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Melbourne to Jindabyne, Australia
(January 5 - February 9, 2007)


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Jan 5 - 13 Devonport - Melbourne.  We took the Spirit of Tasmania ferry back to Melbourne, we tried to book a night boat but they were all full so we took the day boat. The crossing was calm, so no worries there.  We had quite a shock when we got off the boat, it was 10 C hotter in Melbourne.  Somehow we had gone from spring like weather to middle of summer weather, in 10 hours.  Our plans to housesit in Melbourne had fallen through so we planned to stay a couple of days at Jon's house and get riding again.  It seemed almost immediately we had computer problems.  The computer was working on battery only, the battery would not charge with the AC cord plugged in. After much research and emotional ups and downs we got a few things fixed.  The plug inside the computer was replaced as well as the cord fixed.  In the end we bought a new cord. Since we were in Melbourne all we had to do was call a Sony store and pick up the part. Well at least we did not have to buy a new computer.  While we were in Tasmania we had a portable hard drive sent over so Tim can make his videos.  So now we have two working hard drives, we are back to normal again.   I enjoyed living in the city (at Jon's house) where I could buy fresh veggies every day.  The small towns in Tasmania did not always have a good vegetable selection. Thank you Jon for taking care of us while were were in Melbourne.  Thanks to the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club members for buying several of our books.  It keeps us going down the road.  
Jan 14 Melbourne - French Island.  It is Sunday and we took the train from Elsternwick to Stony Point.  It was easy to push our fully loaded touring bikes on to the train, however I would not try this during rush hour.  Since it was Sunday we paid a mere $2.50 Au ($1.98 US) each to ride the train to Stony Point, it was about an hour and a half train ride.  We then took the ferry to French Island for $10 Au ($7.90 US).  There are no sealed roads on the island, it is all dirt, French Island is famous for the huge number of Koalas on the island, a chickery kiln, and an old prison (seems to me Australia had prisons everywhere).  We camped in the national park campground for free, it had nice shady spots to pitch a tent, pit toilet and a rain water tank.  The campground is located 4.5 km down a dirt and sometimes very sandy road.  
Jan 15 French Island.  Our plans for the day were to ride to a trail head in the national park and go hiking.  I packed a lunch and wore hiking clothes instead of biking clothes.  It turned out that the island was better for biking then hiking so we rode all around the island visiting the chickery kiln, and touring the rest of the island. There was an old prison on the island but it cost $10Au ($7.90 US) each so we passed on it.  It was quite sandy in places and because I was not wearing my bike clothes, I got quite a sore bum.  We went back to camp to relax and met our neighbor who had a strange habit of talking to himself. Hmm.  we kept our distance from him for the rest of the day.  The evening was cool a perfect night for sleeping.  I was deep in dream land when I was woken by some one yelling in the night.  It turns out it was our neighbor who we met earlier.  Now he was yelling and it was the middle of the night.  Tim was up too.  We laid awake listening to this guy rant on and on. I distinctly heard him say, "I do not care if I die!". Whoa, what did he mean by that, there was not going back to sleep for the rest of the night. 40 km (dirt)
Jan 16 French Island - Perry.  In the morning I was definitely sleepy  and grateful the neighbor did not come to visit in the night.  We caught the ferry over to Philip Island and started riding towards Wilsons Prom.  We did not have any idea where we were going to camp but we knew something would show up. School holidays are in full swing and the caravan parks are way to expensive so we would be looking for a free place to camp.  The road off of Philip Island was chock full of traffic, I never felt threatened by the drivers (unlike Tassie where I thought they were trying to hit me) but the noise was too much for Tim and I to talk.  I knew there was a rail trail somewhere.  Glenn from the MBTC gave me perfect directions, at the first roundabout off the island go to the car park and the start of the trail is to the left and there it was a wonderful rail trail. We rode this through Kunundra, this is when the weather started to change, it was stinking hot and the wind began pick up.  We turned off the trail at a reserve turned inland and found a place to camp.  We got the tent up in time to get everything in out of the rain. 42 km
Jan 17 Perry - Tarwin Lower.  We went back to the rail trail and rode it into wonthangi.  When we popped out into town we were at a huge Safeway grocery store.  Even though we had only ridden 12 km I had to stop and buy groceries.  Ok I went a little over board.  When I came out I loaded up the donkey, that's Tim, with at least 10 kilos that's 20 pounds of food.  To my amazement that slowed him down a bit so we had to adjust our km for the day.  I had extra weigh too but not as much.  We were heading for Walkersville when we rode through the small town of Tarwin Lower, Yes there is a Tarwin middle and upper those are small too.  As we rode towards the roundabout we saw a sign and it said Camping with a arrow.  We could not pass it up, we stopped for the day.  We had a picnic table, grassy area, and a toilet a short walk away.  How divine.  We had been settled in for a couple of hours and I went out birding. I walked by the sign that said Camping and took a closer look. Oh shoot! the part that said NO was covered with duct tape and we had not noticed it when we arrived.  It was now sunset and we were camped illegally. Oops.  Well we were tucked away pretty good, we even had a koala for a neighbor. 54 km
Jan 18 Tarwin Lower - Tidal River Wilsons Promotory.  We changed directions so we would shorten the days ride.  We rode back to the intersection and turned to Fish Creek and then down to Wilsons Prom.  We had a nice tailwind for most of the day.  At the entrance to the Prom we booked into a site at Tidal river, it turns out we could stay for only two nights.  From the entrance to the Prom to Tidal river it took us a little over 2 hours.  We met a road cyclist on the way in and he said it took him 1 hour and 20 mins to get to the gate from Tidal River.  He looked at our loaded bikes and predicted it would take us 3 hours to ride in. I was deflated, I did not want to ride that much longer.  While we were on the flats we were up to 28 sometimes 30 km per hour.  We really dogged on the hills towards the end.  It was a fine ride in and I would recommend it, just bring plenty of food and water with you because there is absolutely nothing for those 30 km. That is the beauty of the Prom.  We were pretty tired when we arrived but managed a short walk to the beach. There were people everywhere. Little kids with buggy boards and even littler kids building sand castles, moms and dads with surf boards.  The perfect Aussie vacation. Tidal River was booked solid. We were lucky we had a space that is left open for foreigners and out of staters.  The only restriction was we were only allowed to stay two nights. bummer, this place deserves a week of exploration.  82 km
