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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Banka Banka August 12th 2015

After a dip in the Mataranka Hot Springs, we headed further south with a plan to find and investigate Longreach Waters, a huge long waterhole (a couple of kilometres maybe). This place had been separately recommended to us twice previously as a bird watchers paradise. We were keen to check it out. We were told that Longreach Waters was approximately ten kilometres down a sandy track with the turnoff just near Elliot. We eventually made it to Elliot and the turnoff is indeed right on the cattle grid on the northern side of the town. The track is sometimes a bit corrugated but was very sandy in a few places which might be tricky in a big heavy bus. However, we managed to navigate through the sandy patches OK and eventually arrived to a lovely stretch ... read more
Longreach Waters
Longreach Waters
Longreach Waters

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Mataranka August 8th 2015

We travelled south on the Stuart Highway, thinking that we would make a bush camp somewhere south of Mataranka. In the end, because we did some shopping in Katherine and stopped to tour Cutta Cutta Caves, we only managed to make it to Mataranka. Cutta Cutta Caves is somewhat different to most other caves in Australia for two reasons; it is much much older (about 350 million years) and is a "warm" cave. It is the only sub-tropical cave that is accessible to the public in Australia. Whereas most caves are quite cool, Cutta Cutta remains a similar temperature to that above and sometimes feels a little stuffy. There are guided tours throughout the day. Ethan was our guide and he was very knowledgeable. After touring Cutta Cutta, we made a late plan to go to ... read more
Cutta Cutta Caves
Cutta Cutta Caves


We were feeling fairly lazy and by the time we got down to the gorge to collect our canoe it was mid-morning. We hadn't realised that all of the best gear would be allocated to those who came first (pretty obvious really) so we got horrible life jackets and a canoe with broken back supports. Very disappointing. We managed to paddle most of the first two gorges before we decided we had endured enough, and because there was no rush, let the current do most of the work to carry us back home. It was still quite hot although we managed to shade hop up the sides of the river / gorge. The top temperature here today was 29 degrees C or 84 F, the first time it had been below 30 for some months ( ... read more
Croc trap
Katherine Gorge
Katherine Gorge


This was a day of travelling and catching up on chores mostly. As we drove out of Kakadu, we had time to reflect on our park experience. The park itself seems to have had very little spent on it (by the Federal Governement) since the early days. Some areas are badly in need of some TLC. The good thing is that private operators are being allowed into the park and they are offering tours and "experiences" that are generally of a high quality. In the end, we felt happy with our Kakadu experience. While we have such high class acts such as Christian the Parks Ranger, Ned (the Birdman) at Yellow Waters and Sean and Patsy offering Animal Tracks, we think that Kakadu will be OK. That's not to say that we should leave this park ... read more


We so enjoyed our Yellow Water Cruise with Ned that when we heard that we could go again on the sunrise cruise for less than half price and get a "free" breakfast we were decided. So up early (I thought we were on a holiday!) and out to wait with the others at the bus stop at Cooinda. We got to the dock and were directed to another boat but we asked to go with Ned again and we were able to swap on to Ned's boat. There were just as many birds as the previous evening but not so many crocs (but that suited us anyway). The highlight was a pair of white bellied sea eagles together on a branch. At the end of the cruise Ned was kind enough to pose for a photo. ... read more
Yellow Waters Billabong and elevated boardwalk
Yellow Waters Cruise
Yellow Waters Cruise


After a wonderful slideshow by Christian, the parks ranger, the previous night, we were all excited to have the opportunity of walking to a lesser known rock art site at Nanguluwur. This did, however, require (yet another) early start and involved some walking. We arrived early at the small carpark to ensure that we could find space for the bus and had breakfast as we waited for Christian and his followers. A few devotees arrived and then the man himself arrived. He had us all enthralled as he told us ancient (and less so) stories as we waited for a few latecomers. We did the nature walk thingy on the way to the rock art site so it took a long time to get there. But when we arrived, Christian unzipped his backpack and emptied his ... read more
Nanguluwur
Nanguluwur
Nanguluwur


After an early breakfast, we visited the Bowali Visitor Centre and got our parks pass for Kakadu and discovered that a guided parks ranger talk was happening at Nourlangie (where we intended to visit). We set off for Nourlangie and arrived in time to catch the last of the talks from the ranger, Christian. By this time (the last of four walk / talks), Christian had built up quite a following of people. Christian was very engaging and full of information about the particular site we met him at (which had been the subject of an archeological dig). After we had visited all of the rock art sites at Nourlangie, we drove to Angbangbang billabong and had lunch. There were plenty of waterbirds on the billabong. We had planned to keep on going to Cooinda from ... read more
Nourlangie
Nourlangie
Nourlangie


We drove on and into the Kakadu National Park. The first place we got to was Mamukala late in the afternoon. There is really nothing special here, just a large bird hide and information. The lagoon is shrinking under the sun but the birds (waterbirds mostly) are great to watch. We stay until the mozzies (and other little beasties) start to bite and walk back to the bus to have a think about what we might do. We would like to come out here again tomorrow morning and we don't have anywhere booked to stay....so we stay at Mamukala (shhhh... no camping allowed but we are self contained so surely it can't be a real problem). We are up early (dawn) to walk down to the bird hide and see what is happening. Various people start ... read more
Mamukala
Mamukala
Magpie Goose

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Adelaide River August 1st 2015

Crocodiles are a very big drawcard in the NT. None more so than the famous Jumping Crocodiles tour on the Adelaide River (on the way to Kakadu). There are imitations folks, so be aware. Don't bother getting off the highway looking for "the original" or "the best". The original Jumping Crocs tour is right on the highway next to the bridge that crosses the Adelaide River. After a brief stop at "Window on the Wetlands", (an aboriginal themed interpretation centre that provides info on the history, and wildlife of the area), we headed to the Jumping Crocs tour, making sure that we arrived just before 1pm. The 1pm tour uses the larger "Adelaide River Queen", a two storey boat which allows you to photograph the jumping crocs easier. After feeding the crocs, we head up a ... read more
Did you say dinner was ready?
Just give me that little kid over there
Agro and girlfriend

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 31st 2015

Darwin. It is a laid back place, mostly friendly and people seem to have time to relax. We didn't see anyone in a big rush all the time we were here....although the heat may have something to do with that! Seriously warm - of course, mid 30's every day and then down to low 20's overnight. We visited quite a few locations around and in Darwin City. Of these, probably the Darwin Botanic Gardens and East Point were our favourites. The Botanic Gardens has a nice coffee shop, trees, birds and other stuff to look at. We went there regularly. East Point is a recreation area not far from town with water (and sunset) views. It also has the WW2 museum which we found very interesting. One of the many highlights of the WW2 museum was ... read more
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens
Botanic Gardens




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