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Lava-loving Vanuatu

Hey, everyone! I just got home from a trip around the south Pacific ... where it was wonderfully warm and sunny ... and having a bit of a hard time adjusting to this year's winter in Australia! Oh well, all the more reason to reminisce about my travels.

One of the highlights for me was Vanuatu, and more specifically Tanna Island ... Tanna is one of the larger islands in Vanuatu and stunningly beautiful! It's also home to the most accessible volcano in the world, and my mission was to climb it. Mount Yasur has been continuously erupting for centuries, and is sacred to some of the local people. But getting there was a bit of a battle! We spent a couple hours braving bumpy roads in four-wheel drives, going through some of the most spectacular scenery I've ever encountered. Charcoal, barren landscapes with an erupting volcano in the distance — it really felt like I was driving on the moon!

I finally arrived at Sulphur Bay (you can guess what it smelled like) and started the hike up Mount Yasur. It's only a 15 minute wa kto the top and relatively easy.

The volcanos activity is rated, and depending on the rating at the time, you know how close you can get for safety reasons.

On the day of my visit it was sitting on level two, which my guide Peter assured me was safe ... eek!

It's hard to describe the feeling of standing on the rim of an active volcano. Here are a few of my favourite pics:

Note the swift exit by our producer, Anita!

Pretty amazing, huh?

You can understand how I could get distracted by the landscape ... I found myself chatting with some American hikers and then, mid-sentence ... the volcano erupted, shooting molten lava, rocks and ash everywhere. It felt like a freight train was catapulting beneath my feet.

I have to admit I screamed like a girl ... and so did our producer (sorry, Anita, you deserve another mention!), but once we settled down I took a front row seat and was treated to the most incredible pyrotechnics display you can imagine, courtesy of Mother Nature.

Nothing like a bit of lava to make you feel alive!

So now I'm back home, keeping toasty with my memories from the road, and looking forward to the next adventure.

Stay warm ~ Nat

User comments
Nat, loved your blue dress Dec 1st in Singpore, what label is it, where can I purchase one, you looked stunning as always
Hi Nat, I am a fan of your "farmer wants a wife" show and enjoy seeing all the wonderful places you and your colleagues take us, around the world on "Getaway". My question is, where do you get all those lovely clothes you wear on "getaway?? The dresses and tops are gorgeous.
This would freak me out with the melting rock and the heat and looking down at it
Looks a little scary but a great experience. I'm thinking of going. I enjoy all of your reports you're my favourite presenter and you're very pretty and down to earth. Keep it up Nat.
Looks like you had a great trip!! I rekon the volcano erupted because it was upset that someone close by was HOTTER than it!!!! GGGRRRRRRR. LOL!!!!
natalie im so incredibly jealous! would have been a fantastic experience. you're one of my favourite reporters very down to earth . hopefully one day i can aim for as high as you have achieved in the industry

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