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Wollogorang Station to Darwin, Australia
(July 22 - September 14, 2007)


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July 22 Settlement Creek made damper for the first time.  I made the simplest form first.  self rising flour, water and salt.  the consistency reminded me when I made biscuits when I was a kid.  Instead of putting the bread in aluminum foil I wrapped it on a stick and cooked it on the fire.  The first one I didn't cook enough but Tim loved it anyway, the second one I cooked longer and it tasted better.  We saw lots of birds, hawks, sulfur crested cockatoos, rainbow lorikeets, blue winged kookaburra, and more.  wallabies and lots of cows, saw a pair of bulls fighting in the road. interesting, oh and we happen to see a large frog, the creek is crystal clear and the vegetation lush.  It was a nice place to take a day off.  
July 23 Settlement Creek - Calvert Creek.  Our first water crossing was near the Redbank Mine the water was contaminated so I would not recommend collecting drinking water from here, it was the copper green color of metals in solution.  The next water source was gold creek although it is not signed.  The road was rough most of the day but it was the worst near the Redbank mine.  The road went down an incline through a sand trap, a rather large sand trap and up another incline.  I knew I had to have a lot of speed to get through this one.  My bike was a bit heavier since we picked up our package at Wollogorang Station.  So I geared up and hit that sand trap as fast as I could, not two bike lengths into the loose stuff, I hit a large boulder and it launched my front wheel into the air and when I came back down the wheel was tilted sideways.  I had all the momentum I wanted at first and now I had the momentum and my bike didn't.  The only natural thing to do was get launched over the handlebars and that I did and before I knew it I had clipped out of my pedals and landed in the dirt in front of my bike. Oh I wanted to just lay there for a second but I didn't get the chance, a car was coming down the road.  I quickly jumped up and picked my bike up. The car slowed and the driver rolled down the window and said, "What are you doing on this road!" as in why do you think you can ride on this road.  This took me back and I said, "I want to ride through the outback and was doing fine until a minute ago."  He said, ya ok as if to imply I was lying and drove on by.  He never did ask me if I was alright, the yahoo.  The rest of the road was a chore to ride however in some places it was really fast.  It was not Tim's day either. He was drafting behind me.  We easily crossed Calvert Creek because it was only a couple of inches high.  The for some strange reason Tim and I both lost our front brake pads.  We managed to find the pads and I put them back on at camp.  Luckily Tim had a few extra pins in his tool bag.  Good thinkin Tim. We camped on the west side of the creek and realized we didn't have to carry water up to camp because there was a creek running by the camp area.  Someone else was camping there too, not very friendly but had to let us camp near by.  A pretty spot all and all. 83 km
July 24 Calvert Creek - Robinson River.  We both slept hard last night.  I felt awful all day, the same feeling I would have after wrecking on my mountain bike, achy all over.  The road did not help it was rough with lots of corrugation or washboard. There is a lot more traffic on the road now then it seems when Ed, Gaye and Mark traveled in 2000 and Randy and Jody traveled in 2001.  Consequently the road is a mess and the drivers are just plain well ignorant about the gravel and dust they throw on us as they race by.  We have been lucky that only one large road train has past us, it was beyond dusty.  The caravans don't seem to realize or care, not sure which that dust and gravel is flying every where.  The attitude of the drivers is get out of my way.  We stopped for lunch and a caravan rolled up and a older man said, "Would you like a cuppa?" that is Australian for "Do you want a cup of coffee?  Tim and I said oh yes and we sat and had a cup of coffee with a couple from Victoria.  What a pleasant way to spend a break, they really made my day, lifted my spirits.  They too remarked how the drivers were spraying gravel everywhere, so it just wasn't us.  We camped up from the Robinson River and enjoyed a nice view of the river.  Lots of birds around the river.  Something I haven't mentioned is the incredible night skies.  The stars twinkle and the milky way runs directly overhead.  Every night I orientate myself with the southern cross.  The stars twinkle through the trees and can be seen horizon to horizon.  Just stunning. 72 km
