Friday, October 23, 2009

Bush Walking Around Adelaide River Village

Come Bush Walking With My Wife Sandra and I

Well G'day again to all my readers,buddies,pals and friends , today we will be going on a regular bush walk Around Adelaide River Village . This is no special activity for Sandra and I as we do it quite regularly , I only hope I can give you all a sense of being with us on this Bush Walking trip today. There are many different tracks that lead off into the surrounding bushland, of varying distances from one kilometer up to 15 or 20 kilometers .

Our Front Drive We Leave From To Go Walking
Home at Adelaide River

Before We Start :
The bush combined with mother nature is without a doubt a beautiful experience, yet if you do not follow some very basic rules of the bush it could all turn into a nightmare , and none of us want that. So I will outline some of the basics , you should consider before heading off . This walk is only a reasonable one of around six kilometers round trip, all up maybe one casual hour.

1- Take a ltr of drinking water even though you can do the trip without a drink.
2- Wear good comfortable shoes or joggers.
3- A friend or neighbor should know where you are going, and when you intend to be back.
4- Wear a sensible hat for the conditions , and sunglasses if required .
5- I like to carry a stick, like a broom handle around 1.2 mtrs long.
Or a sapling from a tree can do the same thing, except your stripping tree's.
Yes friends it is a weapon, not a walking stick .
6- Always take a digital camera with you, as nature can offer some magnificent shots.

A Hill Top View Overlooks Adelaide River Valley

Well we leave our driveway gate usually 7-am of a morning walking only five hundred mtrs until we reach the Adelaide River , we are then in magnificent bushland filled with many types of birds who are at that time of day very active and singing their particular part in natures bush choir . Walking for about two kilometers along the river bank , we regularly come across 20 to 30 beautiful little wallabies grazing in open areas. They let us get quite close before scampering off into the scrubby bush to hide until we have gone , we often get them to sit and pose for a photo.

Australia's 2nd Largest War Cemetery

We have now reached the famous war cemetery that was established in Adelaide River for all the fallen soldiers and civilians from the Bombing of Darwin by the Japanese . This cemetery is a most beautiful picturesque, peaceful parkland that is kept in spectacular condition with manicured gardens and lawns. Thousands of tourists come from around the world just to see and photograph the war cemetery with its gardens. Not today yet soon I will do a feature blog post just on this cemetery for you all, so keep an eye out for that one.

Car Park Area Outside The War Cemetery

Come on guy's lets move on now, as we are about to come across a favorite part of this six kilometer walk, and we are in fact about half way then . This section is a beautiful part of the Adelaide River where you can sit in the shade and just listen the the rippling of the shallow running river . It is a special spot of mine where I often come to sit and think or watch and listen to the water and birds . I always tell my friends that Mother Nature and me are good friends, and I visit her as often as I can.

As we sit here for a few minutes admiring nature and the deafening sound of silence ,two small wild piglets come down to the rivers edge and drank, we sat perfectly still and watched, while they did not even see us only 6mtrs away. Here you can also watch small fish feeding along the shallow edges, and occasionally big fish around three pounds will dart through the shallow section back into the deeper water. I often bring my grand children here to fish and enjoy it .

Where I Come To Meditate With Nature

Now friends we will move on away from the river, and back along another track which will head us in an arc and along another wooded area, where only two weeks ago I saw a wild buffalo heading through the bush . As we walk further and now heading back towards the Adelaide River Village , we follow the tree line of a cleared area where we come across a large number of lorikeets that were in the trees feeding on the
eucalypt blossoms . The sound they make in large numbers like this is very loud and while we take some photos of these beautifully colored parrots its not hard to realize that Bush Walking is full of many pleasures as well as great exercise.

Western View of The Adelaide River Valley

Moving on to the western track on the other side from the village , we are now on the home run just one and a half km from home . This last section basicly is a nice flat smooth track all the way to home, where we will enter our back gate as we have come in a compete circle . Many of the locals here will do similar Bush Walking Around Adelaide River Village and we quite often will meet them coming the other way .

