The 2016 trip book, volume 2

Here’s a link to the PDF of volume 2: NorthernAustralia2016Vol2

 

 

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Along the Roper Highway to Lorella Springs Station and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

After leaving Kakadu National and the amazing Gunlom Falls (see Leaving the Kimberly, Litchfield, Darwin and Kakadu) we went back down ‘the track’ to Katherine and Mataranka turning onto the Roper Highway that starts out as a single lane of bitumen (you put the left wheels on the dirt when there’s oncoming traffic.

Lorella Springs Station

We stayed at a very remote campsite popular with fisher folk hunting the iconic ‘barra’ then turned off to the beautiful Lorella Springs Station where we met by ‘Beep’ the station’s pet emu.

 

Hell’s Gate Roadhouse, Adels Grove and Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

 

Normanton and the Normanton Rodeo and Show

We were led to believe Normanton had nothing to offer – not so!  We rode on the iconic Gulflander, watched the RFDS Outback Challenge rally come into town and best of all, the rodeo was on!

Leaving the Kimberly, Litchfield, Darwin and Kakadu

After leaving the Gibb River Road we back through Kunanurra and returned to the NT via the Victoria River Roadhouse, Litchfield National Park and on to Darwin where we met up with Helen’s old mate Scott.

We stayed in an apartment for four nights – nice to have aircon above all other luxuries plus no frogs in the toilet, no insects and no need to wear thongs in the shower!

After Darwin we saw crocs up close jumping for pork chops and learnt a lot about their modus operandi.

On to Kakadu NP where we saw more amazing rock art, more waterfalls, the Yellow Water billabong at sunrise, great scenery and many many mosquitoes.

Leaving Kakadu we returned to Katherine (3rd visit, feels like home) and Mataranka we turned onto the Roper Highway (single lane bitumen then dirt) and headed for the Limmen National Park (next blog post).

Sorry, the photos are not in order – WordPress muddles them up and makes it hard to re-arrange them!

 

 

 

 

 

Halls Creek to Broome and Cape Leveque REPOST

Here are the photos that got deleted by WordPress – they’re not in order but the snappy captions were kept!

The Gibb River Road

[N.B. Our last partially deleted somehow (we’ve been offline for two weeks so it wasn’t us!)  We’ll try and put the photos back soon.]

Leaving Derby we start along the Gibb River Road – the infamous ‘GRR’.  It’s only open during the dry season and despite being a state highway it’s really only fit for 4WD vehicles.  It’s open to vehicles under 3 tonnes but we’re hoping the tracks leading off it are open.

 

Manning Gorge and waterfall


On the way up the Kulumburu Road via Drysdale Station to the Mitchell Falls.

 

On the corrugated 70km track to the Mitchell Falls

 

Spectacular walk into Mitchell Falls and even more spectacular chopper ride back to the campsite.

 

Scones at Ellenbrae and Cockburn Range

 

El Questro!

 

Emma Gorge

Katherine, NT to Larrawa Station, WA

Some pictures from our third week, sorry they’re not in order (the mouse is on the blink).
We’re having a great time, it’s quite hot in the mid thirties most days but the evenings are nice and cool with spectacular starry skies.  The troopy is surprisingly comfortable – especially now it’s fully insect proof.

For those that are interested here is a link to a map

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Top Chinese feed in Katherine’s number one TripAdvisor restaurant.  We especially loved number 17 (Sweet and Sour Barra!)

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Cute little Agile Wallabies (Macropus agilis). Like humans, the young are reluctant to leave home.

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Grey-headed bats (Pteropus poliocephalus), Nitmiluk

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Nitmiluk (Katherine Gorge) panorama

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Early morning startled wildlife. Note adapted computer fans – quiet and low power consumption!

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Stock up on your croc needs here (or just have coffee and lamingtons..)

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Another border, quarantine station just down the road

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Helen showing off mad graffiti skillZ

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Echidna Gorge, Purnululu

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Echidna Gorge, Purnululu

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A refreshing coldie after walking into Echidna Gorge, Purnululu in 37 degree heat

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Pumphouse restaurant and bar with evening bats, Kununurra

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At the Kunanurra Discovery Holiday Park we made a discovery alright! (Crocodylus johnsoni)

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Yet another new friend (Valanga Irregularis) at Repco Kununurra, supervising the oil change

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Refreshing dip at Nitmiluk

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Voilà!  Delicious chili chicken and potatoes about to have a cream and garlic sauce…

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Punululu National Park

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Purnululu selfie

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Purnululu National Park

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Sunset Purnululu

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Purnululu National Park

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Purnululu National Park

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World Heritage dunnies

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The Domes, Purnululu

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On the way to Cathedral Gorge

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Cathedral Gorge, Purnalulu

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Cathedral Gorge

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Victoria River

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Rod & Rifle,Katherine

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Cathedral Gorge, Purnululu

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Helen’s first drive of the Troopy!

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Larrawa Cattle Station, WA.  Helen has given up her dream of living in Dingo, Qld. and now wants to live on a cattle station!

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The Domes, Purnululu

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Dawn at Larrawa

 

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Victoria River Roadhouse and Caravan Park

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Larrawa Station Camping

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Victoria River cuppa

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Larrawa Station camp ground amenities in the horse paddock

Double-issue bumper photo edition

Here are a few photos that were posted on Facebook re-posted here for those who don’t do FB….

Bugga!

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Had our first drama today.   Not here in lovely Kunanurra but at home…
The toilet won’t flush according to our property manager, it’s probably been yanked too hard.
Luckily we’re somewhere with good Internet and phone reception.
I’ve spoken to a plumber who says he can get someone there tomorrow morning before the next lot of guests arrive.
Luckily I had this photo in my cloud and sent it to the plumber, hopefully it doesn’t freak him out!  The cistern is in the roof and has a custom DGJ lever pull mechanism…. (the servo in the pic isn’t used, just a rope pull)
Yikes!