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Travelling around Australia

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Trip around Australia

4/5's of the James Family have been planning to go on a trip around Australia for a number of years. We now have the vehicle which we are having modified and we hope to leave late April 2007



Having a rest

Darwin, Australia


We have been staying at 'Shady Glen' (would you believe the moniker) in Darwin for the past couple of days and we intend to leave Saturday for Kakadu. We are having a great time exploring Darwin and really love it. We do not like the mossies which are constantly attacking us and we have gone through a power of Aerogard. We are riding our bikes all over town and are becoming familiar with the roads and the bike tracks. We even met Molly on Sunday in the mall - can you believe that. Sunday was Territory day the day which NT received self governance and it was a huge affair which we got involved in. In the night we went down to the beach market and watched the fireworks and we even let off some of our own - great fun.

permalink written by  michelle62 on July 4, 2007 from Darwin, Australia
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Litchfield National Park

Batchelor, Australia


We went to the Litchfield National Park for two days which was really beautiful. A must visit for any prospective travellers. We camped at Buley Rock Pools and spent a lot of time down at the Rock pools which were really beautiful with cascading waterfalls down to seperate pools. We enjoyed our time there especially Caitlin who befriended a gang of young girls who played with their teddies, had picnics etc. The territory has four weeks holidays so there was lots of families down at the water hole. There were many fires happening while we were there which caused some concern until we realised that this was control burns regularly carried out over the dry season to keep the tall grass which grows during the wet under control. When we left the National Park we took the gravel road rather than the bitumen back throught Bachelor. The result was soft dirt, and large corrugations and lots of bumping. Caitlin thought it was better than a Dream World ride and the truck (and our bodies) survived the excitement.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 30, 2007 from Batchelor, Australia
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We had a good swim

Katherine, Australia


We had a lovely swim at Mataranka, it was beautiful. It was like a Hollywood set paved area around the pool with tall palms and gentle steps moving taking you into the pool. They weren't serving Champagne which would have finished it off nicely though. The pool was built by the army during the second world war while they were stationed in the North. It was for officers use only - obviously! There were signs that the fresh water crocodiles around there are harmless to humans but I am inclined to not test that theory and the first sign of one I am running faster than you could ever imagine I could.

I also forget to mention that at Daly Waters Pub when Glenn bought the drinks they tossed a coin and he guessed the result, if you get that right you do not have to pay for the drinks - we thought that was fun but unfortunately Glenn guessed wrong.

We are currently in Katherine and are planning to head for Darwin but stop for a day or two in the Litchfield Park before getting there. We are having a terrific time still - we havent got sick of each other yet!!!

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 28, 2007 from Katherine, Australia
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At the hot springs

Mataranka, Australia


We have taken the past two days since Tennant Creek to travel to Mataranka. We are currently in the town but will be heading out to have a swim in the hot springs which I hear are beautiful. We are still having a great time and amazingly the rain has stopped which is great. We will probably get to Katherine tonight but we will just see how we are going along the way. School work is now finished and posted for the school holidays so we now have two weeks off - Glenn and I are looking forward to that. Yesterday we stopped at Daly Waters which was a very interesting pub which had thong trees, bottle trees, underwear, license, money (even pounds) and hats pinned to the walls. It took us ages to walk around it and read and take it all in. There were even some tourists who had left their xrays - go figure. Off course we had to have a drink there - it was well worth the drive. I am off for a swim now.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 27, 2007 from Mataranka, Australia
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We are now in the Northern Territory

Tennant Creek, Australia


We travelled over the last couple of days on the Barkly Highway across the Barkly Tablelands towards the Stuart Highway . We camped at two nice spots but there lots of rain . It continues to produce unseasonal rains, we are definitely the drought breakers. Coming towards the Three Ways Roadhouse we were debating whether to stop there or to travel further to Tennant Creek. I said to Glenn I was definitely hungry and in need of coffee so we stopped at three ways roadhouse. You would not believe my surprise when I asked a school girl what trip she was on and what school and she told me Aquinas and was trying to explain to me where Ringwood was situtated. I immediately asked her was Molly there, Molly who?? and I said Molly Morgan off course and she was - can you believe our luck. We spent about fifteen minutes with her and she had to leave, we may be able to catch up again at Darwin. We will be looking out for a bunch of teenagers anyway.

