Australia Journals

Around Down Under

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A travel journal to Australia by catsholiday

Nitmiluk National Park Photo, Northern Territory, Australia More Photos
Quote: We had a four week trip around Australia visiting the outback and every capital city bar Brisbane and Hobart. Every state except Tasmania was also visited.

Ayers Rock Tour

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Attraction | "A large Red Rock"

Ayers Rock Tour Photo, Uluru, Australia
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ULURUThis has to be one of the world’s most recognisable sights and probably Australia’s most famous tourist magnet. It is indeed an amazing geological feature. As you approach you see this lump of rock rising up 1100 feet from the flat desert of the outback. This huge red rock can be seen for many miles around. It is the fact that this is such an amazing sight and also the fact that it almost changes colour at sunrise and sunset that brings thousands of tourists to see it each year despite the fact that it is in the middle of nowhere. Uluru is an important spiritual place for the aboriginal people of the Anagu group.Getting thereThe drive is about a 6 hour from Alice Sp...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 26, 2010

Ayers Rock Tour

Ayers Rock, Australia

Blue Lake

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Attraction | "The bluest lake I've ever seen"

Blue Lake Photo, Mount Gambier, South Australia
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Mount GambierThe City of Mount Gambier is situated half way between Adelaide and Melbourne, just within the border of South Australia. This amazing city is built around the slopes of an extinct volcano 27.37 kilometres from the sea. It is known as a city of craters, lakes, sink holes and caves and the largest lake is quite the most stunning blue I have ever seen.We left Warnambool at 7.30 and our first stop was Mount Gambier where we visited a sink hole – a cenote that had lost its roof and had no water in it but a beautiful garden we also saw a little possum in the limestone holes. Apparently the possums all come out at dusk and this is the best time to see them so we were lucky to ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 23, 2010

Blue Lake
Bay Road
Mount Gambier, South Australia
+61 (08) 8724 1711

Great Ocean Road

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Attraction | "London Bridge and the Twelve Apostles on one road"

Great Ocean Road Photo, Victoria, Australia
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The Great Ocean RoadThe Aussies are very good at selling their tourist attractions and in my humble view they do an excellent sales pitch on the ‘Great Ocean Road in Victoria. It is a nice drive with some lovely scenery but it is no greater than many other coastal drives that I have done. Examples of these lovely drives include, Scotland up to Arisaig, California scenic Highway One and my favourite was Chapman’s Peak the drive from Noordhoek to Hout Bay near Cape Town in South Africa.Having said that it is one of THE things you MUST DO while down in the southern part of Australia and I think I am unusual in my view as people do rave about this drive as being quite spectacular. ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 14, 2010

Great Ocean Road

Victoria, Australia 3230
61 (3) 5275 5797

Adelaide City

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Attraction | "An en 'Light'ening City"

Adelaide City Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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Adelaide, South AustraliaAdelaide is the capital city of the state of South Australia and is a very small city with an almost country town feel about it. There are plenty of parks and the whole city feels fresh and quiet unlike European cities. We spent a couple of days here at the end of our Australian trip and really enjoyed the calmness of the place. It is rather an elegant city known for its colonial stone architecture many large parklands which cover half the city and which give an incredible sense of space. Only about one million people live in and around the city but it felt like even fewer than this when we were walking around so it must be the clever design of the city....Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Captain Cook Cruises

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Attraction | "Sail on the black swan"

Captain Cook Cruises Photo, Perth, Australia
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We decided to take the Captain Cook Swan River Cruise to Freemantle. The boat left at 9.45 and proceeded at a sedate pace along the river towards Freemantle. There was complimentary tea and coffee and other snacks and drinks for sale. The commentary was quite interesting but there was nothing particularly remarkable along the journey. It was very pleasant seeing all the yacht clubs, scenery and wealthy people’s house but there was no one thing that stood out. The price of the trip was $49 Australian per adult which was not too bad as it did take over an hour each way and included snacks and the guided commentary on the boat.We arrived in Freemantle at about 11am and walked round the ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Captain Cook Cruises
Number 6 Jetty, Circular Quay
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 (0)2 9206 1100;

Kings Park and Botanic Garden

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Attraction | "Park fit for a king"

Captain Cook Cruises Photo, Perth, Australia
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King’s Park is somewhere well worth a visit which you can get to on the Cat buses and once you are there you can walk down a wonderful avenue of Lemon scented Ghost Gum trees on Fraser’s Avenue. These huge trees were originally planted in 1937 and every tree has a plaque on it remembering an important person from the first hundred years of Perth’s foundation as a colony. The aroma is very lemony with a hint of eucalyptus as you walk down between these magnificent trees with their silver/green leaves. The scent is full-on, not a subtle aroma but it is so evocative and certainly something I will remember with a smile. The avenue was apparently named after Malcolm Fraser who was the first surveyor genera...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Kings Park and Botanic Garden
Fraser Avenue
West Perth, Australia 6005
+61 (0)8 9480 3659

Perth

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Attraction | "Black swans, surfers and lucky shags!"

