Nicola Robey


Nicola Robey

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine October 7th 2022

An early (for us) buffet breakfast had us feeling full and ready to start the warm 39-degree day heading to Mataranka to swim at Bitter Springs. Unfortunately, a severe road fatality had happened earlier and roads in and out were closed for the day, a very sad tragedy for the town, our thoughts go out to the family and friends of the 2 women whose lives were lost and a solemn reminder to keep safe driving on the roads. We headed back to the township of Katherine to see what else to do for the day and ended up settling on going back to the Katherine Thermal Pools and spending a couple of hours there before heading back to our hotel to relax and swim in the pool. We were booked into the Nitmiluk Katherine Gorge ... read more
Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
Sunset over Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge
First Course - Dinner Sunset Cruise, Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine October 6th 2022

A short walk from our hostel to where we were picking up the rental car and there were no cars there. It was okay as we and another couple were collected and brought to the airport car rental place and worked out well for us as they had pool noodles to lend us for our trips to any of the springs and natural pools that were around (we were told to purchase them for this reason). A quick stop for breaky and food supplies and we were on our way to Katherine, a 3 + hour journey. Parts of the highway you can go 130 km/hr which at first seemed fast but by the end of the trip when we had to slow down to 100 felt normal and 100km slow as. We passed half a ... read more

Day 2 Note to self, going on a ferry over to Fitzroy Island with a hangover is not a wise idea. We didn't have much internet on Fitzroy Island but who wants to be scrolling on Facey when there is so much to do.... or not to do... As we arrived we were greeted by turquoise and azure blue waters, against a backdrop of green rainforest lined hills, the sounds of the waves caressing the coral abundant waters edge, giving off a sound like hundreds of mini delicate windchimes, it was postcard perfect of what a tropical island resort should be. The weather was pleasant, not searing hot but easy to wear summer dresses or tank top, shorts and thongs. We arrived early and were given beach towels to do what we wanted until our room ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Cairns July 18th 2022

Day 1 Virgin changed our flight from 1130 to 930 but this worked in our favour as when we arrived at the airport we asked if there was an earlier connecting flight from Sydney to Cairns and there was, so we were able to get to Cairnd in the daylight and get settled into our backpackers, Gilligans before headed out to get a drink by the pool and do shots, as one does. We headed out to one of the breweries to try the local beer at Sauce and Co, and ended up eating there enjoying some local trout. A brief walk around, we checked out the Cairns night markets that was full of the general stuff markets have, before heading back to Gilli's for cheap drinks; $4 base spirits and I may have had a ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 18th 2021

Day 8 Today we had to return the car, pack up the tent and stuff and move to a chalet for the final night. I had a few of the items we had bought such as the self inflating mattress, camp chairs and tarp up on marketplace and we sold a couple of the items, which was a bonus and donated the rest to people at the campgrounds. The Exmouth Ningaloo Caravan and Holiday Park had let us in the chalet early, so this was so appreciative, it meant we didn’t have to store stuff in their reception area and could move it with the car before it was dropped off. Taking the car to look around the beaches of Exmouth, pick up a couple of pies for lunch (a reef and beef pie, which was ... read more
Stealing bread.. cheeky Emu
They sit kinda funny
Relaxing by the pool

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Exmouth July 16th 2021

Day 7 Today was THE most exciting and bestest day we had. I guess it was the climax of such an epic trip. Today, we swam with Whale Sharks. We chose Ocean Eco Adventures, they seemed more eco friendly and onboard they had reusable everything and reef friendly sunscreen, They also used a flylite plane to ‘spot’ the whale sharks and this was handy in being able to have multiple swims with them. The morning started off with a nice continental breakfast and real coffee, followed by a safety and expectation brief. We were then taken out to a coral reef called Nudi Reef, known not for naked swimming but for the tiny nudibranches that hid amongst the corals. Due to the potential of stinging jelly fish, stinger suits or long sleeve rashies and leggings needed ... read more
Mermaid Swimming Nudi Reef
Lots of little blue fish at Nudi Reef
Nudi Reef

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia July 16th 2021

Day 5 Waking up early again to watch the dolphin experience, we viewed it from the jetty this time and could get a better overall look at the dolphins. A pelican noticing the dolphin swimming after fish swooped in and swam alongside of dolphins, hoping to steal their breakfast and needed to be shooed away during the experience, it was a cheeky bugger. Packing up our campsite we headed into Denham, Kym was keen to do an hour of fishing but the weather was rain and strong winds so we headed to the Shark Bay Aquarium. Several tanks that kept a variety of fish and other marine life, some that were only temporary as they were released bank into the wild, sometimes after being brought there for rehabilitation. We saw up close sea snakes, moray eels, ... read more
Cowfish.. oh so cute!
Tiger Shark

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Coral Bay July 15th 2021

Day 6 Today we were keen to leave early and head straight to Coral Bay, a two and half hour drive from where we were. The place was packed, an obvious popular tourist destination as the waters were clear, turquoise and bright blue with white beaches and a reef only 200 metres away. The little town had one side of caravan and tourist parks and the other had the small shopping precinct, including a couple of bottle shops, and IGA and a few speciality stores. Parking near the beach we waded into the ocean and by knee deep huge emperor fish were swimming between our legs. I couldn’t wait to get my goggles on and see the marine life and it didn’t disappoint. Even in the shallows, there were fish galore and when you headed into ... read more
Coral Bay Snorkeling
Why hello little fishy
Lil Yella, Coral Bay

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Monkey Mia July 13th 2021

Awaking early we headed down to the ocean for the dolphin experience. Monkey Mia Resort do a dolphin feeding experience. I wasn't sure what to expect, in two minds about the how ethical this would be but my curiosity override and we were lined up on the beach, toes in the water. We were informed about the 'dolphin program' of only feeding 2 of the dolphins less than 10 percent of their daily feeding, allowing them to catch their own. The talk involved history, facts and a strong emphasis on dolphin (and ocean) conservation. Although Kym and I have been blessed by the amount of wild dolphins that have approached us while we have been kayaking or on the jetski and have had many encounters with them in Adelaide, we were still ahhing and awwing everytime ... read more
First stop on epic kayak adventure
The map of our kayaking journey.. we got to between the red cliffs
The red cliffs

Oceania » Australia » Western Australia » Kalbarri July 12th 2021

Going with Option C, we slept in the back of the car and it did work well in keeping us dry. With the sets folded back the mattress pretty much fit in and although we couldn’t fully stretch out we were not too uncomfortable and during the night we could hear the rain come down in sheets. Our tent was slightly sideways in the morning with a small pool of water in one corner so we were grateful for making the decision to sleep in the car. It was still raining on an off when we adventured out of the car, our bladders calling us to get up more than anything else. Even though it was raining the weather forecast that by 11am it would pretty much clear up and we set out to buy a ... read more
Z Bend Kalbarri
From the Skydeck
Looking at the Skydeck

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