Jan 19 - 20 Wilsons Promotory.  Our only full day in the park and it was very hot and humid, we decided to do a circuit close by the campground and walked to Lilly Pilly gully and squeaky beach.  We really did not want to leave in the morning so we formulated a plan.  We would move over to someone else's site and camp with them.  Easier said then done. It was a bit cheeky but we did not want to leave.  In the morning we moved in with our neighbor.  We did get to do another walk in the park to Sealers Cove well almost.  In the evening it began to rain.  I had tentitis and wanted away from our cloth castle.  We watched a movie called Borat, it was funny and a bit vulgar for my taste.  I like Austin Powers but this went way beyond that.  The rain lasted all night and was heavy at times.  
Jan 21 Wilsons Promotory - Foster.  The forest looked brand new today, it was like all the dust was washed off the leaves and everything was reaching for the sun. The forest in the Prom is stunning.  ok we had to leave rain or shine.  The rain had stopped in the morning for long enough for us to pack our panniers.  We started out of the Prom about 10 am, we slept in a bit and got a late start.  We immediately had a head wind.  So it was a huge push to get to the gate.  Tim was riding so hard I was out of breath, and I was in his draft.  I guess we ate a lot of food while at Tidal River and he dropped some weight from the bike.  We got to the gate in a little over 2 hours, about the same time as when we rode in. I was impressed Tim was riding hard and fast. Turns out he was listening to Metalica on the mp3 player, nothing like a little heavy metal to get Tim to hammer.  We sat and ate lunch and when we got back on the bikes the wind was fierce, and it was a head wind.  We could see the storm coming from Melbourne, it was a big one, a solid wall of grey and we were out in it exposed no where to go. We pushed on a short 7 km to Yanakie and landed at the general store just before the rain came down.  We waited at the store for over two hours for the rain to stop.  It was sprinkling slightly when we shoved off to Foster a short (or long if it is raining) 23 km away.  It was a hard ride into the wind for a while and then we turned to the east towards Foster and our head wind turned into a side wind and then a tail wind. We rode fast and hard into Foster, it was an invigorating ride, we don't usually push that hard. We got to the caravan park in Foster before the real rain hit again. Gale force winds and pounding rain.  We barely were wet from the ride and we now had shelter. Ah a good day on the bike.  As we were waiting for the rain and gale force winds to stop so we could put up our tent, we met a family from Melbourne, two couples and a little guy named Henric.  I thought he was 5 or 6 but it turned out he was only 3.  He was quite tall for his age and his favorite word was why.  He was quite cute he genuinely wanted to know why you were going to your tent, why you were going to the bathroom, ect.  We set up our tent in gale force winds and rain.  Our neighbors had to move their tent because the gale force winds were collapsing in the side of the tent.  Tim helped as the whole family picked up and moved the tent.  This frightened Henric quite a bit, it was his first camping trip and he did not want to see the tent go away.  So it was quite a drama for him to watch the tent be moved from one site to another.  In the end he finally understood that it was better around the corner. 62 km
Jan 22 Foster.  We had a nice campsite right next to the camp kitchen so Tim set up to work on making our first movie of Australia.  We plugged the computer in the camp kitchen like we usually do and he went to work on the video.  During the coarse of the day the caravan owner was in and out of the kitchen. At around dinner time he walked into the kitchen and noticed that Tim had the computer plugged in. This is when things went down hill fast.  He came over and said hey you paid for an unpowered site ($25 Au $19.75 US) and you are using electricity.  Then he said something like, you are dishonest people and cheats. To try and calm things down I said, "How much is a powered site?" He said, $30 Au ($23.70 US). I said, Ok I will give you $5.  I mistakenly thought that would be the end of it.  As I was getting the money to pay him he continued to badger Tim about using the computer. Tim finally said, "Look the microwave uses more electricity than my computer does".  Somehow this angered the fella more and he went inside a locked cabinet and turned the microwave and coffeemaker off.  I saw this and said, "Hey wait a minute, we just paid you to use the electricity why are you turning it off, He said, "Ask you Hubby about that".  This whole encounter was really unnecessary.  The funny thing was when we arrived I told him we had a laptop and we bought 2 1-hour cards to use the wireless internet at a cost of $9 Au $7.11 US for each hour yes that is expensive ouch!.  It was unfortunate that he behaved this way because we were planning to stay another day and work on the computer.  I certainly did not want to stay any longer then tomorrow morning.  The night was salvaged when Greg an Aussie from Melbourne said, "Hey come over and look at the moon, It looks really different".  As I was gazing at the moon I looked over to the south and there it was, a beautiful sight, A comet with a very long tail, turns out the tail was over 200,000 kilometers long. Whoa, I could not take my eyes off it.  I called over Tim and the family from Melbourne and we all were in ah. To add to the spectacle, it turns out that the power went out in Foster right about sunset so there was an unobstructed view of the comet, no glow from the city.  A truly magical sight.  
Jan 23 Foster - Ferndale now named Fernholme, Tarra Valley Caravan Park.  Lonely Planet Cycling book comes through here so we thought we would follow their trail.  The way that Lonely Planet (LP) avoided hwy. A440 I thought cyclist were not allowed on it.  Turns out we are, it is a two lane road.  LP also turns north from Toora and travels on dirt roads for some 30 odd km.  We decided to ride to Toora and see how the traffic was on the highway.  The road was rolling hills to Toora, traffic was light, a few passenger cars and commercial trucks, the shoulder was wide in some areas and disappeared in others.  We chose to stay on the sealed road, the road was relatively flat for the the first 65 km and climbed steadily up the Tarra Valley an absolute gem of a ride up a quiet road.  We landed at Fernholme and booked for an unpowered site $20 Au ($15.80 US).  We were a bit gun shy from our last encounter so we asked if we could plug out computer in in the camp kitchen. They said sure no problem.  Turns out they have free wireless too. This is turning out to be our kind of place.  The caravan park has a rustic feel to it, it has been around since the 40's.  The Tarra River meanders by on one side of the park and it is a birders paradise.  The owners are a wealth of knowledge on the local wildlife and birds in particular, we came here to see the Lyrebird.

