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Kings Canyon

Posted by TBUTLER, 24 April 2014 - - - - - - · 17 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 4 more...
Kings Canyon Northeast of Ulur u is an area known as Kings Canyon.  The as the crow flies distance is about 120 kilometers but the road distance is more like 300 kilometers.  It is a beautiful area of sandstone bluffs and canyons.  There are several hikes of interest to us in this location so we spent Easter Sunday driving to this location.  We arr...


Camels at Sunset - Uluru

Posted by TBUTLER, 22 April 2014 - - - - - - · 81 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 4 more...
Camels at Sunset - Uluru Our last evening at Uluru was spent on a camel ride with a sunset view of Uluru.  We spent the earlier part of the day hiking in the domes of Kata Tjuta.  Following that we returned to our camp to get showers and dressed for the evening.  We were picked up at a bus stop just outside the entrance to the campground.  It was a small, 30 p...


Uluru and Kata Tjuta

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 April 2014 - - - - - - · 42 views
Australia, Uluru, Kata Tjuta
Uluru and Kata Tjuta The big red rock in the center of Australia is the source of much interest and is of great significance to the native Aborigine culture.  When I speak of the Aborigine culture, it is not as a single culture for the entire nation.  The Aborigine tribes were just that, local tribes.  There were four tribes that inhabited the area around Uluru...


Alice Springs

Posted by TBUTLER, 19 April 2014 - - - - - - · 50 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 2 more...
Alice Springs Stick a pin in the center of Australia and you would come close to hitting Alice Springs.  This is our next objective.  We left Tennant in good time in the morning headed south on the Stuart Highway.  We have the day to cover about 530 kilometers, somewhat less than our goal for the last two days.  Fuel stops are more common now as thi...


Burning Diesel

Posted by TBUTLER, 18 April 2014 - - - - - - · 62 views
Australia, Northern Territories and 4 more...
Burning Diesel In my notes, I titled this day as above.  Unlike the curving road we found coming into Mount Isa, the road was straight for long stretches with little change in elevation and only one town with fuel.  We started out on the Flinders Highway and then at Camooweal the name changed to the Barkly Highway.  The other fuel stop we made was at the...


On to Mount Isa

Posted by TBUTLER, 18 April 2014 - - - - - - · 76 views
Australia, Queensland, Mount Isa and 2 more...
On to Mount Isa After experiencing a rash of road repair work on our drive the day before we were pleasantly surprised to encounter no road work on our second day of driving.  In fact, with just a few exceptions, this was some of the best road we have traveled.  This highway is known as the Flinders Highway and is the only all-weather east-west road through nor...


Fleeing the Storm

Posted by TBUTLER, 17 April 2014 - - - - - - · 71 views
Australia, Queensland, Cairns and 3 more...
Fleeing the Storm Returning from Mossman Gorge the night before I had listened to the news reports on the approaching cyclone (hurricane) Ita.  The storm was gathering strength and was approaching the area north of Cairns.  I got on the computer and checked the official Australian weather reports which had the storm at category 3 and expected to reach category 4...


Mossman Gorge

Posted by TBUTLER, 16 April 2014 - - - - - - · 56 views
Australia, Cairns, Queensland and 3 more...
Mossman Gorge To the north of Cairns is one of the prime rain forest sites on the eastern coast of Australia.  There are many other sites but those are further north and there are no roads that can be traveled in all weather conditions with less than four wheel drive vehicles.  Mossman Gorge is in Daintree National Park just north of Port Douglas.  The g...


Cairns

Posted by TBUTLER, 16 April 2014 - - - - - - · 64 views
Australia, Queensland, Cairns and 1 more...
Cairns Our first day in Cairns is dedicated to catching up with laundry and getting to know the town.  While doing laundry we discussed our plans for our stay.  The Great Barrier Reef is one of our prime objectives.  One travel brochure we picked up in the park office has an item I was interested in learning more about.  It was a an offering...


Chasing Waterfalls

Posted by TBUTLER, 13 April 2014 - - - - - - · 125 views
Australia, Cairns, Queensland and 2 more...
Chasing Waterfalls Monday, April 7, 2014.  Looking over the information we picked up from the ladies in Ayr the day before, we decided to pursue a scenic drive into the Dividing Range to see some waterfalls.  I love a good waterfall and the ones in the brochure looked inviting including one which we were told we could swim under the cascading water.  We had a...






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