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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte March 22nd 2015

Greg loves caves and in our travels if there is a cave nearby Greg will be itching for a visit. Naracoorte is famous for its World Heritage listed caves and in particular for the fossil beds that have been discovered there, so they were a must do item on our itinerary. A relatively early start meant that we were at the caves in time for the first tour of the day. Three caves had guided tours, with the tours times arranged so that you could go from one cave tour to the next. Booking all three gave us free access to another self-guided cave and the fossil museum. Alexandra cave was first and we joined another couple for the tour. With such a small group, and with the other couple being so quiet, we virtually had ... read more
The giant wombat was our equivalent of a woolly mammoth
Long delicate straws hanging from the ceiling
One end of the famous fossil bed

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte January 9th 2013

Ciao ragazzi in questi giorni siamo andati in un posto meraviglioso! Una caverna che si chiama NARACOORTE CAVES. http://www.environment.sa.gov.au/naracoorte/Home Quando siamo arrivati faceva molto caldo.Ci siamo messi a sedere su una panchina e abbiamo mangiato un panino buonissimo. La caverna era lunga 5km, ma noi abbiamo visitato un pezzo piccolo. Dentro la caverna faceva molto fresco per fortuna! La cosa più interessante erano i due scheletri di marsupi estinti trovati nella caverna. Una cosa mi faceva molto paura erano i canguri giganti con la testa da koala (Procoptodon goliah) e esistevano da vero! Esisteva anche un wombat gigantesco (Diprotodon australis) come un elefante. http://www.abc.net.a... read more
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Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte September 25th 2010

We said goodbye to Grandma and Grandpa. Mel came to the airport to see us off. Then we flew to Adelaide. Pa and Aunty Michelle came to the airport to pick us up. It's a four hour drive to to Naracoorte. We stopped off to see the Murray River. It had heaps of water in it. You could see the car ferries and lots of grass. When we saw Geraldine she gave us a chocolate frog! Geraldine loves frogs (and we love chocolate)!! Pa has a dog that we played with. And Pa grew a Sturt Desert Pea that had lots of flowers on it. We ate some of the silverbeet from the garden. Pa took us to the Naracoorte Caves. We went down the Victoria Cave. It had some Megafauna inside, a bit like, lots ... read more
birthday cake

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte January 5th 2010

Day 254 - Halls Gap (Victoria) to Naracoorte (South Australia) Ever been woken up by an alarm that you’ve forgotten the reason for setting so switch it off? That’s what happened to me this morning at 6am but luckily Dar was awake enough and had remembered our promise of a walk with Zoe and Ken! We did a quick pack away in the caravan while the kids were coming to terms with the early morning, bless Simone for reassuring Ken that he did want to wake up and it wasn’t too early for a walk. She was sure that he would regret it if he didn’t come. Simone had packed the kids rucksacks the previous night for them and was now talking them through the various items such as a banana for a snack, plenty of ... read more
Whose poo?
Ken and Zoe on the way up
A quick drink stop

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte August 5th 2009

On the road… finally! Our expected date of departure came and went due to car problems; the kids had left a small interior light on and flattened the battery overnight. Despite the fact we are with RACV total care, the battery man would not replace our battery because he had to remove the intercooler to get to it and he is only licensed to work on batteries. I figured its not worth getting upset over - if a man isn’t confident to touch our car I don’t want him touching it! Coupled with the fact that we had noticed coolant leaking underneath, the car sat there until Tuesday for our mechanic to fix the problems. The online Delicashop certainly came in handy with speedy service and the small part we required. With the car all fixed ... read more
The sort-of-big fish
S.A. border crossing
Naracoorte Camping Ground

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte April 22nd 2009

Travel Itinerary Naracoorte to London ... read more

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte November 25th 2008

Naracoorte Caves NP in conjunction with the Riversleigh Section of Lawn Hill NP, Qld, forms the 'Australian Fossil Mammal Site World Heritage Area', which we had found out about at the SA Museum. On our first night there, we walked to the entrance of Bat Cave at 8:30pm, which is when the endangered sole colony of Southern Bentwing Bats make their exodus from the cave in search of food. A few possums accompanied us in the hope that they would get a feed as thousands of the small bats exited the cave. The next morning we went on a tour of Alexandra Cave, which had lots of cave decorations, followed by a self-guided tour inside Wet Cave. After lunch, we did the fascinating and informative Victoria Fossil Cave tour, which included a fossil bed display area ... read more
Alexandra Cave entrance
Marsupial Lion
Mirror pool

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte March 10th 2008

Back home on Australian soil, and thrilled at being so. First few days were catching up with family, Kevie was soon to arrive and had a few days down time before embarking on our long awaited road trip. Four States in five days. First trip was to Brisbane to catch up with the famous Paddywagon crew consisting of, Feofa, Flic, Dan, and Armie. Cracking night with many tales of ole.... And a big thank you to Armie and Fe for adding even more shamies to the evening....poor Kevie! Next stop was Sydney to catch up with AnnaBanana and Hailey, quiet afternoon of coffee at Bondi Beach but equally as enjoyable. Next stop Melbourne to catch up with my Lozie, Geham and Daniel (Kodak). A huge night out, with countless Jaeger bombs and chasers. When will the ... read more
Paddywagon Reunion
with AnnaBanana & Kevie @ Bondi Beach
Dan, Lauren & Kevie in Melbourne

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte January 24th 2008

Just north of the Coonawarra wine region is a town called Naracoorte. We found a beautiful country cottage on the edge of town looking out on the bush. The cottage was fully equipped with gourmet foods, all modern amenities and a huge spa bath. The big surprise in Naracoorte was something known as a "swimming lake." A man-made combination pool and sandy-bottomed lake, the swimming lake was a favorite hang-out of several flocks of exotic birds.... read more
Swimming Lake

Oceania » Australia » South Australia » Naracoorte December 5th 2006

This Morning after a lie in. we headed out to Naracoorte Cave's. Where we enjoyed climbing through some very small and narrow holes, brilliant. Our guide set us a few challanges which we all had ago achieved. Ended up with a few bruises but it was worth it. On the way back out of the cave we were fortunate to see a bat, cool. After caving we were on to the final leg of our trip to Adelaide. Half way there we had our last stop off at a winery for abit of wine tasting. On the way in to Adelaide we cross the murray river by ferry and finally arrive about half five. Where i'm met by Uncle Chris. After dumping my stuff at his house. Uncle Chris took me on a grand tour of ... read more
Caving




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