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My folks recently returned home from a trip that took them around half of Australia. I thought I'd post a few of their pic's for those who might be interested in seeing what's out there...


1. Magnetic White Ant Mounds - Litchfield, Northern Territory. Magnetic termites build their tombstone-shaped mounds in perfect north-south alignment, angled to create constant heat on their eastern faces.






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2. Cathedral termite mound. The veritable castle of termite construction. Made from saliva and excrement, cathedral mounds can be up to six metres tall. As a relative comparison, the same human structure (hopefully made of materials other than saliva and excrement) would be over one kilometre high, more than twice the height of the Petronas Towers in Kuala Lumpur.

That's my mum in the pic. She's about 5'4".






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3. Wangi Falls - Litchfiel, Northern Territory. You can swim here between May to October and watch the thundering waterfalls during the monsoon period (summer).






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4. Reynold's River - Northern Territory. Salt water crocodile. These things bite....hard.






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5. Adelaide River pub - Northern Territory. Famous for it's Barramundi and chips lunch...... and its Water Buffalo trophy.






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6. Leave the guns at home...






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7. Meet George. Yes, he's very much alive. He lives at the Daly River pub.






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8. Katherine Gorge - NT. A boat trip up the gorge is a must do!!!






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9. Katherine Gorge - NT. A flood in 1998 peaked at 21 metres (69ft) up this wall.






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10. Mataranka - NT. One of the more friendly locals, a wallaby.






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