Broome to Darwin
Trip Start May 01, 2006
91Trip End Apr 30, 2007
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First was my trip from Broome to Darwin, through the Kimberleys, the
most remote area of Australia. Despite the closure of a few sights due
to the rainy season, this trip was nothing short of awesome and made
more so by that fact that we were the only tour group in the whole area!
This is serious cattle country where huge cattle stations of several
million acres and owned mostly by Aboriginal groups, rear and export a
heck of a lot of cows. The cows are Brahmans, the best type of cow for
dealing with the crazy 45 degree heat of the wet season.
Other than the cattle stations there is very little civilization here.
There are some small aboriginal communities who run roadhouses every
few hundred kilometres, but other than that, there aren't too many
people about. However, there are both fresh-water and salt-water
crocodiles, monitor lizards, kookaburras, and rock wallabies! Harder to
find are the illusive but very dangerous snakes - no joy on that front.
It was an excellent trip though, with 7 nights sleeping under the stars
on (not in) a "swag". No sleeping bags required, with night time
temperatures still probably in the 20s! No showers for 7 days but a few
daytime swims managed to freshen up the group from time to time.
Pictures to follow, but I've taken so many of them that its hard to go through them all these days!