronounced ‘Choob’ not ‘te-u-be’

Never try to use Cockney rhyming slang – you’ll just end up sounding like a tool.

Sean: If someone asks “You alright?’ when you walk into a shop or when you first meet it means hello, how’re you? It doesn’t imply that you look distressed or dissevelled. You should respond in kind: ‘Yeah, you?’

‘Quid’ is slang for ‘pound’, eg that’ll be five quid = £5.

‘A cuppa’ is what everyone calls a cup of tea – ‘I fancy a cuppa’, ‘do you wanna cuppa?’ British tea comes with milk and often sugar, if someone asks how you like it they’re not getting fresh. ‘One lump or two’ means one teaspoon of sugar or two!

18.  Best time of year to visit?

Thom: I’m a summer man myself. Always lots and lots going on over the summer – music festivals, fetes, outdoor concerts.

19.  The 4 words that best describe your country:

Thom: Eclectic, Historic, Contrasting and Innovative.

Sean: Old, quirky, sarcastic, beer!

Follow the guys on Twitter @thom_sean

or see their blog –http://www.thomandsean.com

Courtney Crow- THE EXPLORER GIRL

Courtney Crow is the founder and operator of the amazing website http://www.explorergirls.com. I was lucky enough to find Courtney when looking for extra places to blog and how glad I am. Through this amazing travel website just for awesome, out there, adventurous girls, I have met some true friends.

Courtney is a freelance writer and photogrpaher. Her most recent posting was at the 2010 Winter Olypics in Vancouver. Meeting the likes of Shaun White and Torah Bright are just the part of a normal day for the adventurous Courtney.

Read about why she loves her home country the USA and make sure to check out the awesome website she has created for us travel lovers!

1. Name
Courtney Crow

2. Occupation
Online Publisher and Professional Photographer

3. Country of Residence
Australia
4. Country of Origin
USA

5. email/contact/ website
http://www.ExplorerGirls.com and http://www.CourtneyCrowPhoto.com


6. Why do you love Travel?

I love travel because it can open your mind up to all kinds of things…adventures, people and places. It’s the best way to learn more about the world and yourself. You always meet amazing and interesting people always along the way.

7. Favourite place in your home country and why?
Just recently I visited the Grand Canyon in Arizona and Monument Valley in Utah. I was blown away with the beauty of the landscapes. It was somewhere I had never been before and only seen in postcards. I went back to Utah to go ATV riding near the Zion National Park and again was taken back with all the beautiful terrain.

My other fave would be all the beaches…Florida, California and Hawaii!

8. Best place for tourists to visit in your country?
Now, I live in Australia and have for 8 years…I would say tourists who visit Australia have to go into the Outback. It’s somewhere people often skip because it can be hard to get to, but totally worth it. Uluru is just awesome!



9. What other country would you life in if you had to leave your country?

If I had to leave Australia I would consider moving to Canada. After visiting here for the Winter Olympics and living here for over a month I have seen so many great things about this country. The people are friendly and welcoming, the landscapes are beautiful and there are adventures all around us…snowboarding, heliskiing, dog sledding, hiking, biking, climbing, sailing….and the list goes on!

10. Best travelling experience anecdote in your own country?
People love travelling in Australia for the Great Barrier Reef, surf beaches in Sydney and along the coast lines and the Outback.

11. Favourite activity when around your city?
My closest city is Melbourne and when I’m there it’s all about shopping!

12. Do you feel you know your country well, or is more exploring of your homeland needed?
After touring around the Grand Canyon and Monument Valley I realised how much I don’t know about the USA and how many more places there are to explore…Yosemite National Park, Montana and so much more!

13. Any warnings for travellers visiting in your country?
When visiting Australia I would say just make sure you don’t travel into the bush or outback alone…it’s so vast and large and people can get lost and disappear.

14. Must see movie featuring your country and Why?
I would highly recommend ‘Australia’ the movie – it is a great tale about the history of Australia and shows some of the amazing landscape Australia has to offer.

15. The best book to read before visiting your country?
I would recommend ‘In a Sun Burned Country’ by Bill Bryson, because it tells you so much about Australia and it’s funny.

16. The must eat dish or delicacy of your country?

You must try Kangaroo! I know it sounds awful, but it free range and tastes really good!

17. Best time of year to visit?
Australia is best to visit in the summer, then you can advantage of all the warm beach days and hit the famous Aussie surf!