July 25 Robinson River - Wearyan River.  Feeling a bit better today.  Today is Tim and mine's wedding anniversary, 9 years with 5.5 of them on the road.  We had a nice leisurely day on the bike.  We saw two snakes today, a black snake and a brown snake, we managed to get a photo of the brown snake.  We haven't seen any wallabies lately, I wonder where they went.  We decided to camp at the Wearyan river, the last water crossing before Borrooloola.  We spent a pleasant afternoon of showering, no swimming here because of crocs, although we didn't see any. 57 km
July 26 Wearyan River - Borrooloola.  Another rough day on the road, it took nearly 3.5 hours to get to town.  The road was heavily corrugated, I pushed on knowing that Borrooloola was just around the corner.  The caravan park is bit run down and expensive at $20 au a night.  Tim went to the bathroom during the night and stepped on a large fish hook near the men's bathroom.  Luckily he had his shoes on or it would have been a trip to the hospital. Losing a fish hook that large would not have been tolerated in my family when I was a kid fishing off the Jersey Shore. A responsible fisherman always knows where his hooks are. 55 km
July 27 Borroloola.  Spent the day cleaning equipment, shopping, laundry.  Met Ben from Australia, he is traveling around in a ute (truck) in the outback.  He had a nice set up with his truck a fridge and cooking stove. Ben made us breakfast of eggs and toast Nice.  We met a Swiss man Daniel and his son Pascel.  The made us a great dinner of steak and pasta.  We must have looked like we were hungry all day.  We still had a lot of packing to do and night fall came.  So I knew we would get a late start in the morning.   To top it off it is Friday night and the music was so loud, all night long. The local pub is closed so I can only guess it was at the civic center.  It reminded me of the little towns we stayed in Laos where they played music all night long.  We couldn't wait to get to the tourist centers where they don't stay up all night.  In this case we could not wait to get back into the outback.  
July 28 Borroloola - Heart Break Hotel.  We were already off to late start when Tim noticed that his Brooks saddle was hanging on by a thread.  Ugh it would have been nice if he had noticed it yesterday.  So off to the store we went and the closest store didn't have any superglue.  OK, we can take off and hope it lasts or turn around back into town and buy superglue at the other store, two kilometers in the wrong direction.  So we turned around, bought superglue, and waited a half hour until it dried.  In the meantime we had an opportunity to talk with a few of the aboriginal elders in town so I felt it wasn't a total lose of time.  I wish we had more time to chat actually. So we didn't push off down the road until 10 am.  Ouch, and we had a long day.  At least the terrain was flat most of the day and as we steadily turned west we got more and more of a tailwind.  We arrived at Heartbreak hotel to early for dinner and to late for lunch.  So it was a beer until dinner was served.  We did get a nice reception for the caravaners when we arrived. 119 km
July 29 Heart Break Hotel - Rest Area 1.  Hmm I could feel yesterday's kilometers in my legs today.  It didn't help that the terrain was undulating with a medium climb of 150 meters.  Not much but I think I am beginning to feel the heat of the day.  Up until we reached Borroloola a couple of days ago it was warm during the day and cool to cold at night.  We could ride all day long.  Now this can be dangerous because we tend not to get going that fast in the morning.  This will have to change now that it is hot.  We pulled into the rest area at the top of the hill for a nice break.  Oh what a nice view in all directions, shade and a water tank.  We could not resist and after a bit of discussion about how much food we had and a review of our schedule we decided to call it a day and stay the night. whoo my legs needed the rest anyway.  We had the place to ourselves for about an hour and then it was grand central station for an hour and then it was quiet again.  We thought we had the place to ourselves until about 5 pm when all the caravaners came roaring in, 5 in all and a huge bus.  Howdy neighbors.  Guess it won't be a quiet night after all.  Turns out that everyone was friendly which is always the case in Australia so everyone got comfortable with each other which I think is a whole lot better than pretending that someone doesn't exist. It was a spectacular sunset and a full moon.  39 km
July 30 Rest area 1 - Rest Area 2. We know where our rest stops are all the way to Daly Waters.  We have a map that designates these areas and the caravaners have this great book that lists what is there like shade, water, a view ect.  We are in luck the next stop is 61 km away and the one after that is 72 km.  The bad part is the second stop does not have any water, just a table.  we are going to have to carry all our water from the second rest area to our last campsite before Daly Waters.  Well at least we had plenty of water jugs on us, we must be quite a sight going down the road with 5 1.25 liter bottles strapped on the back of the bikes.  We always get mixed reactions from Australians.  A few are interested in our trip, some think good on ya or go for it in American English, some   think we are just plain crazy like why would you want to do that - this to me is the most understandable reaction and finally but not lastly you are just plain stupid.  Hmm it is interesting the things you learn when you understand the language. hehe. The terrain was undulating at first and flatten out at the end of the day.  The road turned to the northeast and made for a great tail wind.  So it was an easy day for my legs. 61 km
