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Aug 12th, 2018, 05:13 PM
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Hi all. Just passed through Elliot, between Tennant Creek and Katherine. Another great day yesterday, big driving day. Crossed the Qld / NT decided we’d stop for photo op in the way. (Read ooops missed the turn into the only spot to park).

Arrived into Banka Banka station mid afternoon. Wow we weren’t expecting much but how wrong we were, such a great setup. You leave your van hitched and we managed to fluke a grassed area. So set up for afternoon drinks while watching the resident camels. Took a walk up to the look out they have set up, amazing views across the station to the horizon that seems unending.

Then headed to the camp fire for refreshments and entertainment from a really talented country singer. Just the loveliest night, I can quite honestly say I’ve never seen so many stars.

Earlish start rhis morning......im sure it had nothing to do with last nights refreshments?!?!?!? The station only has unpowered sites, but they have a communal camp kitchen with power. Don’t laugh.... we took our Nespresso machine and toaster and had a much appreciated breakfast.

Staying at Katherine tonight, actually just past in the national park Sunset cruise on Katherine gorge tonight.

Thanks for for the lovely comments, more photos soon.
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Aug 12th, 2018, 07:50 PM
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Don’t laugh.... we took our Nespresso machine and toaster and had a much appreciated breakfast.

Ha! A camper after my own heart! Proper coffee!
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Aug 13th, 2018, 07:09 AM
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Don’t laugh.... we took our Nespresso machine and toaster and had a much appreciated breakfast.

I wouldn't dream of laughing, aussiedreamer. After all, if you can't find room for things like that in a van that size, what's the point of taking it? Good for you.

The photos of the rodeo are amazing - really fab. And the sunset is gorgeous too. Amazing.
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Aug 15th, 2018, 04:53 PM
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Good morning from Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory. Woh Woh Woh, just the most amazing couple of days. Katherine Gorge was everything I'd ever imagined,we arrived with just enough time to set up for our one night there and freshen up for our sunset cruise. We cruised through 2 of the 13 or so gorges, after the first gorge you take a lovely/easy walk over to the next gorge. The scenery and the colors in the golden hour or so before sunset, where breath taking. When we got back to the first gorge our dinner boat was waiting for us. White table cloths the whole nine yards, we cruised a little while having our welcome cocktail, then anchored up for dinner with the sun setting behind the sheer rock face of the gorge. It truly was a pinch yourself evening.

We woke early and took the hour or so walk up to the look out for sunset.....I just can't find enough superlatives. Stunning. A shortish drive the next day, towards Katherine, stopping there for a few essentials, then onto the National Park for the next 3 days. Fantastic park at Jabiru, we even have green grass, which we have seen much of. Had a lovely leisurely afternoon and evening for an early start yesterday. We were picked up at 6.30am and drove nearly 2hours on 4wd tracks into the park. We then walked (climbed/scrambled/crawled) another 2 hours into Jim Jim Falls. Although we knew there would be no water as its the dry season, it was simply amazing. A few people went in for a swim in the bottomless water, no sun, so a tad fresh BUT oh woh. Our next scramble was to the 'beach' for morning tea and a swim. I can't describe the clear beautiful water, so deep and fresh and amazing. I just tried to block out that there were definitely crocs lurking below. No I'm not insane, I've learnt quickly that the fresh water crocodiles are scared of us and the only reason they would hurt you is if you attack them. The 'salty's' on the other had will eat you alive. eeeeek

We all decided that this day would forever be a highlight, we then had to scramble hours back to the vehicle. It was the hardest walk I've ever done, EVER but the rewards were well worth it.

Today we are off to do a cruise on the Yellow River to see some big Crocs, no bathers needed today!!!


