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On The Road: Soaking up desert life in Alice Springs

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You look for omens on any sea voyage, and the cheeky young seal that was our escort to the sunken HMAS Swan's final resting place in Western Australia's Geographe Bay seemed to suggest a fine day's diving. Gambolling along the surface, flippers stretched towards the spring sunshine, he revelled in the calm seas and blue sky every bit as much as us. He came right alongside just as we reached the mooring buoys, fixed us with his big brown eyes and carefully preened his whiskers before sliding away into the depths.

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Spring is coming to the Southern Hemisphere and the sun is starting to soften the snowfields. From the Southern Alps to sub-tropical Northland, bars are full of British tourists telling tales of adventure during their stays in the land of the long white cloud, or Aotearoa – the Maori name for New Zealand. Many holidays here are not seen as complete unless they involve an adrenalin rush.

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