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Important Update:

I have always tried to answer each and every reader question I receive, mostly privately, or if answers could help others, I've published the answer on my site.

However, this website receives over 7000 readers a day. Traffic has increased so much that I am unable to keep up with all your questions.

So, here is what has changed:

I am leaving the questions form below open. I do want to know what information you are missing. It helps me to make the site better, so don't hesitate to ask for information you'd like to see covered here. But please understand that I am unable to answer questions personally.

I will answer the questions that offer the most help to the most people and will publish them here.

Unfortunately, this means I can no longer answer requests for individual assistance or questions that are already answered somewhere on the website or in the free guide book.

Thanks for understanding.


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Miscellaneous questions previously submitted through the website are here.

Here are questions and answers regarding Kakadu, Litchfield, Katherine Gorge or Ayers Rock and surrounds.

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2WD vehicle in Outback 
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