Perth City Photo, Perth, Australia
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Monger Lake in the suburb of Leedereville is home to the famous black swan and many other interesting water fowl. The lake is in huge natural parkland and it is an iconic image to see the swans swimming towards you with a backdrop of the city of Perth. There are several boards around the viewing area which give information about the different water birds which you can see on the lake which is interesting and useful to those like me who are useless at recognising different birds ( I did manage to pick out the black swan without help!)Scarborough Beach is reputedly the ‘best white sand surf beach in the world’. I cannot comment on the surfing as I’ve never done it but we watched severa...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 12, 2010

Barossa valley

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Attraction | "Barossa, Australia's most famous wine region"

My bunch of currants Photo, Adelaide, Australia
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The Barossa valleyThis is probably one of Australia’s best know wine growing areas and is about sixty kilometres northwest of Adelaide and about an hour’s drive away. The region got its name from the famous founder of Adelaide city, Surveyor – General Colonel William Light. He named the area after a place where the English were victorious in battle in the Spanish Peninsular War but someone later misspelled this changing it to the Australian Barossa that we now know.The Barossa Valley was originally settled by people of German origin around 1838 and a lot of the towns have German sounding names and it is the German influence that started the wine industry in this area. The town ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 13, 2010

Perth

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Perth, Western Australia.Where is Perth?Perth is the Capital city of the state of Western Australia which is physically about a third of the entire country of Australia but the population is small – only about 10% of the nation’s population. This population of about 2 million most actually live in Perth ( 1.5 million) and the other towns like Geralton, Albany, Bunbury, Kalgoorlie and Broome so it is a very empty State in the other areas.Perth is situated on the Swan River and is said to be the most isolated city in the world. Perth’s nearest city is over 1 million is Adelaide which is about 2000km away. Perth is actually geographically closer to Indonesia than it is...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 7, 2010

Jumping Crocodiles

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Nitmiluk National Park Photo, Northern Territory, Australia
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JUMPING CROCODILE CRUISE: http://www.outback-crocodile-adventures.com/jumpi ng-crocodile-tours.html The Jumping crocodile cruise was on the Adelaide River and cost $35 for an adult and $20 for children and I felt we certainly got our money's worth it. The base from which we boarded the boat was really a large corrugated iron shed with a few chairs and in the centre was a table with a kettle, instant coffee, tea bags, milk and sugar for making your own drink in polystyrene cups as well as a couple of tubs of margarine, a jar of vegemite and a few sliced loaves of bread and a toaster. As breakfast was not included at our hotel we were very grateful for this as a top up to our ban...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Jumping Crocodiles
P.O Box 37993
Northern Territory 0821
+61 (8) 89789077

Kakadu National Park

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Attraction | "Nourlangie Rock and the Bark Hut"

Holiday Inn Jabiru  Photo, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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WHERE IS KAKADU NATIONAL PARK? The Kakadu National Park is a UNESCO world heritage site in the Northern Territory and became most well known for being 'Crocodile Dundee' country from the film with Paul Hogan as the famous Mick Dundee. It has a tropical climate with an obvious rainy season in the Australian summer. The rainy season can bring huge floods and at times some areas are impassable by road. The park covers an area about half the size of Switzerland and is managed jointly by the Aboriginal People and the Department of Environment.Most people would go to Darwin before going into the Kakadu National Park but it is possible to come up through the centre of Australia ...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Kakadu National Park
South Alligator, Northern Territory
Darwin, Australia

Warradjan Cultural Centre Photo, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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WARRADJAN CULTURAL CENTRE: The following day our first stop was Warradjan Aboriginal Cultural display which was a sort of Aboriginal museum explaining lots about their way of life. There are a number of tribal people in the area and they include the people from Murumburr, Mirrar Gun-djeihmi, Badmardi, Bunitj, Girrimbitjba, Manilakarr, Wargol and and they have all this combined to create this educational exhibit.The building itself was quite different as it was designed in the shape of a pig-nosed turtle (Warradjan).The first display was a calendar explaining the Aborigine people's year. As they say 'Our land is our life" and the weather dictates what they do throughout the year...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Warradjan Cultural Centre

Kakadu National Park, Australia

Yellow Water Cruises at Gagudju Lodge Cooinda

Attraction | "Cooinda and the Yellow water Cruise"

