Sunday, 24 July 2016

Outback Adventures with the Wrays - Final post

Outback Adventures 
by Toby & Molly

Katherine x 4 nights
Kilometres travelled so far 5,133 km


Edith Falls
We went for a 2km walk and eventually found a swimming hole with a waterfall. I swam out to it and got under it but the water was hard on my head.
By Toby


Gunlom Falls
We climbed up to the waterfall. It was really, really tough and hurt my legs! But when we got there we went for a swim and it was cold.
By Molly


Katherine Gorge
The canoeing was strenuous! But we got to go for a swim. There were fish swimming around us where we swam!
By Toby
Katherine Gorge


 
Katherine Gorge


Katherine Gorge
We went to Katherine Gorge and went on the canoes. We saw a freshwater crocodile. I was scared!
By Molly

 Katherine Gorge

We left Katherine for home and stayed in Devils Marbles, Alice Springs and Port Augusta on the way back.
We have had the most amazing adventure travelling a total of 10,940 kms in just under 6 weeks.
The Northern Territory is a vast, rugged and spectacularly beautiful part of the world. 
Thanks for the memories NT!


 My favourite bit about the trip was being able to adventure though central Australia. My top 3 were canoeing, quad bikes and the crocodile jumping.
By Toby.

My top 4 bits were going on the quad bikes, the crocodile jumping, canoeing and doing the walks. But not some because they were tiring!
By Molly




Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Outback Adventures with the Wrays - Part 5

Outback Adventures
By Toby & Molly

Kakadu x 2 nights

Kilometres travelled so far -  4,878km. 253


Kakadu
I learnt at the cultural centre that there are picture story books about aborigianl stories. I read one where the Mum told the little boys not to look at the sun too much because their heads will get stuck together. They didn't listen to thier mother and thier heads got joined together. Luckily another person told them to go into some special water so they could get seperated again. They always listened to thier Mum after that.
By Molly


Kakadu
My favourite part were that the walks were short but there was lots to look at along the way.
By Toby


Kakadu
The aboriginal people used crushed rock and animal blood to make paint and draw pictures. 
By Molly

Kakadu
We climbed to the top of Ubir. Along the way we could see Aboriginal paintings. At the top we could see a view that went all around us, right across Kakadu.
By Toby

Kakadu 
We went for a walk and a snake slithered past me unexpectedly. It gave me a HUGE fright! On the walk there were warning signs saying look out for buffalo's, crocodiles and snakes.
By Toby

Kakadu
My favourite part was when we looked at the rock artwork we could see different pictures and we guessed what they were. I saw fish, people, kangaroo, spears and turtles.
By Molly

Saturday, 9 July 2016

Outback adventures with the Wrays - Part 4

Outback Adventures
By Toby & Molly

Mataranka x 2 nights
Litchfield x 2 nights
Darwin x 6 nights

Kilometres travelled so far -  4,625km.


 Mataranka - Bitter Springs 
It is a thermal river which means it is really warm by mother nature not humans.You could float down the river and there was lots of mouldy slime along the edge.
By Toby

Mataranka - Bitter Springs 
When we floated under a tree we saw a spider above in a big web. I was frightened because I thought it might land in the water next to me.
By Molly


Litchfield National Park

Buley Waterhole 
We walked about two kiometres and found small swimming areas along the way. One of them had a swing rope. That was really fun! We swam out and got to swim underneath the waterfall.
By Toby


Wangi Falls 
We jumped off a rock and splashed into a waterhole. Toby and me went on a swing rope. It was very fun and exciting!
By Molly.


 



Termite Mounds 
Termites look similar to ants. Other animals use the mounds as protection. For example mice, ants, frogs, snakes and birds.
By Toby

In the termite mounds there are holes where the termites went. There is a queen of each group and each termite has a job. The most popular one is the worker.
By Molly

Darwin Military Museum
The Japanese bombed Darwin and over 250 people died, mostly Americans who were on their ship in the harbour. They kept bombing for a few more months. People got evacuated and it was 2 years until they were allowed back.
By Toby

Darwin Military Museum
Darwin got bombed on the 19th February 1942. We saw lots of weapons on display like swords and guns.
By Molly


 Crocodile jumping on the Adelaide River
Crocodiles are more active in the afternoon after they've warmed up and because they are reptiles. A bull shark can eat a crocodile and one bit the leg off the biggest crocodile in the river called Brutus who is 90 years old.
By Toby
Crocodile jumping on the Adelaide River
They fed the crocodiles buffalo meat so they would jump up so we could see them. The babies had more teeth than the adults and they were sharper and shinier. They could bite your leg off! There's over 100 crocs in the river.
By Molly






Saturday, 2 July 2016

Outback Adventures with the Wrays - Part 3

Outback Adventures
By Toby & Molly

Kings Canyon x 2 nights
Alice Springs x 3 night
Devils Marbles x 1 night
Longreach Lagoon (Elliott) x 1 night

Kilometres travelled so far -  3,836km.

