May 26, 2011

Kakadu, Ubirr and planking

Ewww an early morning start and I don't care if Hubby is laughing at me because I am wearing a jumper... it's cold this time of the morning, hehehe!  Today is the last day of our trip, awwww :(  I surely will be sad to leave this beautiful part of Australia... but I want to give a big shout out to Travel North and our host for the last four days... Jesu.

Today we are off to see the highlights of Kakadu!  Nourlangie Rock is first up where we will see some Aboriginal Art.  The sandstone rock formations are just awe inspiring, my photos really don't do them justice...

One thing we have been blessed with, is the lack of flies and mosquitoes so when I saw this little fellow on a wire barricade I just had to take a photo :)

Nature always intrigues me with her colours and designs, the rock formations we came across were just one example of the beauty of nature...

As we are wondering through the rocks, this little fellow stopped to take a look at us...  if I've got it right he is an Agile Wallaby!

After taking in the glorious panoramic views of the Kakadu wetlands and Arnhem Land rocky escarpment, it was time for a bit of silliness to intrude - you've seen it here first folks... KAKADU PLANKING... bwahahahaha!

Have a great day!

May 25, 2011

Goldfields, Falls and a Cruise

A bit of travelling today to get to our destination of Kakadu. First stop was at Edith Falls for a look, no photos as there really wasn't much to see the swimming holes were closed due to crocs. Pine Creek Goldfields was next.  The gold mine is no longer in use and the open cut filled with water but still interesting. 

We were then taken to a secret water hole for a swim.  I was so impressed we went 4WD in the bus complete with trailer!

This secret swimming hole was just beautiful... the water was still way to cold for me, hahaha!  Most of the Falls we've visited are spring fed so the water is crystal clear and very clean, this one was no exception.

We arrived at our accommodation in Kakadu around 3.00pm so we had plenty of time to settle in and have a coffee before we finished our day of sight seeing with a Sunset cruise on the Yellow Water billabong - Mary River. 

 Water birds, crocodiles, golden tree snakes, water lillies, pandanous trees... scenery is spectacular!

May 24, 2011

Nitmiluk - Katherine Gorge

A swim in Katherine Hot Springs what a way to start the day :) I could have spent all day in them, just heavenly. 

Springvale homestead was next, for scones and a cuppa before doing a meet and greet with the locals...

Yes that is a croc in the!  A quick trip into town to visit a local art gallery, where Jesu showed us his didgeridoo skills, followed by visit to the museum. Then onto Nitmiluk - Katherine Gorge!

These gorges and the surrounding landscape have great ceremonial significance to the local Jawoyn people, who are custodians of Nitmiluk National Park - Nitmiluk (means place of the cicada dreaming) we had a lovely 2 1/2 hr cruise up the river.  Just amazing is all I can say...

We met Kevin the camel and tasted bush passionfruit, a small yellow soft skinned fruit.  Did I mention our Guide Jesu is awesome, all throughout the drive part of the tour he shares his knowledge of the surrounding landscape and wildlife.

We finished the day with one of the best dam hamburgers ever and salt and vinegar chips, delish!

May 23, 2011


5:30am start to the day, a quick breakfast and hotel check out in time for our tour pickup at 6:30am.  Greeted by a very happy Jesu our tour guide and driver, for the next 4 days. First stop for the day was a look at Cathedral Termite mounds and Magnetic Termite mounds.

On to Florence falls, those that we're brave enough went for a swim in the rock pool below :) 

then on to Wangi (Wongi) Falls. Unfortunately no swimming here as there were crocodiles in the area.

One last swim at Buley Rockhole before traveling on to Katherine for the night.

Our guide is fantastic, very knowledgeable about the animal and plant life we're walking through.   So far I've tasted a green ant, eaten flowers and several kind of berries, I know which tree has little pockets of water and the type of palm leaves to use to weave baskets.  We've even managed to see a bit of wildlife...

We've had a wonderful day and just a little weary, a nice dinner and off to bed I think will round out the day perfectly!

May 22, 2011

Fun www. Finds...

One week down and one to go.  This is the fun week of our trip as we trek around gorges, soak in hot springs and take in a river cruise...

Don't these shiskabobs look delightful, is your sweet tooth is as bad as mine... nom nom nommmm!

How cool are these - Rock Art...

These paper flowers look so easy to make, I'm gonna give it a try this weekend =)

What a clever and creative way to re-use an old window frame!

 Now this Citrus Body Scrub sounds just soooo nice, what a cute and practical present to give too!

Click on the pics to go to the blog or website to find out more.

Have a great day! 

May 21, 2011

The Start - Officially

The conference is over...YAY!  Another great year and lots for fun times but now is the start of our official holiday.  Hubby can relax and enjoy the beautiful and very warm Top End of Australia with me.

