Whitesundays

Beautiful Whitsunday Islands are another highlight of Queensland, with pristine Whitehaven Beach featuring on most tourist brochures. Many, many years ago Frank and myself chillaxed for three days on a romantic wooden sailboat, enjoying the beautiful views, relaxing with a book and a glass of wine at sunset, stargazing at night. Things have changed since…

A day on the Great Barrier Reef

One cannot visit Tropical North Queensland and not visit the immense Great Barrier Reef, home of Dory and Nemo. So after quite a bit of research we booked a trip with Quicksilver. The largest boat on the reef which takes us to a floating platform on the Agincourt Reef. We choose this so we have…

Sam’s homework

Cooktown! The birthplace of Australia, the place where Captain Cook set foot on and claimed this land after getting stranded on the reef in 1770. How different things would have been if Dutch captain Dirk Hartog had claimed the country when he landed in WA in 1616 (almost 400 years ago), but hey he didn’t….

Chillaxing

Celebrating completion the Savannah Way from Broome to Cairns and the half way point of our three months adventure we treat ourselves to a bit of luxury. After months of dirt and dust we chillax in a luxurious cabin at Coconut Resort, a luxury caravan park with multiple pools, playgrounds and other fancy facilities. We…

Sea to sea

Finally we get to see the sea again as we camp at Karumba Point QLD, famous for its superior fishing. Frank and Sam have to try their luck and go on a one day charter fishing on the Gulf of Carpentaria. Jasmijn and Thomas naturally a bit sad when we drop them off at 6am…

Food chain explained – homework tick

Over the last few days clouds have been forming in the usual clear blue skies and there are talks of possible rain in the dry season. After checking with the locals we decide to take a shorter, but less developed track, instead of the longer route via bitumen to Adels Grove hoping we can arrive…

Dirt and flies

From Mataranka we continue our journey along the Savannah Way (Broome to Cairns). Mataranka itself was very relaxed with its lovely natural thermal springs. Bliss, floating in tranquil warm pools in between humongous palm trees just across from our campsite. Bitter Springs was a short drive away but the drift float (hop in at one…

Three waterfalls in one day

Exploring Darwin we quickly discovered it’s most fun it to be had at Waterfront and Stokes Wharf. What a lovely development, Wavepool obviously a big hit with the kids. Mindil Beach Sunset Market can’t be missed when in Darwin. Cute little stalls with delicious food from all over the world. We gave the kids each…

Saltie adventures

Kakadu National Park. Our first encounter with beautiful Australia was here 16 years ago so it’s quite special for us to be back here. Gunlom Falls has a natural infinity pool at the top of the waterfall, it’s a long and steep climb up but therefore an even more rewarding swim at the top. After…

Noisy Hornet and cheeky wallabies

Boy heaven; Hornet’s high in the sky, P3-C Orions flying over on low altitude, army convoys with heavy artillery on the roads and hidden in the bush. On our way to Katherine we happen to cross paths with a big international Army/Navy/Air Force exercise aka hide and seek for big boys. Sam and Thomas were…