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UNESCO World Heritage Site #43:Melaka and George Town, Historic Cities of the Straits of Malacca

From the World Heritage inscription: Melaka and George Town, historic cities of the Straits of Malacca have developed over 500 years of trading and cultural exchanges between East and West in the Straits of Malacca. The influences of Asia and Europe have endowed the towns with a specific multicultural heritage that is both tangible and […]

Musandam Ahoy!

If all goes well, tomorrow I’ll be taking the world’s fastest ferry to Musandam, Oman. That is the hunk of Oman which is separated from the rest of the country and sticks out into the Strait of Hormuz. The ferry connects Musandam with Muscat and has been clocked at 55.9 knots. From what I’ve read […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #42: Uluru-Kata Tjuta Nationa Park

From the World Heritage inscription: This park, formerly called Uluru (Ayers Rock – Mount Olga) National Park, features spectacular geological formations that dominate the vast red sandy plain of central Australia. Uluru, an immense monolith, and Kata Tjuta, the rock domes located west of Uluru, form part of the traditional belief system of one of […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #41: Shark Bay

From the World Heritage inscription: At the most westerly point of the Australian continent, Shark Bay, with its islands and the land surrounding it, has three exceptional natural features: its vast sea-grass beds, which are the largest (4,800 km2) and richest in the world; its dugong (‘sea cow’) population; and its stromatolites (colonies of algae […]

Like Taking Roast Lamb On A Stick From Strangers

I had an experience yesterday which was interesting to say the least. In the morning I checked out of my room and walked several kilometers to the Nizwa Fort. I could have taken a taxi, but I figured the walk would do me good. When I got back I got my bags and went out […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #40: Purnululu National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: The 239,723 ha Purnululu National Park is located in the State of Western Australia. It contains the deeply dissected Bungle Bungle Range composed of Devonian-age quartz sandstone eroded over a period of 20 million years into a series of beehive-shaped towers or cones, whose steeply sloping surfaces are distinctly marked […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #39: Kakadu National Park

From the World Heritage inscription: This unique archaeological and ethnological reserve, located in the Northern Territory, has been inhabited continuously for more than 40,000 years. The cave paintings, rock carvings and archaeological sites record the skills and way of life of the region’s inhabitants, from the hunter-gatherers of prehistoric times to the Aboriginal people still […]

Three Strikes In Nizwa

My time in Nizwa has been frustrating to say the least. There are three World Heritage Sites I wanted to visit in this area. All three are within easy driving distance, but I’ve had some terrible luck. I rented a car yesterday and drove about 150km from Nizwa to the village of Bat hoping to […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #38: Wet Tropics of Queensland

From the World Heritage inscription: This area, which stretches along the north-east coast of Australia for some 450 km, is made up largely of tropical rainforests. This biotope offers a particularly extensive and varied array of plants, as well as marsupials and singing birds, along with other rare and endangered animals and plant species. Like […]

UNESCO World Heritage Site #37: Great Barrier Reef

From the World Heritage inscription: The Great Barrier Reef is a site of remarkable variety and beauty on the north-east coast of Australia. It contains the world’s largest collection of coral reefs, with 400 types of coral, 1,500 species of fish and 4,000 types of mollusc. It also holds great scientific interest as the habitat […]

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My name is Gary Arndt. In March 2007 I set out to travel around the world...
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