Carnarvon Gorge, the Main Gorge Track

For over 19 kilometres the Main Gorge Track follows Carnarvon Creek into the heart of the gorge under towering cliffs, across stepping stones in the creek and you will discover Aboriginal rock art and cultural sites, fernfilled gorges, breathtaking sandstone structures, rainforest pockets. A wonderful oasis in the outback.

Located in Central Queensland approximately 600 kilometres north west of Brisbane, it is 30 kilometres long and 600 metres deep at the mouth. The closest towns are Injune in the south and Rolleston in the north, we had travelled by vehicle, towing our caravan from the south on the Canarvon Highway.

Staying in the Takarakka bush resort for three nights we experienced Australian nature at its best. Teaming with birdlife, kookaburras, magpies and many smaller species they were all accustomed to humans and came quite close to our camp.

When exploring Carnarvon Gorge, the advice from National Parks is to trek to the farthest point of the Main Gorge Track you wish to visit for the day and then retrace and explore each point of interest on your return.

The Main Gorge Track with take you to the Ampitheatre Walk, leading to the tired ladder and narrow chasm that opens into the vast Ampitheatre.

Ampitheatre

The track will also take you to the Moss Garden Walk. Following the board walk, with a cool stream on one side and lichen covered rock walls with water dripping from ferns and lichen, the air is cool and a welcome respite from the heat outside 

The Carnarvon Gorge, Moss Garden

Wards Canyon was arguably the most difficult location to access. If our friends had not been there before, I think myself and my better half maybe would have opted out of the climb. But once there it was certainly worth the effort.

Wards Canyon, Carnarvon Gorge

dsf4447-2Of significant Aboriginal cultural heritage is the Art Gallery and Cathedral Cave.  

Our second day of exploring Carnarvon Gorge, took us to Mickeys Creek

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Skydive Wollongong

We had stayed at East Corimal Beach in our caravan a couple of times and on our morning bike ride we usually ended up at North Wollongong Beach. I had watched with amazement on a number of occasions as the sky divers floated through the air and landed with precision, either on the sandy beach or on grassy parkland behind the beach. This adventure was soon on my bucket list

My other half couldn’t believe that I had decided to jump and did I get some teasing. I had to be at Illawarra Regional Airport very early in the morning to start my adventure with Skydive Australia and I it was there met my skyjumping partner, Steve. He took me through the training and what I was expected to do and then got me kitted up. I had a smile on my face, but underneath I was very hesitant.

We boarded the light aircraft and flew out over the hinterland away from the ocean. We were harnessed together and Steve checked, tightened and checked again our harness and with a few simple instructions of what was expected of me as we jumped out of the plane and to make our landing safe. The rest of the journey was to enjoy

The rush of air and the feeling of free-falling was incredible, I always laugh at the photographs of jumpers when the air pressure distorts their faces out of all proportion and I was exactly the same, Steve had his GoPro camera in action both in video mode and photo shooting to record this once in a lifetime experience.

Once Steve opened the chute and we started to float, there was an eery silence after the noise of the aircraft and it felt like time stood still. We floated over the ocean and circled and dipped, I could see the city of Wollongong below us and out to the mountains in the distance as Steve manoeuvered the parachute to landing position, which today was to be on the beach. With my legs outstretched and Steve behind and below me using his legs and strength, we landed safely in the sand and the silk parachute floated to the beach around us. By this stage my motion sickness affliction was moving into action, I tried my best to hold myself together and sat motionless for a while to recover as Steve unhooked and separated us and gathered up the chute.

I would totally recommend Skydive Australia, they were absolutely professional, friendly and made this experience memorable.

Pearling Lugger, Dinner Cruise, Darwin Harbour. NT

The sunsets in the Top End are the best you will experience. What better way to celebrate the end of a fantastic break with a dinner cruise aboard a pearling lugger. We sailed around Darwin Harbour while we enjoyed a beautiful meal together with excellent wine and local beer and waited for the tropical sun to set.

Streeter Pearl Lugger Cruise operates a two hour byo dinner cruise each day that leaves from Stokes Hill Wharf.

Indigenous rock art, Northern Terrirtory

Australia is home to some of the oldest and most prolific forms of rock art in the world, using colours of red, yellow, white and black. In Aboriginal belief, ancestral spirits assumed human form, thousands of years ago to create the world and Australia as we now know it.

Lightning Man, heralds the start of the Wet Season

Ubirr, is a cluster of rocky outcrops near East Alligator River in the Kakadu National Park, or Nourlangi. The Angbangbang Gallery contains excellent examples of “x-ray” art, or art depicting the bones and organs of humans and animals

Kakadu tours and travel offer day and overnight tours to Kakadu National Park, Ubirr and Nourlangi rock. With glamping, fishing and flights available, and departure from Kakadu or Darwin there are choices to be made.

Nitmiluk National Park is home to Katherine Gorge and features rock art on the sandstone walls of the Gorge.

Kakadu Tours and Travel offer cruises, flights and day tours to Katherine Gorge.