Travel Destinations

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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Flora River Nature Park

flora river

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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Katherine Region

Katherine

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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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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Ruby Gap Nature Park

ruby gap

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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Alice Springs

Alice Springs

Arriving in Alice Springs I check wikicamps and discover the Road Transport Hall of Fame. A modest entry fee of around $15 will give you access to a very impressive collection of cars, trucks, busses and industrial equipment. There were even a few Land Rovers for me to enjoy. Many of the early vehicles have been fully restored and are …

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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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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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Kings Canyon – Watarrka National Park

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Leaving Uluru I take the turnoff and head north on to Luritja Road towards Kings Canyon. Watarrka national park is the home to the stunning Kings Canyon, and where the private resort and campgrounds are located. Along the way I stop in to Kathleen Springs, a source of permanent water and abundant with birdlife. After a day of rest at …

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Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park – Ayers Rock

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Crossing the border for the first time into the Northern Territory felt great. Uluru previously known as Ayers Rock was only a short drive away. Turning west off the Stuart highway onto Lasseter highway, Mount Connor was the first site of interest. At first glimpse from the road I thought it was Uluru as I wasn’t aware there were any …

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