Australia is a vast continent offering many opportunities for the intrepid traveller as well as being an ideal holiday destination. There are many well known cities providing excellent sightseeing opportunities, culture, good hotels and restaurants together with a good transport system. Add in some great weather, sensational scenery, famed beaches and a wonderful wildlife, and it is hard to choose where to start. It is probably best to select an area and do some advance planning. The southern city of Melbourne in the state of Victoria provides the perfect gateway for exploration.
Many international airlines including Quantas offer direct flights from around the world into Melbourne. A few days spent in this cultural, lively metropolis provide some relaxation after a long haul flight. It is also possible to coincide a visit with one of the many cultural and sporting events that take place throughout the year. The Melbourne International Comedy Festival; the Food and Wine Festival; Melbourne Cup horse racing event; International Test cricket; Formula One racing and the Grand Slam tennis tournament to name a few.
This travel documentary entitled ‘A Journey to the Red Centre’ assumes that the visitor has already explored Melbourne city and is ready to journey out towards the centre of the country.
Taking the coastal highway in the direction of Adelaide, there is the option of exploring Victoria’s spectacular coastline via the Great Ocean Road. Another excellent excursion takes the visitor to Kangaroo Island just south of Adelaide. Then it is northwards using the Ghan train to travel to Alice Springs. From here it is a relatively short drive, by Australian standards, to the Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park. Here it is possible to explore and enjoy the natural majesty of Ayers Rock, the Olgas and rugged Kings Canyon in the Northern Territory. The film concludes with a scenic helicopter ride over Ayers Rock and the Olgas. Visitors to the area can then arrange to journey on elsewhere in Australia and/or link in with an international return flight.
Running time: approx. 25 mins.
Tags: Australia, Red Centre, Kangaroo Island, Ghan train, Uluru-Kata-Tjuta National Park