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We have rented a small camper van and are traveling for 8 weeks.  We began in Darwin and visited Kakadu National Park, Katherine Gorge, Alice Springs and the West MacDonnell range.  It was all beautiful, hot and filled with masses of bush flies.

We continued south to Uluru, Ayers Rock, which is as dramatic to see as the tourist promotions say.  From there it was to the opal mining capital of the world, Coober Pedy, a very odd place where 60% of the population lives underground.

We went from hot to cold in a short drive  to the Eyre peninsula in South Australia.  It pokes out into the Great Southern Ocean.  It is summer yet the wind was howling from the south.  We could could just imagine it coming directly from Antarctica.  We have camped at neat historical places like Franklin Harbour and Coffin Bay (named for Sir Isaac Coffin, a friend of Matthew Flinders the explorer).  While rather cool down here at least there are few flies and lots of oysters.