While spending the night on a sailboat wasn’t on my bucket list before I came to Australia, I added it and checked it off anyway. After touring our way around Cairns and making a quick stop in Townsville for one rainy night and morning, Katie and I parked ourselves in Airlie Beach the day before our sailing adventure. Airlie was gorgeous – the hills rolled all the way down to the ocean and beautiful sailboats decorated the marina. We did most of our exploring on foot during an afternoon run to shake off the morning road trip and then hiked most of the way up Mount Whitsunday, an incline not for the faint of heart but with first class views.
“You know more of a road by having traveled it than by all the conjectures and descriptions in the world.” – William Hazlitt
On May 6th, I flew to Perth to kick off two weeks in Western Australia. After my amazing tour experience in the Northern Territory, I decided to book an 8-day round trip tour between Perth and Exmouth. That journey began on May 11 after four days of exploring Perth and Fremantle. Throughout the trip, I posted (sort of) regular updates when I had cell service. As always, thank you for joining me on this adventure and I hope you enjoy following along! Additional posts and galleries coming soon!
Days 1-3 Red Centre
Days 4-7 Alice Springs to Darwin
Day 8 of my Northern Territory adventure began in Darwin with seven of the eight tour mates from the second leg of the tour. We met our new guide Chizo outside the hostel and hopped into the 4WD bus headed for Kakadu National Park. At the first lookout, Chizo filled us in on the seasons in the Top End. While we lucked out on the weather, March is usually the tail end of the wet season, meaning many of the popular 4WD tracks were still closed and there were still some saltwater crocodiles hanging out in many of the swimming holes. Apparently, the best time to visit the Top End runs from June to October, while the weather is cooler and tropical monsoons are less frequent.
“Let us step into the night and pursue that flighty temptress, adventure.” – JK Rowling
This is the second photo set from my Northern Territory tour, including images from Alice Springs, stops along the Stuart Highway, and the Top End. For more from the Northern Territory, check out the first photo set and posts from the Red Centre, Alice Springs & the Stuart Highway, and the Top End (coming soon).