Monthly Archives: August 2012

Groote Eylandt — Early visitors – White settlement – Mining activities

EARLY VISITORS The indigenous folk of Groote have had outsiders coming to their land for thousands of years and the reasons, whether it was a thousand years ago or today, are still basically the same. They come to exploit natural … Continue reading

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Groote Eylandt — Weather and Fishing

WEATHER The dry season (April to August) is the time when Bev and I visit Groote. The average low temperature is sixteen degrees and high 27 degrees.  A climate like this beats shivering through a southern winter.  The coldest temperature … Continue reading

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Groote Eylandt Orientation – Towns – Communities – Outstations

Few Australians, when you mention Groote Eylandt, know where it is. Guesses range from off Tasmania or the Western Australia coast, only a few say the Northern Territory.  It’s understandable that people don’t know because it’s not all that big; … Continue reading

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Days 18 – 24 Darwin

I am writing this entry on Day 24 Friday 4th May as we wait to board the plane for Groote Eylandt.   When the aircraft wheels leave the tarmac for the flight to Groote Leg 1 of our Odyssey will have … Continue reading

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Day 17 Katherine rest day

We are staying in Katherine with Paul and Sam for another night. We met them when we visited son Tim in Numbulwar, an Aboriginal community on the east coast of Arnhem Land. Sam was a teacher at the community school … Continue reading

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Day 16 Hi-Way Inn to Katherine

The Hi-Way Inn, our wet day rest camp,doesn’t really cater for the likes of us when it comes to cooking. There was no camp kitchen, only a barbecue.  To be able to cook I manoeuvred one of the barbecue hot … Continue reading

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