Yellow Water Cruises at Gagudju Lodge Cooinda Photo, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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COOINDA LODGE AND THE YELLOW WATER BOAT TRIP: The next stop was Cooinda Lodge for the Yellow water boat ride. At the time we want it had been raining quite heavily and so the region was pretty well flooded. The Gudjewg, is a bit like the monsoon and lasts from January to March and can be described as the 'true' wet season in this area.the cruises go out on 365 days a year and there are two different seasonal prices. As we went in the wet season these are the prices relevant to that time.November to March Duration Depart Return Adult Child 2 hrs 6:45 am 08:45 am $95 $68 1.5hrs 11:30 am 13:00 am $64 $45 1.5hrs 13:30 pm 15:00 pm $64 $45 2 hrs ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

Yellow Water Cruises at Gagudju Lodge Cooinda
Kakadu National Park, Cooinda, Jim Jim, Kakadu Hwy
Cooinda, Australia
(08)8979 0145

Pine Creek

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Attraction | "An outback town called Pine Creek"

The old train at Pine Creek Photo, Pine Creek, Northern Territory
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Between Darwin and Katherine where we were staying for the night, is the small mining town of Pine Creek - a former gold mining town and now mineral mines and energy production. It was a very frontier type of town founded in the 1870s and it is the only town remaining from the gold rush days of the 1870’s.Before any European settlement the Pine Creek area was home to the Wagaman, Asgicondi, Arigoola and Jawoyn peoples. These Aborigine people used the local rock as a source of tools. They have found the largest known complex of Aboriginal quarries in the Northern Territory was established in the region and there are also a number of recorded Aboriginal sacred sites within the area. Tr...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on September 5, 2010

West MacDonnell Ranges

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Attraction | "The Real Outback Australia - West MacDonnell Ranges"

Nitmiluk National Park Photo, Northern Territory, Australia
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THE WEST MACDONNELL RANGES:These hills are part of the MacDonnell Ranges which run parallel east and west of Alice Springs and were named after the governor of New South Wales at the time, Sir Richard MacDonnell. The highest peak, Mount Zeil is about 5000ft so they are not huge mountains but as everything else around here is flat they become quite noticeable. The landscape is stunning for particularly its vivid red colour and rock gorges. Some of the rock folds are like geography text book drawings they are so perfect.Simpson’s GapWe were up at 7am and out for 8am for our trip to the West McDonnell Ranges. Our first stop was Simpson’s Gap which was discovered in 187...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 16, 2010

West MacDonnell Ranges
Northern Territory
Northern Territory

Nitmiluk National Park

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Attraction | "Land of the Cicadas"

Nitmiluk National Park Photo, Northern Territory, Australia
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THE KATHERINE GORGE AND NITMILUK NATIONAL PARKKATHERINE:Katherine is a mining town in the Northern Territory of Australia there is not a lot in the actual town but the reason for coming here is to experience the surrounding area and the Nitmiluk National Park.FRUIT BATS:We were in to the coach for 7.30 and off to Katherine Gorge for our gorge boat ride. The area where you board the boat is set up for picnics with BBQs and tables with chairs and there were nice clean toilets areas too which we made good use of. There was no reception area to speak of or any gift shop so you just had to wait around out in the open. We were entertained by the flying foxes hanging in th...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 16, 2010

Nitmiluk National Park
Northern Territory
Northern Territory

Holiday Inn Jabiru

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Hotel | "Sleep Inside This Crocodile"

Holiday Inn Jabiru  Photo, Kakadu National Park, Australia
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Holiday Inn Jabiru - Kakadu National Park This hotel is in the middle of the World heritage listed Kakadu ( Gagadu) National Park in the Northern Territory of Australia. This is Crocodile Dundee country, hot and wild with scrubby bush and not much else. This amazing hotel is designed in the shape of a crocodile is coloured a sort of camouflage green and is only two stories high. You enter the hotel through its mouth . Reception area : Once through the jaws then reception is on the left hand side and there is a gift shop on the right. Upstairs in this area is a meeting area with chairs and tables. In the middle of the reception area is a mock ...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Holiday Inn Jabiru
Kakadu National Park - Flinders St. Locked Mail Bag 4
Kakadu National Park, Australia
+61 8 89799000

Travelodge Perth Hotel

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Hotel | "Good Location but No Extras"

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Perth Travelodge, Hay StreetWhere is it?This is a 3 star hotel in the centre of Perth with 123 rooms (some of these are inter connecting for families) within walking distance of the Swan River or the Northridge shopping area with loads of restaurants and clubs. It is on Hay Street .The reception area is small with a couple of tables and some comfortable chairs, it certainly was not luxurious but served the purpose, The staff at the desk were extremely friendly and helpful whenever we asked for advise re transport or things to do etc. The restaurant opened out from this area.Restaurant:The hotel itself has its own restaurant called ‘Armada’ with a bar which was partly inside ...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Travelodge Perth Hotel
417 Hay Street, Perth
Perth, Australia 6000
+61 8 9238 1888