July 31 rest area 2 to rest area 3. not a very eventful day but that is a good thing.  We took a look in the Australia Camp3 book to see what amenities rest area 3 had and it said it just had a picnic table, no shade or water.  We decided to carry the water we needed for the evening and the next day's ride.  The weather has turned warmer and we are going through the water faster. When we had arrived at rest area 2 the day before the couple we met in the big white bus left us 5 liters of drinking water so I carried that and Tim carried 14 liters of water.  5/3.75 = 1.3 gallons x 8lbs = 10.3 lbs, so I was carrying an extra 10 lbs.  14.5/3.75 = 3.86 gallons x 8 lbs. = 30.9 lbs. so Tim was carrying an extra 30.9 pounds.  Yes Tim really is the donkey on the team.  We arrived at rest area 3 and to our delight, well mostly, there was shade and a water tank.  So we didn't really have to carry all that water but when it comes to water in a dry hot climate it is always better to be safe then sorry. Tim and I both have run out of water in Arizona and Texas and it is not a pleasant thing and can be fatal. We had set up our tent about 10 meters (30 feet) from the water tank where there were bowls of water for the local birds, so I thought.  In the middle of the night Tim and I were both woken up by the sound of an animal lapping up water from a bowl. Hmm that didn't sound like a bird or a wallaby.  In the morning we heard it again and when I looked around with my flashlight I thought I saw a wallaby, only it didn't add up, the sound of a wallaby is thud, thud, thud on the ground.  Tim woke in the morning and the first thing he said was, "Cindie that was Dingo at the water bowl last night."  He was right, that is what we heard a Dingo which is a wild dog in these parts. 80 km
Aug. 1 Rest area 3 - Daly Waters Pub.  I was ready to make the last push into civilization.  We were running low on food and I was looking forward to picking up our third and final food package at Daly Waters.  The road was undulating with small but slow climbs.  We finally made it to the road house at the intersection with the Stuart highway and had a burger for lunch.  The place was a buzz of activity and had a caravan park as well. For some reason I wanted to stay there instead of riding the last 7 km to Daly waters Pub, we pushed on knowing we had a parcel to pick up.  The first thing I did was get a camp site and ask about our box.  When I asked for the our box I noticed the girl behind the counter turned a bit white.  She handed it over to me and I immediately noticed it had been tampered with and half the contents were missing.  I had no energy to fight with her or anyone else so we went to our campsite and set up.  As we were pitching our tent we were knocked over by the smell of raw sewage.  Welcome back to civilization.  The bathrooms were grungy as well.  This place won all kinds of awards in the past but it has obviously gone down hill. 95 km
Aug 2 Daly Waters - Larrimah.  Tim and I got up and packed to leave.  We were originally going to take a rest day here but no way I can't stand the smell of the place.  It was so bad I could not eat breakfast. The ladies camping next to us, Linda and Sharon knew were were robbed, cause we told them our story, and they kindly gave us some food. Power bars to be exact, just what I needed for breakfast.  It got me two hours down the road.  We decided to tell the management that they had a thief on their staff.  We really didn't expect much response.  Tim said he would go in and talk to the manager, thanks Tim I am such a wimp. So he put the empty Australia post box on the bar counter and asked for the manager.  Every single employee came out to see what was going on.  Tim asked if there were surveillance cameras and one girl said there was.  The manager, Leslie, a guy in a vest jacket, came out and asked what was the problem.  Tim said something like we sent a package here and when we got it half our food from the box was missing.  First, he wanted to argue that we shouldn't of sent the package there and then Tim informed him that we could and he was required to hold it for 30 business days.  Then Leslie said, "No one on my staff took anything".  Tim said, "I don't believe you" then Leslie raised his voice, squared up to Tim like he was going to hit him and said "Are you calling me a Crook".  Tim said, No I am Not.  In the mean time I stepped back to get out of the way.  Leslie said, You are calling me a crook, you can piss off and get out of here".  Whow that was a bit of a different reaction the we had expected.  In the mean time Leslie had run away and Tim said rather loudly in the bar for all to here. Yeah! and your caravan park smells like the sewer because your septic tank is overflowing.  With that we left the bar.  I have all intentions of filing a complaint with the Australian Post, tampering with the mail and stealing is a crime.  We then peddled on to Larrimah, Tim was so mad he lead the entire way, into a head wind.  When we arrived at Green Park we knew we could spend a rest day there. 93 km
