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Caranbarini Conservation Reserve - Borroloola NT

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 While touring around Borroloola and the Gulf Region of the Northern Territory, a visit to the Caranbirini Conservation Reserve is worth a look (or Garambarini as the locals call it and regard it as one of their favourite places).  It is approximately 45 kilometres south of Borroloola and 705 kilometres southeast of Darwin. This area is also protected. You must remember to take with you some water, some snacks if you want to take your time and look for wildlife and of course your camera, a good hat and walking shoes.  Use insect repellent, (yes there are plenty of flies and other insects) and do not sit on the ground to protect against mosquitos and mites that can carry disease. Remember that snakes are around in the bush so be aware of your surroundings and enjoy.  Do you need a 4wd? No, the Reserve is accessible by car with 500m of gravel road from the main highway. You are not allowed to camp in the reserve.   Wren resting on a water lily There are 3 walks that you can take: - Carab

Borroloola an Interesting Area.

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 If you are lucky enough to be driving along the Carpentaria Highway don't forget to stop at the Caravan Park at Borroloola.  "Why?" I hear you ask. Well, why not.  There are a number of things to see in the area and it is a good base to stay and drive to visit the surrounding area.  So, what is there to see I hear you ask?  Borroloola was established as a port on the McArthur River in the early 1880's, Borroloola was gazetted on 10th September 1885 with the first allotments for sale later that year.  It served as a supply depot for many drovers and miners who visited the area using the Gulf Road. Mine conveyor belt and Gulf of Carpentaria. There is a small place called Bing Bong, a little further on from Borroloola, which is mainly a boat ramp surrounded by trees on each side.  While visiting here please be aware that there are crocodiles in this area.  Apparently, you can catch Barramundi and crabs at the ramp.  It is a prime spot for fishing that you might find har

Exploring the History of Katherine NT.

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Every place you visit, no matter where you are, has a history.  Have you ever wondered how a place started or what it was like when the pioneers first rode out here many years ago?  These two green frogs, we have an interest in history no matter where we go, so our first place to visit in Katherine is the museum. Old trucks and a Blitz When you first enter the main part of the museum you are greeted by a lovely lady who tells you all about what you can see in the different sheds and can answer your questions about the history of Katherine.  The main building houses items from World War 2 when it came to the region, a selection of wedding dresses from years gone by, clothing from past time worn by everyday women and the armed forces.  A section of Indigenous spears, hunting spears, boomerangs and didgeridoos. There are photos of when a flood came to Katherine wreaking havoc in the area, some would say we are in the outback how can it flood.  Unfortunately, it isn't just a problem th

Exploring Litchfield...

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  Litchfield National Park was on our bucket list for a while.  One of the many national parks that we have wanted to visit.  There are many places to stay from caravan parks to camp sites in the park.  If you wish to stay in the park, you must be aware that there may not be internet or phone service in some areas, especially if this is important to you.  It is free to swim in the water pools, though if you wish to camp there is a fee. Wangi Falls Then there is the question of where to start exploring.  For these two green frogs there was the matter of time.  We found a caravan park and settled in for the rest of the afternoon.  The next day we decided to visit Wangi Falls.  The water pool was amazing, we were surprised to see that the water was crystal clear, and you could see the bottom.  We were unable to swim at this time as the pool was closed, this was to make sure that there were no crocodiles in there from the wet season.  You can camp here too with all amenities provided, chec

Soaring high above Darwin in an Airplane .....

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  The Military Air Museum found on the grounds of the current airport in Darwin, is a large purpose built shed that houses some extraordinary aeroplanes.  The first thing you will notice as you enter the shed is a massive B52 bomber which takes up the main part of the shed. It is nearly the length of the shed and just about the same in width.  B 52 The B52 was a donation from the American Air Force and when they tried to move it into the shed (thinking that the shed they built was big enough) it was too big. The wings and tail wing were too wide and high to fit through the doors. Find out what they did to fit the Bomber inside to keep it safe from the weather.  You are able to climb stairs near the cockpit to see inside the plane, and view the instruments  inside.  Underneath you can see where the bombs where held, another massive area.  It is very big and heavy in size and would make you wonder how it ever lifted off the ground.  It is pretty awesome to see up close.  Navigation comp

Remembering History...when war came to Darwin.

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  We all know that the 2nd world war touched Darwin on the 19th February 1942.  Instead of ignoring history or changing it, we should be educating ourselves and our children about our history so that we never forget the tragedy and loss that can touch our lives.  We are able to live a good life thanks to the men and women who fought and those who gave their lives for us to live freely without war happening in our back yard constantly.  Although there were machine guns around the township of Darwin no one expected war to come to Australia in the way that it happened.  Big Gun facing the harbour. One visit we recommend seeing while in Darwin is  the Darwin Military Museum at East Point. At the front desk there is a glass bowl, in which there are cards with names of people who fought in the war, you  choose a card and then you begin exploring to find that person somewhere in the museum.  There you will find out what their occupation was during   the war and what happened to them.  We both

If you Love Camping your Gunna love Gunna Park..

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 The early morning greets you with the sound of birds and the sun rising amongst the trees.  A fine mist has settled gently around the trees.  Gunna Park is where we are camping.  Where is this place, I hear you ask?  It is just north of Gympie Queensland, near the township of Gunalda.  A farm stay that provides fun for all the family, from the older generation to the young.  Nestled in a quiet bushland setting is this lovely hobby farm and camp ground.   Campsite The camp sites are large and there is plenty of room for yourself and others if you wish to camp in groups.  Each site has a firepit so you don't need to take one.  Firewood is available and bags of ice amongst other goods,  this can be arranged online before you arrive.  Also a small fee for the disposal of your rubbish when you leave, the donation from this goes to the local rural fire brigade.  Which is an awesome idea and well worth the money.  Numbers here are capped so you will not find yourself over crowded with ot