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Day 88. Litchfield National Park to Darwin

We packed up the tvan this morning and headed to Darwin with a few stops on the way. We went out the northern entrance of the park that is not used as much due to some of it being unsealed … Continue reading

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Day 87. Litchfield National Park

With a full night sleep everyone was feeling refreshed and Ben was feeling much better, not 100% but better none the less. We headed off to Wangi Falls, trying to get there early to avoid the crowds. We did but … Continue reading

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Day 86. Darwin to Litchfield National Park

We picked up the car and tvan this morning. Tom and I were very pleased to have our home back and get on the road again. Goodness knows what we will be like when we finally return to Melbourne. I … Continue reading

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Day 85. Nhulunbuy to Darwin

More footy fix today and a lovely way to spend our last day in Arnhem Land. There was a 2-day tournament being held in Nhulunbuy with teams from around Arnhem Land: Groote Island, Elcho Island, Gapuwiyak, Maningrida, Galiwinku and a … Continue reading

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Day 84. Yirrkala

A couple of times we went to the Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Art Centre in Yirrkala. This is much bigger than the one in Gapuwiyak and is renowned for their bark paintings and the painted burial poles. They have local artists and … Continue reading

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Day 80 – 83. Yirrkala

We spent the next week at Yirrkala, another East Arnhem Land town. Yirrkala is on the coast and is only a 20-minute drive from Nhulunbuy on sealed roads. We found it a bit more suburban than Gapuwiyak. Some of you … Continue reading

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Day 79. Gapuwiyak to Yirrkala

Today we bid a very sad farewell to Gapuwiyak. It has been the most extraordinary experience, and we all felt extremely lucky to be able to go to such a remote and unaffected part of Australia. Tom and I are … Continue reading

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Day 78. Gapuwiyak and Raymangirr

This morning we walked to the site of a plane crash about half a kilometre from the end of the Gapuwiyak runway. In 2001 a Cessna crashed shortly after takeoff, the 26-year-old male pilot was the only one on board … Continue reading

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Day 77. Gapuwiyak

Arnhem Sports officially finished this morning with the presentation of medals and trophies. Each of the winning teams got medals as well as the best overall track and field for each age group. Gapuwiyak dominated in the team events winning … Continue reading

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Day 74 – 77. Gapuwiyak – Arnhem Sports

Arnhem Sports is an annual social and sporting carnival involving students aged 11 – 18+ yrs. All of the teams are from schools in remote communities in North Arnhem Land; Ramingining, Gapuwiyak, Elcho Island, Maningrida, Warruwi, Milingimbi and Yirrkala. There … Continue reading

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