We love to do this walk even more when the wet season is here as we get to watch the approaching storms coming across the valley, and at times we do get caught half way home in the rain. Who cares though it is like warm monsoon showers and very refreshing, no trouble as we are near home and a shower with fresh clothes .
Well friends I only hope you enjoyed the Bush Walking today and we will see you all a little later for yet another taste of the Northern Territory Australia .

Allen Sentance

Monday, October 12, 2009

Dry Season Over in The Top End

The Top End - Dry Season Ending

Hello again my friends and readers of the universe, to-day we will as I said previous, take a further look at some area's that the Fisherman has been. The photo above is an aboriginal Painting from the walls of the Katherine River Gorge, which is a stunning place to visit should you ever get the chance to visit the Top End of Australia . These beautiful paintings are a big part of Australia's heritage, and can be seen in in many historical locations around the Top End .

Dry Season Almost Over

You will get your 4 seasons in The Top End , just like clockwork and the difference to other area's is that , The Top End seasons do not vary much in temperature from minimum to maximum . What is unique to the Northern Territory of Australia is our wet season , that very few tourists get to see . Most tourists hear about how wet it gets and high tail it out , fearing they will get stuck here , which was the case years ago.

Today you can drive from Adelaide in the south of Australia all the way to Darwin at the very top of Australia all year round , or alternatively as I would suggest to any one planning a visit here , fly to Darwin . We have a great international airport just 15 km out of Darwin city , from there I suggest hiring a vehicle and visiting most of the amazing wonderful places . When complete you fly back home, and the savings on fuel alone from driving here will cover the cost of car hire easily, and you get to enjoy more time here. Only my opinion , others may argue with that .

The Famous Daly River Crossing


This is a shot of the Daly River crossing where you cross in the dry season to get to Port Keats and the famous village Pepperminadi . Once the wet arrives the river floods and cuts these places off from vehicles . Your only access then is by small charter plane to Port Keats .
The town ship of Daly River itself is on the immediate river bank before you cross the Daly River, it has a hotel with a small van park and some cabins . The police station is there also , as well as some basic supplies at the small store.

The mighty Daly River however is a lot more famous for the annual Barramundi Fishing Classic , which attracts competitors from around the country and the world. I will perhaps at a later stage do a blog post just about this famous classic, so keep an eye out for that post . We best get back to talking about the Dry Season Almost Over in The Top End .

Tourist Times
The Northern Territory top end has a thriving tourist industry , which come from all over the world, and people in Australia doing their famous around Australia Trip, usually towing a caravan . The influx of tourists start at the end of the wet season around April-May, when the runoff is happening and they begin to catch big barramundi as the waters begin to recede from the flooded country area's.

From this time until Sept-October is called the dry season , and mark my words it gets very dry, not a speck of rain until the build up period starts. This will start October when you begin to see all the tourists and caravans heading south , because of the build up humidity that some folks can't handle , and the inevitable wet season that is here from mid December through to March. Personally the dry season for me becomes monotonous and boring , almost 4 months of sunshine and no rain.

Our main Tourist attractions "Crocodiles"


We do have a large number of crocodiles here in The Top End, and in fact we usually have a couple of fatal attacks on people silly enough to put themselves in a vulnerable situation . I do a lot of fishing in the area and regularly see croc's while I am fishing, they are only dangerous if you are stupid . My love of the Top End of Australia grows stronger every year as I experience all it has to offer each and every day.

I was a plumbing contractor and worked 6 days a week , until I made the decision to retire from plumbing which took up all my time with no time left to enjoy life. A good friend of mine Sean Rasmussen has taught me how to replace my income , by becoming an online internet business man . I now am running this from home with my wife , so I no longer have to go out working, and I now enjoy the luxury of true freedom, doing what I want and when I want. Fishing usually 3 days per week .

My Latest Catch a 70 cm Barramundi


So we now come to the end of this post, and I hope you now are getting a picture of just some of the beautiful places around The Top End . I will be bringing you lots more as the weeks go by and I am looking forward to giving you some video clips of our magical tropical thunderstorms . Now with the Dry Season Almost Over in The Top End we bid the straggling tourists goodbye and we get ready for the build up.

Allen Sentance