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22 August 2009

The "top end" of Australia has taken our breath away





We are so fortunate to live in Australia and enjoy its immense natural beauty - but I had not realised until now just how incredible the land is around Darwin, Litchfield and of course World Heritage Kakadu. We are on a family camping trip around the region and every day opens the door to a magical world.

Here are the children snorkelling in Bitter Springs, a setting so surreal it seems to have been landscaped. Fresh, warm and crystal clear water from an underground spring flows gently along a sandy course through reeds and lush bush. An Azure Kingfisher skims overhead as we drift, watching the underwater life. Apparently there are no crocodiles in residence - although they are omnipresent around here and have caused me great apprehension! We swam in many inviting waterfalls where it was signed as safe. The management of the National Parks from a visitor's point of view has been outstanding.

Today we joined a sunrise cruise on Yellow Water billabong in Kakadu. Experiencing the morning symphony of animals, birds and plant life was exhilarating. It was abuzz with crocodiles (one of the 17 we counted lurks below) and birds, like the regal Jabiru and Brolgas. We finished the day looking at ancient rock art and watching the sunset over the Kakadu wetlands at Ubirr.

Re-connecting with the raw beauty of our environment helps to reinvigorate our passion for eco friendly living and what we believe in at Biome. In the city it's too easy to feel distant from why we need to conserve water, save forests and reduce emissions.

Should you have any travel questions about what we did and saw, please post a comment.

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Author & Editor

Tracey Bailey is the founder of Biome Eco Stores and mother of two. After working in corporate communications and starting a family, she made a choice to be part of the solution to our planet's future and started Biome Eco Stores. Tracey is passionate about educating the community about living eco-friendly and sustainable lives through her extended product, chemical, health and environmental knowledge.

4 comments:

lillipilli lane said...

wow, so beautiful..I definately would love to go there for a holiday!

Anonymous said...

The more places I visit in Australia, the more I want to protect our uniquely beautiful country. If only everybody could have the opportunity to drift with the current at Bitter Springs, watch the birds and crocodiles on the South Alligator River, swim at the Buley Rockholes, kayak along Nitmiluk Gorge, see the sunset at Ubirr and climb above Edith Falls. It would be the best environmental education available! Thanks for sharing this special experience with us.

Leah said...

Sounds like you had the best time, Tracey! We're so very lucky to live in such a diverse country, aren't we! It must have been really lovely to spend some time away with your family and away from the buzz of city life too :)

HappyEarth said...

That looks like the most beautiful swimming hole in the world!

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