proof.

niki, nat’s cousin in austria, started this school year in a new school. so far so good. however, it appears that some of his school mates don’t believe he has a cousin in australia. we understand: a cousin in australia is unbelievably cool, and very few people are that lucky. niki is clearly one of…

on the reef.

you can’t visit north queensland without seeing the great barrier reef, just as you can’t go to the north west and not see ningaloo. the two reefs are actually quite different: ningaloo is a fringing reef, meaning it hugs the shore, while the great barrier reef is a few kilometers out to sea. the water…

tablelands.

as we said goodbye to pinnarendi (best station stay ever) we were mostly concerned about the home-made lasagna made from home-made pasta we missed out on. we’ve seen a few black cockatoos on the way but never had a chance to take a decent picture. the one below isn’t too good either but probably the…

tubes.

let’s get the most important thing out of the way first: we have the biggest, yes, the biggest lava tubes in the world. we know there are those failing, disengaged people out there who would want to make you think otherwise but that’s just the typical fake news. sad. for a country that has been…

water from the sky?

it sounds so wasteful it’s almost ridiculous, right? we really have not seen anything like this for a few months, since our trip to the cape range (exmouth) actually. that’s exactly the other side of the country. literally. it came as a bit of a shock today to see the windscreen wipers turn on. it’s…

lawn hill.

aka zippy’s resting place. it’s another of these ‘iconic’ aussie places in the sense that you have to be pretty determined to make your way there in the first place. as previously discussed we decided to take the easy (but boring) way from mataranka through three ways, barkly and then up from camooweal to adel’s…

vale zippy.

it is with great sadness that we announce the recent passing of our friend and companion zippy the little camera drone. he died doing what he liked best, zipping around trying to get the best shot for this blog. but just like icarus he found that when you get close to the sun – or…

my katherine

After saying goodbye to Kakadu NP we left for Katherine. On our first afternoon there I spent time with my new friends that I met at Jim Jim falls. We played lego, a card game, went to the pool and watched a movie with popcorn. The next day was a bit sad because they left…

my kakadu np

After one last day in Darwin we left for Kakadu National Park. It was a longish drive but it wasn’t that bad. The first caravan park had a “croc in a box” (more info on “croc in a box” at the end of this post) and a snake. That afternoon we went on a cruise…

ghost trees.

i did mention yesterday that we decided to take the chicken option: the long way on the smooth tarmac. as expected there was not too much excitement, except maybe for natalie who found another snake to pat at the little roper homestead. unfortunately for her she then had to use the 8 hours in the…

alea jacta est.

we spoke to some more people and the consensus is that the road between domagee and borroloola is not too good. we therefore decided to take the long way round: we’ll go south between the tanami desert and the barkly ranges, then turn east at three ways and hope to get to the barky roadhouse…