Aug 3 Larrimah. Rest Day.  The typical laundry and clean equipment day.  It was cheap to camp at Green Park $4 per person and it was like being at a farm.  There was a resident pig, cows, water buffalo and her 6 month old, a crocodile (salties) pen, a bird avary (all kinds of parrots and a few guinea pigs too) and last but not least a baby grey kangaroo. Yes the baby kangaroo was 4 months old and was rescued by a family in West Australia and by the time they got to Larrimah it was dieing so Di and Ben took over it's care and whala that baby is growing well.  They keep it in a bag because it resembles a pouch.  The little guy is 4 months old and barely hops.  Ben and Di are a unique couple who take in injured wildlife and have a passion for animals.  It was a great place to spend a day off and if you stop by tell them Cindie and Tim said hello.  
Aug 4 Larrimah - Mataranka.  We were off in the morning, it was nice to have a rest day, my legs appreciated it.  It was a tailwind most of the way and before we knew it we were in Mataranka.  Luckily we arrived at the store at 2:30 pm just before the 3 pm closing time.  Since tomorrow is Sunday it will be closed.  We went to the Mataranka Cabins and Camping caravan park 80 km
Aug 5 Mataranka Rest Day. We were camped walking distance from Bitter Springs.  The hot springs, I think they are 34 degrees so like a nice warm bath.  What we really liked about the springs is the natural setting and the current took us slowly down stream where we could get out and walk to the beginning again.  It was a lazy day ahh.  Towards evening a couple of cyclists came in, they were using trailers and to my delight one of them had a dog, yes I said dog, in it.  Glen, Jackie and Kona the dog are from Geelong in the state of Victoria.  They had ridden from Geelong.  They were heading towards Katherine as well so we decided to ride with them.    
Aug 6 Mataranka - King River.  We all met at the store and then headed north towards Katherine.  Jackie and I talked most of the way and the day just flew by.  It nice to talk to a women not that I am tired of Tim or anything but a female perspective is always welcome.  Jackie had Kona in her trailer and Kona was not a small dog.  Imagine seeing 4 cyclists riding down the road, two with trailers and a dog in tow.  People slowed down to take pictures, not of us, but of Kona the dog.  A star is born.  She seemed to be use to all that attention.  We stopped at a rest area about 59 km from Katherine and picked up water for the evening bush camp.  We rode 7 or so kilometers and came to King river.  We all agreed that it would be nice to camp on the old bridge above the river.  65 km
Aug 7 King River - Katherine  Glen and Jackie were meeting a friend in Katherine so they were up and out the door early.  We were a bit slower out of the gate, I enjoyed watching a flock of parrots in a tree and a group of red finches down by the waters edge.  As I was packing up the last of our things I head something in the water, I actually thought someone threw something off the bridge but it turned out to be a goanna or monitor lizard.  He was cool, a large lizard swimming across the stream. That explains all the bird feathers in the area.  The ride was quick into Katherine and we picked a caravan park down by the Katherine Hot (warm) spring.  It turned out to be the only caravan park that took dogs.  So our friends, Glen and Jackie with Kona in tow, soon showed up.  The caravan park was like a dog show, Great Danes, masiffs, terriers, poodles ect.  I can't believe the size of some of those dogs and they live in a caravan. whoa. 40 km
Aug 8 - 10 Katherine .  Glen, Jackie and Kona left early in the morning, they are heading west and we will be heading north. We stayed in Katherine for a couple of days working on the internet, grocery shopping ect.  Our computer is getting old and it seems that the wifi card is not working like it should, I think it is time to buy a new one wifi card that is.  We went to town and came back to a new neighbor, Lorrie and her dog Cowboy, Love that name.  Lorrie is originally from New York but now lives in Sydney, she is traveling around Australia and plans to go into Kakadu in a couple of days.  We had a great time talking about the states and comparing the differences with Australia culture.  You would be surprised at the differences, there are quite a few.  