The next day Tim and I were both pretty tired so we decided to take the day off the bike.  I did laundry and all those chores that need to get done when we stop.  The next day we rode our bikes up to Tarra-Bulga National park, it is a short 12 km climb but it took us an hour and 20 minutes to the visitor center on unloaded bikes.  It will probably be a 2 hour climb when loaded.  The Tarra Valley is stunning, gum trees mixed with rainforest and large ferns, the smell is fresh and tones of oxygen in the air for the climb.  I highly recommend this ride.  It turns out that the guest house at Balook has been closed for the last 5 months so do not count on it being open.  It could be difficult for a cyclist who thinks they have a place to stay and a store to buy food.  I recommend coming the other way, up the Tarra Valley and stop and Fernholme, a nice caravan park with a restaurant and store.

It is a long weekend, January 26 is Australia day, something like our Columbus day in the States but celebrated like the 4th of July. The Aussies all get together and have a barbeque.  The park is booked out with a caravan club and the owners needed our site so they gave us a free upgrade to a cabin.  We moved into a cabin for the next two nights, luxury. What started out as a two night stay turned into five nights.  It was such a comfy place it was easy for the days to slip by.  While the rest of Australia has mostly been brown it is nice and green here, a different planted.  Margaret and David are great hosts, they love the place and it shows.   JoJo is their cocky, also know as a sulfur crested cockatoo, and is quite a character, they can live to 100 years old, amazing.  Do tell them we said hello when you drop in.

