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Northern Territory

Uluru (Ayers Rock) & Kata Tjuta (the Olgas)

This isn’t a post about one of the “wonders of the world”, it’s a story about the journey to get there – a journey of several days and thousands of kilometres, through the great Australian Outback. “…all around you is a 360 degree golden Mitchell grass emptiness…the great Australian outback.” – Ted Egan, Australian folk … Continue reading »

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Mango Wine Tasting at the Red Centre Farm

It was a morning of ghosts. After the abandoned aerodrome at Daly Waters we passed Dunmarra, named after a man called Dan O’Mara who went missing here and was never found (the Aborigine trackers pronounced his name Dunmarra), then detoured three kilometres west through Newcastle Waters Station to the ghost town of Newcastle Waters. The … Continue reading »

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Daly Waters Historic Outback Pub

Time for the Drinking Traveller to “go walkabout”. The road became less and less familiar as we passed Jabiru and the turn offs for Nourlangie, Maguk, Gunlom, etc…until soon everything was new again. Passing through the Kakadu National Park gates, we realised for the first time that we hadn’t left the park once in the three … Continue reading »

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The Road to Gunbalanya Social Club

Living and working in Kakadu, I came to hear of Arnhem Land, an area of Aboriginal land larger than almost half of the world’s countries yet somehow hidden in a remote, isolated corner of Australia’s sparse Northern Territory. One of “the last true wildernesses” on earth, Arnhem Land is home to wild, empty beaches, pristine … Continue reading »

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Maguk (Barramundi Gorge)

Only accessible in the Dry (season) and by four-wheel-drive (well, in theory), Maguk is a verdant gorge complete with tumbling waterfall, deep blue plunge-pool with crystal clear water teaming with fish, and even a “secret” path leading to a series of sparkling swimming holes hidden behind the top of the falls. (“Secret” in the sense … Continue reading »

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Sunset at Ubirr Lookout

Day off. The van up on jacks, the wheels two-hundred kilometres away in Darwin. I was naked (as usual) when Vero knocked. Rod had fixed his “car” and was going to Ubirr. Did we want to go? We grabbed some sandwiches for the road, Rod fueled up on resort and we sped off through the parched … Continue reading »

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Aboriginal Rock Art at Nourlangie

I’ve used the name “Nourlangie” in the title because otherwise almost no-one would know what I was talking about. The area mistakenly known as “Nourlangie” is actually made up of Burrunggui (the higher ground and Gunwarddehwarde Lookout) and Anbangbang (the lowlands and surroundings, home to the Anbangbang billabong and rock art gallery). Nearby is the … Continue reading »

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Croc Hunting on the South Alligator & Yellow Water

You might think the last thing you’d want to be around is an estuarine (saltwater) crocodile – the largest and most dangerous crocodile in the world – yet we somehow found ourselves out on the water in a tinny, looking for them. As many adventures do, it all started in the bar… In case you don’t know, … Continue reading »

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