Right here is our evaluation of our travelling adventures from the final yr. In 2020 we wrote our first weblog reviewing our yr of journey. The worldwide coronavirus pandemic continues to create many challenges to journey. In Australia, the worldwide borders had been principally closed, so no journeys to different international locations had been possible. Our residence state of Western Australia stayed comparatively virus-free (fairly distinctive around the globe), partly because of very strict state border controls. So we had been left to proceed exploring our personal yard, and likewise had the prospect to move interstate.
We continued to make good use of the van we purchased final yr. In the long run, we managed to hit the highway a number of instances and keep at 31 completely different campsites in our caravan, a reasonably spectacular effort we expect.
This evaluation is all about our travels for 2021, which is completely different from our 2021 Annual Christmas Letter, which summarises our yr with solely a short abstract of our travels. We (will) have additionally written a 2021 Journey Running a blog 12 months in Evaluate, which is simply concerning the specifics of running a blog and the efficiency of this web site.
Lists of Journeys in 2021
Along with the journeys listed, we had a metropolis staycation and the youngsters had been off on scout camps to varied locations within the bush.
Regardless of the journey restrictions in place, we’ve got had some superb experiences. Listed below are our highlights of the journey yr.
Finest Highway Journey – Perth to Darwin (Solo!)
Rob drove solo up the west coast of Australia, Perth to Darwin, 7 days of driving and 4200km.
Finest Bushwalk – Panorama Stroll, East MacDonnell Ranges
The Panorama Stroll was spectacular, slightly hidden gem within the East MacDonnell Ranges. The East Macdonnell Ranges doesn’t get the accolades it deserves, the panorama stroll at Trephina Gorge is without doubt one of the greatest. It’s a straightforward day journey on the market from Alice Springs, with different walks and rock artwork to see on the way in which. Particular mentions for the Kings Canyon Rim Stroll, the stroll to Maguk (Barramundi) Falls in Kakadu, and the climb to the height of Fortress Rock within the Porongurups.
Finest Tour – Coober Pedy Previous Timers Mine, SA
You’re taking a self-guided tour of the Previous Timers Mine, permitting you to discover all of the nooks and crannies, and study how the mines used to function. One other tour value mentioning was the Mala Stroll, a free guided tour by a ranger across the base of Uluru. See our top-10 excursions ever.
Finest Sundown – Uluru, NT
A household portrait on the Uluru sundown viewing spot. There’s no filter on this picture, that actually is how the rock seems because the solar units. This was a part of our 2021 Tour of the Northern Territory and Central Australia. Additionally from this journey, we had nearly as superb sunsets at Mindil Brach in Darwin, at Yellow Waters in Kakadu, and whereas sitting on the Devils Marbles within the NT.
Finest Free Campsite – Boondi Rock, WA
On our remaining night time of the large highway journey this yr, we had a last-minute determination to cease on the Boondi Rock campground. It’s a small free campground close to Boondi Rock outcrop, an ideal low-key end to our journey.
Finest Meals Expertise
The greatest chips and gravy chances are you’ll ever have will be discovered on the Madura Go roadhouse. The final time we got here previous right here the restaurant was closed, so we timed our journey so we may drop in and have a few these mountain plates of chips. It says loads about these chips to beat a crocodile and chips meal on the Darwin Stokes Hill Wharf meal, the camel burgers at Kings Canyon Station, and the home-cooked Jonny Desserts at Little Roper Inventory Camp. Oh, and naturally the meals choice at Darwin markets is tough to beat.
Finest Household Enjoyable – Lake Magic, Wave Rock, WA
It was a magic time at sundown on Lake Magic close to Wave Rock, Hyden, Western Australia. We needed to wade by means of sinking mud on the sting of the lake. The arduous dried crusty salt was powerful on the toes too, nevertheless it was all value it. We had numerous household enjoyable cruising the Corroboree Billabong within the NT too.
Uncommon Issues – Budgie Swarms at Henbury
The unusually excessive rainfall has helped the breeding of untamed budgies, with large flocks of birds flying round our campsite on the Henbury Meteor Craters, close to Alice Springs within the Northern Territory.
Bizarre Factor – Teddy Tree, Nullabor SA
The teddy tree is simply one of many many uncommon bushes chances are you’ll come throughout in your means throughout the Nullabor. What else did we discover uncommon or bizarre in 2021? The flocks of birds at Henbury meteor craters, the Stonehenge reproduction in Esperance, a farm truck teetering on a ledge, a horse coming to go to us within the Daly Waters Pub (really all of Daley Waters was a bit bizarre).
Most Distinctive Expertise – Coober Pedy Underground Home, SA
All of us had a lot enjoyable staying underground just like the locals in Coober Pedy, South Australia.
Finest Artwork Expertise – Aboriginal Artwork in Alice Springs
We had been so stoked to purchase this art work from the artist in Alice Springs. It’s now sitting delight of place above our mantlepiece at residence. The Aboriginal artwork within the galleries was fairly spectacular, however principally out of our value vary. We are saying some cave artwork round Kakadu too. Particular point out to the surprisingly good sculptures alongside Chainsaw Sculpture Drive in Albany WA.
Finest Historical past Expertise – Albany’s Brig Amity
We had been fortunate to reach on the Brig Amity in Albany simply in time to enter and discover inside. Different historic experiences of the journey yr are exploring the WW1 bunker East Level Darwin, and the few outdated telegraph stations alongside the Stuart Freeway.
Finest Museum – Alice Springs Megafauna Central
The Megafauna Central museum was a shock discover within the Alice Springs Mall. Different museums we had the pleasure of visiting in 2021 had been the Royal Flying Docs Museum in Darwin and the Faculty of the Air in Alice Springs.
We’re impressed that a lot was achieved this yr, together with many memorable experiences. We hope you’ve had an equally good yr regardless of what is occurring round us. At these instances we have to adapt, sit up for issues, and be thankful for what we do have. We’re wanting ahead to better freedoms and extra journey in 2022.