Wild Life

We found all sorts of surprises today. Just when we thought we’d had a taste of what the Top End is all about, along came a few new experiences with the wildlife up here. We tried green ants for breakfast, having been told that the local indigenous people enjoy them. Quite a taste sensation –…

Heavenly Hot Springs and Cool Caves

This is the land where shoes are very optional and cossies are on all day because they dry within minutes and the next swim is never too far away. Stace – you were bang on the money when you said the campers would be envious of our aircon and we would not have survived this…

Spotto

Yesterday’s spotto list on the road from Pine Creek to Katherine:* a termite mound as big as daddy* a green car* a Maui van like ours* a fire by the road (with flames not just smoke!)* a wallaroo* a 130km speed limit * a cyclistGot them all except the cyclist!

Croc attack… Eeek!

Swimming in these rock pools is absolutely amazing if you can overcome the fear of crocs…  And just to make it a little tricker, there was news today of a camper being dragged from his tent by a saltwater croc! Close to Katherine.  Jeez, you would have to be a fool to be camping in…

Gold mines, rock pools and waterfalls

Cracking day today. We woke up in Pine Creek, at the Railway camp site. When we drove in, it was the ‘worst campsite in the world’. Within 2 minutes of seeing the swimming pool, it was the place to stay ‘for the next 100 days’. It was a pretty good spot to be honest. Had…

Mixed reactions

Took the kids on an aboriginal cultural cruise up the East Alligator River on the border of Kakadu and Arnhem Land. It was stinking hot and unfortunately our guide was clearly ‘over it’ so he wasn’t that enthusiastic in telling his cultural tales. Even so, we found it fascinating and learnt lots. Here’s what the…

Archie’s ultimate whirlpool pool

There has been so much swimming out here that Archie has decided to go into swimming pool design and has cracked the ultimate pool design that is going to take off around the world.  In Archie’s words… “So, there is a whirlpool in the shape of a circle in the middle. Then there is a…

Weaving our way through Kakadu

Some rock art and weaving this morning. Very cultural for this family. Suffice to say the 1.5km hike in 30+ degrees early this morning won’t stick in the kids memories for the right reasons, but it was a great way to view some incredibly ancient rock art. Some of the artifacts they have found here…

News of a new nephew

We were thrilled to hear of the safe arrival of Benji Hodgson just a couple of days ago, on Mon 16th April. Charlie and Claire’s son, little brother to Tommy and Poppy. Massive congrats and welcome little ‘Digger’!! You are divine xx

Croc-o’clock

Great day today travelling from Bark Hut to Jabiru via a spot of croc hunting. Possibly the scariest animals I have seen! Pre-historic killing machines with a brain and they were only a yard or so away from us jumping out of the water for a little bait. Not your everyday fishing! Advice here is…

Heading to Kakadu

First night in our new home for 2 weeks – a huge Maui motorhome. It’s sooo hot out here. Trusty weather app = feels like 37/38 degrees by day and it truly does. We are long on nanna naps and short on appetite. Swimming pools essential and kids have spent hours in them so far….

Darwin

Only metres from the airport and the kids want to stay here for the next 100 years… Non stop swimming this morning whilst we plan our adventures for the next 2 weeks.