Friday 29th July 2011, Mary River NP.
We have now started our venture into Kakadu National Park, or started in that direction anyway, as we are now at Mary River NP about half way to Jabiru, the heart of Kakadu. We are in for a peaceful spell while here as there is no mobile coverage, no radio, and apart from the free wi-fi at the office there is no internet, so unless I go up there on regular occasions these posts will be published at odd times and probably more than one at a time. We do have the satellite TV that gives us all the digital channels so we do have some entertainment of sorts if we need it, otherwise it will be just bush walking and resting.
Thursday 28th July 2011, Darwin.
What could be our last day ever in Darwin? We are on the move tomorrow into the land of unknown, as far as mobile coverage anyway, we could be out of range for the next 6 days or so, it is totally unknown. We are going to Kakadu and stopping off at Mary River National park on the way. Telstra maps indicate we may be on the fringe of coverage, but we have been there before, and their maps are nearly impossible to read due to lack of detail.
Tuesday 26th July 2011, Darwin.
We are back in Darwin, only for a few days this time to stock up on foodstuff for our next segment of our big trip. The length of our visit here will be dependant on the time it takes our mail to arrive from Tassie, it should be here tomorrow or Thursday, but after we set up this afternoon both of us said at the same time that we feel like stopping here for a lengthy time again, but we are not going to.
Sunday 24th July 2011, Litchfield.
Another trip to the NP today saw us visit the remaining attractions, and one of which being Florence falls, I consider would have to be one of the better of all in the National Park. It does seem that we may have made the right choice in the selection order we did make as they seemed to improve in quality as we visited. The attractions in the NP are basically made up of waterfalls, about 7 in all, each having their individual appeal but after having seen them all on the one visit to the area one has to re look at the photos taken to remember which was which, all being a bit much to take in all at once. It would have been an idea to only do half of them and leave the other half for another visit but we do not consider that we will ever return to Darwin, so it is a case of doing it all now while we are here.
A day of semi rest tomorrow with a late afternoon pack-up for a move on Tuesday back to Darwin for a short 3-4 day stop, and we do intend attending the regular sausage sizzle tomorrow evening, held here in the park three times a week on our final chance before we do leave.
Friday 22nd July 2011, Litchfield.
Our feelings about Litchfield have once again been lifted with another visit to the NP today. We visited three different attractions, all waterfalls, and yes they were all worth the visit. Each had a walk to do, either from the car park to the falls, or from the falls on a loop track back to the car park through local forest growths, all well worth it. All up we walked a few more kilometres than we would normally on one day so there was exercise involved as well. Then back to the caravan park just outside the entry to the NP to take it easy for the rest of the day and a free sausage sizzle provided by the park. We reckon we can do the remaining attractions on one more visit so it is a rest day tomorrow and return on Sunday ready to pack up Monday for another move Tuesday.
Wednesday 20th July 2001, Litchfield.
A day of mixed feelings was had today, an explanation first. We had our first daily visit to Litchfield National Park today, we do intend having several day trips so as we are not rushed in getting all the walks in and we will then have a much better chance to see all on offer. Today’s visit was mainly to just see the area and familiarise ourselves, see a couple of attractions, then decide what we intend doing on which days over the next week. Consider with what I am about to say that we have not yet seen most attractions, waterfalls etc. that are on offer, but from what we did see we started to form an opinion that was loosely based on disappointment, meaning that this area does not seem to have the WOW! factor that we were led to believe, and started to think that this is the reason that a lot of people come to, and leave, this area very disappointed, but then we had the belief that we have already seen most of the rest of Australia and although the attractions of this district have their own unique features there are others that do overwhelm them, hence giving us the feeling of them being insignificant. Then we visited one place classed the ‘Lost City’, and immediately started to withdraw all our feelings. The surprise was mainly that this place, advertising wise, was nothing more that a sign post giving directions, but along a 4 wheel drive only track, and we were about to turn around and leave thinking we had seen it and it was another ‘nothing attraction’, then around another corner and there it was, rock formations that resembled the Mayan City in the time of the Incas, as Linda was heard to say. This attraction really made the drive along that rough and dirty track all worth the while, and we returned home with a satisfied feeling and wanting to return again to experience what is remaining in the Litchfield NP. A rest day tomorrow, to do some shopping etc, then back into it. We are also going to try out the free sausage sizzle in the caravan park tonight for tea, as they have three of these a week.
Tuesday 19th July 2011, Rum Jungle. (Litchfield NP)
We are on the road again. We are presently out of mobile coverage, well more on the very edge of having coverage, so if you need to contact us either Linda’s message bank, or email will get us. I have internet because of the external aerial I have on the van for that purpose.
We have travelled about 85K toward Litchfield National Park, south of Darwin, and are staying at a caravan park at a town called Rum Jungle, about 10K west of Batchelor, on the road to Litchfield. (See Map) We intend being here, in the area, for a week to have a good look around Litchfield, but have only booked in here for 4 days as yet. We have heard about a good camp ground in Litchfield at Wangi falls and we intend having a look at it before we decide whether we will camp there for a few days. We are unsure about the road in to the NP as it is reported to be a little windy, and we are unsure of how we will get enough solar power if there are too many trees, so a check will reveal all.
Sunday 17th July 2011, Darwin.
The time has come to start packing for another move. We have been here in Darwin for a couple of months now and it is time to move on, so on Tuesday we will leave here for Litchfield National Park, 100K away, will be there for a week or so, then return to Darwin just for a few days to restock the food cupboards before we head off to Kakadu, and intend spending a couple of weeks in that area. There haven’t been many reports lately, as expected when we are sitting, but there should be a lot more to follow.
Monday 11th July 2011, Darwin.
Loneliness will be over tomorrow when Linda returns, a 6:00AM arrival will test my ability to get myself out of bed early.
I have had a couple of people comment on how there have not been many reports listed lately, but when one is not doing much of anything there is nothing to report. When I say I am not doing much I mean I have been able to find enough to keep me busy, but it is more the private sort of stuff, repairs around the van and others vans, etc. that does not qualify for a report. I have this thing that if it is private why publicise it for the world to see when I prefer not to, hence my not wanting to access things like Facebook. The prime reason for having our web site is for people to be able to find out where we are, and where we have been at any time, and I think that is working rather well so why change anything.
Anyway Linda will be back tomorrow and we can then sit down and decide on where and when we are going to head off to from here to get back on the road again, there will be plenty of reports then, and I suspect that will be about a week or so from tomorrow, depending on how long Linda wants to be here after her return. My tentative plans are to go to Litchfield NP from here for several days and have a good look around, and then return to Darwin for a final stock-up before we head to Kakadu with the intentions of having several weeks there to see as much as we possibly can. I reckon the reason many people leave Kakadu with negative feelings is that they don’t spend enough time to get to see it, but we will find out one way or the other. Then after Kakadu will be back to Katherine and do a right hand turn for WA, then take it from there.
Tuesday 5th July 2011, Darwin.
Two weeks into being alone, and another one to go. This time with Linda being away has been a little more lonely that usual, I guess mainly because we are in a completely unknown area. Not that I, we, haven’t got to meet plenty of people while here, but I find that I am parked in a spot in the park where not many people walk past so one doesn’t have people stopping on their way past to have a small chat, as was the case over the past few years on the Sunshine Coast. This could also be the reason that I have had nobody stopping in to enquire about assistance with TV reception problems, I do have signs in the laundries but nobody walks past to see my sign outside the van. I guess this has just emphasised an old philosophy of mine “There is only one thing worse than having nothing to do, and that is having nobody to do it with!