Australia / Kakadu

Kakadu – the name alone is enough to send the mind wandering to the outback.

The sky is wide, the plains endless, and the sun lights up the rocks in an earthy rainbow of browns and yellows. You can’t help but feel like you’re meeting Australia for the first time.

During the Dreaming, Ubirr was visited by Garranga’rreli, the Rainbow Serpent, during her path across the top end of Australia. As she crossed the land, she sang the rocks, plants, animals, and people into existence. This songline is still a sacred path to the Aboriginal people who live in Australia’s North.

We visited Mamukala Wetlands, Ubirr – home to some of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world (paintings 20,000+ years old) – and Burrunggui (Nourlangie Rock).

Keep your eyes on the sun and you will not see the shadows.

Australian Aboriginal Proverb

Australia / Mataranka

Roughly 400km southeast of Darwin lies a small town called Mataranka. On our way back to Darwin from Nitmiluk National Park, we spent an afternoon with the fam swimming in the dreamy waters of the Mataranka Thermal Springs, under the shade of the paperbark and palm forest. 

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