After driving 6000 km we're finally in Darwin. The city has changed a lot since I've been here 4 years ago. It is so much bigger and much nicer.
After our time in Coral Bay we drove inland to the Kirijni Nationalpark. This is a really lovely nationalpark similar to Kakadu Nationalpark. I did a walk where you actually had to walk through hipdeep water. That was really exciting and I enjoyed it so much. Kirijini has so many amazing gorges and you could spend quite a long time there and do so many walk. However, our time is limited and therefore we had to drive further...
We planed to do an overnight stop at 80 mile beach which is obviously a really long beach between Port Headland and Broome.
But as we didn't want to drive on another dirt road (as we just cleaned our camper) we decided to drive directly to Broome which meant we had to drive in the dark. Here in Australia that's really not a good idea at all as there are so many Kangaroos which always come out at nights.....luckily, there weren't many around and we arrived in Broome safely!
The days in Broome were really really nice. Broome is a small but really nice town. We spent the days in going to famous Cable Beach, visiting a pearlfarm, visiting a mango farm where we could try mango wine, chutney, smoothie and fudge. One night we went to the sun pictures. That's a really old openair cinema. We saw a Aboriginal movie which was so bad.....but anyway it was an experience... :-)
After that really relaxing time, we made our way to Kununurra.
On the way to Broome
On the way there, we did an overnight stop at Fitzroy Crossing. As it was sooooo hot, we had to leave all our doors of the camper open at night otherwise it wouldn't have been possible to sleep at all..... In the morning, we then have been waken up by all the birds (parrots and Cocatoos?? ). That was really nice and very special.
Kununurra was very nice as well and we could really relax and spend time looking at really beautiful sceneries such as Lake Argyle. Lake Argyle is a huge man-made lake. Originally, we wanted to go into the Kimberlys and look at all the beautiful sites there. But as we didn't have a 4WD and the rainy season is about to begin (which means the tourist season is soon over) we could do any of the tours anymore. So we decided to do a fly in, fly out tour into the Bungle Bungles.
Cable Beach Broome
Well, that was a really good decision!!! We were picked up at 5.30 in the morning and flew over Lake Argyle to and over the Bungle Bungles. That's something undescribable, so just look at the pics!! After we had landed, we were picked up by a 4WD bus and drove into the Bungle Bungles, where we did a walk to the Cathedrale Gorge. There was a little pond in the gorge and we saw two Water Monitors (a kind of big lizzard). Of course, I was really impressed and couldn't stop taking photos.... After lunch, we did another walk through Echidna Chasm. That was really impressive and good as well. Our guide was fantastic and he told us really interesting things along the whole way. The tour ended with another flight back to Kununurra again over the Bungle Bungles and over a diamond mine. The whole day was perfect!
The next day, we had to drive another 500 km to Katherine.
On the pearl farm
I was quite amazed about the size of this town. I always thought it was a tiny little village but acutally, Katherine is quite big. We stayed at a caravan park just minutes walk from a hot spring. Of course we went down there for a swim...but the water was "only" 32C so I would call it a warm spring rather then a hot one... However, the next day we wanted to do a cruise at Katherine Gorge
but we were really unlucky and all the cruises were already booked out. So we decided to look at the Katherine Gorge from the air....we did another helicopter flight. It was really cool to fly in a helicopter again and as the door next to me was open it was even more exciting. But the gorge itself is really not worth a helicopter flight. There are just so much nicer sights in Australia....
Yesterday, we arrived in Darwin and did a little bit of shopping (well acutally, we didn't buy anything but just looked at all the souveniers....). Today, we had to give up our campervan which was kind of sad.
Tomorrow night, we fly to Brisbane where we visit my mum's goodchild and her husband.