Iconic outback experiences

If you are looking for iconic Outback experiences and have a spirit for adventure, Lake Eyre National Park is the place to start.  The huge salt lake is a sight to behold beneath the startling blue desert sky. Day visitor access is available at Halligan Bay (about 67 km from the Oodnadatta Track, near William Creek) and also via Muloorina Station. Camping is also possible at Halligan Bay and Muloorina.

From Autumn to early Spring is the best time to visit Lake Eyre. However Lake Eyre National Park is open to four-wheel drive vehicles only and travellers must be well prepared as the area is remote.

If going on your own seems overwhelming then a Nature-Bound Australia tour, designed for over 50s, might be just the thing for you. They provide tours in Queensland, New South Wales, Northern Territory, South Australia and Tasmania.

Gekko Safari also offer senior friendly safari tours in South Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia.

The spectacular Kakadu National Park is a must see for anyone visiting northern Australia and for good reason. There are many places to visit in the park including the Mamukala Wetlands, Ubirr, Bowali Visitor Centre, Nourlangie, Yellow River, Koolpin Gorge, Gunlom Fall, Maguk and Jim Jim Falls. So you will need to plan your visit carefully as the Park is huge and it’s easy to spend all your time driving and not get to the beautiful wilderness areas you have dreamed of seeing.  The official visitor’s guide is a good place to start your research.

Alternatively, you can go on a tour where everything is taken care of and you needn’t worry about the small things. But make sure you work out what you want from a tour and read the itineraries carefully – and ask questions if you need more information (before you book!). Winter is the best time to visit Kakadu. For accommodation, camping is the cheapest option and the one which keeps you in touch with nature but if that’s not your style, the Gagudju Lodge in Cooinda is also an affordable option in a great location. 

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