16 caravan parks - some not as shady as this one in Mataranka the Northern Territory
And 11 free bush camps
We crossed three state borders - Western Australia, Northern Territory and South Australia
Australia is a big country and we certainly saw a lot in the seven weeks.
Stunning and unique wildflowers - this is the Sturt's Desert Pea
Iconic boab trees - a feature of northern Western Australia and parts of the Northern Territory
We learnt about Australia's war history and the bombing of Darwin and northern Australia during World War 11, and visited a war cemetery in Adelaide River, south of Darwin
And explored history and enjoyed art in museums and art galleries
We saw amazing wild creatures on three billabong cruises - this is a salt water "estuarine" crocodile in Kakadu - not to be confused with the freshwater crocodile - you don't want to mess with these guys, they have been known to kill and eat people! You have to be careful where you swim in northern Australia!
And birds - this is a Jabiru, native to northern Australia
We flew over the flooded, normally dry salt Lake Eyre, Australia's inland sea.
And went on two ranger walk and talks on "country" in Kakadu to learn about the natural environment and aboriginal history through their cave paintings
I sat with an aboriginal woman on a mat under the trees in Kakadu and wove a bangle with pandanas leaves
We floated in thermal pools - this one is at Bitter Springs in Mataranka - don't forget the "noodles"!
swam under waterfalls - this is Wangi Falls in Litchfield National Park
And showed in rustic outdoor showers - this is at Barn Hill south of Broome in Western Australia
Saw some film locations featured in - Crocodile Dundee in Kakadu in the Northern Territory
And Mad Max at Coober Pedy in South Australia
And visited a lonely graveyard which brought characters from the book "We of the Never Never" by Jeanie Gunn to life.... I re-read it while we were away
Saw amazing sunrises and sunsets - this is Yellow Waters Billabong, Kakadu
Walked on near deserted pristine beaches - this is Barn Hill, Western Australia
Visited historic townships - especially throughout the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia - they are doing fantastic work preserving their heritage buildings
Had a drink in outback pubs - this is the iconic Daly Waters pub
And ate a crocodile schnitzel - in Darwin - my husband had buffalo
Drove over rough desert roads - this is the Coober Pedy to William Creek road in South Australia - very corrugated!
Walked beside palm lined rivers - this is the walk into Maguk Falls in Kakadu
Floated on a boat among the water lillies - this is Yellow Waters in Kakadu
And saw rugged coastal scenery in South Australia - next stop from here is Antartica
AND we met my long time blogging buddy Marion, and her husband, from Redz Australia blog in South Australia. After nearly 10 years enjoying each others blogs it was FABULOUS to finally meet! Please visit her blog if you get a chance. I love her light and breezy writing style. She has lots of fabulous info on Australian travel. We could easily have talked for days not hours!
There is so much to show and tell you about, so over the next few weeks I will take you on a tour. I hope you will join me.
My apologies for not visiting your blogs over the last 8 weeks or so. I tried to keep away from my computer and social media while I was away. It was nice to have a blogging break. After 8 weeks it is taking me a little while to get back into the swing of life again.
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