After sharing photos of a family camping trip to Limmen National Park on social media, I knew I had to share our story with others.  “Stunning, where is Limmen?”, “I want to go here but had to look on a map to see where it was!”, “can I come with you next time?” were some of the comments received. And it was no wonder, our photos depicted sparkling rivers and estuaries perfect for hunting that elusive barra, ancient sandstone pillars known as the "lost city", bright orange honey grevilleas dripping with nectar and stunning sunsets on the escarpment backdrop – once part of the Arnhem Land escarpment which runs through Kakadu National Park.

Limmen isn’t a quick trip or even a weekender.  At approximately 10,000 square kilometres (that's the size of the Bahamas!) and only unsealed roads, it is important to take your time.  Travelling from the township of Katherine in the Northern Territory's Top End, the park boundary is 275 km away.  A stop at the Roper Bar s...

Take the scenic route on a 4WD adventure from Kununurra to Wyndham in the Kimberley Region in WA.  Swim in year round springs, glimpse some of the 160 species of birds in the region and witness the meeting of five rivers before they flow into the ocean. 

The Kimberleys are renowned for being a sanctuary to a plethora of bird species, boasting boab trees with trunks so fat they look like they’ll burst and flaunting glorious swimming holes that quite often you’ll have to yourself.  If you are sick of endless highway kilometres and ready to hit the dirt with your four-wheel-drive, heading up the Parry’s Creek track on your way to Wyndham is a perfect day out from your Kununurra base. 

Before you leave Kununurra, grab your free Kimberley Glove Box Guide from the Kununurra Visitor Centre which includes the map of the Parry’s Creek Road.  Pack your bathers and a picnic lunch and head west onto the Victoria Highway from Kununurra towards Wyndham. There are several take-away venu...

Last year as part of my Master's thesis (Strategic Communications) I undertook research to better understand how protected areas could support Indigenous tourism into the future.  As the former Tourism and Visitor Services Manager of Jointly Managed Kakadu National Park, it was imperative for me to understand how policies within the Kakadu Management Plan 2016 – 2026 specific to Indigenous tourism are best implemented.

In 2016, Kakadu National Park launched its Sixth Management Plan 2016 – 2026.  The Plan is the overarching strategic document outlining how all components of the park will be managed during this period.  As Aboriginal land, the park is jointly managed between Bininj/Mungguy traditional owners and the Commonwealth Government.  The Management Plan has policies highlighting the importance of Indigenous tourism through providing benefits, employment and business opportunities for Bininj/Mungguy.  To successfully implement these policies, my research asks “What is best pr...

This week marks the annual Ord Valley Muster Festival hosted in the township of Kununurra in the Kimberley region.  From a simple outback dining experience under the stars in 2001, the Muster keeps on growing, each year with more fabulous activities and entertainment from street parties, comedy nights, digging for diamonds in enormous sandpits, cultural performances, yoga on a boat and of course the iconic Ord Valley Muster Rodeo. 

Since first visiting my brother when he lived in Kununurra back in 2013 and hearing him rave about it I’ve wanted to go to the Muster.  Now that I live in Keep River National Park (watch out for that blog!) located across the WA/NT border 50 km away, I finally get the chance.   My main desire for attendance being the opportunity to crack my rodeo virginity.  I’m not sure what it is about rodeos that had me so intrigued; is it the way the word makes you drawl like you are from the deep South…"Ro-day-yo” (constantly corrected by my husband who rolls his ey...

In the heart of the rural town of Kununurra boasting a population of close to 6,000 (and over 100,000 visitors annually) is a place where you can step back in time, feel the silence and hear the ancient ancestors – Mirima National Park.  Locals refer to Mirima as the mini “Bungles”, owing to the 350 million year old sandstone domes which are reminiscent of their big brother to the south, Purnululu.

As you step into Mirima, it’s hard to believe you are still in vibrant Kununurra.  Dwarfed by the towering red sandstone escarpment, Mirima feels like an oasis rich in flora and fauna – it is clear to see why this place was a favoured home to the local Miriwoong people.  This is only accentuated further as I wander wide-eyed on the aptly named Looking at Plants loop trail, with a dozen or so signs along the way indicating various plant uses from boab’s (adansonia gregorii) used as nut flour, the bark and leaves of emu apple (owenia vernicosa) used as fish poison (helps stun the fish...

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