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Katherine, Northern Territory

sunny 32 °C
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Great stay in Katherine. Great stay at the Shady Lane Caravan Park. Around 5km out of town, really lovely shady park with large palms and trees. Finally got to do the Katherine Gorge cruise. Awesome. Weather fantastic. Days in the early 30's, and thank goodness the humidity is lessening.

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Kakadu National Park, Jabiru NT

semi-overcast 35 °C
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Had a good drive to Jabiru, road was in good condition and luckily it wasn't windy. The weather has been warming up to mid 30's C. and so has the humidity. We have been so spoiled with the weather to date that it is hard to take this humid change. The township of Jabiru hasn't changed much since we were here close to 30 years ago...just a small shopping centre has been added. The Foodland store is well stocked and prices, naturally are dearer, though not outrageous as they have been in some places we have called into in the outback.

Jim Jim falls access road was closed for a couple of days as a tourist fell to his death and a fisherman was killed by a crocodile in Darwin. People just don't realise the risks they are taking when they ignore the signage. It would be lovely to have a swim and cool off, but not bloody likely with the local crocs just waiting for you to jump in LOL.

We did a cruise on the Yellow Waters Billabong and it was very special. The wetlands are beautiful and there's so much bird life and crocs too. It was so cool on the water too. The Bowali Visitor Centre in jabiru is really great and they have heaps of free guided walks and activities....lots to do and see. Didn't do as much walking as we hoped ....far too hot for these old bods heh. Can't take the pace any more.

Tomorrow we leave for Katherine where we will spend some time visiting the gorgeous gorges heh....

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Three Ways to Pine Creek, Northern Territory

sunny 28 °C
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Been out of range a bit lately, travelling the NT Outback. We Left Barkly Homestead and were going to stay at Banka Banka Station, but they had no power, so we drove on another 180 Km to our next scheduled stop at Elliott only to find the caravan park had closed down. So we travelled a further 91Km to Dunmarra Roadhouse & Caravan Park. Glad we did as it was a really good place to stop. There was so much caravan traffic going in the opposite direction to us - couldnt believe it. The most we have seen the whole trip so far.

After a good rest we headed off the great distance of 48Km to a place called Daly Waters Pub & Caravan Park. It had been recommended by heaps of travellers, so we thought we would give it a go. The caravan park is a bit rough & ready, but after all, we were in the middle of the outback LOL. It's a historic pub and it really is a slice of Aus with Australian hospitality. A really quirky place - live entertainment and decent pub food. An oasis in the desert. Couldn't believe how many vans they crammed in, but I'm pretty sure everyone had a great time. We were lucky enough to be there on the 1st of July (National Territory Day) so we were in for a treat of fireworks. Slept really well - surprisingly quiet after 10pm.

The next day was Mataranka, which we will explore on the trip back and tonight is Pine Creek. Going for a walk now. Weather is fantastic.

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Barkly Homestead, Northern Territory

overcast 24 °C
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Easy drive again today, some 260km. Weather still holding out but it looks like there may be some rain coming. We decided to stay at Barkly Homestead Roadhouse, which is combined with a restaurant, motel and caravan park behind. They have done a great job with the caravan park here - lovely shady areas with drive through sites, and good facilities. Considering the sparse landscape around us, it's like an oasis here. Tomorrow we head further west toward Stuart HWay, then turn North and see where the road takes us LOL.

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Camooweal, Qld

semi-overcast 28 °C
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Last stop in Queensland for us is Camooweal the last Queensland town before the Northern Territory border. Easy drive through kilometres of plains and scrub. Apart from a couple of rough patches, the road has been pretty good. Weather again is fantastic 11 Deg C overnight to 28 Deg C and light cloud. A bit breezy during the arvo and evening but keeps the air fresh.

We arrived at Camooweal before lunch - made ourselves a sandwhich and a cuppa and went for an explore. This took all of about 30 seconds LOL.
There's a combined shop containing grocery/post office/newsagent, 2 fuel stops plus 1 BP Roadhouse which has an old caravan park attached and a hotel which has another caravan park behind (where we stayed). As usual in the outback it's a bit dusty, but thank goodness we aren't travelling in the heat !

Unexpectedly, we came across a place called the Drovers Camp, which is a small museum to the old cattle droving days. Camooweal was once the centre for enormous cattle drives travelling south, that is until the trucks took over. They have a festival every year (it's in August in 2013) and I reckon that would be great fun. We had a tour of the museum given by a great old bloke - Jeff Simpson who really made the life of droving come alive. What a top bloke. The museum and tours have all been made possible through volunteer drovers and their families - what a wonderful effort. They don't charge an entrance fee, there is just a donation tin at the door. It would be pretty mean spirited not to leave something in the tin, considering what they have given of themselves. Definately a MUST SEE.

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