The land where the mobile phone crackles
The mobile phone, dead in the desert, crackles back to life when I reach the dry bed of the Todd River which runs through Alice Springs
Why you can't kayak in Australia's Kakadu
It is another hot, near-cloudless day, and the morning has a scorched, brackish smell. We spot sea eagles and kingfishers, snowy egrets and crane-like brolga. Then the “salties” appear.
The biggest and quickest land grab of all times
The plains around Coober Pedy in South Australia’s Outback are pockmarked with human molehills great and small, turning this area into a vast lunar landscape.
Driving through the Outback is pure therapy
While bracing myself for a journey through the desert of Central Australia, I find comfort in the words of Australian landscape painter Peter Coad. “You’ll love it,” he says.
Ted Strehlow, scientist and tribal chief
In Alice Springs in Australia's Outback, I visit the Strehlow Research Centre, a museum dedicated to the life and work of Theodor ‘Ted’ Strehlow, the most prominent white scientist to study the values and customs of Aborigines until today.
Uluru, whispering wordless wisdom
Uluru (or Ayers Rock), the gigantic sandstone monolith in the heart of Australia's Outback which is sacred to indigenous Australians, is clearly recognizable from a distance of 20 miles or more.
Outback cathedral rising from red earth
Australia, a place so dry and underpopulated that everything is called The Outback with the exception of a few cities. Its epicenter is a giant red rock rising from the red desert earth, calling like a beacon.