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Australia Outtakes: 22 More Photos from Down Under

A guided tour through Australia’s Kakadu National Park.

Writer Emma John ventured into the wild Australian outback and the equally rowdy city-center of Darwin with her grandparents for our June/July 2015 issue. Here are the best outtakes from down under.

Emma and her Nan and Granpy explored this deceptively treacherous terrain on their national park excursion (above).

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Emma, Nan, Granpy, and the rest of their tour group ventured into Kakadu National Park in a four-wheel drive tour bus.

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The group explored grasslands…

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…wetlands…

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…and waterfalls.

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Kakadu National Park offers breathtaking views, as well as a variety of Australia’s famous fauna and foliage.

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In the Australian outback, it’s man vs. wild.

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That clear water hides all sorts of creatures–maybe even crocodiles.

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Kakadu has many knowledgable and adventure-ready guides to take curious travelers out into the wilderness and suggest even more sites.

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Emma and her tour group got the chance to swim in waters beneath massive falls.

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The landscape varies greatly, from dry tall grass to the wetlands to these thin trees in the foreground of mountains.

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Kakadu National Park is located at one of the northernmost edges of Australia.

_MG_8238Keeping up with the group–and the guide–is important when the surrounding grass is taller than you are.

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The city of Darwin, located a little over 100 miles northwest of Kakadu National Park, has its own beauty and its own wild to offer.

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During the fall season, swimmers have to be careful of poisonous box jellyfish in the water of the coastal city.

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Its location on the coast makes Darwin a port for sailors and travelers alike.

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Graffiti reminds us that Darwin truly is a big city, with all the good and the bad that comes with it.

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Emma’s grandparents wanted to avoid the city, thanks to headlines like this.

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The Vibe Darwin Waterfront Hotel is seaside, but it also offers plenty of pool access to its guests.

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Guests at the Vibe swim free of fear of jellyfish in a sectioned-off pool.

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Dinner at Hanuman is Thai-, Indian-, and Nyonya-inspired.

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Likewise for this multi-regional dessert platter.

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Whether in the city or out in park territory, though, and despite its dangerous side, one thing is undeniable: Australia is a beautiful place.

Photos by Ériver Hijano.