The best laid schemes o’ mice an’ men Gang aft a-gley, [often go awry] – Robert Burns
Everybody knows the Sydney Opera House & Harbour Bridge, Bondi Beach, Uluru, and the Great Barrier Reef. But there are many other places that are just as magnificent that you’ve probably never heard of or, …
The Australian outback is not all flat, endless plains. The countryside is constantly changing – rainforest, floodplains (and drought plains), ‘jump up’ country, rivers, deserts, sand dunes, and red dust are some of the things …
You’re thinking about visiting Australia, and want to make the most of your time here. You’ve checked the web for the best places to visit, and come up with your list of places to see. …
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 …
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 has been giving me a bit of grief lately, so this was a good opportunity to test drive the Jeep and see if I wanted to trade the Suzuki.
So how did the Jeep go? Continue reading
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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 get you to most places, but there are others …
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“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 Indigenous history and culture, and wildlife.
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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. Venture into their territory at your own risk. I repeat – DO NOT SWIM.
So guess what I did today.
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Now that I’m home, it’s time to review how everything handled while I was away. Remember – this is my experience of the products I used, and yours might be different. I am not sponsored by any of these companies, and none of them have paid me anything, although Doc works for free (for me at least).
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Remember that ‘clunk’ I heard on the top of a sand dune back in the Simpson?
Well, I know what it was.
I also learned (again – maybe I don’t learn), not to take anything for granted. Something about counting chickens?
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