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Jun 7, 2018 - National parks in the Northern Territory

Traveling southeast from Darwin our next stop was Kakadu National Park which is Australia’s largest park. The park is all on Aboriginal lands. What is so striking about this park is the wildlife, the ancient rock art, and the seasons. There is the wet season “the wet” and the dry season referred to as the “the dry”. During “the wet” up to 80% of the park can be flooded. Then around May the rains stop for the next six months and the lands become dry and dusty. For five thousand years the Aboriginals have practiced controlled burns at the...

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Jun 1, 2018 - Katherine & Lake Argyll

Our trip with Kimberley Wild started in Darwin. There are 11 of us (seven Aussies, one Kiwi,one Chinese & us) plus our two guides, Adam and Peter. First stop was Edith Falls and then Katherine with its long river gorge. Then we left ‘The Territory’ and crossing into Western Australia, (not forgetting to adjust our watches to 1.5 hours earlier), reached the surprisingly beautiful Lake Argyll. It’s one of the largest man-made reservoirs in the world. In years of average rainfall, it holds the equivalent of 19 Sydney Harbour’s worth of water.

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May 17, 2018 - Katherine

Finally, back in to Katherine, our most northerly point this trip (we fly to Darwin for 6 weeks in Sep/Oct, so didn't drive up this time). We make sure we have R & R days when travelling now, so we enjoy our tripping. However, we did go northwards as far as Edith (Leliyn) Falls - only to face a hefty 'mountaingoat' climb up to the top pool. That's it for rock climbing!! Only 2km, but was steep, rocky, boulder strewn and tough in parts. However, we both did it, and got to the top pool, but decided against going on right to the top of the...

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On The Road 2018

May 10, 2018 - Alice Springs to Katherine

We left Alice planning on having a couple of days at Gem Tree - however, somehow, we missed the turn off as it is not marked on the Highway Signs!! Once we realised we were well past, we decided just to go on -- somewhere for next visit!! An overnight stop at the UFO Capital of Australia, Wycliffe Well, was a disappointment. Last time we were here, UFOlogists met there annually- up to about 800 of them, would you believe?? - so the conference centre was cared for. Since the new owners took over 6 years ago, all that has stopped and every...

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On The Road 2018

May 6, 2017 - To the top of Australia

KMS to date - 3,300 This week we have shed lots of sweat and piled on the KMS, finally turning towards the home stretch at Katherine. We have bathed in thermal springs and seen the vegetation transition to lush grasses, larger trees and even water in the rivers. We are reminded of Stuart’s track every day and even touched a tree he carved an ‘S’ in back in 1862. You have lots of time to think when cycling this distance, which can sometimes be dangerous and lead to some even crazier ideas, but more of that later. I am sure we have all asked...

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Aug 26, 2016 - Back in Katherine

Love this Big4 park. Large sites with plenty of shade. Plenty of lazing about for the few days we are here this time. Met up with Chris and Gary Frazer, ex WRAN and RAN, for coffee at the Coffee Club. I went to Chris' brother's wedding in Darwin many, many years ago. Can be a small world sometimes. After the short run to here, we head homewards on the 505km trek to Kununurra, passing through the quarantine station at the border. No vegies, honey or fruit allowed into WA, so did a lovely big slow cooker meal of all the last vegies, adding...

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Aug 13, 2016 - Katherine

Up the Centre 13.8.16 Katherine Oops!!! It seems I got my crocs mixed up, in case you want to go swimming with one, it's the fresh water ones who may not eat you, the salt water ones will eat you. As I said I don't trust any. Today we went for a swim at Katherine hot springs, they were lukewarm, which was lovely for today. It is a natural small creek with about six areas where there were pools you can swim in. It was lovely and refreshing. Then we went to have a look at the Heritage Museum. It was interesting, a video on the 2005 floods...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Katherine

Up the Centre 12.8.16 Katherine This morning we went on the two gorges boat trip, up the Katherine Gorge. This is another wonderful scenic gorge. To see this gorge properly you need to be in a boat as it is full of water. Of course we could have paddled in a canoe, will let you guess who chickened out of that one. We toured around the first gorge, then walked 400mts then got on to another boat, and toured around that gorge. There were a lot of young people in the canoes, some swimming around, then we went a bit further and looked at a...

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Aug 11, 2016 - Jabiru to Katherine

Up the Centre 10.8.16 Jabiru Well we decided to do the early morning Yellow Lagoon boat cruise. As it is 56km from Jabiru we got up at 4.30am to leave at 5am. Got there a bit early, but that was good. There would have been over 100 people on three boats. The lagoon is so massive we didn't see the other boats at all. We started with a beautiful sunrise, our guide was an aboriginal man who was full of fun, and very knowledgeable. He knew every animal and bird and all about them. He made the trip very interesting. Two hours passed very...

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Jul 23, 2016 - UPDATE NOTES Day 39

Hi All, Our stay in Mt Isa was just short, really just a restock stop, for us it’s the only way by road into or out of the Northern Territory from the east because we will not take our van on extensive dirt road trips and Mt Isa is the only way via bitumen. Having restocked we started off entering the Northern Territory and stopped for a night at a roadhouse/petrol supply/restaurant/pub/caravan park being Barkly Homestead. From there it was a 375km run to the next roadhouse with the lot called Cape Crawford but there was no cape and...

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Jun 26, 2016 - Katherine NT

A long, hot drive from Lake Argyle - just over 500km - caught up to Anne and Dave at Turkey Creek for a quick bite of lunch. Back at the Big4 here - a great park. Sadly, had to farewell Anne and Dave after 2 nights, as they head south down the Track then home, in preparation for their excursions overseas from Sep onwards. Will not see them until we catch up in Canberra in November. We are here for an extended stay, just enjoying the relaxation. Have had a few niggly problems along the way - no gas to the fridge during a power failure in...

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Jun 19, 2016 - Dundee Beach to Katherine then Saddle Creek free camp - June 17 to June 19

Friday June 17 to Sunday June 19 Katherine and Saddle Creek free camp Woke up covered in itchy red lumps – guess I’m no longer the one that insects don’t bite! It had been our intention to stay at Edith Falls but the universe had other plans for us as it was fully booked. We headed into Katherine and all we could get was an unpowered site for $44 a night – everything was booked out! We were here 3 years ago almost to the day and didn’t have a problem getting a powered site so it shows how the numbers of grey nomads/travellers has grown....

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