Category Archives: 2015 Caravanning trip

Our travels in 2015 leaving Maryborough in March 2015 returning in October 2015

Undara Experience – Lava Tube Tour

10th August, 2015. There are two different Lava Tube Tours to choose from: The Archway Tour which is conducted on walkways and has steps and the Active Explorer Tour which involves quite a bit of climbing up and down collapsed … Continue reading

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Undara Experience

9th 10th August, 2015. As we only had a short distance to travel from our overnight camp to Undara, there was no hurry to get on the road. All the same, we arrived at Undara by 10.15am to find the … Continue reading

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Einasleigh – Copperfield Gorge

8th August, 2015. After our few interesting days at Cobbold Gorge, our next major destination was Undara where we planned to take the Lava Tube Tours but, as we are in no particular hurry, took a scenic drive to an … Continue reading

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Cobbold Gorge – Helicopter Flight

7th August, 2015. Our helicopter flight was booked for 2 pm but for some reason it was postponed till 2.30 pm however the sun was quite co-operative in allowing us some reasonable photos. It was quite difficult to get shots … Continue reading

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Cobbold Gorge Hike

7th August, 2015. We thoroughly enjoyed the tour, so much so that we decided to take a helicopter flight the next day to bring the whole landscape into perspective. It was recommended to take an afternoon flight when the sun … Continue reading

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Cobbold Gorge Tour

5th – 7th August, 2015. We travelled to Cobbold Gorge via Georgetown where we refuelled, stocked up on fresh vegetables and visited the Information Centre where we were advised to phone and book our site and tour as the Gorge … Continue reading

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Cumberland Historic Mine Site

4th August, 2015. Following our short stop in Croydon, we drove further east on the Savannah Way to the Cumberland Historic Mine Site, 20 kms east of Georgetown, where we had been told we could camp for the night. Our … Continue reading

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To Croydon

4th August, 2015 Our journey today would take us through the town of Croydon, the destination of the Gulflander train line, and on to a free camp that we had been told about at the Normanton Information centre, the Cumberland … Continue reading

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Normanton and a trip on the Gulflander

3rd August, 2015. There are a number of interesting buildings in the town of Normanton, not least of which is the well preserved Railway Station, home of the Gulflander train.   The railway line between Croydon and Normanton was started … Continue reading

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Daytrip to Karumba

2nd August, 2015. As it is only around 80 kms of good sealed road from Normanton to Karumba, we decided to take a day trip there instead of taking the van. We don’t fish so didn’t think a stay in … Continue reading

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To Normanton

1st August, 2015. Having now decided to include Gregory Downs and Lawn Hill Gorge in next year’s trip, Normanton was our next destination. We had begun seeing a lot of roadkill, mainly small roos and wallabies, and consequently lots of … Continue reading

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To Burketown

29th July, 2015. We topped up our water tanks and left Cape Crawford fairly early, heading towards Borroloola and then back on gravel roads to the NT-Qld border. Our plan was to stop overnight along the way at one of … Continue reading

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Cape Crawford, Southern Lost City Limmen National Park

27th July, 2015. I had read on Wikicamps, that the Cape Crawford Caravan Park gets very busy so it is advisable to arrive early. With this in mind, we packed up early at Bullwaddy and headed further east on the … Continue reading

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To Bullwaddy Rest Area

26th July, 2015. We enjoyed our two night stay at Jalmurark Campground but decided to move on. Having been told of the condition of the Savannah Way from Roper Bar to Cape Crawford, we decided to stay on the bitumen … Continue reading

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Jalmurark Campground, Elsey National Park

23rd – 25th July, 2015. Our original plan had been to stay at Bitter Springs Caravan Park near Mataranka but on studying Wikicamps and CAW, I came across the listing for the Jalmurark Campground in the Elsey National Park. This … Continue reading

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To Katherine

23rd July, 2015. We got off to a reasonably early start from Kununurra heading towards Katherine, approximately 500kms to the north east. Our plan was to travel about half way and camp overnight at Sullivan Campground in the Gregory National … Continue reading