We spent some time at Tennant Creek and we are now heading towards Elliot but the rain does not seem to be ceasing.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 25, 2007 from Tennant Creek, Australia
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Nearly leaving Queensland

Mount Isa, Australia


We arrived at Mount Isa yesterday and we spent the evening here. Glenn and Riley went to the pictures last night to see Pirates of the Carribean 3 and Caitlin and I had a girls night in watch 'Wings Power'. It worked out well and we liked Mount Isa, but as our luck would have it we have arrived on Show day again and it was a public holiday so everything except for the pubs and cinema was closed. We didnt mind, we are getting quite used to show day now, and we relaxed and caught up on school work. We are now heading across to Tennant Creek so we will be out of computer and Mobile range for the next couple of days. I hope you all like the photos and Cole was satisfied that Glenn is on the trip.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 23, 2007 from Mount Isa, Australia
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"Aye Karumba" - Bart Simpson

Karumba, Australia


We camped just out of Normanton last night at Walker Creek and continued on to Karumba for breakfast. This is right on the Gulf of Carpenteria and it was very wet and cold when we were there. Again we have brought the unseasonal weather to the tropics. Karumba is known as the town where the desert meets the sea and this is a very apt name. This is where the catalinas left from with supplies for PNG (note for Granny Sue). There is also a very high presence of salt water crocodiles so we did not hang around long by the waters edge, the warnings are enough to scare you if the statue (refer my photos) hasnt already. We returned to Normanton to our friends the librarians, we seem to make friends with all the librarians as we spend so much time in them. After finishing school work it was off to Burke and Wills Road house but it was too far to go in one day. Particularly as the truck was driving into a head wind and Glenn could not go faster than 65-70km. We camped at a roadstop half way Burke and Wills.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 20, 2007 from Karumba, Australia
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Daintree Rain Forest

Port Douglas, Australia


After spending some time in Port Douglas which was a very nice place to have lunch. We travelled to Daintree Village which was at the end of the dense Daintree Rain Forest which was spectacular. The road is similar to the Great Ocean Road in that you follow the coast with rugged beaches and dense forests on the other side. We seem to be the 'Rain Gods' bringing unseasonal rain where ever we go but in times of drought this is a good thing. We travelled back from Daintree to move inland again.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 18, 2007 from Port Douglas, Australia
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Atherton Tablelands

Tolga, Australia


We were going to travel to Cooktown but changed our minds due to the prevailing weather conditions and the standard of the road. Instead we travelled through the Atherton tablelands and stayed at a former military camp in Tolga. This was the site of a 3000 bed hospital and a training facility for Australian Soldiers to accustom themselves to the Tropical environment before being sent overseas during the second world war. There was even a farm where vegetables were grown for the use of the base and to be sent to PNG on Catalinas (note for Granny Sue). It was a beaut spot and Caitlin and I went and read every plaque which was placed there showing the colors, regiment, areas of service etc.

permalink written by  michelle62 on June 18, 2007 from Tolga, Australia
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Carpentaria

Normanton, Australia


We have now arrived in Normanton after a very long drive on narrow, sometimes muddy, dirt roads. They seem especially narrow when you need to pull off the road to give way to Roadtrains. The kids were really patient with the long drive and we were relieved to arrive in Normanton and camp at the caravan park where there is an Artesian Bore. We had a lovely soaking warm spa and the rest of the family dived into the pool and reinforced their snorkeling skills. This morning is the first time I have been able to get to the internet for ages so I have updated the blog and I will try and add some photos. There is still lots of rain happening so we are waiting to find out if we can continue on the Savannah way or whether we should take a different (ie. principally bitumen route.) I will keep you posted on this outcome.


permalink written by  michelle62 on June 18, 2007 from Normanton, Australia
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