Driving through Broome, we entered the Kimberley. Derby is one of the major cities here. We loved Derby but we were fascinated by the Boab Tree. This is the Boab Prison Tree.
Legend says that prisoners we put inside this tree at night, while being transported to Derby. That is rather scary. Back in Broome, Cable Beach is a wonderful place. A meal or snack at Zander’s on the beach and fabulous sunsets viewed from a camel create unforgettable memories.
At Broome’s Town Park we were fortunate to witness Stairway to the Moon.
This experience is also forever in our memory. Australia has many beautiful national parks. There are over 500 Australian national parks. In Kakadu National Park in the Northern Territory we gazed at Aboriginal Rock Art
and watched huge crocodiles.
Thankfully the crocodiles were more interested in the warm sun than tasting Colorado Traveling Ducks. We rode the Ghan, Australia’s other main railroad, to the red center of Australia. Another fascinating train ride. We believe sunrise at Kata Tjuta was beautiful.
Uluru, formerly called Ayers Rock, is huge.
Scientists say most of the rock, or monolith, is still underground. The above ground height is 863 meters or 1,141 feet. More than that amount is still hidden underground. Next we took a public bus to Coober Pedy. This opal mining town celebrated its 100th anniversary.
Inside an opal mine, the opal is beautiful in the rock.
Just waiting to be mined. Much of this town is underground, living in cave live areas. The Underground Serbian Orthodox Church was spectacular.
A short flight to Adelaide and we rode another bus into the wine country. Here we saw beautiful countryside and, of course, tasted some good wine.
Our time in Australia was so much fun. Tomorrow we will finish our reflections of our wonderful vacation.