Australia 2006 - Outback walkabout

   
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In November 2006 I visited Australia. Flew to Darwin in the Northern Territory, rented a car or more precisely a campervan, and drove to Cairns and all the way down the east coast to Sydney. The trip took about 3 1/2 week, and I covered a distance of 7500 km (4660 miles). A lot of outback driving with a relatively crappy car, a Toyota Hiace. Filled with a fridge, a micro-oven and a gas stove. A very bad car on the Australian outback dirtroads, and a gas-guzzler on paved roads.

First I visited Kakadu National Park, after attending a jumping croc cruise on Adelaide River. Although the massive saltwater crocodiles in Adelaide River are wild, they are accustomed to jumping out of the water in order to snatch a pork snack. Impressive. In Kakadu I took an evening cruise at Yellow Waters, which teems with wildlife. Definite a highlight. Next, after having spent some hours in Katherine Gorge and done some shopping in Katherine, I drove south on Stuart Highway to Tennant Creek and the Devils marbles. Very nice desert colors in this area. Thereafter I headed east towards Mt. Isa. Before reaching Mt. Isa, I took a detour to Lawn Hill National Park. And experienced true wilderness, and did not see a car for hours driving on a partly bad dirtroad. Interesting, and a real outback experience. Lawn Hill was a very beautiful park. Next were Normanton and Karumba, and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Another day, and I reached Cairns, were I went to Fitzroy Island for snorkling. On my way south toward Sydney, I visited several national parks to look for wildlife. These included Paluma, Bowling and Eungella National Parks. I also took a day cruise to the Whitsunday Islands, and later visited Frazier Island for a two-day stay. After delivering an unharmed campervan, I spent the final week in Sydney.

It was a great trip, for sure. On this page I have posted some photos from the road trip.

 

A Saltwater Crocodile in Adelaide River in the Northern Territory

Darwin, Northern Territory

 

Ubirr rocks, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory

Termite mounds, Kakadu National Park

 

Magpie Goose (Anserana ssemipalmata), Wandering Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna arcuata) and Plumed Whistling Duck (Dendrocygna eytoni), Kakadu National Park

East Alligator River, near Ubirr, Kakadu Natioanl Park

 

Billabong, Kakadu National Park

Aboriginal art, Ubirr, East Alligator River, Kakadu National Park

 

Aboriginal art, Ubirr, East Alligator River, Kakadu National Park

Saltwater Crocodile (Crocodylus porosus), Yellow Waters, Kakadu National Park

 

Varied Triller (Lalage leucomela), Kakadu National Park

White-bellied Sea-Eagle (Haliaeetus leucogaster), Yellow Waters, Kakadu NP

 

Whistling Kite (Haliastur sphenurus), the most common roadside carrion-feeder down under

Saltwater Crocodile, Adelaide River, Northern Territory. From a Jumping crocodile cruise

 

Saltwater Crocodile

Kakadu National Park

 

Yellow Waters at dawn

A Gilbert's Dragon (Amphibolurus gilberti), Daly Waters, I think.

 

Katherine Gorge, Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory

Daly Waters gas station

 

Daly Waters pub

Roadkill, the most common marsupial in Australia ...

 

Desert, central Northern Territory

Devils Marbles

 

Devils Marbles

Devils Marbles, Northern Territory

 

Devils Marbles

Devils marbles, south of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory

 

Devils marbles area

More rocks at Devils Marbles

 

Desert termite moulds

Outback road train, watch out!

 

Outback camping, Lawn Hill, with an ice-cold Foster

Outback, Thorntonia Yelvertoft Road south of Gregory Downs, Queensland

 

 

Campervan on the run, Queensland. Zero trafic on this desolate dirtroad. Driving 200 km, I met one car!

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Queensland

 

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Queensland

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Queensland

 

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Queensland

Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park, Queensland

 

A basking Frilled Lizard (Chlamydosaurus kingi), Lawn Hill, Queensland. It took off on two legs!

Flat landscape, Thorntonia Yelvertoft Road north of Mt. Isa, Queensland

 

Another lizard, most likely a Ring-tailed Dragon (Ctenophorus caudicinctus macropus), Boodjamulla (Lawn Hill) National Park

Bushfire, outback Queensland

 

Another outback waterhole ... Queensland

Brolga (Grus rubicunda), near Karumba, Gulf of Carpentaria

 

Mareeba wetlands, Queensland

Cairns

 

Party with some danish painters, Cairns. They loved Fernet Branca!

 

Fitzroy Island, outside Cairns

 

 

 

Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii), Eungella National Park, Queensland

 

Dubious Dtella or Northern Dtella (Gehyra dubia), Queensland

 

Probably a Two-lined Dragon (Diporiphora bilineata), south of Tennant Creek, Northern Territory

Black Flying-Fox (Pteropus alecto), with a wingspan of more than 1 meter, Queensland

 

Common Brushtail Possum (Trichosurus vulpecula), Bowling National Park, Queensland

Laughing Kookaburra (Dacelo novaeguineae), Two Heads National Park, New South Wales

 

The Platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus), Eungella National Park, Queensland

Northern Yellow-faced Turtle (Emydura tanybaraga), Palume National Park, Queensland

 

Allied Rock Wallaby (Petrogale assimilis), Bowling National Park, Queensland

White beach, Whitsunday Island

 

Pale-headed Rosella (Platycercus adscitus), Eungella National Park, Queensland

Rainbow Lorikeet (Trichoglossus moluccanus), Hervey Bay

 

Common Myna (Acridotheres tristis), an introduced speces

Queensland landscape

 

Whitehaven beach, Whitsunday Island, Queensland


Scary, red-eyed Eastern Grey Kangaroo (Macropus giganteus), Two Heads National Park, New South Wales
 

Lace Monitor (Varanus varius), Whitsunday Island, Queensland

Cane Toad (Rhinella marina), an invasive and unwanted species in Australia

 

Driving on the beach, Fraser Island

Lake McKenzie, Frazier Island, nice place for a swim

 

Dingo, Frazier Island

Eastern Water Dragon (Intellagama lesueurii lesueurii), Gold Coast

 

Saw surprisingly few snakes on the trip. This is not a snake, but rather a Burton's Snake-Lizard (Lialis burtonis), Cape Byron

Ulysses Butterfly (Papilio ulysses), Bowling National Park

 

Cape Byron lighthouse, New South Wales. Easternmost point in mainland Australia

Byron Bay

 

And finally, Sydney