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Mirima National Park – Hidden Valley

22nd July 2015 From our campsite we could see the peaks of the Hidden Valley National Park. They seemed so close, I thought there must be a way to get to them from where we were staying. On two morning … Continue reading

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Around Kununurra

21st July, 2015 The property we were staying on in Kununurra belongs to Rocky, a friend of Kay and Bruce. His partner, Mel, took us and Kay for a drive around Kununurra while Bruce and Rocky were doing some work … Continue reading

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Day cruise on the Ord River

20th July, 2015. There were a number of cruises to choose from on the Ord River. Some included a bus trip to Lake Argyle with a visit to a museum etc but we opted for a river cruise from Kununurra … Continue reading

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Day trip to Wyndham

19th July, 2015 After arriving in Kununurra and setting up camp on property owned by friends of Kay and Bruce, we went in to town to stock up on groceries and visit the Information Centre to pick up a locality … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 7 – To The End!!

16th July, 2015 Durack River Camp While at Miners Pool we had a couple of texts on the satellite phone from Kay telling us where they were camping so we knew they were getting closer to us. We packed up … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 6 – Miners Pool, Drysdale River Station

13th – 15th July, 2015 One week on the GRR, one week into the school holidays and we were craving some peace and quiet away from the crowds so we decided to head up to Drysdale River Station, on the … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 5 – Manning Gorge

12th July, 2015 As usual, Erich was out for an early walk to capture the morning light on the rocks. We set off early to do the walk into Manning Gorge. The swimming hole at the campground is a great … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 4 – To Manning Gorge

11th – 13th July, 2015 The drive out of Silent Grove had improved immeasureably since our aborted photography drive two days previously. The number of vehicles in and out had flattened out a lot of the corrugations when the road … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 3 – Silent Grove & Bell Gorge

8th – 10th July, 2015 The 21km drive back to the Gibb River Road from Windjana Gorge was no better than the drive in. Still quite corrugated and rough but once on the GRR again, it was a smooth run. … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 2 – Tunnel Creek

7th July, 2015 Tunnel Creek is located thirty-seven kilometres south of Windjana Gorge. It is a day use only area so it is a drive down from the Windjana Camp Ground to see it. The road is fairly rough but … Continue reading

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Gibb River Road 1 – Windjana Gorge

5th – 8th July 2015 We were out early packing up and got chatting with the couple camped next to us. As it turned out they were from the same area where Kay and Bruce had their cane farm and … Continue reading

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To Derby

4th July, 2015 Our time in Broome had come to an end and we headed east back in the direction of Queensland but it will still be some months before we are home. Even as we left Broome’s Gateway, we … Continue reading

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Broome – Town Beach

22nd and 25th June, 3rd July, 2015. We had read about Town Beach in a few brochures so we decided to have a look at it on our first Monday in Broome. The Pioneer Cemetery located in the park was … Continue reading

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Broome – Cable Beach and Gantheaume Point

21st June, 2015 On our first drive into Broome, we decided to have a look at Cable Beach to see if it lived up to its fame. It certainly is a beautiful stretch of coastline but has a very commercial … Continue reading

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Red Dirt Photographic Tours

29th June 2015 Red Dirt Photography offers small group tours in a 4×6 LandCruiser that not only show off some of the beautiful scenery around Broome, but also help improve the photography skills of the participants. I managed to get … Continue reading

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Broome – Roebuck Bay – early morning

25th June 2015 After our day trip which ended on Roebuck Bay near the Broome Bird Observatory, I wanted to go back and see what birds I could find in the early morning. So the following day I left Broome’s … Continue reading

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Daytrip from Broome

24th June, 2015 We decided to take a day trip to check out a few camping areas on the western side of the Dampier Peninsula with a view to perhaps camping there for a few days. The road was okay … Continue reading

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Broome – Chinatown

26th June, 2015 One of the reasons for our extended stay in Broome was the need to have the Landcruiser serviced before we tackle the Gibb River Road. We had no trouble getting a booking at Broome Toyota and duly … Continue reading

