7 Days on a Darwin to Broome Road Trip via the Great Northern Highway

Port of Broome, Western Australia

Whether you got to Darwin by plane, train (the Ghan), or my 7 day Road-trip from Adelaide, once you’ve seen the sights – like my TOP TEN things to do in Darwin – you’ll eventually have to leave. But if you’ve got another 7 days (or more!) to kill, the alternative to returning the way you came is to take

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TOP 10 COOL Things to Do in Kununurra

Kununurra Sunset over Lily Creek Lagoon

The day we got to Kununurra started WAY too early. As the clock ticked over past midnight, Are You Lonesome Tonight and I was only 19 thundered from (respectively) the vehicle cab and the top-of-the-range caravan parked next to us in Timber Creek. Yes, you’re right. You’d have to be VERY drunk for that to sound good. A couple of

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Aussie ABC: R is for Rocks

With the world’s biggest rock AND largest monolith*, Australia’s the land of the ultimate ROCK – or at least the coolest Australian rock formations! But where’s a keen rockhound to go once they’ve seen Mt Augustus (biggest rock) and Uluru (biggest monolith)?? Check out a few more Australian Rock Stars – otherwise known as distinctive and unusual Australian rock formations – with

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7 Random Kimberley Adventures

Track to Marlgu Billabong

By Northern Hemisphere standards, winter in many areas of Australia isn’t particularly cold. But that doesn’t stop a mass exodus from the ‘cold’ south during the Aussie winter (officially June/July/August), to the north where it’s actually hot! But it’s not just the average daily maximum of around 30 °C that makes the Kimberley region stretching across the north of Western

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Birds, Ballads and Billabongs: Australia’s Wild West!

En Route to Marlgu Billabong, via Wyndham, Western Australia

It’s hardly surprising, given the lyrics of Aussie folk ballad Waltzing Matilda* are responsible for most people’s entire knowledge of billabongs**, that to visit a real one raises certain expectations. So the unexpected dearth of swagmen, coolibah trees, jolly jumbucks and troopers at the Marlgu Billabong, oasis in the Kimberley west of Kununurra, was a staggering disappointment. BUT … at

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12 Killer Australian Sunsets in 12 months!

Sunset at Wattle Point Wind Farm, South Australia

Wattle Point Wind Farm, Yorke Peninsula, South Australia 2012 was a sunset spectacular supreme – over 5 months road-tripping through 4 of the 6 Australian mainland states. And the Silver Bullet has racked up over 30,000 km since we bought it in February … So with the last sunset of 2012 only a few hours away, I reflect on the

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Good Day at Black Rock Falls! Kununurra, Western Australia

Reflections at Black Rock Falls, via Kununurra, Western Australia Bloated from a surfeit of mango smoothies from several Ord River irrigation scheme produce outlets and cafés during a mini-heatwave, left Kununurra for the day and hit the Parry Creek Road eatery-free zone. Going cold turkey was the only way to break the smoothie stranglehold, whether or not our abstinence caused

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7 Crocodile Hot Spots in Australia’s Top End

White Crocodile, Victoria River, Northern Territory

Crocodiles are a weird combination of Aussie ‘Big Thing’ and perilous prehistoric predator. Maybe our fascination with crocodiles in Australia is what makes this my most viewed post of all time*. Or maybe it’s because of the awesome photos and superlative writing … read on, and decide for yourself 😀 But before you do, PLEASE NOTE this WARNING: Crocodiles are VERY dangerous and

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I was a Cane Toad Race Virgin! Kununurra, Western Australia

Yes, that's a Cane Toad in his mouth!  Thommo at Kununurra Agricultural Show

The pairing of Australians and Cane Toads works well. Almost as well the pairing of pavlova with pepperoni!  Although, come to think of it, while the Cane toad is an introduced species, so are its colonial counterparts … but I digress! 77 years after ‘experts’ deliberately introduced the Cane Toad (Bufo Marinus) into the wild, this alien animal has infested

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Good morning from … Kununurra, Western Australia!!

Mirima National Park, Kununurra, Western Australia

A good morning in Kununurra starts really early.  That’s because this town in the East Kimberley is just west of the Northern Territory border and the Central Australia time zone.  Crossing the border into Western Australia means you gain 1½  hours so what was 7:30 am in the Northern Territory is now 6:00 am! And the sun is well and truly up

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