If I gave you a Compass (Which way would you head?)

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Australia is a country full of diverse landscapes where the climate can range from alpine to tropical, the flora and fauna as vast as the country itself...

Many have been fortunate to travel the whole country, criss-crossing from east to west, north to south, and the big lap is always popular across all age groups.

But if I was to divide Australia into the following areas, gave you a compass and said head-off, which way would you go and why?

Think of the areas as geographical...!

And whilst you might travel through one area to get to another, which one would you put at the top of the list – you need to force rank your top pick!


Cape York and the Gulf Savannah,

• The Top End,

Flinders Ranges,

• The Deserts (a broad definition includes all desert areas including the CSR),

• Australia’s Alpine regions,

• The Kimberley’s, and

• Tasmania

I have tried to be as inclusive without producing a thousand different options, but let me know if a broader area has been missed, acknowledging there are a number of sub-groups that could be included…


And have a good weekend, Baz – The Landy
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Reply By: Member - mark D18 - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:03

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:03
Landy

Flinders ranges and the Simpson desert
Going there again next week solo and cant wait.
High credits to the Alpine region as well......where do I stop.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:10

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:10
Enjoy your trip, feeling rather envious!


Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Mick O - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:27

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:27
From Melbourne, I'd head anywhere in the 90 degree arc between West and North. The wide brown (desert) parts of Oz for me my friend.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:11

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:11
Hi Mick

I can understand your love of that area - wonderful!

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Reply By: vk1dx - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:41

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:41
For us the biggest attraction now is the deserts. We haven't been to every part of the other as yet, but have been to the most iconic parts of them. Lovely sitting on top of Mt Canobolis in spring with the valleys still full of mist. I could go on but back to the topic.

Now in our "quiter" years we like the solitude, honesty and beauty of the red sand and company of the gentle and quiet nocturnal animals of the remote desert areas. The Madigan Line solo trip is next, I hope - God, doctors and pets permitting.

So I guess out of the Landy's selections it is the Deserts.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:12

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:12
Now I like the idea of sitting on top on Mt Canobolas - happy to here more!

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Follow Up By: vk1dx - Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 07:19

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 07:19
Try this one near Lovicks Hut.



Then again we have this.

Just the two of you, a cuppa and the remains of the dinner fire. Plus a gentle rustle from the scrub made by one of those little furry unique nocturnal Australian desert dwellers.

Somewhere in the Simpson:



Both full of memories for us.
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Reply By: Member - Russler - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:49

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 08:49
I've travelled the mainland extensively (but have left some for later too), but right now I'm considering invading a little island to the south of Melbourne, with my backpack.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:12

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:12
Flinders ;)

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Reply By: Robin Miller - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 09:37

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 09:37
The high country , where there are mountain peak to get to, rivers to cross, tracks to conquer and trees to move.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:13

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:13
Hi Robin

Now I suspect that should come as no surprise, and what a wonderful area...!

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Reply By: gbc - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 09:46

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 09:46
Alpine and Tassie. Saw snow for the first time last year and I want more. Lived and worked top end, cape, gulf. Done a bit of desert stuff. Time for some greenery and mud.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:14

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:14
That is what makes Australia so great, the landscapes are so diverse!

Cheers, Baz
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Reply By: Member - Tony (ACT) - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:53

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 12:53
Spent my younger days on the edge of the Little Desert at Winiam, then my formative years on the edge of the High Country in Alexandra.
Latter life in Darwin and Cairns and a stint OS.

Still like the desert, love the High Country and try and spend part of each year in both. This year back to the Gibson and Great Victoria Desert, to where we left off last year.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 14:52

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 14:52
G'day Tony,
Yep love the Wimmera & West Wimmera.

Was up there a couple of weeks ago & one of the big burns they had up that way in Jan came pretty close to Winiam. Fortunately it stopped just south of Little Desert Lodge.

A separate fire came within 200 metres of my property just south of Lawloit though & I thought we were going to lose our 1,600 acres of re-veg work. Very close call!

Anyway up there for 2 weeks shortly camping out on our property to watch the sunsets & Lunar eclipse. Cant wait.

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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:16

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:16
Hi Tony

No argument from me on the Great Victoria Desert, and Stu, enjoy the sunsets and lunar eclipse!

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Reply By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:16

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:16
The Deserts for me, The Kimberley's would be my second pick
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:16

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:16
Try explaining that you like deserts to the work folk, my colleagues don't get it...

