Some travellers with a deep spirit of Adventure spend their holiday, not on the beach or in the mountains, but in the one of Australia’s harsh deserts. Shortly before night fall a camp is selected and firewood collected. Winter here brings cold, often freezing nights, and the fire is required for both heat and cooking. The camp is surrounded by desert oak trees which help make the camp a more pleasant place to spent the evening. After dinner is eaten the travellers unwind and talk over the day’s events and socialise with a lone traveller which they met during the day before retiring to their swags for a night’s sleep.
There are no kangaroos in Austria. We're talking about Australia, the world's smallest continent. That being cleared up, let's dive right in! Australia is a sovereign state under the Commonwealth of Nations, which is in turn overseen by Queen Elizabeth the Second, by the Grace of God, Queen of Australia and Her other Realms and Territories, Head of the Commonwealth. The continent was first sighted and charted by the Dutch in 1606. Captain James Cook of Britain came along in the next century to claim it for Britain and name it "New South Wales." Shortly thereafter it was declared to be a penal colony full of nothing but criminals and convicts, giving it the crap reputation you may have heard at your last cocktail party. This rumor ignores 40,000 years of pre-European human history, especially the Aboriginal concept of Dreamtime, an interesting explanation of physical and spiritual reality. The two biggest cities in Australia are Sydney and Melbourne. Sydney is more for business, Melbourne for arts. But that's painting in very broad strokes. Take a whirl around the panoramas to see for yourself! Text by Steve Smith.