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To Broomes Gateway

19th June, 2015 After leaving Cape Keraudren, we fuelled up at Sandfire Roadhouse and headed to the Stanley Rest Area on the highway. We arrived at lunchtime and there were already quite a number of campers there, many of them … Continue reading

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Yarrie Mine Road and Cape Keraudren

17th – 19th June, 2015 We set off at a reasonable hour to head further north to the Pardoo Roadhouse where we topped up with fuel. From there we took the Yarrie Mine Road intending to get to a camping … Continue reading

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To Marble Bar, Port Hedland, DeGrey River

15th – 16th June, 2015 Sadly we had to leave our idyllic campsite at Carawine Gorge but looked forward to pushing on to new adventures. The original plan was that we would all travel the Gibb River Road together after … Continue reading

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At Carawine Gorge

ca14th – 15th June, 2015 We spent our last couple of days at Carawine Gorge lazing around, doing a bit of washing etc. Erich took quite a few more fauna photos. Black-necked stork commonly known as the Jabiru. Possibly a … Continue reading

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At Carawine Gorge

13th June, 2015 Today we decided, along with Kay and Bruce, to venture down to Skull Springs Road to find a camp that is listed on Wikicamps and sounded like a top spot. The road was in so-so condition. Not … Continue reading

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At Carawine Gorge

10th- 12th June, 2015 What a wonderfully peaceful spot this is. Only a few other campers and all spaced well away from each other along the water’s edge. As usual, Erich was out early to capture the morning light. On … Continue reading

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To Carawine Gorge

9th June, 2015 Erich’s birthday today so we will have a little celebration once we reach today’s destination of Carawine Gorge which also marks the end of this dirt road adventure from the West Macdonnell Ranges in the Northern Territory … Continue reading

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To Lake Dora

8th-9th June, 2015 Following the suggestion of the fuel depot Manager in Punmu, we set up camp at the edge of Lake Dora not too far to the west of the Community. It was a pleasant enough spot for overnight … Continue reading

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To Punmu

8th June, 2015 We got off to a fairly early start from Well 33 and arrived at the Kunawarritji Community just after opening hours on Monday morning. As previously mentioned, this was the most expensive fuel we have bought so … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 6 – To Well 33 Canning Stock Route

7th June, 2015 After 3 restful days at Jupiter Well where we had a good supply of water enabling us to do washing, not just of clothing, bedding etc but also a bit of window cleaning of the windows on … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 5 At Jupiter Well

4th – 7th June 2015 Lesley blogging again Our campsite at Jupiter Well was back among the she-oaks, leaving the centre area free for other travelers to easily access the well pump and turn around area. This photo was taken … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 4 – via Kiwirrkurra Roadhouse to Jupiter Well

4th June 2015 We continued our journey from Buck Hills. Of course this is still the Gary Junction Road and we haven’t seen any sealed roads for days now. Still we made good progress on these dirt roads – as … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 3 – to Western Australia, Buck Hills

3rd/4th June 2015 Our next fuel stop was in Kintore. Another Aboriginal Community where the fuel pumps are located in secure, small brick buildings. After filling up with diesel at two dollars a litre and getting some groceries at the store, … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 2 – First night at Telstra Tower site

2nd – 3rd June 2015 I took many photos when we stopped for the first night on our Gary Junction Road trip. Everything was special to me, even my own shadow. There is not much to say about the next … Continue reading

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Gary Junction Road – 1 – drive along the Gary Junction Road

2nd June 2015 It wasn’t far from Redbank Gorge to the end of the bitumen and the start of the Gary Junction Road. We stopped for a photo to mark the occasion of the start of our big trip. We … Continue reading

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Ormiston Gorge

1st June 2015 We went for a short drive back to Ormiston Gorge. We had a bit of a look around, used their facilities and to our surprise Kay and Bruce arrived and parked very close to us. They were … Continue reading

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