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Northern Territory: A Photojourney to Australia’s Outback

By Monkeys And Mountains Adventure @Laurel_Robbins

Northern Territory photos - red sand beach in Darwin
Darwin is in the enviable position of being surrounded by beaches.  One is so famous that it inspired the beautiful Mindl Beach Sunset Market held on Thursday and Sunday evenings during the tourist season:
Mindil Beach Sunset Market in Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
Cliffs that are the perfect backdrop for some of the most colorful sunsets I’ve ever seen:
Sunset highlighted cliffs in the Northern Territory, Australia
Waterfalls and swimming holes that are understandably popular hangouts with the locals – I had no idea there were so many and that they were so beautiful!:
Waterfall and swimming hole in the Northern Territory, Australia

Nourlangie Rock Art Site in Kakadu National Park which featured some of the most incredible rock art I’ve ever seen, even if I don’t understand the deeper meanings because I haven’t earned the right to do so:

Nourlangie Rock Art Site in the Northern Territory, Australia

And of course and my personal favorites, the wildlife of the Northern Territory!

Like the HUGE Magnetic Termite Mounds which gave me a new found respect for these creepy crawlies.  They are some of the hardest working insects on the planet, not to mention organized – they even build nurseries for their young:

Catherdral Termite Mound at Litchfield National Park in the Northern Territory, Australia

Kayaking with Crocs in Katherine Gorge.  Our guide assured us this one was a freshwater croc which apparently you can swim with since they’re so “small”.  Ummm, no thanks, he still looked rather large to me.

Croc seen while kayaking in Katherine Gorge, Northern Territory, Australia

And the cutest wildlife in the entire Northern Territory – Wallabies in Nitmiluk National Park.

They must have sensed my excitement as they posed graciously for photos.  I’m sure the fact that they were at a campground and used to people had nothing to do with it.

Wallaby near Nitmiluk National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Besides seeing the wallabies, the other highlight for me was the sunrise cruise through the Yellow Water Billabong!

The very early wake up call was more than worth getting up for – and I don’t say that easily.  The wildlife sightings were incredible!:

Bird seen in the Yellow Water Billabong, Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

Croc seen in the Yellow Water Billabong in Kakadu National Park, Northern Territory, Australia

 This one is not one of the small fresh-water crocs.  This is a salt-water croc which make no mistake, you do not want for  a swimming buddy.  

Despite the salt-water crocs that can eat you, I loved the Northern Territory and the opportunity to observe crocs safely from a boat.

Thank you to  Northern Territory Tourism and Canon Australia for hosting me.  All photos were taken with the new Canon EOS 650D, a camera I adored, but had to give back at the end of the week.  It was with the EOS 650D that I won the Best Creative Filter Award.  As always all opinions expressed are my own and thankfully no one forced me to go swimming with crocs “small” ones or otherwise.

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