- August Blog -
Tuesday 30th August 2016
HUGE day today visiting some HUGE locals! Crocosaurus Cove, right in the centre of Darwin, is a great value tourist destination, showcasing some giant Saltwater crocs, cute little baby crocs, plus a huge range of other exciting and interesting animals. This is a must-see when visiting.
Another must-see is the Deckchair Cinema, where you can watch a movie under the stars (in a deckchair, thus the name!), which is a great experience with the balmy Darwin evenings.
Friday 26th August 2016
Berry Springs!! We’re going to develop gills soon with all this swimming! Berry Springs is fantastic, a beautiful spring through lovely bushland.. How relaxing..
Thursday 25th August 2016
We loved the Wave Pool so much yesterday, we went back today!!
That was after a quick visit to nearby Dundee Beach, so picturesque.. It’s nice to be back on the coast after all these weeks driving through the outback!
Wednesday 24th August 2016
Another Darwin highlight! The Wave Pool at the Darwin Waterfront.. I was a little apprehensive at first, I’m not overly keen on waves, I generally like my beaches more like a bath tub, with warm water and gently lapping water.. But as they say, ‘when in Rome’ grab a pool tube and jump in! What fun!! I’m sold.
Tuesday 23rd August 2016
Discovered another Northern Territory gem today.. the Territory Wildlife Park. Just up the road from our caravan park at Berry Springs, this is a beautifully designed and cared for park, with an impressive Flight Show of some of Australia’s largest predatory birds, a nocturnal house, aviaries, dingoes and of course some crocodiles. This is an excellent showcase of the wildlife in the Top End, and was just a great day out.
Sunday 21st August 2016
We’re staying a little outside of Darwin while exploring the area, out here at Berry Springs (haven’t made it to the springs yet, but all reports suggest they will be awesome!). We drove into Darwin again today to have a good look around, and to go back to the Mindil Night Markets.. More incredible food! Yum..
Thursday 18th August 2016
We’ve finally made it to Darwin! First stop – Mindil Night Markets! We’ve been excited about coming to these markets since we first saw them on the travel show - Bizzare Foods, and they did not disappoint! The food.. wow.. and what a great atmosphere, watching the sunset over the beach.. #happydays
Wednesday 17th August 2016
More of Litchfield National Park, you need several days to really explore all this place has to offer. On advice from a French family we took the 4WD track out to Blyth Homestead and Sandy Creek Falls first (which might be our favourite so far, there were hardly any people out there, and the water was just perfect!), then after lunch we stopped in at Buley’s Rockholes, very busy with people, but we still managed to get a couple of pools to ourselves 😉 Lovely!
Monday 15th August 2016
Back into Litchfield National Park, we explored ‘The Lost City’, which was fascinating (plus a nice little 4WD track to get out there!), then we checked out Wangi Falls, the most popular of the waterfalls out here.. loving all of this swimming!
Sunday 14th August 2016
Today we began our exploration of Litchfield National Park, which found us swimming in the crystal clear water at Florence Falls. This is a spectacular National Park, with plenty of beautiful bushwalks, and perfect swimming holes! Looking forward to trying them all out.
Friday 12th August 2016
We stayed at a little caravan park in Hayes Creek last night, and this morning got up and went for a bike ride to nearby Butterfly Gap, a little spot used in WWII for storage, now home to hundreds of beautiful butterflies and used for abseiling. Well worth a look!
Wednesday 10th August 2016
Well, today we were supposed to move on towards Darwin, but instead we went hiking around the Gorge for hours this morning, had another swim in the lovely pool, and booked a spot for our camper for another night. The amazing luxury of being able to choose to stay another day somewhere you love!
Tuesday 9th August 2016
Another wonderful Northern Territory experience today, a cruise along the Katherine Gorge. I have finally seen crocodiles! This is such a beautiful part of the world, and a cruise is a wonderful way to experience this majestic place. We stayed in the camp ground at the Nitmiluk National Park, which is fantastic, not least because of the sensational swimming pool.. In today’s 35 degree heat that was a welcome find!
Monday 8th August 2016
Katherine Hot Springs today.. Not quite as good as Bitter Springs, but well worth a visit!
Sunday 7th August 2016
Time to move on again, we’ve finally made it to Katherine!
Friday 5th August 2016
Ok so we literally just spent today in the thermal springs. All day.
Thursday 4th August 2016
Couple of awesome ‘Traditional Outback Aussie’ experiences today, starting with lunch at the Daly Waters Pub! This iconic little pub is a popular stop off for travelers to this part of the world, and for good reason! I wont give away too much, but when you pass by, stop in for a beer!
Secondly.. Bitter Springs Thermal Pool.
This is the best.. If you haven’t heard of this place before, think of typical natural hot spring crystal clear warm water, then imagine it is in a deep creek surrounded by beautiful Australian bush and wildlife, then imagine yourself floating blissfully downstream with the gentle current, taking it all in.. Paradise!
(One hot tip - You need a pool noodle to get the full benefit of the experience)
Wednesday 3rd August 2016
Still more driving.. Love a good road trip..
Matt: We've certainly covered some serious kilometres in the last few days. We've rounded the turn at the Three Ways and heading north toward Katherine.
Tuesday 2nd August 2016
Lots more driving today, tonight we’re at another famous stop-off, the Barkly Roadhouse, almost in the centre of the Territory.. Lots of dust and heat.. Dinner here was very enjoyable though!
Matt: Did I mention how windy it was...
Monday 1st August 2016
We’re starting to do some major kilometres across this great land now! Drove all the way to the famous (if you’re a Slim Dusty fan) little country town of Camooweal, complete with pub, service station and a fantastic billabong with free camping!
We heard in the last month or so that travelers with caravans and campers were flooded in here with all the rain they’ve had recently, but the water is pretty much all gone again now.. leaving just enough for the resident pelicans, fish and other bird life.. what a pretty spot!
Matt: What about how the man at the Drover's Camp laughed at our remark about how windy it was in the morning and then proceeded to explain that Camooweal is an aboriginal word meaning windy. "It's always windy here mate!"...haha!!