• Posted:Wednesday, July 1, 2009
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Virtual guide for outback tourists
Travelling around Australia is an incredible experience that I would recommend to anyone, as it really is like no other place on earth. I've stayed in a few hostels in the country and thoroughly enjoyed my experiences, as they really seem to know how to treat their tourists!

But just in case my humble opinion isn't enough to make you want to pay a visit, how about the news that you can now travel across the outback with a new tour guide?

Well, a virtual tour guide that is. I'm keen on backpacker travel, but sometimes it's handy to get some help in terms of where to go and what to see. As such, Tourism Northern Territories has created what it dubs the Do It Yourself Tourguide.

Available on CD or to download as an MP3, the first two guides focus on what are described as iconic drives in the Northern Territory.

One covers the road from Alice Springs to Ulura, while the other allows visitors to experience the Red Centre Way. The latter links the same two places, but goes via the West MacDonnell Ranges and Kings Canyon.

Laurelle Halford, one of the people behind the initiative, explained that the highways of the outback are more than "lonely, straight stretches of bitumen".

"Our product gives self-guided travellers a new experience by bringing to life the stories of our early pioneers, Aboriginal culture, flora, fauna and natural history," she added.

The audio guides come after tourism bosses used a LoveFilm survey to highlight all that the outback has to offer. The Adventures of Priscilla Queen of the Desert topped the list of favourite Aussie films and since the Northern Territory is featured prominently in the movie, backpackers who love the movie may want to check it out.

Sam Buckley
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