72 km.
Jan 28 Fernholme Tarra Valley - Sale.  We had to say good bye and head on up the road.  It was a light rain when we left but in never did really rain hard. I wasn't on the bike 5 minutes when we rounded a corner and crossed the wooden one lane bridge, the bridge has gaps between the boards so I was trying hard to stay out of the gap.  I went to far to the right tried to go left and my tire rode along the ridge rather than up and over it, before I knew I was on the ground.  OUCH!  It took us an hour and 45 minutes to climb to the Tarra-Bulga National Park visitor center.  Not too bad for a 500 m climb.  We then headed out of town and followed the Grand Ridge Rd.  The road turned to dirt about 5 km from Balook and was dirt for 10 km.  6 km out of barrywater or something like that it was pavement again. Just when we thought it was down hill to Gormandale we hit a steep but short up hill.  At Gormandale we turned right and followed the signs to Rosedale.  In Rosedale we sat and talked about pushing on to Sale, it was only 33 km away and we had a great tailwind. Why not we said and on we pushed.  Tim was hammering on the flats and got us up to 45 km/hr.  whoa! how does he do that on a loaded bike, I was desperate to stay in his draft.  It was pretty much flat to Sale except for a hill or two.  We arrived in Sale and it was a big let down, we stayed at the Thompson River Caravan park and all I can say about it was that it was a dump.  The toilets were filthy and camp kitchen had not been cleaned in years.  We were too tired to ride on so we pitched our tent for $25 Au ($19.45) what a rip off. 96 km
Jan 29 Sale - Bairnsdale.  We were more than happy to move on and reviewed the Lonely Planet cycling guide for the way to Bairnsdale.  We took the flatter, shorter route through Marylieu, we followed road C106 the entire way while it meandered through farmland. C106 starts about 6 km north of Sale and we had a tailwind most of the 80 km to Bairnsdale.  If you go this way be warned, there is no store or water on this route.  We stopped at the Marylieu to get water and the water was turned off.  Luckily we hand water on hand and plenty of food.  The country side is dry and every creek we crossed was dry as well.  This area really showed the drought.  We stopped and took pictures of a dried up stream with huge mud cracks and a horse skull, poor thing.  We arrived in Bairnsdale with time to look for internet.  Again, it is a huge disappointment.  At McDonalds we could connect through Telstra but they want $14 Au ($11 US) an hour to connect, well Telstra forget it.  We found an internet cafe for $8 Au ($6 US) but we can not download, crazy and the library is free. Well that's good but we can not connect our laptop, what else is new.  It is a sad state for internet in this country.  The cities are better but the countryside is worse than Thailand or Cambodia, what a shame. 80 km
Jan 30 - 31 Bairnsdale.  It is time to get ready to ride into the mountains.  We will buy food, repairing gear, and planning our route.  We are in luck, there are no fires in the direction we want to go through Buchan, Suggan Buggan, Seldom Seen (love that name), and Jindabyne so far our plans are to stay on the lonely planet route. We probably will not have internet until Jindabyne so 4 days away.  
Feb 1 Bairnsdale - Nowa Nowa.  We rode over the bridge in Bairnsdale and on the right the rail trail to Bruthen - Nowa Nowa begins.  The first 11 km are paved and then it turns to hard packed dirt, the grade is gentle most of the way, it was 33 km to Bruthen and another 30 km to Nowa Nowa, the rail trail is marked well so we always knew where we were, pick up a map at the visitors center in Bairnsdale. It was a pleasant ride most of the way, until we hit the stony creek trestle, which is nice to look at but quite an obstacle to get around, the trail goes straight down to the creek bed which is dry and straight up the other side. It was so steep Tim could not ride all the way up. We had to push each bike up separately.  Other than that it was a well maintained trail.  We picked up water in Nowa Nowa, well it was pretty bad water. It was a dark brown and it came out of the tap.  We had to filter it and it still was brown.  We made camp not too far from the rail trail. It was so warm that we left the fly off the tent.  We crawled into our tent for the night, it was dusk and Tim noticed movement in the tree near our tent and we watch an animal go up the tree.  We could not see what it was so we just watched the tree and the animal walked out to the end of the limb and to our amazement jumped off, struck the superman pose and glided over our tent and to the trees on the other side of us.  Whoa! what the heck was that! It was a sugar glider, it is a member of the possum family.  Very cool.  We also saw a wallaby later on.  It was a nice cool night and we both slept well. 64 km
