Guest Speaker at Karama Library

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Darwin in the Wet talk at Karama Library At Saturday’s talk I will be sharing my journey of the last few years. From travelling around Australia in a campervan to arriving in Darwin and writing my first book, Darwin in the Wet. Plus invaluable tips for loving the Wet. Click on the link above to register.

Purple Mango coffee in the bush

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The best café in the bush – the flyer says. I love discovering and experiencing new places during the Wet season so the next day we head out to Corroboree Tavern. Sure enough Purple Mango Café is a gem. It’s off the beaten track (but on the way to Kakadu) and hidden in the trees with a […]

Upriver from Florence Falls

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It’s a treat to be in the bush, away from the heat of the city where the creek waters gallop round the rocks and little waterfalls rush around the trees.  Slide down the bank (it’s only shallow) and cool off in the rock pools but be careful as during the Wet season the current is […]

Jenny’s Orchid Garden

Jenny’s Orchid Garden is just off the Stuart Highway and only half an hour from town. It makes a perfect day trip or a stop off on the way south to Katherine. It’s uncanny and totally unbelievable. How can a muddle of roots produce such exotic and delicate flowers? The intricate structure, the superb detail and […]

Down the Track – Adelaide River

Is it time for a coffee, or lunch or just a break en route south?  Then pull over at Adelaide River. Call in to Top End Stonecraft for a vast array of zebra and okapi rock gifts (just north of the garage) – everything comes direct from the mine at Lake Argyle in the Kimberley. Then […]

Edith Falls

The heat is intense, the pavers burn my feet but just the view of the lagoon is a haven, a retreat from the heat. The wind sends gentle ripples across the pool, edged with weeping paperbarks that blow gently in the breeze. The only noise is the water rushing through the narrow gorge and out […]

History along The Track (the Stuart Highway)

Go back to the very early days of Australian settlement when intrepid explorers ventured across thousands of miles of rugged wasteland and desert.  Some may say foolishly and impossibly, but it was John McDouall Stuart who successfully made the trip from Adelaide to the Timor Sea. And back! It was he who had the vision […]

Valentine’s Day at Cicada Lodge

Secluded behind metal gates and a high wall, this funky contemporary lodge overlooks the bush and the flooded Katherine River.  Yellow wattle and red grevilleas gather around the boardwalks, the swimming pool glistens in the sunshine and the welcome glass of French champagne sent bubbles of delight up my nose. It’s quiet, even the birds […]

Fogg Dam & the Humpty Doo Rice Trail

A monsoon low pressure system has hung around the top of Australia for the past few weeks bringing loads of beautiful rain. The temperature has cooled (now 28 degrees), the landscape is lush and green, and wetlands are a sea of water. This is the best of Darwin in the wet! Ken and I head 60km out of town […]

Melbourne Cup in Darwin & beyond

Melbourne Cup Day is an excuse to wear the new short cocktail dress, put on those super high heeled shoes and head to the Casino or The Turf Club. Not for me though. I’m in my jeans and walking boots and in the car heading south for 90km towards Adelaide River. Trish, Ken and I are […]

Darwin in the Wet