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April
29
2008

Katherine to Darwin

After a stop over in a road site camp not far north of Katherine, we drove into the Litchfield National Park, found a caravan park to park the bus while we drove the car to the various attraction. All the 4 wheel drive tracks were closed so we could only go to half of the locations, but they were great.

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The first stop was to check out these termite mounds, they are huge!
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Then time for a swim, we drove to Florence falls.
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And after a long walk down to the bottom we jumped in the water to cool off
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No, its not me! This guy is crazy, he climbed up the cliff and jumped from the top of the water fall.
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Later in the afternoon we stopped of for another swim, this time at Buley rock Pools.
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While swimming there we had this little visitor, he was not over concerned by people, he hung around for an hour or so looking for food and to have a drink. Coming up with in a meter or so of us.Good thing we only come across this Goanna and not a Crocodile
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Another unusual siting in the park were these bats hanging in the trees

After a great day in the national park, we went back to caravan park for the night and drove to Darwin the next morning. We will be here for 3 days at this stage.

Its Jaysons birthday today!

He has been hanging out to get to Darwin, he has some money saved up and wants to go shopping, so that is the plan for the morning, for dinner we are going to go out for some sea food.

More photos can be seen in the album Photos / Australia – Our Lap / Katherine to Darwin

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1. Lee - May 1, 2008

G’Day, I have been following your trip and have a few questions for you. I have been interested in motorhoming and particular coaches. Are you happy with buying a coach and are the feul costs of concern to you?You seem to have covered a lot of Km’s in the past few weeks, do you find the west coast a bit boring or do you just have a deadline?Would you have bought a different coach now that you have had this expeince, bigger or smaller or some setup differently.I enjoy your wedsite and have a look at it nearly every day, you do a great job with it.Kind regards and I hope this isn’t to many questions.Lee

2. Damian - May 1, 2008

Hi Lee,
I’m glad you like the site!

Are you happy with buying a coach and are the feul costs of concern to you ?

We looked at many option before choosing to buy a coach, but for us the extra space was the deciding factor. We still feel it was the right way to go.
Yes fuel cost are a concern, we are averaging around 2.7km/l, however our generator also runs of the main fuel tank, we have been using it a fare bit. The way I see it, if we had a smaller rig we would be relying more on caravan parks and our camp fees, would be a lot higher. Having a toilet, shower and washing machine in the bus reduces other expenses.

You seem to have covered a lot of Km’s in the past few weeks, do you find the west coast a bit boring or do you just have a deadline?

A bit of both, the west coast is far less populated than over east, there are fewer towns and long distances between. Many of the towns are a fair way off the highway and many are mining towns so we weren’t all that interested in stopping in. We also plan to finish traveling some time in the next 3 to 6 months.

Would you have bought a different coach now that you have had this expeince, bigger or smaller or some setup differently

We feel we made the right choice, although we have found it limits us to some extent, particularly in the remote areas of the country like the north west. Many of side roads to national parks and attractions are via dirt roads and best suited to 4 wheel drives, a 4×4 and off road camper would be better for exploring these areas. As far as changing any thing, no for our intended trip, I feel our set up suits us well.

I enjoy your wedsite and have a look at it nearly every day, you do a great job with it.

Thank you, we love to hear from people who see our site and are more than happy to answer any questions.
I enjoy putting the site together, more so the coding side of it, but I also often wander what others think of it. We are averaging 953 site hits per month and an average of 5 pages viewed per visit, yet we get very few of them contact us.

Cheers
Damian