...To Darwin and back on the dirt (where ever possible) Part 1

Wednesday, Sep 15, 2010 at 18:29

Member - Michael John T (VIC)

This will be a short synopses of our 3 month trip(to be followed by more specifics in later blogs). Left central Vic 15th June making our way to Tibooburra via River Murray, Hay & Whitecliffs. Met up with our travelling partners and travelled through Warrie Gate, crossing the bird rich Coopers Creek at the Dig Tree and on to Hadden's Corner. From there to Birdsville to Boulia and the Donahue Hwy crossing the Qld - NT border and down the Plenty to Box Hole crater.
It was here we met up with our friend David from The Alice who brought along Keon (a young Dutch backpacker making his way to Darwin). Boy did he experience some of Australia's most beautiful outback country in the nine days he was with us. Turning off the plenty we followed the Binns Track (just a day ahead of the rain which closed it) and into the magnificent Davenport Ranges.
Out to the highway stopping off at Elsey Np before heading up the East Arnhem Hwy to Nhulumbuy for a week (should have been 3 weeks). A bit of rain and quite a bit of mud added to the 2 day trip. You have to go there to appreciate the beautiful camping spots and they are many and varied, but beware of the midgies they certainly leave their mark on you.
Back to Darwin and the chance to again experience Kakadu and it's timeless wonders and beauty.Litchfield Np and the chance to soak up the refreshing waters as the temp reached the high 30s with humidity in the 90s. A quick trip to the Daly River (the fishing was right off) before heading South and East to Roper Bar and then via the Savannah Way and Limmen NP around the Gulf to King Fisher Camp, the Gregory River and Lawn Hill NP.
The last couple of weeks saw us fossicking around the Mt Isa Cloncurry area with great 4wd tracks (some very very challenging) and visiting old copper mines and smelters long abandoned. The trip home was marred a little by a serious electrical problem and the necessity for us to fly home and the landcruiser with an Outback slideon to be trucked home for repairs. We arrived home on last Tuesday and the vehicle on Sunday, the surgeons are working on it.
Once again a fabulous trip, for several weeks swimming in waterholes, under waterfalls and in pools nearly every day. We have experience magnificent scenery and "gotten" to those out of the way places we will long remember and cherish - helped by the 3500 digital photos that were taken. When I work out how to post them -- look out....
Michael John (Vic)
We retired to travell
It's time to go again...
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