National Parks

Day 287 – Keep River National Park

keep river national park

Keep River national park would be the last park I visited in the Northern Territory. Located on the border with Western Australia it is a small yet beautiful park with 2 campgrounds available. First I stopped off at the Ranger base and looked out the back at Cockatoo Lagoon. Most of it had dried up. The remaining birds including one …

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Day 282 – Judbarra / Gregory National Park

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I took the Victoria highway west from Katherine heading towards the Western Australian border. Judbarra/ Gregory national park was a park I figured I’d stop in to see now, but it seems fate was against me. There are 2 main sections with the larger of the 2 offering several long 4wd tracks to explore the park. Unfortunately all tracks were …

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Day 278 – Litchfield National Park

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I’d heard on the road that Litchfield National Park was better than Kakadu, so plotted a course to it from Darwin. It’s only a few hours drive South along the Stuart highway. Along the way I came across a vehicle rollover. I pulled up to see if I could assist. There were 4 other cars pulled up. One women occupant …

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Day 264 – Kakadu National Park

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After many years of dreaming of exploring Kakadu, I finally reach it.. and it’s not quite as awesome as I expected. In fairness a wildfire had gone through in the last couple weeks and forced the closure of a few campgrounds and favourite tourist destinations. It is also the end of the dry season so everything is pretty dry and …

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Day 257 – Flora River Nature Park

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Flora River – a weekend escape close to Katherine. I took 2 days away from Katherine and drove 122km south west to Flora River Nature Park, traditional name Giwining. The last 36km of track is gravel suitable for 2wd during the dry season. This is a small park with a beautiful little quiet campground at Lurrngurl with showers and toilets. …

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Day 255 – Katherine Region

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Heading northbound on the Stuart highway I stop in to Aileron to view the two large aboriginal sculptures. These are known as ‘Anmatjere Man’ and ‘Anmatjere women and child’. They are very impressive for their size and level of detail. Didn’t stay long but enough to grab some pics then hit the highway looking for a place to sleep. Ended …

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Day 254 – Arltunga Historical Reserve

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Arltunga. The first town in Central Australia. After leaving Ruby Gap I pull in to Arltunga Historical Reserve. Arltunga was central Australia’s first official town founded in 1887 after gold was discovered nearby in a dry creek bed. The sudden rush of prospectors grew the population to around 300. It lasted until 1913. The town ruins are located 110km east …

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Day 252 – Ruby Gap Nature Park

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I heard about Ruby Gap Nature Park while camping at Uluru. It sounded like a beautiful quiet place to retreat for a few days. I’m really glad I did. The park is located 150km east of Alice Springs. A 4wd is essential. After the gravel road in to the park boundary the internal track is the dry sandy riverbed with …

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Day 247 – West MacDonnell National Park

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Namatjira Drive guided me along the West MacDonnell Ranges. The road has many turnoffs to admire sections of the park with plenty of gorges, chasms and waterholes to admire. The house of Albert Namatjira was just outside Hermannsburg. A simple rough rock 2 room construction that Albert built himself. Albert was a world famous Aboriginal artist known for his landscape …

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Day 244 – Finke Gorge National Park

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Some very special palms at Finke Gorge Finke Gorge national park is home to a unique species of palm which occurs nowhere else on earth. Its nearest relative is 1000 kilometres away at Lawn Hill in Queensland. How the Red Cabbage palm ended up in the desert centre of Australia is still a mystery. I originally was planning on doing …

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