Feb 2 Nowa - Nowa - Buchan.  We were up early with the Kookaburras.  As I was just waking up I looked into the forest and to my amazement again, I saw a deer, yes a deer, it looked like bambi with a huge rack on his head.  Amazing you never know what you will see in Australia.  We turned on the pavement and headed towards Buchan.  The lady at the shop told me the rail trail is now open all the way to Orbost.  That would be a great weekend ride for the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club or at least a tourist on their way up the coast.  The ride to Buchan was through state forest and it was pleasant, no flies, I am beginning to think the flies are in the farm country. It was a hot one towards the top and I was glad to get into Buchan. 35 km.
Feb 3 Buchan - Currie River.  We knew it was going to be a hot day so we carried extra water with us.  I carried 4 liters of water and Tim carried 5 liters of water, I am glad we did because we needed it.  The first climb of 7 km or so went quick, then the real climbing began and continued. There are a couple of places to stay on the way such as SIBA at the 28 km point but we wanted to keep going.  We rode on to Gelantipy where I thought we could get more provisions but we couldn't.  We did collect water there but it had a dark color to it, most likely from the ash that had recently fallen in this area.  The forest was nice and shady on most of the climbs.  We decided to stay high and camp in the national forest after Gelantipy so Tim carried the extra10 liters of water.  We finally found a place to camp and slept well in the cool of the night. 51 km
Feb 4 Currie River - Running Waters, Kosciuszco National Park (on the Snowy River).  We woke to the sounds of the Kookaburra and leisurely packed camp.  We saw a cyclist go bye and I wondered if we would see him again.  We were debating if we had enough food to stay an extra night on the Snowy River and I hoped that I could find a place to buy some food up ahead. There were not too many options.  5 km down the road we stopped at Seldom Seen, Dave is the last Petrol stop for 116 km so we had to stop.  It was like walking into a motorcycle and bicycle museum.  Dave collects things all kinds of things.  He also had some food I could buy, yeah, I bought snickers, mars, potato chips, crackers, and muesli bars,  that ought to do it.  Dave was an interesting guy to talk to, a genuinely nice guy.  In hide sight, I think he had a room or two to let and camping is probably an option.  Most of all you can buy water so do stop in and say hello to Dave, he provides the last place to get water for a long time.  Down the road as we were heading into Suggan Buggan we met Martin.  Martin has taken up cycling as a life style and loved it.  He said he knew our web site and we inspired him to take the plunge, I thought that was very touching it made my day and Tim's too.  We cycled together to Running Waters and the amount of water we all went through was staggering.  Tim and Martin took turns pumping our drinking water through our filter, I was oh so glad we had it.  All the bumping on the road gave my bladder a hard time and by the time we stopped I was hurting.  I haven't had this problem in a long long time and was not too thrilled to have it back again.  I still carry some antibiotics and took a single dose, I hope that cures it.  In the evening during dinner we were lucky enough to see another glider, it jumped/flew from one tree to another, this one was smaller than the sugar glider we saw earlier.  62 km
Feb 5 Happy Birthday Ed, Patti, and Alicia. Whew who!  We took the day off at Running Waters campsite and Martin pushed on.  It was nice to spend a day with him.  He happen to have the Ortlieb collapsible kitchen sink, it has a hundred uses, well maybe not that many but I am trying to convince Tim that I have to have one.  It was real handy collecting water from the stream.  Martin was off early, well when we finally let him go and stopped talking that is.   The day was hot so we went for a swim in the Snowy River, this campsite does not have the best beach but doable.  I then decided it was time for a solar shower, the sun was strong enough to heat the water and the camp site was quiet and disserted so I thought.  Just when I finished rinsing the Park guys rolled into to do some work. It thought they were just passing through and then I realized I had to get dressed behind a tree, great.  Well at least I was clean.  We waited out the hot day by getting wet and drying.  
Feb 6 - 9 Running Waters Campsite - Jindabyne.  We had a lot of climbing to do today so we set out early.  The ride along the river was not as flat as I had hoped and the climb started about 3 km from Jacobs Creek campsite.  It was a gentle but steady climb to start and it kept going and going for at least 12 km.  There is not where to stop to get water or food on the route so carry plenty with you if you come this way.  We hit pavement at 36.5 km and the high point.  As we were traveling downhill at 30 km an hour an Emu (a relative of the ostrich) decided to run with us for about a kilometer, it held that pace like it was a walk in the park. cool.  We tumbled into the caravan park and had a long hot shower and dinner.  I think we will take a couple of days off here and decide our route to Canberra. 62 km