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Follow Up By: AlbyNSW - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:23

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:23
Baz I hear you,

I often get asked "so what is out there?" and "What do you do when you get there?"

When I say "nothing" you get a blank and baffled response hahaha
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Follow Up By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:52

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:52
LOL.

Egg Zackery.
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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:02

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:02
Yep Baz same at my office & my wife's

Just blank stares. Good thing is it leaves all those great spots for us to visit.
Someone even said to me they cant understand why we like going bush because once you have seen one tree you have seen em all!
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Reply By: Ron N - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:27

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:27
Nothing beats the Kimberley region for me. Even just the drive North from Halls Creek to Kununurra along the GNH is a drive I still regard as the most stunningly beautiful drive in the country.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:18

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:18
Hey Ron

I've driven and flown over plenty of Australia, but never the Kimberley's - but will do, eventually!

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Reply By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:42

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 13:42
These days the thought of the Overland Track multi-day hike in Tasmania is very appealing and it's on my 50th birthday bucket-list. Tassie offers so much to the outdoors enthusiast - a 4WD is just the means to get to some of the remote places and enjoy the wilderness camping, hiking and scenery and the whole state seems to embrace self-drive travellers and their needs.
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:19

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:19
Couldn't agree more, and hiking and four-wheel driving is a great combination...

But hey, on your 50th birthday bucket list? It'll be a long time before you get there Michelle!

Cheer,s Baz
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:28

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:28
3 years, it will go quick...
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:43

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 15:43
Age is a bit over-rated I think...

"how old would you be if I didn't know how old you were?"

Enjoy the weekend!

Cheers, Baz



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Follow Up By: Bushranger1 - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:09

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:09
Yep do it Michelle.
I have done the Overland track twice & its awesome though it was some years back when I was younger.
Also add the Larapinta Track to your list. Did 120km of the Larapinta a few years back when I was 53 & no problem.
Ha ha. Actually I do admit that I felt in the old legs afterwards but really enjoyed the awesome scenery.

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Follow Up By: Member - johnat - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:53

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:53
Michelle, Do it! Do it!
It is absolutely worth the trip, but not the "sleep easy" way - the all inclusive luxury lodges with hot showers and wine with chef dining each night!
Only way to do it is carry everything yourself, that way you will have achieved something (and saved around 3 grand into the bargain!)
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:56

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:56
johnat, you obviously don't know me very well !
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Follow Up By: ExplorOz Team - Michelle - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 20:25

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 20:25
Landy you ask "how old would you be if I didn't know how old you were?", honestly I don't have any issue with age, never have. I am thankful for every day of my life so far so I wouldn't ever care to change the facts. I just say it as it is. But I do have bucket lists and things I want to do and I am aware of how fast the years are ticking by without my realising it. Life used to happen much slower than it is now and now I have dreams that don't come to fruition by themselves and suddenly you look back and realised you've been having that dream for 10 years and don't nothing about it. I'm sure many can relate. That's why you have to put a date on it!!
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Follow Up By: The Landy - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:46

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:46
Hi Michelle

I totally agree that age shouldn’t bother any of us.

That quote is a favourite of mine and taken from a book written about the people of Mexico who are ultra-marathon runners (the title and author escapes me!). In it there was a runner who was clearly of very advanced years, 80 plus (apparently) who simply ran long distances, totally uninhibited by age; he didn’t know how old he was!

We live in a society that wants to pigeon hole people based on age! I wish I had a dollar for every time someone said, I must do this before I get too old, or before it is too late...

I say, just do it when you can...

And does life go faster, or do we just try to cram more into each day for fear of running out of days?

Live life in the moment and take time out of the equation, life will slow down to a pace that you’ll achieve the things you want to…

But I'm digressing!

That will be a great trip you have planned, so enjoy when it happens!



Cheers, The Landy!

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Reply By: Member - Boobook - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:17

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:17
Baz, I dunno, but you may have it all wrong.

Personally I love the High Country in Vic and have been fortunate enough to do a few trips across the Simpson, Kimberly, and of course the wonderful deserts of SA. I used to think the High country was the Mecca and all else paled in comparison. I used to laugh at some South Australian mates. But now their desert keeps calling me back. The more isolated the better. ( yeah I'm getting old)

BUT hang on. I love travelling internationally too. Like totally overcrowded Shinjuku in Tokyo and Times Square in HK. I love wandering around Mong Kok in Hong Kong were the population wouldn't even fit on the ground if everyone came out of their apartments at the same time.