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Aug 15th, 2018, 05:01 PM
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What an amazing and wonderful few days you have had.
Thank you sharing your story and the photos.
We lived in the Territory for a few years 35+ years ago and whilst we got to a lot of places there was little tourist infrastructure and certainly not the wonderful cruise and tours you describe.
We were always pretty terrified of coming across crocs especially when out at Gove, but fortunately they kept away.
I am really enjoying your reports so again thank you.
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Aug 15th, 2018, 05:55 PM
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Oh my! What a beautiful country we have!
Thanks again for sharing your wanderings with us.
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Aug 15th, 2018, 08:09 PM
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Spectacular!! I love your country!
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I'm loving your trip report - great photos.

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I wish I had the right words to describe our wonderful day yesterday. If anyone has ever seen photos of Kakadu, I’m pretty sure we saw those views. Drove to Cooinda from our base in Jabiru and took the Yellow Water River cruise, through the Yellow water billabong, up the river to the Yellow Water wetlands.




The wild life, flowers and information were all fantastic. We saw an abundance of birds, so many crocodiles, water buffaloes, wild horses and cattle. All roaming freely in amongst the prettiest backdrop. The tour was about 3 hours that seemed to go by on 5.




Had some lunch and a very excited debrief at the Cooinda lodge. Very tempted to jump in the beautiful pool, which is available to all visitors but we were in a mission.




Next stop was Cahills Crossing/ causeway. This crossing is tidal driven, only the very experienced or brave drivers cross it. As the water is full of salt water crocs. We didn’t cross but stood on the viewing platform and watched the crocs catch fish as the jumped across the causeway. They are magnificent creatures, equal part graceful and terrifying.




Went back to Ubirr, to the Warradjan cultural centre and did a short walking tour to view the awesome rock art. And to hear some really touching stories. Wether you believe in the ‘Dreamtime Stories’ or not, it’s great to hear them in that setting.




Took a walk climb to the top to get a 360deg view of this part of Kakadu. Another amazing day.




We left this morning and are now headed back down ‘a bit’ and then across to Lake Argle in WA. We will stop at Victoria river for the night.




Vans are going great, weather is definitely warming up and the scenery is ever changing.
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Aug 17th, 2018, 03:35 AM
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Great report and loving your pics.
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Aug 17th, 2018, 03:52 PM
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Wow! Must be a wonderful season up there.
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Aug 18th, 2018, 02:52 AM
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Nice. This should be an incredible journey. Enjoy it
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Aug 19th, 2018, 01:47 PM
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<<Oh annhig - I do hope your back lawn recovers, and for all those facing drought we know what it is like - I grew up in Western Australia and my parents were very strict re using water to the extent that I still feel guilty if I let a tap run freely.>>

thanks, love_travel_Aus -it's gradually coming back and there's no way i would water it - our only water comes from a well and though it's never run dry yet, I don't want to tempt fate. We do use it for watering the veg garden though - food is more important than grass.

aussieD - I am so pleased that we have now got to such a beautiful area with water. The gorge is gorgeous isn't it? What a great trip. looking forward to lots lots more.
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Aug 19th, 2018, 08:19 PM
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We’ve made it safe n sound to lake Argyle, absolutely stunning place. There’s no wifi or even phone service, which is tough when you are missing the grand kids. But it’s a magical part of the world. We’ve basically just been walking swimming and relaxing. Spending the morning in Kunanurra, tomorrow we will go to El Questro station for the day. Then head to the Bungle Bungles!!!



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Aug 19th, 2018, 11:08 PM
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Love your photos, especially the galahs. They always look comical but pretty too. Has the driving been easy or difficult? Any tips for novices like us?

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Aug 20th, 2018, 12:55 AM
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Loving reading your report - lots of memories of things like a flight over Jimjim in the wet, Ubbirr . Couldn't stop laughing at your nespresso- nearly glamping ��.
looking forward to your Broome adventures - we go there at least once a year to visit my son and family .
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Aug 20th, 2018, 12:44 PM
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You're right, AussieD, stunning is the word. Really out of this world.

And is that an infinity swimming pool????
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