Holiday to the Top End

NT_map1I’ve been on holiday – up to the Top End of Australia with my mother. The map shows our route – the flight from Sydney to Darwin (4 to 5 hours), then driving in a 4WD coach to the Mary River, through Kakadu, a few days in Arnhem Land, up to the Cobourg Peninsula, then a flight back to Darwin and home.

I’m finding it hard to package the experience into a neat blog post. Crocodile stories seemed a good place to start, but only a few days later a man was taken by a croc while swimming just a few kilometres from where we saw our first (see news story at http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-08-26/police-find-body-of-darwin-man-taken-by-croc/4911268). There are warning signs all over the place, but a dreadful price for one poor decision.

There was plenty of other wildlife, although most of the larger (buffalo, wallabies, banteng…) escaped my camera.

The country itself.

And the art.

Click on any of the photos above to go to slide shows and larger versions. I’m not often lost for words, but this country is breathtaking.

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