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Tasmania South West Wilderness Area

When Angie and Macca heard about the tours Lou from Wild Pedder Tours run, there was no chance that we wouldn’t be spending time with them. The premise is simply show off the beauty of Tasmania’s world class wilderness area whilst providing gourmet meals with great accommodation.

First off was a Kayak Trip on Lake Pedder, all safety equipment and gear to stay dry is provided plus training and guidance for novices. Once Angie, Macca and the crew went through this we hit the water. The Lake was perfectly still making for great filming; Lou and his assistant John provided much history on the area and pointed out flora and fauna including Wedge Tailed Eagles. The Kayaks were very stable and easy to control as we travelled to a waterfall across the Lake.

At the waterfall, Lou surprised us with Hot Chocolate and delicious local homemade Chocolate Brownies. Macca considers himself an expert on smoko, and rates this as one of the best ever.

The return trip there was some more wind but it was still easy to row, we saw more Eagles and really noticed that there were so many beaches around the shore. Lou told us that there was over 2000 beaches around this lake system. The Hydro Electric Plant provides 25% of Tasmania’s power and around 3% of Australia’s total electricity.

In contrast to the fine condition the previous day at Lake Pedder, a wet day greeted us for a Walk in the Styx Valley. Lou had prepared for this and provided rain coats to keep us dry. The Styx Valley contains the tallest hardwood trees in the world, with many reaching 25 storeys tall and estimated to be over 400 years old.

Again Lou pointed out the flora and fauna plus teaching us about the history on the pleasant walk amongst the giant trees. Truly amazing is the only way to describe the size of the trees.

Combining a guided tour with the comfort of Lake Pedder Wilderness Lodge makes the perfect trip, we can’t wait to get back.

Thats a wrap of our Tasmania trip, we hope you enjoyed tagging along!

Written By Jason Lock

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Colourful Holiday Destinations!

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

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El Questro and Zebedee Springs

Surrounded by beautiful palms Zebedee Springs is an oasis in the desert. It’s sun drenched waters and babbling brooks make it the perfect place to cool off before heading to El Questro Wilderness Park.

Set on over 700,000 acres, the wilderness park is part of El Questro Station. After many years of unsuccesful owners trying to farm it’s rocky land it was Will and Celia Burrells who saw the potential of this land as a tourist destination.

They went about building Emma Gorge Resort in 1991. With it’s many updates, the Emma Gorge Resort is still a part of the accommodation choices at El Questro Station today.

Guests to El Questro can choose to stay at one of the four different locations in the park. The Homestead with it’s resort style feel is located in lush tropical gardens overlooking the Chamberlain Gorge.

Set among the Cockburn Rangers, Emma Gorge Resort, the original accommodation at El Questro, offers safari style tented cabins which can accommodate the family.

The hub of El Questro Wilderness Park is The Station. With a choice of River and Gardenview rooms The Station is located next to the restaurant and bar and is ideal for travellers who like to be amongst the action .

Finally there is the El Questro camping ground. With 48 powered sites you can bring your own tent or hire one at the station. Caravans can also be brought to El Questro but off road vans and campers are recommended as there is 16 kilometres of unmade road as well as two water crossings.

So no matter what type of holiday you’re looking for El Questro will have you covered for accommodation, adventure and relaxation.

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Home Valley Station

We could be singing about Home Valley Station when the What’s Up Downunder title song says “It’s time to see this land, this land of wonder”.

As part of a 3 station property that covers 3.5 million acres, Home Valley Station is owned by the Indigenous Land Corporation on behalf of the Balanggarra People of the East Kimberley.

Set up as an on-site training academy for indigenous men and women in the area Home Valley Station offers sustainable employment for the locals and a unique experience for visitors.

Guests are treated to a variety of activities, from the gentlest of bush walks either on foot or horseback, to adrenaline pumping helicopter experiences, and everything in between. The staff at Home Valley Station are experts in making sure guests get the exact experience they are looking for.

With several types of accomodation to choose from you will feel right at home at the Station.

First and foremost, premium outback luxury is on offer at the Grass Castles, located amongst beautiful eucalypts on the banks of Bindoola Creek. With well appointed, ultra modern interiors, the Grass Castles are built reminiscent of the original pioneering settlers’ homesteads.

You’ll be forgiven if you feel like you’ve stepped back in time when entering the Guesthouse Rooms. Cleverly designed to recreate the original stockman’s quarters, these new buildings are completely modernised. The Guesthouse Rooms are conveniently located close to the Dusty Bar and Grill and the lagoon style pool.

If you’re looking to enjoy the sights and sounds of the Kimberley then the extra large Eco Tents are for you. These safari-style tents have high pitched roofs and large canvas windows on all sides that reveal the night sky. Each tent is fitted with a king size bed, soft linen, beautiful timber furniture and private decks. Extra beds can be added for a family stay.

Finally there is camping. Set at the foot of the majestic Cockburn Ranges, with powered and non-powered sites, the Home Valley Station camping ground is the perfect place to base yourself when touring the Kimberly region.

After a day experiencing Home Valley Station’s adventures, everyone converges on The Dusty Ba and Grill to enjoy an ice cold ale and the quality Australian cuisine. As the epicentre of night time entertainment, a unique a la carte dining experience is the perfect way to end your day.

Once the day is over, the dust has settled, and the sun sinks low in the western sky, you get to fully appreciate the beauty of Home Valley Station. With it’s changing colours and expansive star-filled sky, all that’s left to do is plan your next day’s adventure.

As a business that is responsible for the cultural and business diversification of the local Indigenous people, Home Valley Station is worth supporting.

As a travel destination and unique experience, Home Valley Station is difficult to beat.

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