Kathleen Swinbourne

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Overcoming the fear of travelling alone

I will not pretend I wasn’t petrified. I was. But mixed in with the awful fear was a glorious feeling of excitement. Most of the really exciting things we do in our lives scare us to death. They wouldn’t be exciting if they didn’t.  Danny, the Champion of the World

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2017 in review

It’s almost the end of the year, so I guess it’s time to reflect on the year past, and look forward to the new year. What did I do and what would I do differently next year? I’m not a big one for making New Year’s Resolutions. I believe if you want to change something, …

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So I hired a Jeep

It must be one of the most effective marketing campaigns ever. “So you bought a Jeep”. I didn’t buy one, but I did hire one. To be completely accurate, I hired a small 4WD to get us around Kakadu and that’s what I got. A Jeep Wrangler. Even the hire companies have succumbed! My Vitara …

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Do you need a 4WD to visit Kakadu?

You don’t need a 4WD to visit most of the sights in Kakadu, but when you have a 4WD vehicle, you obviously have to use it. Not just for the 4WDing, but because you’ll see something that most people don’t get to. The major roads through the park are tar, so a 2WD vehicle will …

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Bird season in Kakadu

“Don’t go to Kakadu go to Litchfield, it’s much nicer.” The number of times I have heard a variation of that sentiment is astounding. As if a) you can’t go to both places, and b) they’re even comparable. Both places are beautiful, but they are completely different. Litchfield has waterfalls and swimming holes. Kakadu has …

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Swimming with crocodiles in Kakadu

When you travel in northern Australia, the first and most important thing to remember is DO NOT SWIM. This is croc country. Crocs are found in water everywhere – rivers, creeks, billabongs, even the ocean. Contrary to commonly held belief, it is not humans at the top of the food chain – it is crocs. …

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