Travel Theme: Dry

Australia has one of the most variable rainfall climates in the world. Over the long term we have about three good years and three bad years out of ten. Australia is the driest inhabited continent on Earth.

Camping in  the riverbed, Larapinta, NT

Camping in the riverbed, Larapinta, NT

Ailsa has directed us towards Dry this week, so I have explored my photos of Australia’s Red Centre in the Northern Territory, and the huge Kimberly region of Western Australia. These areas both have dry seasons, and wet seasons. In the dry you can camp in the riverbed!

dry grass, Larapinta Trail, NT

dry grass, Larapinta Trail, NT

Plants and animals evolved to suit the climate. Isn’t this grass fabulous!

dry waterway, Ormiston Gorge NT

dry waterway, Ormiston Gorge NT

In the dry season you can walk down gorges and chasms that would be filled with running water during the wet. These boulders are shaped by thousands of years of flowing water, and they are certainly quite challenging to walk over!

Standley Chasm

Standley Chasm

Another water-shaped passage, dry now and open to adventurers. We climbed through, falling and sliding just as water does, gushing over and under, and erupting jubilant at the end of the chasm.

Katherine Gorge, dry ripples

Katherine Gorge, dry ripples

In Nitmiluk (Katherine) Gorge in the Northern Territory south of Darwin you can see ripples from where sediments were laid down millions of years ago. Dry now.

Spinifex and rock, Mirima NP, Kununurra

Spinifex and rock, Mirima NP, Kununurra

Spinifex is adapted to dry weather. Here it grows on bare red rock at Mirima National Park , Kununurra, Western Australia.

Cone Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia

Cone Bay, Buccaneer Archipelago, Western Australia

We spent our first night on our OneTide trip camping at Cone Bay. In an area with 11 metre tides arriving and leaving shore had to be carefully planned. We were there early in the Dry; travellers can’t get in or out in the Wet. I hope you enjoyed this glimpse of our dry places.

 

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32 thoughts on “Travel Theme: Dry

  1. What a wonderful adventure. Were you walking early in the morning or late afternoon, to avoid heat. Were there any swimming holes or was everything completely and absolutely dry?

  2. immagini strabilianti! sono rimasta letteralmente affascinata ed incantata dai luoghi, ma soprattutto dalla bellezza degli scatti
    grazie mia cara

    amazing pictures! I was literally fascinated and enchanted places, but especially by the beauty of the shots
    Thank you my dear

    • We would love to go back but it is a long way to go …. we loved Mornington where they have taken the cattle off 11 years ago, it looks stunning … imagine if those non-profitable cattle were removed right across the Top End!

      On Wed, Feb 5, 2014 at 10:52 PM, dadirridreaming wrote:

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      • I have been to the Kimberly’s twice now. Once in 2005 on a 3 day camping and tramping and again in 2010 we flew in over Lake Argyll both were magical experiences. Yes I agree the cattle do a lot of damage

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