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Around the world: Taking on the Aussie outback

We sent Chloe and Matt around the world and they kindly agreed to report back. The start of their adventure saw them leave the UK and explore the highlights of Singapore.

Next stop… Australia.

“We arrived in Darwin on the 18 November, the day before we joined our TopDeck tour, The Grand Aussie.

Darwin is a small but lively city, which you can walk around easily. We headed out for a walk in Bicentennial Park and down to the beautiful waterfront area for some dinner.

The next day we joined our group and over the following 12 days explored Australia’s Northern Territory.

Kakadu National Park is a stunning UNESCO World Heritage Site, with areas of Australian bush, big open plains and wetlands and some beautifully intact Aboriginal Rock Art.

Whilst in this region we enjoyed some great activities including: Guluyambi Aboriginal River Cruise down the East Alligator River, Ubirr Rock Art Site, swimming at Edith Falls and learning more about aboriginal culture at one of the many informative cultural centres.

Before moving on to Litchfield National Park we stopped off at Nitmiluk National Park and went on the Katherine Gorge River Cruise which was phenomenal.

At Litchfield National Park we had the opportunity to swim in some of the local natural pools and waterfalls such as Buley Rockhole and Florence Falls.

After a quick stopover in Darwin we were on a flight to Alice Springs. Once on the ground, we headed out to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park, where Uluru (Ayers Rock) is situated, another UNESCO World Heritage Site.

That evening we drove into the National Park and watched the sunset over Uluru, an unforgettable experience.

The next morning we had an early start to catch the sun as it rose over the top of Uluru, before starting our base walk. On this day TopDeck were great at giving us lots of free time and optional activities to get involved with, we chose a scenic helicopter flight over Uluru and Kata Tjuta with Professional Helicopter Services (PHS) and an exhilarating skydive over Uluru with Skydive Uluru.

It was another early start the next day for a sunrise hike through the Valley of the Winds at Kata Tjuta. This was incredible and the loop walk looked completely different, but equally as beautiful, from when we started to finishing due to the sun.

That evening we drove to King’s Canyon at the Watarrka National Park.

The final early start was an absolutely breathtaking sunrise hike over King’s Canyon and down into ‘The Garden of Eden’.

On our last day in Alice Springs we headed to Simpson’s Gap, a large gorge carved out of the West McDonnell Ranges, followed by a picnic lunch at Ellery Creek.

Suddenly our time in the Northern Territory had come to an end and we were boarding our flight to Cairns.

As sad as we were to leave, we couldn’t wait to begin our next adventure down the East Coast of Australia.”

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