Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 12: In and around Seven Spirit Bay

Today gives you a lesson in not believing all you read. You may remember that I finished yesterday’s post with some hifalutin’ statement about magical days? What I didn’t mention was today’s shocker. You see, today’s main activity was to visit the historic Victoria Settlement. That sounded good, as did getting there via a circa … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 11: Last day on the coach, and on to Seven Spirit Bay

This day was to be our last on the coach, the rest of the tour being by boat and plane. The coach has been good to us, and as comfortable as it could be, but 1400 kms or so of dirt, mostly corrugated or heavily rutted, roads, complete with water crossings, does take its toll … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 8: On water and land in Maningrida

As at Murwangi, we were divided into 2 groups, one boating in the morning and the other doing land visits in Maningrida, and then swapping for the afternoon. We were in the morning boating group. Now, as would happen at Seven Spirit Bay – some literary foreshadowing here, which I can do because of our … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 7: Next stop, Barra Lodge

And then it was on the road again, heading to Barra Lodge, near Maningrida, by way of Ramingining. In Ramingining En route to Ramingining, driver Ian told us a little about this community. Like Yirrkala, near Nhulunbuy, we were not allowed to wander around and photograph it – which is fair enough – except for … Read more

Arnhem Land Trip 2018, Day 6: Enjoying the Arafura Swamp

By the time you see this we’ll be back in “civilisation” so to speak. We’ve had a wonderful trip, experiencing landscapes from woodlands to wetlands; indigenous culture from bush tucker to art, both contemporary and ancient; activities from fishing to bird spotting; food from hot cooked breakfasts to crocodile skewers and buffalo curry with valiant … Read more