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A beautiful day “down under” awaited our arrival! A very warm welcome for our first visit to Australia and Darwin. Darwin is a resort town that had been destroyed a couple of times over due to World War II and a cyclone that hit there in 1974. Fortunately it has been rebuilt and is modern, clean and attractive. We walked around the town park and then boarded an amphibious vehicle for a short tour around town and the harbor. The best part of the ride was meeting some Darwinians who were very friendly and asked lots of questions about New York. One guy wanted to know if we received a pension or had a self-made pension. I replied that we had both and wondered about him. He said that he was on a disability pension and ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin February 20th 2015

Hi followers and bloggers, The effects of the cyclone at Wagait (which is located directly to the east of Wagait, more towards Kakadu NP) had died down slightly. There was no more thunder or lightening but heavy down pours. Which meant after having a lie in and catching the ferry in to the city at 11.20am we got drenched. Our bags are also soaked L I’m currently drying out my sleeping bag this evening. Jenny was good enough to drop us off at the ferry port and also pay for both of our singles back again!!!! She really had exceeded all expectations of a couch surf host-beyond generous and welcoming. We also saw one of the guys on the ferry (Simon) who was at the darts last night, he gave us a lift to our hostel ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin January 10th 2015

We arrived in Darwin in torrential rain and its rained on and off ever since. Apparently the wet season has started later than usual this year and is now making up for lost time! We arrived at 06.00 so the first thing Brian wanted was breakfast. I wanted sleep. I found the overnight flight very tiring and not something I would do again. Anyway sftrr breakfast and sleep we took a stroll in the wrong direction! I thought that the taxi driver had said turn right out of your hotel band its a short walk to the harbour. We should have gone left! You know how there are some parts of every city where you don't take visitors.. we eventually found the city centre. It's a small city with just over 100,000 population. Lots of history ... read more

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
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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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