A year on the road – highs and lows – continued


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….

One thought on “A year on the road – highs and lows – continued

  1. Fifty Toes Walkabout April 7, 2016 / 09:15

    I’m loving the summary and getting a renewed appetite to see all those things we missed first time around


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