And I love sitting at home doing nothing, especially after all the bloody hassles of travel. The bloody dust everywhere, the F.... airports and hotels of international travel. Errgh. But then I love the planning for the next trip.

But a couple of years back I made a mad dash to Lake Eyre at the end of January. No planning, no consideration of the temperature, but I promised my kid that I would take him to see the lake with water in it one day. Bugger me there was a report on ABC news a week or so later that said that we were heading for an El nino and Lake Eyre may not fill again for 15 or 20 years. "Dad you may be dead by then, and you promised" Gawd.

Ok Lets go.

Well we rolled in Kings Canyon, Coober Pedy and Ayres Rock. And it rained at the rock. It turned out to be one of the best holidays I have ever had.

I know I'm getting philosophical, but I'm beginning to think that the location doesn't matter. It's a set of places, experiences memories and adventure.

Keep looking forward is my guide.
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Reply By: Bob Y. - Qld - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:19

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 16:19
Well Baz, with the average temp for March here being 40 plus deg, then I'd say Macquarrie Island might be my pick!!! :-)

However, once I become rational again, suggest the Kimberley would be the go. Spent 6 years up there working over 40 years ago, have always planned to get back there.

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Reply By: passionfruit - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:20

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 18:20
Time of year is what would dictate my compass bearing on which direction to take.Have done and love doing any of the 'above'-------------make life worth while.
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Reply By: equinox - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 20:34

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 20:34
Bearing of 40-50 degrees, North East, about twenty five hundred clicks.

Never been to the Top End and would go there in a flash if the going was good.

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Reply By: Idler Chris - Vic - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 21:52

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 21:52
It has to be the deserts for me. Been to many and have no plans to stop anytime soon. Having said that been to Arnham Land twice before and going again this year so that has to be way up there. The reality is that I, and I would suspect many others, could name 20 places and there would only be a hares breath between them. We certainly live in the lucky country.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Vic - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:21

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:21
You may have to blow this up a bit to read it.
I have loved the deserts for years but never been able to really explain to anyone, lets alone myself. This piece written by Carlisle Rogers, to me, explains the reasons just beautifully. I dare say it may resonate with many other desert travellers.
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Follow Up By: Idler Chris - Vic - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:30

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:30
If you cannot read it go here.
https://www.dropbox.com/s/3dd5vfmsdx4zojs/2015-03-20%2022.22.19.jpg?dl=0
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Reply By: The Explorer - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:46

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 22:46
..Looks like the desert is getting a bit crowded ...think I'd head ~219° 32 km to here for time being ..until it gets cold :) South West WA...



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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 23:24

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 23:24
..and when it did get cold, the Pilbara (which you strangely left off your list?) 20 ° 1,185 km (as the crow flies)...

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Follow Up By: The Explorer - Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 23:47

Friday, Mar 20, 2015 at 23:47
and then another not on the list but worth a visit..the Great Western Woodlands (GWW) the largest (16 million hectares) intact temperate woodland left on Earth...75° 470 km.



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Follow Up By: The Landy - Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 09:06

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 09:06
And isn't that what makes Australia so great - so many diverse landscapes and places to enjoy...

cheers, Baz - The Landy
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Reply By: The Landy - Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 09:23

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 09:23
Thanks to all for contributing and please continue to add your thoughts to the many thoughtful comments on the places that people like to travel to!

When I put the list together I did ask for you to highlight any obvious areas or places I may have missed…

And perhaps this comment (from Boobook) draws to the essence of why we travel...

“I'm beginning to think that the location doesn't matter. It's a set of places, experiences memories and adventure.”

I must say, we have always liked to travel to the Outback, wherever that is, and in more recent times I’ve also come to the view that the “Outback” is a state of mind, a place you can visit at will, well for me at least…

Enjoy your weekend, Baz (The Landy)
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Reply By: Member - Marc Luther B (WA) - Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 14:05

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 14:05
I already live in the Kimberley, in the Tanami Desert, with no plans to move. I would however go around the One Arm Point / Beagle Bay Area again without hesitation. Alan (Equinox) I know that you have already done this area, met you here a couple of years back.
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Reply By: Member - Mark C (QLD) - Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 21:48

Saturday, Mar 21, 2015 at 21:48
It is a hard one but here is my selection, Kimberley's, Tasmania, deserts, Flinders, Top End Alpine and Gulf/Cape York.
We have visited all but Cape York and find it hard to pick because we want to see all regions in different times of year as they all look different from winter to summer in the south and wet to dry in north. All in all we will get back to each in the other season to when we first visited.
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