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 Outback

Visit the world's oldest ceremonial burial site at Mungo National Park in the Willandra Lakes World Heritage Area. Stay underground in the quirky opal mining town of White Cliffs or see where exquisite black opal is mined and meet eccentric locals in Lightning Ridge. Discover distinctive light, desert landscapes and an oasis of lakes around Broken Hill, the former mining town known as Silver City. Don't miss the characters, history and horizons of the New South Wales outback.

 Snowy Mountains

Hit Australia's highest ski slopes at Charlotte Pass and climb Mt. Kosciuszko, Australia's tallest peak. At the top you'll find a UNESCO Biosphere Reserve with 20 species of plants found nowhere else in the world. During the winter, hit the slopes at Thredbo and Perisher Blue. In the summer, take in the trout-filled streams and wildflower-coated plains while cycling, caving, rafting, kayaking, four-wheeling, horseback riding and hiking. Whatever the season, Snowy Mountains has endless opportunities for outdoor adventure.

 Heart of Country
South of the Queensland border you'll find Australia's country music capital of Tamworth and Moree's natural artesian spas. See the volcanic spires of Warrumbungle National Park and the World Heritage-listed national parks of Glen Innes. West to the outback, climb the red dunes of the prehistoric Perry Sandhills and explore the wineries and citrus orchards of Griffith. To the south, travel down the Murray River in a paddlesteamer from twin towns on the Victorian border: Echuca-Moama and Albury-Wodonga. Drive the Poacher's Trail through the Yass Valley and check out captivating art galleries in Wagga Wagga.

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FROM: Oprah's Ultimate Australian Adventure
Published on January 18, 2011

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