Category: Northern Territory

Nov 30 2017

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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Nov 21 2017

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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Nov 13 2017

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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Nov 04 2017

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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May 14 2017

Top five places to (re)visit in Australia

One of the best things about going on holidays is thinking about where to go. And while doing that, looking back on where you have been. Should I go somewhere completely new? Or go back to somewhere I really enjoyed before? Parachilna or Woomera? Uluru via Oodnadatta, or the Simpson? Australia is such a vast …

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Feb 12 2017

Helicopter flight over Nitmiluk

Every trip should have a luxury component. For this one, it was a weekend away to Nitmiluk with my sister. For Christmas this year, Doc gave me a night at Cicada Lodge, and a helicopter ride over all 13 gorges ending with a visit to a remote art site and a swim in a private …

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Jan 29 2017

Top 5 things to do near Darwin in wet season

The big thing about the wet season in the Top End is … drum roll please … all that water. Rivers, creeks, and water holes are full. Millions of litres of water pours over waterfalls. But it doesn’t rain all the time. The general pattern is clear mornings, with afternoon/evening rain. That’s not guaranteed of …

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Jan 27 2017

Top 8 things to do in Darwin in the wet season

My month long sojourn in Darwin is coming to an end – unless somebody wants to employ me that is! Anybody? I’m open to offers. While there are some places you can’t go (flooded roads/creeks, closed 4WD tracks), and some attractions with shorter opening hours, I still found many things to do in Darwin   …

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Jan 16 2017

Water, water everywhere – wet season in Darwin

Water, water everywhere. When it rains in Darwin in the wet season, it really rains. It buckets down. Within a few minutes the ground can be flooded. Water runs through the drains, creeks come up very quickly.

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Dec 11 2016

5 top myths about Darwin in the wet season

I’m off to Darwin in January. Yes, in the middle of summer and in the middle of wet season. If you haven’t been to the Top End in wet season you don’t know what you’re missing. I know a lot of people are put off by the thought of all the rain, and the possibility …

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