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Central America
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5 New Zealand
9-16-07 to 5-2-08
6 Alaska, Canada, and the USA
5-3-08 to 4-30-10
7 India. Nepal, and the Subcontinent
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- Bicheno to the boat ferry at Devonport


 
 Victoria
Melbourne to Jindabyne , Australia  (January 5 - February 9, 2007)

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- Melbourne to Wilsons Promontory National Park
- Tarra Bulga National Park
- Bairnsdale to Jindabyne


 
 New South Wales
Jindabyne to Mudgeeraba (February 10 - April 24, 2007)

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- Jindabyne to Khancoban, Australian Alps
- Wild Flowers of Mount Kosciusko Peak Hike.
- Threadbo ski field and snow sports area
- Khancoban to Adaminaby
- Adaminaby, NSW to Canberra, ACT
- Parliament House in Canberra to Sydney
-Sydney Australia with the Aquarium, Opera House and walk across the Harbor Bridge
- Sydney to Diamond Head, Crowdy Bay National Park
- Port Macquarie to Nimbin.
- Nimbin to Mount Nimbil Lodge Campground Gold Coast.


 

 Queensland - Outback
Sunshine Coast, to Wollogorang Station (April 25 - July 23, 2007)

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- Sunshine Coast and Maroochydore surfing beach
- Snorkeling and diving on the Great Barrier Reef at Lady Elliot Island.
- Steve Irwin's Australia Zoo
- Lamington National Park
- Lone Pine Koala Sanctuary Brisbane, Australia.
- Cairns to Atherton Tablelands
- Cairns Rain Forest Botanical Garden
- Mossman Gorge in the Daintree National Park
- Atherton Tablelands to Georgetown, Queensland, Australia
- Georgetown to Burketown
.- Burketown to Wollogorang Station


 

 Northern Territory and Outback
Wollogorang Station to Darwin
(July 22 - September 14, 2007)

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- Wollogorang to Borroloola and Heart Break Hotel
- Daly Waters to Katherine
- Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory
- Yellow Water Boat Trip #1
- Yellow Water River Cruise and Boat Tour #2.
- Aboriginal community Oenpelli (Gunbalanya) and festival
-Aboriginal rock art at Ubirr and Merl campground in Kakadu National Park Northern Territory, Australia


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