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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin October 12th 2014

Finally another update! Due to not having any access to the internet and the lack of electricity on our road trip we have not been able to update the blog for a while, but now it's time again! We have now left the little town of Richmond about 3 weeks ago and are currently in Darwin, but I will take you through the details. So, since last time a lot of things have happened. To begin with we bought a car in Charters Towers just 400 km west of Richmond. It's a little Suzuki Grand Vitara with 4WD which is going to take us around Australia. It has been so nice to have access to our own car while staying in Richmond since there is not a lot of public transport present in the little town. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin September 5th 2014

September 5th - Today we rose at 4:30 a.m., stumbled aboard ‘Jack’s Bus’ for the three-hour ride to the Sydney Airport, and boarded an airplane for the four and a half flight to Darwin, or as it’s known in Australia, ‘The Top End’. As we arrive at the airport the weather was not just warm, it was hot! This is the Australia I’ve always heard of!! We ended the evening watching the sun set into a beautiful blue sea from our balcony on the 16thfloor. Our first full day in Darwin was a busy one. In the morning we visited the 130-year old, George Brown Botanical Gardens. A beautiful retreat in the city, this garden has a variety of indigenous tropical plants and trees as well as many others from around the world. How I envy ... read more
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Chill'in in the rain forest

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin September 3rd 2014

Leaving Mary River at 10am we set off for Darwin and drove straight to Robbie’s Reserve, about 20kms south of the city, right next to Darwin Prison. On the way, we passed quite a few quad road trains carrying sulphuric acid for the mines; a military tank on the back of a truck; and an armoured vehicle with a soldier in full battle dress sitting up high and easily visible at the front. They must all be part of the military exercises we heard about from Geoff for “Operation Kakadu”. We’d heard loud explosions and machine gun fire during the night so the target must have been quite close, just outside the National Park. The Robbie Reserve Caravan Park was very much like a Showgrounds, despite the name, so was cheaper than most parks in Darwin ... read more
Wetlands Along the Highway into Darwin
View of Darwin across the Darwin Waterfront towards Stokes Hill Wharf
Bombing of Darwin

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 26th 2014

Saturday, 26th July 2014 On our third day, we shifted somewhere closer to the city centre where the url=http://www.tripadvisor.com.sg/ShowUserReviews-g255066-d256363-r218196073-Mantra_on_the_Esplanade-Darwin_Top_End_Northern_Territory.htmlMantra On The Esplanade was located. This was a hit-and-miss affair even though our spacious bedroom came with a fine sea view overlooking the longish Bicentennial Park. Within the park grounds, there was a mini beach and an impressive Memorial dedicated to the USS Peary, the American warship that sunk off Darwin Harbour by the Japanese bombers in February 1942. We spent most of our day at Bicentennial trying very hard to catch the sea breeze that would start sending our kite to the skies. This was a relatively futile attempt even though we had some fun out of it. Since our new room no longer came with an attached kitch... read more
Nice room @ The Mantra On The Esplanade
Our Kite Flying Attempt

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 25th 2014

Friday, 25th July 2014 After a self-catered breakfast this morning, we hopped on to the somewhat reliable public bus services to begin our Darwin Museums' Quest. For AUD7, this gave us an unlimited number of rides on the public buses for the day. In expensive Darwin, this was probably one of the few value-for-money options available. All buses came with complimentary wifi services on board which allowed us to connect on the go. Unfortunately, no public announcements were made as the buses made its stops along the way - certainly not very user-friendly for visitors like us. Our bus passed through the Sky City Casino and the George Brown Botanic Gardens before stopping along the main road closest to the Museum and Art Gallery. Admission to this fine museum was free and it was opened on ... read more
The Cyclone Tracy Gallery @ the Museum
Aftermath in December 1974
The Waiting Game

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 23rd 2014

Wednesday, 23rd July 2014 Our journey to the city of Darwin started on the night of 23rd July 2014. It was 10 years back when I last visited Australia and I decided to give it another go given the long weekend ahead. For the first time of my life, I was a bit apprehensive with our flight journey given a slew of horrible air incidents that plague the travel industry recently. Before our flight, I had to assure my parents that everything was going to be alright. Of course, we were really quite comfortable with Jetstar given that this was a subsidiary of the Qantas Group which had maintained a good safety record since it started operations 10 years ago. So H and myself assembled at Changi Terminal 1 at 10.30pm tonight in preparation for our ... read more
Welcome to Darwin

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin June 23rd 2014

Leaving Eighty Mile Beach we head in the direction of Broome, we have been there before but we are hopeful of getting some warranty work completed there on the caravan by a mobile repairer. Broome is a town built on pearls and has a rich history involving the Japanese pearl divers.Today pearls are still cultured and farmed here with one of the pearl farms offering sightseeing tours.Having been here before we have no real inclination to undertake any of the tours,our first blog on our visit to Broome contains information on that visit.We check in to a caravan park close to the famous Cable beach with its miles of golden sand.Here we also meet up with two sets of friends we have seen on previous camps and catch up on each others stories.Although not wanting to ... read more
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Darwin 10-12 May 2014 We left Brisbane at 9.30am and arrived at 1.00pm in Darwin. We travelled to the Hilton Darwin by shuttle bus when the bus driver gave a quick explanation of what we were seeing on the way to some of the hotels. We noticed many changes since we had been in Darwin 9 years before, mainly 6 story high rises of units. But we were later going to see much more that has changed. We settled into our hotel and went for a walk down to the waterfront. When going past Parliament House we popped in to see the inside with its wood-panelled walls and the green coloured Legislative Assembly. There was also a memorial for the old Post Office which used to be on the site before the Parliament House was built. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin October 6th 2013

We spent 5 days barely scratching the surface of Kakadu National Park, this vast reserve extends over 20,000 square km and encompasses huge dramatic landscapes from sandstone escarpments to vast wetlands. Kakadu is also known as a living cultural landscape, filled with fascinating rock art sites and dreaming places representing one of the longest historical records of any group of people in the world. Although managed by the government as a National Park, the land itself still belongs to the Bininj/Mungguy aboriginals who have adapted and used the land for food and general survival over tens of thousands of years, and thus access to the park is strictly limited to designated trails and camping grounds. Nevertheless, whether it was the time of the year (the hottest !) or the sheer size of the park, we rarely ... read more
Ubirr rock, towards Arnhemland
Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungles
Cathedral Gorge, Bungle Bungles

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin August 3rd 2013

Day – 17 - We meet two new Friends. Their names Where Zac and Ella. Zac kept trying to kick William in the thing in the back of you. Day 18 – We went to Cutta Cutta caves and got to Katherine Gorge and had a swim in the pool. Day 19 – We did a 1klm walk to a lookout over Katherine Gorge and saw millions of bats! We did back flips in the pool. Day 20 – We went shopping in Katherine and then went into Kakadu National Park, we stayed at Gunlom and swam in the gorge which has crocs and snakes. Day 21 – We went to Bukbukluk lookout which was great then we went to Yellow Waters and did a walk around and got to within 30cm of a Kingfisher. Dad ... read more
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