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Journeys : RACT MNJ June July 2010
Strapped soundly into a deluxe 4WD, cr uising at an easy 100km/h down a smooth bitumen highway and cooled by the gentle breeze of air conditioning, it's easy to forget the immense hardship endured to put that road on the map. But 2010 is a chance to celebrate the 150th anniversary of one of these remarkable feats -- the birth of Australia's central highway. It was on 22 April 1860 that the mighty little Scot, John McDouall Stuart reached the geographical heart of Central Australia, paving the way for the establishment of the Overland Telegraph Line and later the Stuart Highway -- the main road linking Adelaide with Darwin. Equipped with the bare minimum of navigational instruments and astride his faithful horse Polly, Stuart's sm all party including William Kekwick and Benjamin Head became the first Europeans to reach the Red Centre. The Union Jack was raised and a cair n of stones built to mark his fourth attempt to cross the continent and it was only two years later that he finally achieved his goal. Today refer red to as the Explorer's Way, visitors can experience Stuart's 3016 kilometre Outback route at ease, driving through arid cattle gra zing lands and ancient mountain ranges to the lush wetlands of the Norther n Tropics -- but thankfully, without the scur vy and sandy blight! Follow the historic route of John McDouall Stuart with a 9-day self-drive 'Explorers Way' holiday connecting Australia's south and north from Adelaide to Dar win, taking in many of Australia's best-know n icons including the Flinders Ranges, Alice Springs and Katherine. The Ghan's classic Platinum Ser vice offers all you need to make your train holiday a tr uly special and memorable experience. Travel by rail between Adelaide and Dar win and you are embarking on one of the great train jour neys of the world. Named after the Afghan cameleers who once plied this route, The Ghan will take you from one edge of this continent to the other, through the very centre of Australia over three remarkable days. Book this package and receive free accommodation and touring in Dar win and Adelaide. Get a taste of the abundant wildlife in the Territory's lush wetlands when you follow Nature's Way Park Explorer. Hit the road with complete freedom on this self-drive itinerary of the Top End -- around every corner is a new spectacular view and rugged terrain to be tamed and explored. Cr uise the Adelaide River and experience the thrill as awesome crocodiles leap out of the water, explore Kakadu's amazing billabongs teeming with birdlife and experience the raw natural beauty with a cr uise on the famous Yellow Water Billabong. Stare in awe at the majesty of Nitmiluk National Park (Katherine Gorge) as you cr uise its waters and swim in the many pools and waterfalls of Litchfield National Park. To discover the quirky characters, amazing wildlife and spectacular scenery of the Northern Territory, visit your RACT Travelworld branch or call us on 1300 368 111. Alice Springs celebrates explorer's milestone Sunset over Yellow Waters, Kakadu Litchfield Waterfalls Katherine Gorge Mindil Beach Sunset Markets - Darwin 63 June /July 2010
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