Aug 11 Katherine - Pine Creek.  We had to say good-bye to Lorrie and Cowboy, we miss having a dog around. The ride to Pine Creek was a warm one and not too many places to stop along the way.  We were glad to arrive in Pine Creek.  We found a good caravan park called Bird Park.  It is a little out of town but the grounds are beautiful, she had more orchids than the Cairns Botanical Garden.  She also had a nice pool and clean bathrooms.  She does see a few cyclists so stop on by and say hello. 93km
Aug 12 Pine Creek - Mary River Road House. The weather is now hot and some what sticky. We headed out early I was excited to getting into Kakadu.  The ride was through rolling hills. As we approached Kakadu we saw a group of brumbies (wild horses) through the bush.  It was four horses: one stallion and three mares.  It was quite interesting to watch the stallion herd the mares around.  A bit further down the road we crossed a river and looked down the see a fresh water crocodile.  They are the shy ones, he swam to the deep end and hide in the mud.  Then at lunch we saw two water buffalos wandering near a creek. Ok two of these animals are feral (wild) but they don't cull them in the park so they are still here.  The road house was ok, it had a pool and that was too inviting to leave.  The bad part was the water was not drinking water quality so we had to treat all our water.  We knew we had a long day ahead of us so we treated lots and lots of water. 59 km
Aug 13 Mary River Road House - Mardugal Campground.  We had a short climb in the morning but I sweated buckets, the humidity is up and so is the temperature.  Somewhere around 95 degrees or 36 Celsius.  The Kakadu  hot hot hot 95 km
Aug 14 Mardugal - Cooinda (Yellow Water) nice billabong 5 km
Aug 15 Cooinda (Yellow Water) - We bit the bullet and spent the money on the morning cruise, it was $55 aussie dollars each.  We were up at 4:30 am, our bus arrived at 6:25 am so we wanted to have a leisure breakfast. At about 6 am I went to the ladies room and to my delight I ran into Lorrie who we met in Katherine.  For a second I couldn't believe my eyes.  Wow.  We had a short chat and we were both off on our excursions, she on a 4x4 tour and me on a boat trip.  I ran back to Tim and we packed to catch our bus.  Just as our bus arrived I realized that I didn't have my binoculars, Yikes.  Lucky for me a second bus was coming so I had enough time to run back to my tent and get my binoculars. All Tim could say was Cindie you can be a bit dingy some times.  Well I was so excited about the boat trip I forgot to do a final check before we left the tent.  Any who.  We boarded the bus and then the boat.  Our boat wasn't full so I could wander back and forth from side to side during the trip.  I guess you could say I am a bit ansey.  Right off the dock was a big croc well 2.5 meters (8.2 feet) long, most of her was under water.  The bird life was prolific, oh so many birds I had never seen before, the billabong or water way was covered in mist and the sun shown through with a bright orange and with the sun everyone woke up, the birds, the crocs, the horses.  It was so beautiful it brought tears to my eyes.  We cruised out of the billabong and into the east alligator river.  I have turned into a wildlife nutter since I have been in Australia and it was just a symphony out there.  
Aug 16 Cooinda - Jabiru 42 km
Aug 17 Jabiru - Merl Campground  
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Aug 23 We are now unexpectedly in Darwin.  I began this journal years ago so that my family could contact me in case of an emergency and that emergency happen while we were in a remote part of Kakadu National Park.  My twin sister looked on my online journal, worked out our last known location and called the Kakadu  National Park ranger station.  A park ranger spotted us on the road and pulled us over.  He said that there was a family emergency at home.  I called my sister Cherie from the Park office and my brother in law Scott gave me the bad news that my older sister Debbie had died in a car accident.  Oh my heart is broken, I am still trying to digest this.  I am going home for a couple weeks to be with my family.  So I leave a piece of my heart in Kakadu and I am going home (east coast, usa) to celebrate the life of my older sister Debbie.  She too was a child of the road.  She was a truck driver and drove tractor trailer all over the USA and loved it. She once said to me, Hey we are doing the same thing ya know. Yes I know we are.  My plans are to go back to the USA until the 3rd of September.  Tim will be here in Darwin so if you want to drop him a line please do.  Our plans are still to fly to New Zealand on September 14 and work on our second book.  Once we get traveling again I will start up my journal again.  I have full intentions of continuing to keep writing so our families know where we are and can find is in an emergency.  
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INDEX #4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

