Monday, October 7, 2013

Travels in an Australian Winter

This is not a post about Miniatures but a photographic log of our 2013 land cruising through the outback of Queensland, the Northern Territory and Western Australia. A trip of almost 25,000 kilometers in four months.

Western Queensland is still in the grip of drought. Windmills groan as they lift artesian water to thirsty cattle.

The natural hot-water springs of Mataranka, N.T. are a luxury after dusty long-distance  driving. The landscape changes dramatically as you pass into the tropical north.

 Kakadu National Park


Below: Purnululu

Purnululu National Park, in Western Australia, formerly known as The Bungle Bungles is accessable by four-wheel drive vehicles. In June there were still eight creek-crossings to ford but in high season, August, the creeks dry.

We travelled in a small four-wheel drive Nissan diesel Ur-Van camper that served us very well.

Purnululu offers wonderful walking and wilderness camping.

On to the coast and at last the Indian Ocean.

Below:  Cape Range National Park is a popular place for swimming, snorkelling on Ningaloo Reef, fishing and hiking.   Bruce also swam with the whale sharks.

Below: Looping back inland we visited Karijini National Park. You can walk canyons and at the close of day admire red sunsets that set the stage for starry, starry nights.

Ancient fig tree roots cling to cliffs.

Sunny day washing. How we appreciate all those blue-sky days.

 Heading south into cooler weather visiting The Pinnacles, small coastal towns, old homesteads and typical hotels and greener landscapes.

Perth and Freemantle and then the winery country of the Margaret River and the picturesque south eastern coast of Western Australia and the Southern Ocean.

Regretfully we headed east but the journey is not over.  We still have the Nullabour Plain to cross and Uluru and Kata Tjuta to explore.

Above: Uluru
 Below: Kata Tjuta

Number One husband, companion and photographer Bruce.

Hope you have enjoyed sharing part of our winter journey in Australia 2013.

Trip 2013 highlighted in orange.
Trip 2011 highlighted in green.

Next post: Back to Miniatures


  1. Wonderful photos!!! Sounds like you really enjoyed your walkabout round the Downunder continent.

  2. Welcome back, Janine!! You and Bruce must surely be of the people incredibly special, adventurous and successful! What amazing photos! Thanks for sharing. I discovered, by chance, that Uluru is the most visited monument by the Italians, but it is a bit 'difficult for me to find a day in these parts! :-D
    There are photos, like the 21 or the 22, which are so vivid in colors that seem to have stopped time, and not just the image. Thank you for the report!

  3. Thank you so much for such an exhilarating arm chair tour - and what a beautiful country, so vibrant and colourful!


  4. Janine,
    Thank you for sharing these spectacular photos of your adventure. I have always wanted to take a trip to Australia. Your photos are an amazing glimpse of this beautiful, picturesque country.

  5. Fantástico reportaje!! muchas gracias!
    Besos de las Malu´s.

  6. Dear Janine,
    Thanks for sharing this perfect pictures. What a nice country and beautiful light for taking pictures.
    Australia I will only see on pictures because I don't like to fly long distances.
    Hugs Dorien

  7. Such a beautiful journey. Thank you for sharing!

  8. Hi Janine! What a pleasure to see your posting once again! Your tour is Fascinating and I am in Awe of the glories of the Australia that I have seen through your photos! Wonder of Wonders!


  9. Wonderful photos Janine, you sure covered a lot of country. Nice to see your pics of Darwin and Kakadu, we haven't been back to the Northern Territory since our move to Sydney about 15 years ago. Lived in Darwin for 2 years and still have a soft spot for the place.

  10. First of all it is great seeing you back in the blog world. Thank you for sharing your journey in Australia, What fabulous things you and Bruce have seen and experienced together. The photos are amazing.

  11. What breathtaking scenery, great photos, thank you Bruce. I think you must have seen more of the country than most Australians, far North Queensland is the furthest I have been, drove from Cairns up to the Daintree and it was like another world. I must put something like this on my bucket list.

  12. Wow Janine! What beautiful pictures, and what an amazing distance you covered. I loved looking through them all, the colours are so vivid.
    Thanks for sharing them