Into the Territory

2 Jul

We returned from the wilderness of El Questro and headed to Wyndham. We chose to stay near Parrys Nature Reserve which held the Parry’s lagoon, an amazing bird sanctuary. As we sat quietly (who am I kidding here… Archie doesn’t do ‘quiet’) in the bird hide we watched a grass fire in the distance, a Sea Eagle swooping on a wood duck in mid-air and a myriad of water birds splashing in the lillies. It was awesome (for about 5 minutes)

 

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In Wyndham, we also checked out the famous ‘five rivers look out’ where 5 rivers converge and empty into the Cambridge Gulf.

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Next stop was Lake Argyle and a lovely van park perched on the edge of Australia’s largest artificial lake. The infinity pool was nicer to look at than swim in. Brrrrr.

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The lake was formed by the damming of the Ord river and is a huge expanse of freshwater surrounded by red towering cliffs, something like 50+ kilometres long. We did an interesting cruise which culminated in sunset while sipping beer relaxing in the water (with 30,000 fresh water crocs). The kids found ways to entertain themselves … And that was after they filled in time eating 15 choc chip cookies each. At least we got value for our money!

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We were excited to leave Argyle as we were finally crossing into N.T after being in W.A for over 4 months. Things are pretty loose in the Territory – the speed limit is 130kms and on Territory day you can buy lethal fireworks and set them off wherever you want.

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We stopped at Victoria roadhouse for a night on the way. Cheap and nice enough. From there we decided to stop in Katherine as we had 3 days until we were due in Darwin. We stayed right near the hot springs and ventured down each afternoon. We also did a great aboriginal cultural tour where we learnt how to do ‘Dalabon’ style painting, how to light a fire with sticks and how to throw a spear with a Woomera. Let’s just say the Stephen’s would be OK without a match but unikely to spear anything to cook!

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We also booked on the obligatory Katherine Gorge boat cruise. Unfortunately Miff got the time wrong and when we arrived at 9.25am, we were only 25 mins late for the 9am tour. Luckily they let us come back at 3pm as the gorge was beautiful. Unfortunately the kids were all gorged out and we would have prefered to leave them, up the creek without a paddle.

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We are excited about being in Darwin now and plan to stay put for a few weeks. Looking forward to a visit from our friends the Wilsons and to spend time in a van park with a jumping pillow, spas, water park and play grounds, as well as catching up with some families we have met along the way.

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4 Responses to “Into the Territory”

  1. Glen July 2, 2013 at 9:13 pm #

    The lake reminds me of lake kariba in Zimbabwe. Give Rosie a haircut in Darwin! Take notes for us for next year from here.

  2. Melanie Louth July 2, 2013 at 9:46 pm #

    I’m loving Rosie’s hair. It’s getting even more awesome! Such a grown up looking girl. Have a brilliant time with the Wilsons!!!
    Territory firecracker night sounds crazy but fun!

  3. aussietnt July 3, 2013 at 7:53 am #

    Shared these memories – thank you. Looking forward to your Darwin stories – have to agree with Melanie loving Rosie’s hair and how grown up she looks in the captains chair. Love the upside down shot of Archie. Have fun!

  4. randy56 July 3, 2013 at 7:58 am #

    Amazing,amazing,amazing!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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