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort

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Hotel | "A Little Tropical Gem in Darwin"

Travelodge  Mirambeena Resort   Photo, Darwin, Australia
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Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin – Cavanaugh Street.LOCATION:The location is right in the centre of the city/town of Darwin and very easy walking distance to supermarkets and restaurants as well as the sea front of Darwin. It was perfect for a short stay as you could very quickly get to most places of interest in the town. There are 224 Air-conditioned rooms and also 32 Self-contained Townhouses in the resort complex.THE HOTEL:This hotel is set back from the road and the entrance has palm trees either side, the drive leads into a reasonable sized car park. An undercover car park was also available and while that may not sound too thrilling to us Bri...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Travelodge Mirambeena Resort
64 Cavanaugh Street
Darwin, Australia
+61 8 8946 0111

Comfort Inn Tropical Queenslander

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Hotel | "Happy Hour Is a Moveable Feast at the Tropical Queenslander"

Comfort Inn Tropical Queenslander Photo, Cairns, Australia
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LOCATION:The Tropical Queenslander hotels in Cairns are both located Lake Street which is about 15 minutes walk to the main centre of Cairns but about 5 minutes to the nearest shops and take away restaurants and a bar. Both the hotels are classified as 3.5 * accommodation with self catering facilities. The Tropical Queenslander which is where stayed had 58 rooms so it was quite a small complex and was only two stories high. There was plenty of parking around the back and the Reception was at the front. The complex spread across a block so that the back entrance was on a different street to the front and reception area. RECEPTION:The reception was NOT open 24 hours s...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

Comfort Inn Tropical Queenslander
287 LAKE STREET
Cairns, Australia 4870
61-7 4031 1666

Alice Springs

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Flag at the War memorial at Alice Photo, Alice Springs, Australia
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THE ALICEEver since reading Neville Shute’s ‘A Town Like Alice’ when I was about sixteen, I’ve had this great desire to see Alice Springs. Alice is famous for a number of the more famous Australian icons such as the Flying Doctor Service and the School of the Air. It is also well known for its famous boat Henley on Todd; the river so rarely has water in it that this boat race is run by people ‘wearing’ or carrying boats with the bottoms cut out and carried along the dry river bed. The year there was water in the Todd River this boat race had to be cancelled! We flew from Darwin to Alice Springs which has a small airport but fresh and modern looking. It is possible to drive fro...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2010

Darwin

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Sweatheart stuffed Photo, Darwin, Australia
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DARWINWHERE IS DARWIN?The Northern Territory is a huge area of 1.35 million square kilometres with a population of only 209,000 and Darwin is the Capital city situated in the far north of this territory. Although Darwin is the least populated of all of Australia’s state capitals it is by far the most populated city in the Territory. This part of Australia is known as the Top End and this includes Arnhem Land (which is Aboriginal Land) and the Kakadu National Park (Crocodile Dundee country).The Stuart Highway starts at Darwin and runs in an almost straight line to Alice Springs (The red Centre) and then continues on to Adelaide in South Australia. The Highway covers a dist...Read More

Member Rating 5 out of 5 on March 17, 2010

All Seasons Motel Katherine

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Hotel | "A Base to Explore Katherine with Good Food"

All Seasons Motel Katherine Photo, Katherine, Australia
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KATHERINE:We were staying in Katherine overnight before our trip down the Katherine gorge and we did drive through Katherine on the way to our motel. Katherine is not a big town and there is not a lot there, a supermarket and a few shops etc. Apparently they have a lot of problems with alcoholism with the Aboriginal people hanging around inebriated which also results in fights. The Australian government and local communities are trying to clear up this problem by restricting the purchase of alcohol. This is a big problem for the Australian people and indeed the Aborigine people who have lost their pride in their way of life and also not become part of the mainstream Australian population b...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on March 20, 2010

All Seasons Motel Katherine
Stuart Highway
Katherine, Australia
+61 8 89721744

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney Hotel

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Hotel | "Ordinary Hotel in a Great Location"

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Sydney Wynyard TravelodgeThe best thing about this hotel is its location which is within a very close walk of the Harbour Bridge and Opera House and extremely close to a metro station too. We walked all around the area sightseeing and everything was easily walk able. The metro took you further afield and you could also get the monorail from a stop further on the metro. This was how we travelled to find Paddington, Paddy’s market and other areas you might want to explore.This is a modern rather plain looking building and within the hotel there are 275 rooms and being a Travelodge is part of that chain of hotels. It is not a smart looking hotel at all, rather functional and chose...Read More

Member Rating 3 out of 5 on May 23, 2010

Travelodge Wynyard Sydney Hotel
7-9 York Street
Sydney, Australia 2000
+61 2 9274 1222