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Around Australia 2011

The Grand Trip, obligatory for every Australian at some stage of their life.

In my case, almost three months' travelling, leaving a very cold wet winter in Melbourne on Saturday, 4 June 2011, a week after Ann, my travelling companion for almost ten weeks of my 12-week journey, and more than a month after the date originally planned. (First it was the back and recovery from surgery then a bug, later believed to be pertussis, which stayed with me until just two weeks before arriving home.)

Highlights and not-so-highlights

The highlight of the trip? For me, there were two.

  • the Bungle Bungles
  • Litchfield National Park, probably the best NP of the trip and one of the best, if not the best in the country (depending on your criteria of course).
  • The biggest disappointment?

  • Broome. The town was nothing special, a little bit of history, a huge tourist bureau ready to take your money off you for all sorts of trips. Cable Beach was OK, quite good in fact though there are plenty of beaches on the east coast which match it, but Cable Beach for me was spoilt by the hundreds of cars using it
  • the west coast generally. Hard to find decent coastline and beaches, need to travel hundreds of kilometres between 'attractions'
  • Other highlights

  • the Pinnacles
  • Kalbarri - coast and the NP
  • Unexpected gems

  • Geicke Gorge - a boat trip on the Fitzroy River in the Kimberley region
  • Kununurra - hard to believe there was so much water in this part of the country
  • Different to expectations but still good

  • Kakadu National Park - not the tropical rainforest I was expecting but a very diverse environment with some very interesting places
  • Darwin - a bit more sophisticated and more interesting than most people perhaps credit
  • The ho-hum award

  • Monkey Mia - OK but the hype and publicity overstate the reality
  • General
    :: General ::
    The Pinnacles
    :: The Pinnacles ::
    Kalbarri
    :: Kalbarri ::
    Bungle Bungles
    :: Bungle Bungles ::
    Litchfield
    :: Litchfield ::
    Normanton & Karumba
    :: Normanton & Karumba ::
    Carmila Beach
    :: Carmila Beach ::