Rod Muller


Rod Muller


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Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 15th 2016

Geo: -27.4679, 153.028I don't know whether we are getting older or just easier to please but this trip to Central Australia and the Top End was on of the best holidays we have had. From the red centre to Alice to catch the mighty Ghan then into balmy Darwin more modern than outpost, then onto to the amazing wetlands of Kakadu. Its a journey that will hold many fond memories for years to come. Top 10:1. Tali Wiru2. Ayers Rock and the Olgas3. Field of Light4. The Ghan5. Katherine Gorge6. Jumping Crocodiles7. Air Boat Ride8. Yellow Water Billabong9. Ubirr Rock Art10. Darwin's Restaurants What we didn't like: 1. Darwin's punishing heat2. The flies in Central Australia ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Queensland » Brisbane May 10th 2016

Geo: -27.4676, 153.028We sleep in again today as we fly out at 3.30 pm. On checking out at 11.00 am we leave our trusty esky behind and head to the Ducks Nuts Cafe for a Bloody Mary. It is just what the doctor ordered.I have kept the car for an extra day so that we are free to drive around. We head off to the Hanuman Restaurant for lunch and we are the only ones there. We hope this is not a sign of bad food but we are not disappointed as we are served one of the best Indian entrees we have ever had. Our main was just as good and we both comment that we will miss the Darwin food as we haven't had a bad meal yet with perhaps the exception of the ... read more
The cage of death at the crocoseum
Crazy people
Lunch is served

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin May 9th 2016

Geo: -12.4613, 130.842We sleep in this morning and check out at 10.00 am on route to Darwin with our esky full of fresh ice. Travelling in true Muller style we crack our first morning beer as we exit Kakadu National Park heading toward the Humpdy Doo Pub for lunch. On arriving the place is packed and we order a couple of burgers and yes they are right as we give them the thumbs up for the best burgers in the top end.Another hour and we are back in Darwin now becoming a familiar site. We have booked into the Vibe Hotel right in the middle of the Harbour Precinct. It's now mid afternoon as we head back to Hot Tamales for another one of those amazing margarita's then check Restaurant One to see if they have ... read more
View from the Vibe Hotel
WWII Oil Tunnels
WWII Oil Tunnels

Geo: -12.8334, 132.833It's Mothers Day today and this morning we set the alarm and rise in the dark getting ready to head to Cooinda Lodge and the Yellow Water Billabong for a sunrise cruise. We step outside and it's warm but not hot as we depart with our headlights on for a 40 km journey to Cooinda. There is no traffic on the road but I drive cautiously in case a Wallaby jumps out in font of us. We arrive at the tour bus stop with 5 minutes to spare and it is still dark.On boarding the cruise the mosquitoes are fierce so we lather up in aero-guard which does the trick. As the sun begins to rise we take some excellent photos and cruise out of the billabong onto the South Alligator River spotting half ... read more
Boarding the Cruise
We spot our first saltie at sunrise
Heading down the South Aligater River

Geo: -12.6767, 132.828We wake to a sunny morning and head down to breakfast at the lodge. Today we are taking an airboat ride on the Wildman Home Billabong and wetlands and I cant help but overhear a rucus between some French tourists and the manager about getting bumped from their tour the previous day onto our tour today.We head off at 9.00 am in a rickety old jeep and drive about 5 minutes to the water where the airboat is moored. I cant help but notice that it has a nice V8 sitting under the cage. We all board and the tour operator starts the engine and by God its loud. The scenery is breathtaking as large flocks of Magpie Geese take flight in V formation and we spot all manner of birdlife.We soon head out ... read more
Home Billabong - Wildman
Like a ride-on mower gone viral
Departing Home Billabong

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory May 6th 2016

Geo: -12.7705, 131.656Today we are heading to the Wildman Safari Lodge in the Mary River National Park but have a late start as we have timed a Jumping Crocodile tour at 1.00 pm. We start the morning with breakfast at the Ducks Nuts Cafe then stock up on some ice, supplies and grog as we will be unable to buy alcohol in the National Parks.We decide to visit the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery before leaving the city and see an excellent gallery depicting the devastation Cyclone Tracy left behind when it hit the city on Christmas eve of 1974.We head off south on the Stuart Highway turning left onto the Arnhem Highway looking for the Pub at Humpty Doo. This place is infamous and serves a mean hamburger but we just top up our fluids ... read more
Great display but sad story
The boxing Crocodile
The roughest pub in the NT

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin May 5th 2016

Geo: -12.4613, 130.842Another scorcher today as we head 15 minutes out of town to Crocodylus Park, boasting more crocs to see than anywhere else in Australia. This park also housed some white lions, tigers, meerkats and the usual suspects you would expect. The croc tour began at 10.00 am and we met some very large and troublesome crocs which had been netted and relocated here because they were miss-behaving. One called Eric had supposedly eaten a person but had missed a lead injection as there was no proof. We got so close to these guys that Deb started to freak out so we moved on to the smaller crocs. The guides told us stories about the cost of Gucci croc leather bags fetching $80,000 but we raised our eyebrows at that, believing it was a pitch ... read more
Anybody Hungry
Eric the man eater
Strong jaws

Geo: -13.2891, 130.837Today is Debs birthday so we ordered room service breakfast, her favorite thing to do when we are on holidays. I went out shopping to get a birthday card some flowers, a foam esky and some ice. Deb is busting to get a hair cut and makes an appointment and has the biggest smile on her face when she gets a cut she really likes. We head up to Europcar to pick up our hire car and the heat is already punishing at 10.00 am. We scored well getting a brand new Mitsubishi ASX and headed to a bottle-shop and to Subway to get some supplies for our trip to Litchfield National Park. We head back to the hotel to pick up our swimmers and some towels and we are off. Its a two ... read more
On the way to Litchfield National Park
Magnetic Termite Mounds
This big mound is under renovation

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Katherine May 3rd 2016

Geo: -14.4657, 132.264We woke to a brilliant sunrise before showering in our on-suite and heading down to breakfast. This morning we are seated with two gay guys who were a little hard to talk to but we managed. They were on board with a set of elderly parents and were doing the same Katherine Gorge tour as us.We pulled into Katherine Station at 9.00 am and on stepping off the train the mercury had already climbed to 32 degrees and the humidity hit us like a sledge hammer. Welcome to the tropics I said as Deb stood there frowning, We all boarded AATKing tour buses taking off in different directions and ours was heading to Nitmulik National Park. On arriving at the gorge the trees were filled with fruit bats as we made our way to ... read more
And off we go
The first Gorge
Sheer cliff walls

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin May 3rd 2016

Geo: -12.4611, 130.842As we sat in the saloon car and whiled our way into Darwin we reflected on the spectacular and diverse landscapes we had covered and the amazing holiday we had experienced so far. On pulling up at the station it was raining the temperature was 34 degrees and the humidity 98.7% (oh boy)!An array of buses awaited to take us on our 30 minute trip into the city and we were surprised by how clean and modern it was and at the very nice room we had at the Mantra on the Esplanade which had a view of the harbor and also backed onto Mitchell St the main restaurant and bar precinct in town.We decided to do a little exploring and to find a restaurant called Hanuman but headed in the wrong direction and ... read more
One hour out of Darwin
View from the train
Crossing the Adelaide River (croc haven)

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