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Tom Price to Darwin

WA to The Territory!

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Only in the outback!...

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We stopped off at Hammersley Gorge, just outside of Tom Price...

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Then headed into Karijini National Park which was absolutely stunning and full of fabulous gorges to explore...

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Rock-climbing in my gold pumps, much to the amusement of the Aussies we passed...

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Steve doing his Indiana Jones impression!...

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A pretty Bug!...

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There were gorgeous natural rock pools to swim and cool off in. Us being the clueless Pommies that we are, were worried about the danger of crocodiles but were swiftly assured by a local ‘Nah there’s no crocs in there don’t worry, the sharks ate them all’ ...very funny!!

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We thought these trees were amazing, growing straight out of the rock...

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After Karijini we drove back out to the coast and up to lovely Broome in the North-West of WA. We loved it so much we decided to stay and work there for a couple of months.

Cable Beach...

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We arrived early in the morning and went straight into the sea. We didn’t realise how quickly the tide would come in and our stuff got wet before someone kindly moved it up the beach for us!!

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The ‘stingers’ this sign is warning about are Box Jellyfish whose sting can be fatal, but thankfully don’t arrive in Broome until November time...

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Cricket on the beach...

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The famous sunsets at Cable Beach...

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The airport is right in the middle of the town so the planes feel horribly close when they come into land!...

The wet season was starting to creep in before we left and we got to see this massive storm while we were at our friend’s house...

Unfortunately, we were too busy watching the storm to think about the fact that we’d left our campervan (which was parked at the pub) windows open! We jumped into a cab and went and closed them but it was already drenched so we stayed over at our friend’s place. Luckily though the sun was out again the next morning so it quickly dried!!

Having brekkie at Town Beach while drying our hand-washed tops for work...

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Gantheaume Point...

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I (Kay) worked at a wicked pub near Cable Beach...

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Their speciality was a Kilo of Ribs (we did share it!)...

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Steve worked at a lovely seafood restaurant down at the port. Before we left we went there for lunch...

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...and ended up having a champagne leaving-do!

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While Steve was helping with the daily clean-up, his work-mates completely soaked him, first with hose-pipes and then with iced-water (apparently it’s tradition!) ...

Broome was absolutely fantastic, we had an amazing time there and made loads of great friends so it was really sad to leave.

Our last night in Broome...

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YOU ARE NOW ENTERING CROCODILE COUNTRY....AAAAAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHH!!!

As we headed towards the Northern Territory these bulgy Boab trees became a common sight...

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Geike Gorge...

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Lake Argyll...

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Entering the ‘Top End’...

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They weren’t lying when they said the kangaroos were big in the Northern Territory!...

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They also weren’t kidding when they said it’d be hot, it was 40+ degrees during the day and not far short of 30 degrees at night. Not ideal when you don’t have aircon and you can’t have doors open because of all the bugs...aagh!

Next we went to Litchfield National Park...

These strange things that look like gravestones are actually termite mounds. Apparently the termites bury their dead at the top, the king and queen live at the bottom and the workers in between...

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There were beautiful gorges, waterfalls and rock-pools to swim in (although we had to share them with these lizard things which we weren’t too keen on)...

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One of the rock pools had these signs up which were a bit off-putting to say the least (especially as we were there at the start of the wet season)...

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We did brave a dip though, I stayed near the edge (where other tourists were swimming) but Steve swam all the way out to the falls!

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After an amazing but quite tough week of camping, we got ourselves to Darwin and treated ourselves to a nice air-conditioned hotel room!

This is the parliament building which appears to have a moustache above the entrance, we assume because of ‘Movember’ when people grow moustaches in November for a good cause!

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The Darwin waterfront is really nice. The sea in this part of Oz has crocodiles and box-jellyfish in it, so they’ve created a protected beach area...

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And a wave pool...

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The wharf has lots of fish & chip booths and even a couple of bar booths, it’s a lovely place to have a meal and sit looking out to sea or back at the city lights...

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We had 2 nights in Darwin before flying out to Bangkok for a ‘Rio de Janeiro Reunion’ woooohoooo!!

Posted by Steve-Kay 18:28 Archived in Australia Tagged automotive

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