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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs March 28th 2020

When I lived and worked in Alice Springs, my wife and I would most evenings head off to the Telegraph Station and hike the trails there. I would also to the Telegraph Station on my own and many times set off on the first leg of the Larapinta Trail to Simpsons Gap. Having loved living in the Alice, I decided to go back and finally go on with the trail all the way to its end at the top of Mount Sonder, a distance of 234kms. So having booked my trip with World Expeditions, in August 2017, I set off for a 14 day trek through the glorious Red Centre of the Northern Territory. The first two days to Simpson Gap and on to Jay Creek were quite long days at 23 and 24 kms respectively. ... read more
Troop Carrier, kitchen and everything in between
Day 3 - To Stanley Chasm
Setting up the Camp

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin August 31st 2019

Having left Komodo Island, we had more sea days as we cruised east to Darwin, our next port of call. We were to arrive around 4.00pm, but we were delayed as another vessel was berthed at our wharf. There are many things that happen along the way while at sea, most are enjoyable and entertaining, but for some, a perfectly good cruise can turn into a nightmare. This cruise was no different. One passenger took very seriously ill about 7 hours after departure from Singapore. Another tripped on the deck and broke an arm. Closer to Darwin, another passenger took ill and the care flight helicopter met Pacific Dawn at sea to winch up a patient and take them to Darwin's Hospital. The evacuation is a slow and precise flight process in co-ordination with the ship's ... read more
Pacific Dawn all lit up
Rescue at sea
Rescue at sea

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Uluru August 20th 2019

Here we are, the 600th blog. Well, I guess if you want to know who I am, you have a serious part of my life on Travelblog! And that's over 25% on my little journey on earth! Finally made it to Uluru. Another funny figure...I decided to play the click game on tripadvisor map...guess what, you've seen 91% of the world....trust me, I still have to discover way more than 9% of our beautiful earth! Took me over 15 visits to Australia to make it to Alice Springs and Ayers Rock! It is also a first for Tanya. Put it simply, we are in the middle of nowhere and everything has a cost here. We had our evening flight to Adelaide from Sydney, followed by a short night at Adelaide airport. Next morning, next flight, this ... read more
Those colors...
Kata Tjuta
We decided not to climb...

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Alice Springs August 17th 2019

We arrived in Alice Springs today. An interesting drive down from the Mount Doreen ruins, which appeared to be an old mining operation. First stop was at Yuandemu (incorrect spelling no doubt) for some fuel. $2.15 a litre. Ooooof. It was a funny setup in this community - prepay in the store and when there were enough people wanting fuel a fella came out (Swiss backpacker) who tried to organise the chaos. There was one set of pumps that only went to one side (locked in a cage) and cars coming in from both directions. Took ages to get to us but gave me a chance to chat to the people in line. The carnival that we found out about yesterday had been held here and it was a massive event. Home team won the footy ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory August 17th 2019

Pack up was quick and relatively efficient. Up the road for fuel and toward the Plenty Highway. A fairly uneventful drive besides some nice changing scenery and me accidentally stepping on the new dog - didn’t he let out a yelp!!! We fuelled up at Jervois Station and met Mary, whom we chatted to for quite a while (nice lady) and then down toward Batton Hill camp where we set up for the night. It was a heavily corrugated 80km in - not fun. And then there was no-one there to check-in with. Never fear. We were not afraid. So we set up for a feast and many hours of talking rubbish. After the first bit of driving the following day it became very scenic and pleasant through sandy curves and dips. No water in the ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Tanami Desert August 10th 2019

If yesterday was all about driving then today was…..also all about driving. But it was a more eventual drive than usual. Back to last night. The wind was fair howling after we went to bed. So much so that I got up a few times to add some pegs and remove some somewhat un-required canvas to reduce the damn flapping. Add to that, it was the first night that we separated the two puppies (now five weeks old) for sleeping so when I returned to the tent in the middle of the night, the young fella was keen for a play. I was knackered so he chewed on my ears and beard for a while until we both started dozing. It was still blowing hard in the morning so we did a record quick pack-up and ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 28th 2019

Darwin to Leliyn (Edith Falls) Lachie had success on his fishing trip with Tom around Darwin, and managed to catch (and release) a 50cm barramundi, as well as pulling up a few pots containing 13 mudcrabs. We ventured south from Darwin into Litchfield National Park, where our camp base was at Wangi falls for 3 nights. Wangi falls were beautiful and deep, with the girls swimming all the way over to the waterfalls several times. Buley rock hole was another magical spot (but more crowded), with more shallow pools we sat in for a couple of hours. Not far from the buley was Florence falls, which had another deep swimming hole and perhaps by now we were getting spoilt with all the beautiful waterfalls to float under with our pool noodles. Isabelle was very excited ... read more
Leliyn (Edith falls)
Getting warm after swimming at Leliyn
Lachie's barramundi

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 25th 2019

Somehow you think that 8 or 9 days off the grid is going to mean your phone just explodes with messages when you get back on line. Anticlimax then, as very little had changed in the previous week. Also, most people who would write to us, knew we were off the grid. So it didn't take so long to catch up on life as we eagering tapped at our phones in the car park of a Coles in Kununurra, on still-patchy coverage. It turns out the earthquake was a 6.8 off the coast of Broome, rare, but with no long term consequences.. We still had four nights of jeep camping to go before we needed to return the jeep to Britz in Darwin. Four days and the whole Northern Territory at our disposal. With so many ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 19th 2019

Mataranka to Darwin We travelled to Katherine and made it up to Buruwei Lookout in Nitmiluk National Park, which gave beautiful views of Nitmiluk Gorge. After a hot walk back to the car, we decided on staying at Edith River camp for the night and tested the cool waters of Edith River falls which felt freezing compared to the warm springs at Mataranka. Continuing north, we ventured into Kakadu National Park, leaving the caravan at Kambolgie Campground and headed to Gunlom where we did a 1km walk up the mountain to enjoy a beautiful rock pool that overlooked Kakadu. After making it back to the bottom of the mountain, we did a further 200m walk to the bottom of the falls which was an open swimming area. The road from Kambolgie Campground back to Kakadu Highway ... read more
Katherine River
Crocodylus park
Katherine River

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory July 13th 2019

Uluru to Mataranka Although we were sad to leave the beautiful views of Uluru, we continued on to Kings Canyon where we climbed hundreds of steps to give us a great view from the rim of the canyon - the walk was about 6.5km, Isabelle and Lucy walked the whole way which was another great effort, while Juliet hitched her usual ride on Sheree's back in the carrier. The flies have been bad for this time of year, so we have needed to use fly nets over our hats to keep them away. We enjoyed another night of toasting marshmallows on the fire at a free camp near the Red Centre sign on Luritja Rd. The following morning we stopped at Erlunda Roadhouse where we came across an Emu Farm. As the girls fed a ... read more
Kings Canyon
Toasting marshmallows
Kings Canyon




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