Western Australia’s Special Secret

Western Australia has a secret place that not many people know about. First let me say it should be listed as one of the seven wonders of the world. Biased opinion? Well I’ll let you decide for yourselves.

Below I will put some images that give you a very small glimpse into what this amazing place has to offer.

The name of this place was once called Hamersley Ranges, now it is known as Karajini.

Kanyini, which Karajini is taken from means responsibility and unconditional love for all of creation and it envelops the four principles of aboriginal life:
Tjukurrpa– Creation Period ( ‘dreamtime’): Kurunpa– Spirit, Soul, Psyche: Walytja- Family, Kinship: Ngura– Land, Home, Place or Mother.
” Kanyini is best expressed in English as the combination of the two words ‘responsibility’ and ‘love’, but it is actually a relationship; it is an enormous caring with no limit – it has no timeframe: it is eternal.

This is so much of what this place speaks of, it is like you are descending into the artsacpes of God. You feel the embrace of nature and the grandeur of creation as well as it feeling like you are coming home to where things were a lot simpler and far more beautiful.

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Darwin

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People relaxing in Bluey Waterholes after a day of exploring Litchfield National Park out of Darwin NT

 

Jan

Jan playing peeka boo
I think she misses little Mick:)

Darwin Wharf

This is where a lot of the cruise ships leave from

Monte Dwyer reading to Jan

Monte Dwyer reading to Jan

We have arrived in Darwin after our lovely 2 days in Katherine and have met up with our friends, Chris and Jan. The weather is 32 degrees Celsius. The pool is much used and a welcome relief from the heat.  We even had our own private reading by author and TV journalist Monte Dwyer.

We have been to the parquet markets and explored the City of Darwin.

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We had tea at the Darwin Sailing Club and were treated to this beautiful sunset

Colin at Bluey Falls

Colin having a break and taking in the ambience of Bluey Pools, Litchfield, NT

We joined Chris and Jan at Litchfield for a day and spent time at our Niece and Nephews place at Acacia Hills. A great time was had by all.

Camp at dawn

Dawn over The Bus

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Small waterfall at the bluey waterholes just outside Darwin in Litchfield National Park, NT, Australia

 

Litchfield is still my favourite place in the NT and the second best place in Australia. Karajini is my No 1.

 

We also went to the waterfront and saw the great wave pool and swimming area they have there, we visited the WW11 Tunnels and meuseums. It is amazing how much we are not taught about the history of our own country, the bombings started in 1942 and didn’t stop till 1945.

We visited the Mindill Markets twice, brought some nice summer clothing and sampled some food and enjoyed the entertainment.

The second time we were treated to a magnificent sunset.

We got to meet lots of the V8 race drivers as they prepared to race at Hidden Valley. Mainly Ford drivers and Colin got a pic with Mark Winterbottom and had a 15 minute chat with him.

We stayed for quite a while at Bekky and Michael’s, our neice and nephews with their three children, Aunty and Uncle, and Lena. It was lots of fun, no TV so games of greed, scrabble and bananagrams in between Word Whopp and scatagories tournaments.

There are horses, goats,dogs, a cat, chickens and ducks, so lots of chores to be done, but also a great pool to cool off in. The best part for Colin was that he didn’t have to cook. We had our meals with the family, so Col got to have a real break.

He earn’t his keep though, doing firebreaks, looking at cars and tractors and generally helping out.

I was in charge of the kids in the pool. I think I got the best deal.

I had a nasty fall at Fortescue Falls and hurt my hand and ruined my camera, so I have been very limited with photo ops. The iphone is getting a real test as my main camera and my hand is still not good, so am using it as little as possible.

The good thing about that is that it has taken all the pressure off me. I can just enjoy the moment with out having to capture every detail.

 

We have been out of internet range for almost a month and it was a pleasant break form modern society, however my son got engaged and it took two days for him to get hold of me!!!

It shows how dependent we are on modern communication. It was with great excitement that we received the news as our sons partner is a lovely girl who we are very happy to welcome to the family.

We are now in Katherine having left Darwin very reluctantly, but are looking forward to some time in the thermal pools here. They are warm and healing, so hopefully will also help my hand a bit.

We have joined back up with Chris and Jan and are looking forward to exploring the area.

 

Katherine Hot Springs

We have arrived at Katherine where they have Hot Springs. These apparently are supposed to good for our health. They have tried to keep the natural ambiance while still allowing easy access. The spring forms a river that flows into the Victoria River. There is a risk of crocodiles, but they keep a close eye on them:)

Rainbow at hot springs

Rainbow at hot springs

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Close up of this beautiful insect

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Rainbow adding to the healing experience

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Butterfly on a log at the thermal pools

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Katherine Hot springs

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Revitalizing in the pool