The 5-Experiences-in-24-hours Victoria River Roadhouse Action Plan!

Victoria River Escarpment, Northern Territory

I don’t know what made us decide to stay overnight at the Victoria River Roadhouse as we pulled in for fuel, late on a Northern Territory July morning. Perhaps we took the Grey Nomad’s experimental driving technique involving an inexpertly executed U-turn directly in front of us without warning as a sign to stay off the roads that day.  

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The Best Shots I Never Took … Ormiston Gorge, Central Australia

Mt Sonder from Ormiston Gorge and Pound trail, West MacDonnell National Park, Central Australia

‘If it’s a choice between my camera and the family jewels, you know what to do,’ I instructed Pilchard as I plunged into the thigh-high frigid water flowing through Ormiston Gorge. Despite the hypothermia warnings on the Ormiston Gorge fact sheet, it was either that or return the seven km (~4.5 miles) we’d already come over a cross section of

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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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Signs #20 – Croc? OR CROCK!!

Swimming sign at Elsey National Park, Northern Territory “Hey guys! The swimming hole’s open – but I’ll go in first and check for crocodiles,” said no one ever after reading this sign in the Northern Territory’s Elsey National Park. Looks inviting, doesn’t it?!  BUT … It’s a relief to learn that despite other signs in the park indicating crocodiles ARE

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OZ Top Spot #13 – Standley Chasm, via Alice Springs, Northern Territory

Standley Chasm, MacDonnell Ranges, Northern Territory

‘It’s just a short walk up the gorge starting over there,’ the kiosk attendant told the three fit young women in front of us, waving casually towards the trail head. Then it was our turn. Pilchard produced his senior’s card. ‘The track is uneven and rocky, and there’s a couple of creek crossings so please take it easy and take

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Australia’s Scenic Public Toilets #20 – The Best Alien Pit-Stop this side of the Galaxy! Wycliffe Well, NT

Wycliffe Well Amenties Block, Northern Territory*

What’s a weary Aussie traveller to do after a few hours and a few hundred kilometres on the road? Stagger from the car – reeling from too much sitting and legs crossed since the last few sips of water – and head straight for the loo, of course! Or the nearest tree … It’s an Aussie outback traveller’s rite of

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Random Adventure #5 – Fogg Dam, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Fogg Dam Conservation Reserve# The muggy tropical night enclosed me in its warm fist, immediately bonding the long-sleeved light shirt I wore to my sweaty glowing skin. A squadron of mosquitoes lined me up and zoomed in for the kill – until they reached the tropical strength DEET forcefield surrounding me and fell back, choking on the blood they’d sucked

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OZ Top Spot #9 – Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

To go from the bizarrely sensational Wycliffe Well, UFO capital of Australia (if not the world!), to the magnificent grandeur of the Northern Territory’s Devils Marbles is to go from the ridiculous to the sublime. A few hours on the road north from Alice Springs, exploring the weird and wonderful Wycliffe Well after parking in the Elvis campsite, then a

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Off the Tourist Trail #5 – Mandorah, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Mandorah, via Darwin, Northern Territory

Yes, we’d crossed the portal into a parallel universe. But at least it was Tropical-Paradise-Cliché universe! Balmy breezes wafted through the open walls of the pub where we kicked back, drinks in hand, admiring the endless white sands, tropical palms, blue water and skies. Bob Marley played in the background. ‘Best in the world’ (albeit self-nominated) barra* and chips** on

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