I could not be more excited to announce that I’ll be returning to one of my favorite places in the whole wide world, Australia! I’m even more excited for the opportunity to explore the Outback for the very first time with G Adventures… but more on that in a bit.

First stop? Sydney!

My one true travel love is the city of Sydney. In fact, it’s the birth place of The Blonde Abroad. That’s right. I came up with the concept of this very blog while sitting at a cafe near Sydney Harbour almost two years ago.

While I’ll be checking out all of Sydney’s must-see-sights, I’ll also be reuniting with old mates, indulging in the city’s world-renowned food culture and, of course, partaking in one of Bondi’s famous Sunday Sessions.

And now, for the best part…

I’m going to the Outback!

When I first left the corporate world and left for “anywhere but here,” my first stop was Australia. I spent almost 2 months living on the East coast of Australia and visiting everywhere from The Great Barrier Reef to the street-art-saturated city of Melbourne.

While I made the most of my time in Australia, I haven’t even scraped the surface of what the country has to offer. That’s what the Outback is… a huge and mostly untouched portion of the country.

The Outback (and most of Australia) is well known for its harsh climate and being home to the world’s deadliest creatures.

 

Don’t worry. I’m coming prepared.

In all seriousness… Yes, I do own this head net. My mom bought it for me when she heard I was going to the Outback.

Dignity aside, do I really need to bring this thing?!

While spiders the size of my head and baby snatching dingos are of concern to me, the Outback is one of the most picturesque destinations in Australia that I’ve longed to explore. I’ll be spending 8 days on G Adventures “The Rock, Rail and Kakadu” tour traveling up the Northern Territory of Australia while camping, hiking, stargazing and traveling by the famous Ghan train.

Here’s a breakdown of my 8-day tour:

Day 1: Alice Springs/Uluru

Depart Alice Springs early in the morning and travel to the Red Centre. Visit the Aboriginal Cultural Centre and do the informative Marla Walk around part of Uluru’s base. Catch the sunset over Uluru before heading to your campground for the night. Camp under the stars of the night sky—the only way to really experience the Outback.

Day 2: Kata Tjuta/Kings Creek Station

Watch the sunrise over Uluru, then enjoy a walk through the Valley of the Winds in Kata Tjuta. Continue onto Kings Creek Station for another night around the campfire.

Day 3: Kings Canyon/Alice Springs

Hike the awe-inspiring Kings Canyon, then stop by a camel farm for an optional camel ride en route back to Alice Springs.

Day 4: The Ghan Train

Ride the rails on the famous Ghan Train—named for Afghan cameleers. Glide through the remote outback en route to the subtropical top end of Australia.

Day 5: Darwin

Stop at Katherine Gorge. Opt for a flat-bottomed boat trip or a walk before continuing onto Darwin.

Day 6: Darwin/Kakadu National Park

Spot crocs on a boat cruise. Visit an Aboriginal crafts centre before continuing onto Kakadu National Park.

Day 7: Kakadu National Park/Litchfield National Park

Explore the waterfalls, swimming holes and trails of Kakadu National Park—a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Day 8: Litchfield National Park/Darwin

Guided excursion to Litchfield National Park to encounter streams, rock formations and the impressive magnetic termite mounds. Tour ends in Darwin upon arrival in the evening.

View the complete itinerary here: The Rock, Rail and Kakadu Tour

 

So there it is! In less than one week, I’ll board my 16 hour flight to begin my Adventures in Oz.

Yes. 16 hours. How to survive this flight in another post.

Until then, please comment below with any recommendations you have for Sydney and the Outback!

Survival tactics for the Outback greatly appreciated!

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Kiersten Rich is the bikini-obsessed author of award-winning solo female travel and lifestyle blog, The Blonde Abroad, featuring travel tips, fashion, food, festivals and photography from around the world.