Posted by: da76 | May 25, 2010

The end of the wet..time to move on?

Well the wet is now over and our time at Crab Claw Island is coming to a close. Six months in one spot has been quite a novel experience after being on the road for so long (our ‘two year’ on the road anniversary was in April). Our time at Crab Claw has been wonderful.  In some ways this is our first experience of being ‘institutionalised’ ….institutionalised in a nice way. The group dynamics between the staff and the constant changes with staff turnover has been an amazing study in human nature and team dynamics. Anyway back to the recent happenings.

As you can see our last post was back at Christmas so what has been happening? Strangely enough we have been fairly busy with our commitments at Crab Claw (three days a week and sometimes more), our volunteer work with ICV (indigenous Community Volunteers), our consulting and of course the mandatory fishing and crabbing. The biggest surprise has been on the consulting front with a number of projects being put our way through the NT government department DBE (Department of Business and Employment). These projects (mostly marketing strategies) have been fascinating as they have been such diverse businesses. ( We were even asked to put forward a proposal for undertaking the Eco Certification for Seven Spirit Bay however we were unsuccessful. A pity as it would have been a wonderful experience and our client contact seemed to be a fascinating bloke. We have also been consulting for a mate back on the east coast ( so a trip back to Brisbane was necessary which gave me (David) the opportunity to catch up with Nadia. All this work may seem to fly in the face of our real reason for travelling but we have enjoyed every moment not to mention our bank balance looks a bit healthier!

Surviving the wet season was not as difficult as we anticipated. The only down side is the need to spend much of our time ‘in doors’ in air conditioning to have a chance to dry out. You quickly acclimatise to working outside – the real trick is to drink plenty of water and stay hydrated. Watching the monsoonal storms come in is awesome. Often the temperature will drop 5 to 10 degrees as the wind is whipped up preceding the storm. Then wham, the rain pelts down.

A few days back we returned from spending three weeks out at Lorella Springs. Lorella is a million acre property on the Gulf of Carpentaria (via the Savanna Way) that also has a small tourism venture. The purpose for the trip was a site visit to complete the marketing strategy that we had been engaged to do for Lorella by DBE. Lorella is a beautiful property and we arrived just as the wet was coming to an end which meant that everything was still lush and green. Rhett and Phi the owners have been struggling with the vagaries of the tourism sector which is exacerbated with the fickle nature of when the wet actually stops and starts. This year was a prime example with roads only just opening up (late May) when the season usually opens just after Easter, a loss of two months trading!

Lorella is beautiful. With a mix of billabongs, crystal clear pools and hot water springs it really is a remote paradise. After completing the strategy, Rhett asked us to hang around for a few days to manage the property as he had business to attend to in Darwin. Not a difficult request to say yes to!

As Rhett needs some assistance on the property we made a call to our friends Geoff and Maggie who are back on the road after a two year hiatus in Brisbane who just happened to be in Bowen on the east coast. “Any chance you two giving Rhett a hand?” “You bet” replied Geoff so as I type they are on the road heading to Lorella to give them a hand.

So what’s next? Hmmmm…..We have decided to head off shortly but to where?  We have a few surprising irons in the fire but you will have to wait for the next exciting instalment to see what we decide. Until then Ciao!



  1. cant help myself…….HATE YOU! you sound so unstressed and happy. Why arent I doing the same thing I ask you????

    luv you both anyway


    • Half the pleasure is in the jealousy! Miss you guys as well!

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