Visiting Nitmiluk and Litchfield National Parks was a great way to finish a fantastic trip around the top end of the Northern Territory. Amazing gorges and waterholes that just invite you in for a swim.
“Welcome to country!” Our Yellow Water guide, Dennis, got the sunrise cruise underway with this greeting – and what a special country it is!
The western border of Kakadu, the NT’s iconic national park, is located only 150kms from Darwin – but don’t rush straight there! We were told (by the folks on the NT stand at the Sydney Caravan and Camping Show) that the wetlands cruise on Corroboree Billabong was a bit special. And they were so right!
It was with nervous excitement that we took off from Esperance to head north to Norseman, the recognised start for the west to east crossing of the Nullarbor Plain.
Large amounts of the area we were about to travel through, heading east from Augusta through to Esperance, were declared national and state parks and nature reserves. Great news for the visitor as recreation and tourism is seen as part of the vision of the Southwest Australia Ecoregion Initiative.
By the time a bit of blue sky appeared we found ourselves in the beautiful Blackwood Valley region. And from there it was under an hours drive to Busselton and the magnificent Margaret River region.
For most of us in the eastern states, heading over to see Western Australia is special – time and money means that it’s not done on a regular basis. This and the next 3 or 4 posts will cover how we went about seeing the southern part of WA, ending with a crossing of the Nullarbor Plain, in what was a memorable trip.
Minnamurra Rainforest, a remnant subtropical and warm temperate rainforest on the edge of Budderoo National Park, has been a designated reserve for over 100 years. Over this time its had many visitors, and for good reason – the flora is sensational and something to be experienced.
Sherbrooke Forest, which is within an hours drive of downtown Melbourne, is part of the Dandenong Ranges National Park. The most amazing feature of the walk – the fabulous tall Mountain Ash trees.
Spring – a chance to really immerse yourself in vibrant colours. I’d like to tell you of a great little hideaway just north of Canberra – a beautiful experience.