The sun is shining with just a slight haze sitting over the city. 
Today we are packing up and moving hotels.
While we wait to checkin to the next hotel, a leisurely stroll around the waterfront and lunch...yum!

Then a took in a tour around the Aviation Museum that houses a B-52, just in awe of how big these planes are! Had a fun trip back to town on the Bus, it was an experience...hehehe. 

Getting ready to go out to dinner at Hogs Breath and a take in a movie later.  A great way to start a holiday!

May 17, 2011

Darwin Day 1 - 3

Sunday Day 1: YAY...we made it to the top end!  For once our flight was at a decent hour and a short 4hours later we landed a little after 6pm.  The sun was just setting and the temp a beautiful dry 30oC. 

Tropical Palm trees greet us everywhere and the pace of life is slow ...aahhh bliss!

Dinner was our choice, so we picked Nando's... chicken and chips never tasted so good!  On the walk home we passed an ice creamery.  Temptation was too great so we stopped for a peanut butter single scoop cone for me and a mint single scoop cone for hubby, what a great way to finish the day.

Monday Day 2: Started the day with a cooked breakfast and some of the best fresh pineapple I've tasted in a long time or maybe it just felt that way because I'm on holidays...hahahaha.  Then a short walk to the convention centre under a tropical sun, for a welcoming address to the 2011 Let's Do It - Conference.  Around 10.30am Hubby and I parted ways, him to do the work thing me to tour the Paspaley Pearls Showroom.

The pearls were sooooo pretty, the little one on the left is the same pearl on the ladies hand.  Very expensive and very rare :)  We were allowed to try on some of the pearl necklaces, nothing better than playing dress up with someone else's  Dinner for the night was organized at the Darwin Sailing Club!

Tuesday Day 3: Having over indulged too much last night, I kinda of missed most of today :(  Seems hubby wasn't much better so we skipped tonight's Conference Dinner and found a cute place to eat - Outback Jacks...

Excellent steaks accompanied by a baked potato and coleslaw...YUM! On the way back to the hotel we passed by the ice cream shop, so we stopped again for an after dinner treat.  Passion fruit for me and dark chocolate for hubby!  Now for a bit of TV and a cuppa before turning in early.

May 15, 2011

Fun www. Finds...

Today offically marks the start of a couple of weeks holidays for me...YAY!  I have camera in hand, ready to snap the glorious Top End of Australia.  I'm going to give blogging on the road a go and share with you the sights and scenes of Darwin.   I am hanging out at airports or sitting on a plane for most of today which you probably don't need me to photograph and share, so here are todays Fun Finds instead...

I may need somthing like these Strawberry Shortcake Popsicles when we touch down in Darwin - it will be hot, hot, hot!

Now this is a kitchen Barbie would be proud of...hehehe!

Not sure what to take on that next summer holiday, why not your own Iceburg...hahahaha what will they think up next.

I'm not a cat person but even this photo made me go... naaawwwww!

A cute and fun idea for that Baby Shower, Baby Girl Center Pieces over on the hybrid chick blog!

Have a great day! 

May 08, 2011

Fun www. Finds...

Are you having a lazy Sunday?  This must be my favorite day of the week!  

A laid back, slow, relaxing day and Fun Finds to go with it...

Aren't these Paper Carnations just gorgeous, made from cupcake paper cases...YES my type of crafting!

WOW... can I relate to this, I bet most Mum's can! Great Swedish proverb.

Oooooo... these Macaroon with lemon wedges just look like they would taste devine, lol.

Hahaha, just love this Dinner Bell =)

Glorious colours of Saint Tropez!

 Have a great day!

May 07, 2011

Supa Digi Kit FREEBIE!!!

Last but by no means least is this last part of the fabulous Luv U Mom(Mum) SUPA DIGI KIT Freebies...

Luv U Mom(Mum) - Supa Digi Kit Freebie
Grab them 'On the House' from the Store ABSOLUTELY FREE!!!

May 06, 2011

ADSR Sketch Challenge

The Amazing Digi Scrapping Race has come to SDK this week.. WOOHOO!!!  SDK are hosting Challenge #12 of the race which is a Sketch Challenge - A Week in the LIFE of...

How cool is this sketch!  shhhhh... don't tell anyone but there is a free TEMPLATE too =) and WOW oh WOW you should see the layouts in the ADSR 6 Gallery being created!  Everyone is a winner in my book they are just fabulous ^.^

Have a great day!

May 04, 2011

Wednesday Freebie!!!

Yahoo it's freebie time!  I have just been mad, crazy busy and it doesn't look like the pace is letting up anytime soon... but I did get this layout done for the Out My Window Challenge at SDK.

Aren't my ladies gorgeous, I do so love our monthly lunches :)  and of course I turned the page into a QP Freebie for you!

DOWNLOAD HERE! I hope you like the freebie and enjoy :)

Have a great day!