The last few weeks have been filled with scenic gorges, amazing swimming holes, lots of dust and endless kilometres of corrugated roads. This post covers our time in Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory and the Kimberley in Western Australia including the Gibb River Road (GRR).
We stayed at the El Questro campground for 4 nights. There are plenty of gorges to visit and walks to do. If you are planning on doing scenic helicopter flights and river cruises etc you might want to stay a bit longer. The meals at the Steakhouse restaurant were very good and not too expensive when you consider how remote it is.
The GRR has a reputation of being quite rough and when you are towing a caravan you need to take it easy. At the time we went through there was about 130km of the GRR that was pretty unpleasant with speed at times dropping to 10-15 km/h. The condition of the road changes each year and depends on the when the road was last graded/maintained.
If you are driving a 4WD (especially a rental) and not towing, you could probably drive much of the road at 60-80 km/h.
We were planning on taking the caravan up the Kalumburu Road to Drysdale River and then taking the Prado and the tent up to Mitchell Falls. But having heard stories of the road destroying countless cars, camper trailers and caravans and with some concerns about our brakes we decided to leave the Kalumburu Road for next time….
The trip is going well and we survived the Gibb River Road. I thought the caravan would be our weak point but to my surprise it has been the Prado that caused us more trouble. We have done about 9,000 kilometres so far and used 2,000 litres of unleaded. Stay tuned for my next post which will cover Karijini National Park and the Ningaloo Reef.
Greetings, it’s me Amyo. For those of you that haven’t read one of my earlier posts, well you should know that I try to write my blog with PASSION!!! When my parents first told me about this trip I thought it was a really bad idea. I tried to squiggle my way out of it without success. It was really hard to say goodbye to my pets and friends knowing that it would be a really long time before I saw them again. At first it was really hard and I was always thinking about them but I soon got over it. And yes, there has been some times where I wish I was home. Also, I would kind of like my personal space again but it isn’t as bad as I thought it would be. These are just some of the highlights and interesting things so far.
Because we don’t have much room in our van we have to improvise. Maybe we might have to turn our van into a washing line!
Coober Pedy is known for its opals, right? Well you have no idea how serious it is until you go there. There are piles of rubble everywhere. Also, if you walk down the main street half the shops are devoted to opals/jewellery. We were lucky enough to be able to go into Toms Working Opal Mine. We got to walk through the mines and look for opal. We got given a UV light and that enables you to see the opal in the walls and it was everywhere.
Kata Tjuta was a beautiful place. It was very hot but when you got in the shade and the wind was blowing it cooled down quickly.
We found this little fellow at our campsite at Uluru. He was really friendly so I called him Ray because he reminds me of a little ray of sunshine. We took a picture of him (obviously) so when we got to Darwin we asked some people whether they knew what he was and everyone said some sort of dragon.
For those of you that haven’t been to the Daly Waters Pub, it’s something quite, how can I put this? Interesting. There are underpants hanging on the walls and peoples ID scattered around. Let’s just say that, from the outside it looks completely normal and then you step inside and it’s a whole different story. But on the plus side, their food is good.
Bitter Springs was really nice. It was a warm river thing that you floated down and then when you got to the end you hopped out, walked back up and hopped back in. Even though there were lots of signs that said crocs inhabit this area we didn’t see any.
The aboriginals made up all sorts of stories to either explain why something happens/ happened or to tell people what is the correct behaviour. Often the aboriginals painted these stories on the rock so that people could remember it. The aboriginals never drew these paintings expecting that it would still be there thousands of years later.
Holding a snake feels weird. You can feel all their bones and muscles moving around.
We got our first flat tyre the day we left Darwin. If only we discovered it earlier.
Termite mounds are really very clever. They keep out the wind, rain and they’re fire proof. Pretty cool home right?
While we were in the Northern Territory there were lots of controlled fires. You could walk right up next to it and no one would care.
We are going to spend most of our trip in WA so we were all really excited. The day before we were going into WA we brought 3 kilos of oranges, 1 kilo of apples and a whole heap of other fruit. Because we couldn’t take it into WA we gave a whole heap to some people that we met in Timber Creek and we also cut up heaps of fruit to eat in the car but we still had to chuck heaps out.
So far, our trip has been really fun (well besides all the long days of driving). I can’t wait to get back home. Sure, there are thing that aren’t perfect but we have to make do for the time being. Oh and I forgot to mention we made it through the Gibb River Road and on the way we stopped at some amazing places.
I will be writing some more posts throughout the trip (maybe) so make sure you read them. Remember, don’t focus on the past because you’ll miss the future. Goodbye and I hope you liked my post. 😊😊😊☹😊