When people think of traveling to Australia most think of the cities along the coast or the Great Barrier Reef. These are great attractions but there are other attractions that are just as interesting and exciting as the coastal and better known offerings. One of these is the Pinnacles Desert which is enchanting, bizarre, and slightly alien.
Desert lovers and photographers have long known about this protected areas mysterious rock and sand formations which poke up through the sand like giant fingers scattered across the desert landscape. The limestone pillars contrast with the yellow sand surface to present a dramatic and stunning display of shadow formations in the early and late hours of the day.
The popularity of this destination is growing and is no longer the unknown gem of a destination that it once was. Travelers are encouraged to go between August and October as the temperatures and weather is the most tolerable at this time of year as well as the time when desert plants blossom and bloom. Options for seeing the park include 4×4 or walking tours. Wildlife hides during the day except for the occasional kangaroo or emu so don’t expect an Australian safari experience here.
If you’re thinking you’d like to visit Australia but also have a different story to tell than most take a look at our Wild Australia Tour.
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In Egyptian lore, Amun-Ra was the father of all pharaohs and king of all gods. His city was a cosmopolitan marvel and cultural center named Luxor. Today, Luxor is one of the finest travel destinations. To this very day, this historic city continues to intrigue visitors with its enchanting ruins and beauty. Luxor is a city fit for a king!
Built on and around the ancient city of Thebes, Luxor has been called the largest open air museum in the world due to all if the history it contains. Luxor is home to the Valley of the Kings, the Valley of the Queens and the gorgeous Karnack Temple. Travelers usually use this city as a home base of sorts for more travel into Upper Egypt. Travelers have been coming to Luxor for centuries to take in all that it has to offer.
When traveling to Luxor (or any place in Egypt) it is important to know when to go. Generally, there are two seasons: hot and hotter. In the winter, temperature usually reaches into the 80s (F) while in the summertime it has been known to get so hot that the soles of travelers’ shoes begin to melt. You will definitely want to visit between October and March. The weather is much more hospitable during that time. There is a ton of great things to do and see in Luxor; however you will want to pace yourself so that you avoid heat exhaustion.
Now that you know when to travel to Luxor, what should you be sure to see? Well, a good start is the Mummification Museum and Luxor Museum. At these great sites you can see mummified remains and other relics from Egypt’s ancient past. If you are interested in exploring some ancient temples, consider a trip to Karnak. Karnak, or Ipet-isut as it used to be known, is home to temples that were once of major importance to religious worship in ancient Egypt. While in Karnak you will definitely want to check out the Hypostile Hall in the Great Temple of Amum.
Luxor is one destination that is sure to touch your soul. Every traveler is in search of that one place that truly enchants the mind, Luxor is that place!