by Lisa Campbell
(Perth, Western Australia)
Whale Shark Snorkel, Coral Bay
Hi, I’m Lisa. Traveling northern WA and the NT has always been a dream, but I never thought I could do it on my own. However, after waiting 10 years to meet the right one (which never happened), I decided to do it anyway for my 40th birthday.
My 10 year old daughter, Ashleigh and I set off in June 2010 for a ten week adventure, traveling in a Mitsubishi Challenger and sleeping in an Oz Tent. We traveled 14,500 kms from Perth north to Broome, north-east to Darwin, south to Alice Springs then south-west back to Perth.
Although we saw and did so much, some highlights were: feeding the dolphins at Monkey Mia, snorkeling with a whale shark at Coral Bay, the ambiance of Broome, sunset on the cliffs at Cape Leveque, wading through Tunnel Creek, seeing Wolfe Creek meteorite crater, helicopter flight over the Bungle Bungles, hiking at El Questro, Yellow Waters cruise at Kakadu, gem fossicking at Gem Tree, hot air ballooning at Alice Springs, hiking Kings Canyon, climbing Uluru and traveling the Great Central Road.
We both had an absolutely awesome time and highly recommend it to other single people with kids. We have definitely caught the travel bug and are already starting to think about our next adventure - this time we have Queensland in our sights. If you would like to hear more about our adventures please visit our blog.
I'll leave you with a Mark Twain quote that inspired our adventure: "Twenty years from now, you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do, than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines, sail away from the safe harbour... Explore. Dream. Discover".
Happy travelling. Lisa and Ash
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