Time to Roam Magazine Issue 9 - June/July 2014 - Page 43

| on the roam our top 5 2 4 3 1 5 Karijini National Park, WA This impressively rugged landscape of red ranges reveals its real magnificence when you come across incredible gorges that seem to appear from nowhere. The Fortescue River has eroded deep and steep sided gorges. The spinifex and ghost gums vegetate the undulating countryside above, while deep within shaded gorges are fern-lined pools. This is a place to explore on foot and take your swimming gear. Western MacDonnell Ranges, NT If you have seen an Albert Namatjira painting you will know the West Macs. West of Alice Springs is a line of ranges with many highlights. For us as walkers, the Larapinta Trail is high on the must do list, but for those less active there is Simpsons Gap, Standley Chasm, Ellery Creek Big Hole, Serpentine Gorge, Ochre Pits, Ormiston Gorge, Redbank Gorge, Glen Helen Gorge, Tnorala Gosse Bluff, Palm Valley, Mount Sonder, Mount Zeil and Mount Giles. Mount Sonder is the highest mountain in the Northern Territory. The vistas are iconic outback Australian and truly the red centre. Blue Mountains, NSW The Three Sisters at Katoomba is the iconic view of the Blue Mountains but once you get away from the tourists at Echo Point, the magic starts. The network of walking trails across the top and up and down gorges and heavily forested valleys keep us busy every time we visit. We love coming across lyrebirds while hiking along a misty trail in the early morning. We also love the dense forest of tree ferns and eucalyptus. Michael loves getting up early to photograph the mist lifting out of the deep valleys and the magic light near sunset, illuminating sheer rock faces in a golden glow. It’s hard to believe that such an immense wilderness is so close to Sydney. Issue 09 Jun/Jul 2014 43