1North and
Central America
3-30-02 to 4-17-03

2 South America
6-3-03 to 6-17-04

3 SE Asia / China
11-22-04 to
9-15-06

4 Australia
9-15-06 to 9-15-07

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
5-1-10 to present


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 South Australia
Adelaide to Mount Gambier (Sept 15 - Oct 20, 2006)

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- The city of Adelaide
- Tanunda, Barossa Valley
- Cudlee Creek and Gorge Wildlife Park.
- Barossa Valley Wineries and Vineyards
- Murray River Pictures of Tanunda to Strathalbyn
- Macclesfield to Menengie
-Coorong National Park from Parnka Point to 42 Mile Crossing.
- Robe to Mt. Gambier


 

 Great Ocean Road, Victoria
Nelson to Melbourne, Victoria (Oct. 21 to Nov. 12, 2006)

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- Nelson to Port Fairy
- Warrnambool to Princeton
- Otway National Park: camping under the Koalas
- Apollo Bay, Lorne to Geelong
- Castlemaine with the Melbourne Bicycle Touring Club MBTC
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Tasmania
Devonport to Devonport (Nov 13, 2006 - Jan 4 2007)

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- Devonport to Strahan
- Cradle Mountain National Park Tasmania
- Strahn to The Franklin-Gordon Wild Rivers National Park and World Heritage Area
- Lake St. Clair Wilderness Park
- Tarralleah to New Norfolk
- Pictures of Mount Field National Park
-Hobart Wharf, Salamanca Market, Parliament Building in Tasmania
- Eagle Hawk Neck dog line to Swansea
- Port Arthur National Park and Penitentiary Ruins. #1.
- Port Arthur National Historic Site and Prison Ruins #2
- Swansea to Bicheno
- Freycinet National Park
- Nature World Animal Park
- 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
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 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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