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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin October 13th 2015

Arriving into Darwin at half five in the morning with hardly any sleep, it was a welcoming sight to see my mate Will waiting with a sign welcoming me to Australia, even though he had spelt my name wrong. I have known Will for years through the British Army and he had taken the jump to transfer to the Australian Army last year and had only been in country for 7 months. In fact Will was the one that persuaded me to go travelling for 2 months around South East Asia towards the end of last year and given me the travel bug.For me this was a temporary move back into normality as I moved into his spare room, for Will it was a chance to catch up and find out all about my adventures so ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin August 17th 2015

Well folks, we reluctantly left Camooweal with only a short stretch on the Barkly Highway to the Northern Territory border, then a few more hours drive, turn right to the Three Ways Roadhouse, the intersection with the Stuart Highway, needing fuel we stopped to be greeted at the bowser with a sign "Leave your photo id with the operator before these pumps will work", a welcoming introduction to the NT, ok, fuelled up and asked if we could buy wine, by this time I realised this man had a severe attitude problem, he looked at his watch, said "its after 2pm, ok, wait in the bar area", so we waited and waited, probably 20 minutes before he walked behind the bar, one label only, bottles, ok, I asked for a small taste, horrified, he asked why, ... read more
Daly River Pub
Daly River Pub
Elsey Cemetery

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 23rd 2015

Monday 20thJuly Our over night flight proves a little difficult as I get the largest chap on the plane next to me. He's so big that he can't fit between the armrests and has to put them down after he's seated. His knees hit the seat in front. I feel trapped in the middle seat and can't even see around him. To make things worse the child in front on us starts crying as soon as we take off and continues for the next 5 hours. Sleep is impossible. We land at 4am and as it's dark we decide to stay in the airport. We eventually decide to take the 8am shuttle bus into town. There's no timetable, the buses only come to meet the flights except by 8.30 it's still not come so we share ... read more
2 Christine & Spitfire at Aviation Museum
3 Botanical Gardens
4 Mindil Beach

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin June 19th 2015

Charlotte had to leave at midday, therefore after the 10am check out we went down to the water front and found a nice shady patch to sit in near the lagoon. After a while I went in for a swim, the water was much cooler than I expected it to be. It was more like the sea off Cornwall during summer. So I just had a quick swim around the fountain and the warmed up again in the sun. We then had an ice cream before we walked to the bus station and said our goodbyes. Rather than go back to the hostel I got a hop on hop off tour bus ticket, which enabled me to get all the way up east point. The first stop I got off at was the Australia museum. This ... read more


Not a lot to report about today's ventures. We don't have a vehicle so decided to catch a bus into the city for a nice breaky. Its quite hot again today and getting more humid and we want to get the most out of this beautiful city before we head off. The bus system is very good here. Picked us up right out the front of the park and straight into the city. Its about a 15 min drive I'd say. And for 2 seniors, guess how much?? $2, yep for 2 people. You can travel for 3 hours for a dollar each. Got to use my newly arrived seniors card!! Ha ha! There are SOME good things about getting older... We thought we'd better have something healthy this morning. See the pics below and you'll ... read more
Darwin city
Darwin city
Darwin city


A relatively quiet day today. It was another very hot day and we were still a bit sapped from yesterday. I did start the day with a very beautiful swim again. It sets you up, love that warm water! Later Rob caught up on some reading and I popped into the local shopping centre and organised some bits and pieces. We won't get any real decent food options from here on so trying to stock up as best we can. Made a nice pot of chicken soup in the Thermo shuttle! Will be very handy in little frozen packs on the road. It was getting seriously hot so we both went for a swim. The water had heated up even more but was still very refreshing. The Bago is going in for it's service tomorrow and ... read more
Darwin sunset
Arafura by sunset
Deck Chair cinema


We made up for the in house day yesterday. We were up and about fairly early and got the fishing gear all sorted. I made some sangas and cold drinks as its even hotter today. Our first stop was for bait, and then off to Elizabeth river. Its a tidal river that runs in from the Arafura sea. We heard that there are some massive trevally in this river and ideally you'd head out in a boat. But we joined in with the number of other hopefuls on the jetty. Luckily there were some canopies over the jetty because the sun was pretty intense even though it was pretty early. An old greek guy told us that there wasn't too many fish out there today.. Mmmm not such a good start. but then all of a ... read more
Elizabeth river
Nightcliff jetty
Nightcliff jetty


Well if you can get through the Blog without yawning today, I'd be very grateful! It was a pretty ordinary day. Mind you it did start off with an early morning swim, managed to get the beautiful pool all to myself! Oh and the air temperature at 7.30 am was about 28 degrees and the water temp about 24. So not too shabby! Cooked up a canadian breaky and cappacino, as I'd worked up an appetite doing laps. (yeah I guess we are really glamping hey!). After a lazy read I got stuck into it! Time to do some house work! Changed the sheets, did all the washing, defrosted the fridge and freezer, washed down all the surfaces, even vacced the lounge seats! Phew! Bago looks as schmick as ever though! In the mean time Rob ... read more
East Arm boat ramp
East arm boat ramp
East arm


Lazy kind of day today. Not a lot to post about except hot, sunny blue skies, swimming pools and palm trees. Not too shabby! Did start the day with rolling the dice by getting a hair cut. Always nervous letting someone new chop my hair but it was necessary. Went okay though, will keep me going for a while. Did a fair bit of running around trying to buy a part for the gas bbq ( a regulator thingy, or some such thing!) and buying some wool for the many driving hours coming up, down the west coast, we made out way back to the Bago. Its very hot today so after a bit of lunch I hit the pool. Very very nice. Had myself a beer, the another swim. Its a pretty hard life up ... read more
Darwin day 2
Darwin day 2
Darwin day 2


We couldn't post last night as we were as we stopped in a somewhat spooky road side stop with no service. But it was the best we could do after a very long 700 k driving day again. (Robs thinking of taking up long haul truck driving after this!) We had breaky at the Daly waters historic pub. Its a very cute place! Pretty eclectic and a must see. They have some pretty big nights and would be a very popular stop over for back packers etc. (Worst coffee EVER though!). And we had a super stop over at Mataranka Hot springs later in the day. Its a magnificent place and whats more it's free to swim in the hot springs! Its well worth the stopover, the water is an average of 34 degrees and is ... read more
Daly Waters
Daly waters
Daly Waters




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