Great Outdoors : Photogallery


Incredible experiences you can only have in the dark

Atacama Desert stars, Chile

From weird wildlife to epic mountain treks, we’ve tracked down some of the world’s most spectacular after-dark adventures.


Six of the best: desert camps

Amangiri, Utah desert camp

From Namibia to Mongolia to Chile, Ute Junker discovers six of the best desert camps around the world.


Knee-wobbling glass lookout opens in French Alps

 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps.

The 'Step into the Void' installation at the Aiguille du Midi mountain peak above Chamonix, in the French Alps opens on Saturday.

Top pics by Lauren Bath, professional Instagrammer

Chasing manta ray, Yasawa Islands, Fiji.

Images from around the world by professional Instagrammer Lauren Bath.


Lonely Planet's Beautiful World

The Dolomites, South Tyrol, Italy. Millions of years ago the pale peaks and pinnacles of the Dolomites lay on the seabed; now they are among the world's most distinctive mountainscapes.

Take a look at some of the spectacular images from Lonely Planet's Beautiful World, a book marking the travel guide publisher's 40th anniversary with a series of photographic essays.


The mysterious, spectacular 'Sounding Sands' desert

Sound Sands desert, China Mongolia

Xiangshawan, in the Sounding Sand Desert of the Inner Mongolia Autonomous Region, is China's famous tourist resort in the desert.


One of the world's most spectacular road trips

SMH TRAVELLER JUNE 22. Himalaya road. Credit andrew bain . Village near Keylong, above the Chandra River on the Manali-Leh highway

Andrew Bain takes an unhurried trip through the soaring terrain of the ancient Manali-Leh highway through the Himalayas.

Ultimate trip into the wild

Botswana is sometimes described as one of the best safari destinations in Africa. From big game to boat rides to sumptuous meals, there's not much more you can ask for in a trip into the wild.


The best beach in the world

Best beach in the world Rabbit Beach Sicily

Rabbit Beach in Sicily, Italy, has been named the best beach in the world by travel website TripAdvisor, based on reviews and rankings from millions of users.


Carnival's dirtiest party

Bloco de Lama mud party in Brazil

Revellers get down and dirty at Brazil's Bloco de Lama mud party as part of Carnival celebrations.


The new Uluru

Sunset at World Heritage listed Uluru in Australia's Northern Territory with Uluru Camel Tours.

Fairfax photographer, Steven Siewert, travels to Australia's red centre in the the Northern Territory capturing a photographic essay on tourism at Uluru. Selected images available from www.


Top of the Table (mountain)

Climbing Table Mountain doesn't take long, but that doesn't mean it is easy. The reward, however, is spectacular views over Cape Town.

Wet and wild time for nature lovers

Mansky festival, Siberia, Russia.

The annual three-day-long Mansky tourist festival, dedicated to the opening of the amateur rafting season, kicks off on the Mana river near the settlement of Beret in the Siberian Taiga, about 75 km...

Trekking the Larapinta Trail

Like a flickering flame, the land is a rainbow of colours, covered in yellow, orange, white and purple.

The Arkaba luxury walk

Hiker on the Arkaba Walk, looking towards the Elder Range, South Australia.

The Arkaba Walk is the newest of a small but growing number of luxury guided walks in Australia. The four-day walk begins in Wilpena Pound and traverses the 24,000-hectare Arkaba Station at the...

The light fantastic

Northern Lights.

A powerful solar storm recently saw the Northern Lights spread further south than usual.

Getting high in the Himalayas

The village of Leti, perched among the peaks of India's Himalayas, offers view of expansive vistas and luxury accommodation as the base for a three-day walk through the region.

The new seven wonders of nature

Iguazu Falls

Provisional results from a new global poll are in and the 'new' seven wonders of the world have been unveiled.

Volcano erupts on glacier

Lava spews out of a volcano in the region of the Eyjafjallajoekull glacier in southern Iceland,

Tourists are flocking to see the eruption of the Fimmvorduhals volcano on the Eyjafjallajokull glacier in Iceland.

Five unforgettable beaches

Travel author Lee Atkinson has seen a lot of beautiful beaches. Here are five she'll never forget.