One Tree Hill, Auckland NZ

One Tree Hill, Auckland NZ

One Tree Hill in Auckland, New Zealand provides some great views of the city and the surrounding bays and countryside. On the summit of the hill is the grave of Sir John Logan Campbell (1817-1912) surmounted by an obelisk (he was a famous NZ politician and businessman). He bequeathed £5000 for the obelisk which serves as … Continue reading

Aussie Outback: New South Wales – Mungo National Park

Aussie Outback: New South Wales – Mungo National Park

Mungo National Park in the south-west outback of New South Wales is a World Heritage Area of spectacular scenery and over 40,000 years of ancient history. Some of the most stunning scenery in Mungo is the Walls of China and the great white sand dunes. The fragile Walls of China made of clay and sand were formed into … Continue reading

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Climbing Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Climbing Uluru (Ayers Rock)

In my previous post I shared my visit to the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in Central Australia.  Uluru (Ayers Rock) the worlds largest monolith is the centerpiece of the park and one that many visitors wish to climb to the top of. You cannot always do the climb though as it is a sacred place to the Anangu Aboriginals … Continue reading

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Uluru (Ayers Rock)

The showpiece of Central Australia is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park in the Northern Territory. This is where the giant stone monoliths Uluru (Ayers Rock) and its neighbor Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)  jut into the sky from the red earth below. Uluru is the worlds largest monolith (it is formed from sandstone) and nearby Kata Tjuta is a series of 36 large domed … Continue reading

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Aussie Outback: Northern Territory – Kata Tjuta (The Olgas)

Central Australia has some of the most impressive scenery you will see not only in Australia but anywhere in the world. The theme in the outback of the Northern Territory is wide open spaces, red earth and red rocks on a massive scale! The showpiece is the Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park where the ancient world … Continue reading

Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

Hiking the Franz Josef Glacier in New Zealand

In 2005 my Dad and I headed over from Australia to the south island of New Zealand to hike the Franz Josef Glacier. The glacier was named by German explorer Julius von Haast in 1865 after the Austrian Emperor Franz Joseph I. Up until 2008 the glacier was still advancing but sadly since then the ice … Continue reading