Mobile Living Made Easy Australia Issue 1 - Page 15

Mataranka Springs, about a four-hour drive from Darwin, is the perfect place to relax in the NT outback When visiting as a family, I suggest staying at Cooinda Lodge Jabiru, a resort-style caravan park with a swimming pool, restaurant and more. The main attractions – Jim Jim Falls, Gunlom, Ubirr Rock, among others – are within striking distance. However, other c a m p g ro u n d s a re s c a tte re d throughout Kakadu closer to each attraction. A couple of tips: • Do not leave Kakadu without taking a boat cruise on Yellow Water Billabong – it’s the definition of the word ‘breathtaking’. • Be sure to take the hiking track to the top of Gunlom Falls, where you’ll find rock pools and a view like no other. MORE INFORMATION COFFS HARBOUR: THE KIDS WILL GO BANANAS Some might scoff at the idea of Coffs. But for this southerner and his family, it has it all: great four-wheel-driving, a choice of beachside holiday parks, a fantastic shopping precinct and, to top it off, you’re allowed to take your 4WD onto some o f the beaches. In fact, you can drive all the way from Coffs Harbour to the Sawtell Inlet on Boambee Beach. Obviously, Coffs is known for the Big Banana. And if you’re cynical, trust me: it’s better than it sounds, with a water park, toboggan, laser tag, ice-skating and much more. Be sure to also spend some time Image Credit: Sean Scott Photography Mobile living made easy. — 15 ­