Jim and Kim - Living the Dream

Jim and Kims Travels

Jim and Kim - Living the Dream

Jim and Kim live in Australia.



Oceania » Australia » New South Wales » Dubbo August 12th 2023

You only realise how big a country Australia is when you have to traverse across it quickly, towing a caravan. We drove four solid eight and and a half hour days, stopping at Barkley Homestead, a Road Side Rest area near McKinley, Lara Wetlands (2 nights), Cunnamulla then through to Wellington. It was great to be able to again visit Lara Wetlands and rest up and soak in the hot thermal pools before continuing our long drive south-east. My Dad was out of hospital and at home, and we will stay here as long as is necessary to support my parents.... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Mataranka August 6th 2023

Reluctantly, we left Kakadu National Park and headed south to visit Edith (Leliyn) Falls. Leliyn is part of Nitmiluk National Park, which has as its key attraction Katherine Gorge. We had booked a campsite in Leliyn for our caravan, to enable us to enjoy an afternoon swim in one of the largest croc-managed plunge pools in the NT. The waterfall that cascades into the plunge pool is a long swim across the dark, foreboding pool, with reedy banks just like we had seen in Kakadu, potentially hiding fearsome saltwater crocodiles. With some hesitance, I ended up swimming across to the waterfall twice, taking the opportunity of a massage under the falls. After an overnight stay at Leliyn, we drove to Mataranka for a two night stay. We had unfinished business at Mataranka, as the renowned Bitter ... read more
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Visiting Kakadu had been high on our bucket list for some time, and we finally had the opportunity to tick that box. Kakadu National Park is located 171 kms south east of Darwin and is the second largest national park in Australia. The park is managed by the aboriginal traditional owners jointly with Parks Australia, and is highly ecologically and biologically diverse, hosting a wide range of habitats and flora and fauna. We checked into Aurora Kakadu Lodge at Jabiru and after setting up our caravan, we enjoyed a cool swim in the resort like pool. Our first destination the next morning was to head to the famous Cahills Crossing, a causeway across the East Alligator River, where large saltwater crocodiles gather at each high tide to feast on mullet and barramundi as they seek to ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 29th 2023

We didn’t quite know what to expect of Darwin, with again, a lot of unfavourable press coverage clouding our vision. We were pleasantly surprised at what a colourful, multicultural city Darwin is today. Darwin's proximity to South East Asia makes it a key link between Australia and countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The city has been almost entirely rebuilt four times, firstly following devastation caused by a cyclone in 1897, another cyclone in 1937, Japanese Air Raids in 1942, and Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Darwin endured over sixty air raids during WWII. We set out to explore the Darwin CBD, and met up with our 2022 traveller friends Mandy and Glenn from Lakes Entrance for lunch overlooking the harbour. After farewelling our friends later that afternoon, we enjoyed a swim in Darwin Harbour lagoon. ... read more
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We wanted to explore Litchfield National Park, and Rum Jungle was the closest location with a good caravan park to base ourselves in. The name Rum Jungle is derived from an accident that occurred in 1871. A bullock-wagon load of rum, destined for the construction gangs, was said to have been bogged near a patch of jungle on the crocodile-inhabited East Finniss River. The bullockies untethered the oxen and set about drinking the rum, having one of history's most glorious binges. I knew of Rum Jungle from my High School studies as the location of one of the world’s largest uranium mines. Rum Jungle produced uranium from 1954 to 1971, roughly one-third of which was exported for nuclear weapons. The rest was stockpiled, and then eventually sold in 1994 to the US. By the time the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Pine Creek July 14th 2023

The turnoff for Kakadu National Park is at Pine Creek, and we had to decide whether to head into Kakadu or trek north to Darwin. We decided to head north into Darwin, as we were catching up there with friends that we had met in Queensland last year, and I was keen to get a new set of tyres fitted on the caravan before we move on too far. Pine Creek was founded when workers digging holes for the Overland Telegraph Line discovered gold, triggering another Australian gold rush. There have been a number of gold and iron ore mines operating in Pine Creek, with an open cut gold mine only closing in 1995 after having extracted 21,700 kg of gold over a ten year period. The open cut pit is now filled with a lake. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine July 12th 2023

Katherine lies at the crossroads of the Savannah Way that runs east–west from Cairns to Broome and the Explorers Way that runs north–south from Darwin to Adelaide through Alice Springs. The town is thus a magnet for Grey Nomads from the southern states, seeking to flee from winter. Our first adventure was to drive out to Nitmiluk National Park (formerly Katherine Gorge) to do a short hike and to enquire about boat tours of the gorge. The first available boat tour was the day after we were scheduled to leave Katherine, and so we booked the tour and then negotiated with Discovery Caravan Park to extend our stay by one day. After booking the tour, we hiked up a series of very steep steps up the side of the gorge, to Baruwei Lookout, which overlooks Katherine ... read more
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Oceania » Australia July 8th 2023

We had an interesting journey from Alice Springs, with stopovers, on our way to Mataranka. After crossing the Tropic of Capricorn, we stopped off at Aileron Roadhouse to view two massive sculptures of Anmatjere Man’ and 'Anmatjere Woman and Child'. The 'Anmatjere Man' was erected in December 2005. At 17 metres he strikes an impressive figure as he overlooks Aileron and the surrounding region. The figure is 12 metres high, with the tip of the spear taking it to 17 metres. Weighing approximately 8 tonnes, the sculpture is made from a steel frame, mesh wire and ferris cement. It was created by local sculptor Mark Egan (son of Ted Egan). ‘Anmatjere Woman and Child’ was erected in December 2008 joining ‘Anmatjere Man’. Josephine Stone decided to create Anmatjere woman and child to match ‘Anmatjere Man’. Our ... read more
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Oceania » Australia July 2nd 2023

As a result of recent adverse publicity, we were a little wary of visiting Alice Springs. The Alice, however, was the logical place to stay after a long drive from Kings Canyon. We had been recommended a caravan park around ten klms out of town, in the shadow of the West MacDonnell Range, which proved to be a safe and ideal location to stay. To say we were pleasantly surprised with Alice Springs and its surrounds is an understatement. We loved our stay in Alice. The only downside was the unseasonal cold weather, which saw lows of 3 degrees overnight with a top of 8 degrees during the day. Alice itself offers a full range of shops and services, which was welcome after the remote locations we have recently visited. Our first venture was to deck ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Kings Canyon June 27th 2023

The vast distances in the outback again came into play with our four hour drive to Kings Canyon, where we booked into the Discovery Park Caravan Park. The creek was named by the explorer Ernest Giles in 1872. He wrote in his book Geographic Travels in Central Australia from 1872 to 1874: "I called King's Creek after Mr. Fielder King... an old and kind friend of mine". After setting up our caravan, we drove to Kings Canyon, also known as Watarrka, and completed the 3 km Kings Creek walk, which follows the creek along the canyon floor. At the end of the walk is a platform, with views of the canyon walls above. On the way back to our vehicle, we passed the steep ascent of the Kings Canyon Rim walk, which we were proposing to ... read more
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