Purnululu (Bungle Bungles) – an extraordinary place, gorges and incredible beehive rocks. Cathedral Gorge is just amazing, would be incredible to see in the wet season.
Sawpit Gorge – just a bushcamp outside of Halls Creek, but what a lovely place to stop
Zebra Rock – not only a unique type of rock but a lovely family run campsite; great fish and chips fresh from the lake, amazing wetlands and top fishing trips
Lake Argyle – once you get past the iron curtain style management it is a lovely spot for a cruise on the lake, and the best (but coldest) infinity pool in the region
Katherine Gorge – a bit too commercial, but some fine walking along the edge of the gorge
Gunlom Falls – the first stop on the way into Kakadu from the south. Nature’s own infinity pool high in the sky
Yellow Waters – the best time of day for a cruise is sunrise when the light is magnificent over the billabongs, the crocs are warming up on the banks and the birds are everywhere. Just an incredible experience.
Nourlangie – amazing rock art, and ranger tours explaining what it is all about (well, as much as you are allowed to know, not being initiated)
Ubirr – more incredible art, plus watching the sun set over Kakadu, this is something special
Kakadu track – running from the north down to Jim Jim road near Cooinda it makes you think what Kakadu must have been like 50 years ago when all the road was just a dirt track.
Adelaide River – On the road from Kakadu to Darwin. Perhaps not somewhere to take a tinnie, these crocs jump for their meat
Litchfield – despite being a relatively small area this really packs it in. Waterfalls, lost city rock formations, river crossings and magnetic termite mounds all within drive of the same campsite
Bitter Springs – Mataranka, on the road to Alice Springs. Incredible clear, warm water; go early to beat the crowds
Devils Marbles – intriguing balancing rocks, caused by erosion and weathering despite the exciting name
Ormiston Gorge – into the West Macdonnell Ranges now, with a great walk along the gorge then back along the river bed
Finke NP (Boggy Hole) – amazing drive along the Finke River from Hermannsburg, with beautiful camping halfway, this is a fantastic place to get away into nature
Kings Canyon – about the best canyon walk on the trip, wonderful to see that OH&S hasn’t interfered and had the whole place fenced off.
Uluru – what would a trip be without a stop here? If you have bikes with you you can ride them around the base. Weathering at one end looks oddly like a skull….
Kata Tjuta – A great walk into the landscape (and history)
Chambers Pillar – A historical landmark in the early exploration days, with the explorers carving the rock to show they had been there; still a fascinating place to explore.
Dalhousie – perched at the edge of the desert, the spring is so relaxing. The nearby homestead (ruined) is a testament to fortitude (or folly), in the middle of such a desolate place.
Ruby Gap – At the end of a 2hr dirt track, at the far end of the East Macdonnell Range, along a river bed, you can’t much more isolated; fantastic. Shame for the miners the rubies turned out to be garnets
Gem Tree – Amazing outback history told over a wonderful camp oven dinner after a day garnet fossicking, a great place
Coming soon, the rest of the trip from outback NT through Cape York to NSW….