Purnululu day 2

7 June 2002 I rose with the sun the next day and made myself a coffee and went out for a walk to observe the area at dawn.  There were dingo tracks in a clay pan close by the camp. You could hear the dingos howling at night, and we had spotted one on the…

Warmun (Turkey Ck)

5 June 2002 Our first day in Warmun was spent trying to catch up with schoolwork.  This is a never-ending task that constantly manages to elude us.  The big carrot on a stick was a 4.00 p.m. helicopter flight, which we all anticipated with relish. When the time came we crowded into a small demountable…

Emma Gorge

4 June—5 June 2002 Yesterday I got up early and started packing up the camp.  We bought some ice and drove into Kununurra.  Susie posted some letters and then we went to the tele-centre to check our email and send a fax to the manager of Curtin Detention Centre.  The fax number was wrong, so…

Kununurra

30 May–2 Jun 2002 On the morning of our first full day in Kununurra the girls enjoyed the company of their three friends from Bondi.  They all sat around playing a card game called Pig.  We spent most of the rest of the day catching up on schoolwork and then went into town to post…

East Kimberley region

28 May—29 May 2002 We broke camp at Tumbling Waters and set out on the road to Kununurra.  The drive was uneventful until we reached Gregory National Park, which announced itself with dramatic, rocky cliffs rising out of the surrounding countryside.  We stopped there to buy some of the most expensive petrol ever.  The park…

NT Wildlife Park

We managed to break camp this morning, fill another gas bottle, and drive about 54 km to the Northern Territory Wildlife Park where we spent the entire day.  This excursion fitted in well with Ruby’s schoolwork, which required some research into zoos. The park is an excellent example of a zoo that has re-oriented itself…

Darwin

22 May—25 May 2002 From Litchfield National Park we drove back to Bachelor and then on to Darwin.  When we arrived, we set up camp at Carnarvon Caravan Park at Lee Point and headed into town.  On the way, Susie managed to contact our old friend Tony Collins who worked at the ABC. We met…

Litchfield National Park

20 May—21 May 2002 If you are travelling in the Northern Territory, and you don’t pack up by 9.00 a.m., you get caught in the heat of the day, which slows you down to a crawl.  So the next morning, we got up early as possible and packed up camp. We pulled out of Edith…

Leliyn (Edith Falls)

17 May—18 May 2002 It is only a short distance from Katherine to Edith Falls – or Leliyn by its Aboriginal name. The campsites there were level and immaculately maintained, and they had water taps and a modern ablutions block. They were also intelligently laid out for different kinds of rigs.  As soon as we…

Katherine

15 May—16 May 2002 We got off to a slow start today.  During breakfast I dropped a tin of sardines and out of nowhere a swarm of bull ants appeared.  This made packing up rather difficult, as the little buggers could really bite.  Also, we sent Clare to the kiosk to buy bread and milk…

Mataranka to Katherine

14 May—16 May 2002 We packed up at Elsey National Park this morning. This was hard work in the intense heat.  We drove into Mataranka for ice, and then to Bitter Springs.  This was a real treat.  This spring is a small stream winding through the bush, fed by hot springs, just like the hot…

Mataranka day 2

13 May 2002 This morning we hired two canoes and paddled downstream to Mataranka Falls.  We had to lug the canoes through a short stretch of forest. The falls were exquisite.  I saw a freshwater croc as soon as we arrived. I didn’t tell the kids so they wouldn’t worry.  We enjoyed the spas around…