The Iconic Hill Inlet in the Whitsundays

Trinity & Bonnie standing in front of Whitehaven beach in the Whitsundays

Sometimes we are drawn to a place because it is a historical wonder, like Machu Pichu. Sometimes it’s the significance and geological wonder of a place like Uluru. Other times it’s the overwhelming natural majesty of places like Torres del Paine. But with the Whitsundays, it was a photo. The now-seemingly-proverbial Instagram moment when you … Read more

The oldest continually surviving tropical Rainforest in the world: Daintree

Dense foliage of the Daintree, Australia

The Daintree rainforest is said to have been the inspiration for the movie Avatar. Walking among its ancient trees that reach high into the sky and navigating in the dense undergrowth, I can see why it could be the inspiration for many mysterious and wonderful things. Not only is it visually pleasing it sounds like … Read more

Chooks and a python in a claw-foot bathtub in Mission Beach

The colorful head of a Cassowary bird

“Thomas, what is that sound!” Lina exclaimed waking Thomas up in the middle of the night. “It’s just a bird out in the forest,” he mumbled half asleep. Lina and Thomas live on 63 acres of pristine tropical wetlands in Mission Beach, Queensland. They also own a conservation block for the preservation of the cassowary … Read more

20 things to see in the Northern Territory

Trin and Lil' Beaut in front of Uluru

The Northern Territory (NT) is a vast open land with deserts, escarpments, monoliths, rain-forests, beautiful swim holes, and rivers where prehistoric creatures thrive.  The NT is more than twice the size of Texas. Yet, the tiniest state in the USA, Rhode Island, has almost five times more people. The amount of land compared to the … Read more

Overcoming Anxiety on the Great Barrier Reef

The Great Barrier Reef by Ayanadak123 (,_Whitsunday_Islands,_Queensland.jpg)

I stood at the edge of the boat looking down at the ocean a few feet below me. Anxiety tightened in my stomach and wrapped its tentacles around my throat making it difficult to breathe. All I needed to do was take one giant stride. I had a weight belt on and a full BCD … Read more

Five wonders of the Red Center, the heart of Australia

Trins standing on the edge of Kings Canyon looking across to the painted sheer cliffs on the opposite side.

The Red Center of Australia is filled with miles of vast, dry land that stretch out to the horizon in an endless sea of red sand, spinifex, and scrub brush. We drove through flood planes, flat and dry, devoid of anything taller than my waist. We crossed riverbeds that spoke of raging streams that once … Read more

The many faces of Uluru (Ayers Rock).

A cave along the base of Uluru

A cool wind is blowing softly, just enough to tamper down the heat of the relentless sun. The view before me is astounding. The largest sandstone monolith in the world* sits in front of me. It is alone on the golden grassy plains of spinifex. The deep blue of the sky surrounding it is a … Read more

Kakadu or Kakadon’t with 2WD

Road crossing the river at Cahill's Crossing

“Can we see much in Kakadu with a 2WD?” I asked multiple people and googled the heck out of the question.   Everyone with a 4WD said, “No, with a 2WD it’s Kakadon’t.”   Another caravanner said she was convinced at the visitor center to just take a flight over Kakadu as she wouldn’t see much with … Read more

Crocodiles and crystalline waters: Darwin to Litchfield

Tolmer Falls, a long drop waterfall into a plunge pool surrounded by cliffs

Litchfield National park is filled with plunge pools, spring-fed streams, waterfalls, and rock holes. The many hiking trails lead through rugged landscape, sandstone escarpments and monsoon rain forests. We spent two full days in the park. We *free camped just outside the park on our first morning to get an early start. Our first stop … Read more

Crocodiles in caves and gorges: Tunnel Creek & Windjana Gorge

The center of Tunnel Cave where the roof has caved in allowing light to shine on the walls and water.

“There’s a baby croc over there,” said the lady sitting on a rock in the opening of the cave. She pointed to the far wall of the cave. I looked over and saw the slender, motionless body of a baby crocodile resting just below the surface of the water, his nose and eyes protruding above … Read more

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