Hey WUDU Family,

There’s no better time than summer to explore what Australia has to offer, so why not start with a holiday at the Whitsundays? You may have just missed the whales who come to visit the snow white sand and crystal blue waters in the cooler months of June to November, however there’s still a bounty of marine life to check out along the great barrier reef – a must do Aussie experience that may not be around forever!

If being out in the great blue ocean isn’t your thing, there are plenty of fun and free lagoons and pools to take a dip in as well as Botanic Gardens and National Parks, or find out more about the ancient Ngaro indigenous people at the Ngaro Cultural Site. There’s heaps to do around this iconic Australian beach but don’t take our word for it, go out and experience it for yourself.

Or if you haven’t already it’s a great time to journey into the beating heart of this great country and soak up the red centre. Cool off for a swim in Glen Helen Gorge and go rock wallaby spotting at Simpsons Gap, both in the West MacDonnell Ranges. Immerse yourself in the Dreamtime legend surrounding the 20 kilometre wide, 140 million year old comet crater of Gosse Bluff and ride a camel around Uluru at dawn. If seeing the colossal crater has interested and excited you, stop at the Henbury Meteorites Conservation Reserve to see 12 more created when a meteor hit the outback just 4,700 years ago and find out more about this somewhat frightening phenomenon.

There’s so much to do in our big red backyard but don’t forget to spend a few days in Alice Springs soaking up everything this cultural hub has to offer, whether it be visiting the Reptile Centre, going bird watching, visiting the art galleries or my all-time two favourite things – eating/shopping at the street markets.

So whether it’s the white sand of the Whitsundays or the red sand surrounding Uluru, here are just two of the thousands of places to go see this summer break. So go on, jump on Google, pick a place and take advantage of this colourful playground we live in, nothing’s stopping you and you wont regret it!

Written by Leon Pumpa