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Broome – a polished and tarnished pearl

Broome – a polished and tarnished pearl

  Broome is a paradox. It’s all white sand, red dust, gleaming pearls and glaring social challenges. It’s a town which confounds you. An exotic pearling history shimmying alongside a multi-cultural and indigenous mix of people, visitors emerging from dusty, desert drives or sparkling city flights for adventures. Stunning ocean backdrop and harsh, thirsty soil.

Boabs, scones and engineers

Boabs, scones and engineers

  It’s an odd time to be in the Kimberley’s. It’s almost the end of the season. Some travellers we meet scratch their head and wonder why we are heading out there in the heat of October. Some places are closed due to fire management programs, or putting staff off in preparation for what they […]

Give me the Gibb River Rd

Give me the Gibb River Rd

The East Kimberley covers about 200, 000 square km’s of Western Australia and is one of the most remote areas pf the country. This is rugged ranges and escarpment country. Waterfalls, gorges, river crossings, and somewhere out there is coastline as well. It’s remote stations and hidden aboriginal culture. It’s big sky, and intense heat. And we’re […]

Kununurra – a new kid on the block

Kununurra – a new kid on the block

Kununura is the gateway to the East Kimberley. It was established as a town only in the 1960’s to serve the Ord River Irrigation Scheme. Today its population has notched up to 5,000 to support the agriculture, mining and tourism industries that have grown up around it.

Bush camp, bush chores and big boabs

Bush camp, bush chores and big boabs

We fuel up on Katherine and travel west towards the Victoria River region. Expecting a boring drive, we find ourselves loving the drive through the Judbarra / Gregory National Park. It’s 13, 000 square km’s of amazing land-forms, towering sandstone pillars and bulging, beautiful boabs. This is spectacular landscape, sporting some impressive sandstone escarpments.

Hoo Roo Humpty Doo

Hoo Roo Humpty Doo

Tonight we have one final dinner with family to enjoy, one more frogs in the shower count to complete, and a last minute horse ride for Little Miss Squid who so wants to be a cow girl.

Top End Hospitality

Top End Hospitality

On the outskirts of Darwin where the Stuart Highway meets the Arnhem Highway is the town of Humpty Doo. And beyond that Noonamah. It’s all mango farms, buffalo horns on gates and freight containers passing for homes in large paddocks.

Checking out Kakadu from the water

Checking out Kakadu from the water

Cooinda is the perfect base to head off on our Yellow Water Cruise. We’ve seen so much of this park from lookouts and at the base of waterfalls, now it’s time to check it out from the water. The picturesque Yellow Water Billabong and tributaries of the South Alligator River are quite simply a wildlife spotting […]

Hey Kakadu, don’t mind if I do!

Hey Kakadu, don’t mind if I do!

At a mere two billion years old, the World Heritage Listed Kakadu National Park is one of Australia’s most coveted “Must See” destination. It’s an internationally recognised ecological and cultural treasure. Check it out? Don’t mind if I do!

From Roper Bar to Bitter Springs

Travelling along at 60 – 90 km per hour in a vehicle with air-conditioning, I cannot help but admire the early explorers and pioneers who opened up this route.  Leichhardt, Burke and Wills, King … and others. We are merely travelling the next several hundreds of km’s in pursuit of an icy-pole at the Roper […]

A lost city, a butterfly and a ripper swimming hole

It’s a new day…we’ve been serenaded by Barking Owls and watched over by a flirtatious peacock, we’ve rinsed off the red dust in a donkey system shower and we’ve pulled off the last of the shockers. We are on a mission to get out of here – we hold our breaths and hope nothing else […]

Blazing a trail to Camp 119 with Burke and Wills

Blazing a trail to Camp 119 with Burke and Wills

It’s so hot out here even your shadows can’t be bothered standing up. Rock hard ground slams at the souls of your feet, slender trees seem to withhold their shade, and if the watchful crows had lips they’d be licking them overhead. We are standing at a rather ordinary looking tree trunk contemplating two blokes called […]

Aye Karumba!

Aye Karumba!

Karumba, it’s all Outback by the Sea. It’s also at the Norman River mouth, which makes it the centre for prawning and barramundi, and for hordes of Victorian grey nomads obsessed with fishing, and bad karaoke sessions.

Croydon’s golden history

Croydon’s golden history

One of the highlights of the long, long Savannah Way is the opportunity you have to journey through history. Milestones and moments in time can creep up on you, and the chance to stop at unassuming towns to stretch your legs can suddenly open up a goldmine. Croydon is a legendary town, a Savannah Way […]

Taking the Squids to the Great Barrier Reef

Taking the Squids to the Great Barrier Reef

  2.2million…that’s the number of eager snorkelers and divers estimated who annually explore the largest reef system in the world (according to 2007 Tourism Research Australia). Today they can add 4 more water-based adventurers to the tally as we take on the Great Barrier Reef.

Captain Cook chased a chook all the way to Cooktown

Captain Cook chased a chook all the way to Cooktown

Cooktown is a hybrid of frontier living, and pilgrimage destination for travellers connecting the Australian history dots. It’s also the launching pad for many heading off yonder towards Cape York, ”Ya going to the tip?” being the constant question to travellers. Sadly for us this is about as far up as we’ll go, as we […]

50 shades of green at Cape Tribulation

50 shades of green at Cape Tribulation

  There’s a Thesaurus brimming with platitudes to describe Cape Tribulation. I’ll pluck out a few to get us started. Lush. Tranquil. Remote. Tropical. Prehistoric. I confess, I don’t know what I’m looking at in this World Heritage Rainforest half the time – it’s just so cloaked in lush vegetation. It’s a mesmerising 50 shades […]

Soaring high on the Cairns Skyrail

Soaring high on the Cairns Skyrail

  It was just as the Skyrail gondolier doors were closing that I remembered I used to have a rather loose fear of heights. Nothing big, just the odd sweaty palm and hammering heart that has me imaging all the worst scenarios.

Magnificent Mossman Gorge

Magnificent Mossman Gorge

We toodled up the track a bit from Cairns today and popped into Port Douglas and Palm Cove. Palm Cove has been names on of Australia’s Top 10 beaches – not sure what the prerequisite was cause I reckon I’ve seen better. But maybe I caught it on an off-day!

Cane Cutter Way to Cairns

Cane Cutter Way to Cairns

Everyone waves in small towns in Queensland.  At least everyone on The Cane Cutter Way does. It’d be hard for them not to…as tourists drive idly past their front doors, jumping out to pose for pictures by narrow-gauge cane train tracks and hang off rusty farm utes by banana crops.

The Great Green Way

The Great Green Way

The Great Green Way is a scenic route which winds itself through World Heritage forest, past banana plantations, endless For Sale signs in small towns and up into the hills.

Imagining more at Mission Beach

Imagining more at Mission Beach

The Mission Beach brochure suggests: “Imagine More”. OK, so I did. I imagined there’d be sightings of Cassowaries; there wasn’t. I imagined there’d be more sun;  struck out there too. I imagined there’d be more balmy sunsets as I strolled along the beach, gazing out to Dunk Island. Nada, zip, rien!

Daydream Believer

Daydream Believer

  From time to time the camper trailer gets a little too cosy, a little too much like hard-work and a little too relentless! The cure? An escape to Daydream Island.

Turning Pages in Airlie Beach

Turning Pages in Airlie Beach

  Airlie Beach seems like a small, easy-to-find-your-way-around-kind-of-town on the map, but in all reality it’s a humming tourist mecca selling suncream, island trips, over-priced surfwear and backpacker drink ‘n’ dine deals.

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