you get older it’s only natural you tend to put on a bit of weight so, leaving
Sal at home I went off to weigh the old people’s home ....either the great big
engine was feeling its age or the old people’s home had put on weight….now here
is a tip…pack your trailer for a trip and go and weigh it. When the guy yelled
through the weighbridge window 970kg I nearly fell onto the road as I was
expecting 700+…..we now have a very nice set of electric brakes. I want to make
it quite clear it’s not my beer but her fire wood that's caused this substantial
Our last big trip was across the East Alligator River into
Arnhem Land and on up to the Coburg Peninsular where we camped for several
days….if you like fishing this is heaven on a stick…..on several occasions
complete strangers would visit our camp about beer o’clock with fish of the day,
saying I can’t fit anymore in. We would grill it all on the top of the washing
machine and eat what we could then next day make a delicious kedgeree.
As they only allow 20 vehicles into the park at any one time
the place is verging on deserted. There are several tracks through the lagoons
and along the coast to explore and most probably you won’t see a soul all day.
Cyclones regularly track through the area in the season and there are areas that
resemble a bulldozer school but on the whole it’s quiet and relaxing and we both
enjoyed it. You need to be a bit self sufficient as there are no services so you
need enough food and fuel for the round trip but there is plenty of firewood.
There are two areas for camping…we chose the generator area
as there was nobody else there. After setting up camp we had a wander around and
much to our delight we found a big green shed with a loo and a shower with hot
‘n cold running. I should mention swimming is not on the day’s activity list and
as it’s quite warm the shower is a real luxury. I should also mention there is a
mysterious animal that is rarely seen during the day but is quite active at
night ……needless to say Sally had me getting up early and retiring late so I
could track through the bush in my pj’s and bare feet trying to spot this beast
which turned out to be a complete waste of time as on our last day we came
across a whole family of these things just standing in the middle of the track.
We retraced our track along the yellow brick road and turned
onto the Central Arnhem Road near Mataranka for another 750k of bone jarring
bulldust to visit Gove in the other corner.
Along the way there are a few really nice designated areas to
camp so you don’t need to do the trip all in one go. We camped along the way
both going and coming which made it an easy trip.
The town is really a mining community which looks prosperous,
nice and clean and has most stuff the average camper needs. There is a motel,
Woolies, hospital and fuel but no campground. So armed with a glove box full of
permits you can go off and find your very own perfect deserted beach. Once again
we saw very few people and several days without seeing a soul. I did speak to a
local on one occasion and after a brief discussion she smiled and said ‘oh you
must be from Australia’.
We explored several beaches …they were all deserted …it’s a
great place to collect a few shells and enjoy a nice beach walk and camp without
If this is something you want to do start collecting permits
soon after Christmas so you can choose your own time to travel….its a memorable
experience and you will travel through some interesting country and see plenty