Central Australia

By Graham Simmons In Travel

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6th August, 2011
This doesn’t feel like Central Australia. Following heavy rains in February-March and again in mid-July, the usually parched landscape of brilliant cobalt skies over oxide-red earth is softened with swathes of new plant shoots. The air is redolent with the honey-sweet aroma of pukara (desert heath-myrtle – Thryptomene maisonneuvei) and a bouquet of other wild flowers. I’m privileged to experience the desert’s rebirth on a walking trip by Park Trek, a Melbourne-based company that has been running bushwalking trips for over 10 years. But I also want to gauge whether the trips ...

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