Kings Canyon 
We made echo sounds and they were louder when you were lower down. At the end we had to cross a mini river because of all the rain. We had to take our shoes off and the water was cold.
By Toby

Kings Canyon 
We did the rim walk and it took 3 hours to go 6km.
By Molly

Royal Flying Doctor Service - Alice Springs 
The doctors come to help the people in the outback that don't have a doctor near them.
By Toby

Royal Flying Doctor Service - Alice Springs 
When the people are hurt the Royal Flying Doctors come to help them.
By Molly

Quad Biking 
Molly and I got to drive them at the end because even though you're meant to be 12 it was just my family so they let us.
By Toby

Quad Biking 
We rode through a cattle station and saw cows. I chased some on my quad bike.
By Molly

School Of The Air - Alice Springs
The teachers and the kids speak on the radio. The furtherest person is 1,000 km away.
By Toby

School Of The Air - Alice Springs
They get packs of school work sent to them. Their teachers visit at least once a year.
By Molly

Devils Marbles
You wouldn't expect to see so many stones and boulders all in the one place.
By Toby


Devils Marbles
We watched a lovely sunset and it was beautiful.
By Molly

Thursday, 23 June 2016

Outback Adventures with the Wrays - Part 2

Outback Adventures
By Toby & Molly

Coober Pedy x 2 nights
Curtain Springs (Northern Territory) x 1 night
Uluru x 4 nights

Kilometres travelled so far -  2,349km.

Welcome to Coober Pedy.

Underground Mining 
Coober Pedy is famous for a gem called an opal.
It is very precious.
By Toby

A lot of Coober Pedy is underground including hotels, houses and churches.
By Molly.

Freezing cold at The Breakaways


The Beautiful Breakaways

They had all different colours on the one mountain.
By Toby


Sunset at Uluru

We could try crocodile, kangaroo, shrimp or feta
cheese as a snack.
By Molly


The Field of Lights at the base of Uluru

When it got dark the lights started to light up. They were all solar powered. It took 5 weeks to set up the display.
By Toby


There are 50,000 light bulbs in the Field of Lights. All the bulbs got shipped from England.
By Molly


The sunrise over Uluru

We had to wake up at 5:30am to get a ticket to go into the park so we could get a good position. The sunrise was actually at 7:30am.
By Toby




 The sunrise at Uluru

We could climb the rock but me and Toby only climbed a little bit because it was really steep. There was a chain to help. There was no chain to help at the top.
By Molly

Walking all the way around the base of Uluru

It was 10km around the base. Molly and I rode our bikes and the adults walked.
By Toby


Aboriginal cave artwork at Uluru

They didn't have the fancy colours on the wall. You couldn't really understand the symbols.
By Toby

The cave was an aboriginal family cave. We could see the drawings that were really old.
By Molly

Friday, 17 June 2016

Outback Adventures with the Wrays!

Outback Adventures
By Toby & Molly

Mildura (Victoria) x 3 nights
Melrose (South Australia) x 2 nights

Kilometres travelled so far -  1,028km.

The Rothbury Paddlesteamer on the
Murray River - Mildura

The paddlesteamer only needs 1 metre of water to move in.
By Toby

Toby and Molly inside the wheelhouse steering.

We had to go through a loch that opens and closes the gates to let the paddle steamers through.
By Molly

Perry Sand Dunes

There is a very big tree in the middle called the God tree.
By Toby.


Rolling hills to climb and slide down.
We tried to slide down the hills on some cardboard but it didn't work so we rolled down.
By Molly

Orange World

There are 500 types of oranges. There is an orange the size of a melon. You only need 4 people to pick 10,000 orange and mandarine trees.
By Toby

Inside Orange World where they sort them.

 When we went to Orange World and we had a drink of orange squuezed fresh from the orange and a mandarine to eat.
By Molly

Mt Remarkable - Melrose South Australia

We walked to the summit that took 5 hours and was over 12 kilometres.
By Toby

Kangaroo jumping across the path.

We did a big hike but there was no view at the top just a big pile of rocks. We were so dissapointed!
By Molly