Blogs from City of Darwin, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania - page 4


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
Mindle Beach Darwin (2)
Mindle Beach Markets (1)
Mindle Beach Markets (6)

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

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 15th 2013

2 days ago me and Shrey left Alice springs at 6 after packing the car. But first we went to the camel cup. It was a short race so we went after that. We Drove to Tennant Creek, on the road when it was dark we went to devils marble, a rock formation in the dessert. We arrived at 12 o' clock in Tennant Creek and had a good night rest. The day after we drove to Katherine Gorge. A river with rocks all around it, made some nice pictures. After that I went behind the wheel for 2 hours it was a nice ride. After a break Shrey drove again and we arrived in Darwin at 9. Soon gonna check out the area and see stuff here. Fun facts: Koala's have a pouch like a ... read more

Still here in Darwin, weather is great warm sunny days and cooler nights, humidity has calmed down.Have had my car serviced and the vans wheels aligned. Had a couple of days not doing a lot, just lazing around, the caravan park is great with a good size swimming pool.Did take a run out yesterday on the Arnhem highway, its amazing what you see out here.A pub called the Bark Hut which has a collection of Emu's and snakes and the pub is full of memorabilia, on the walls and in sheds.The other pub we visited is called the Humpty Doo which has it's own characters lounging around. Also visited a dam called Fogg dam which is now part of the wetlands and a sanctuary for birds and crocs great place,along the road we spotted a wild ... read more
the wet lands
the wet lands
the wet lands

16/1/13 We landed in Darwin at around 3.20am, and went through immigration and customs, hoping to be delayed as long as possible, seeing as we had no hotel to go to until later on. We were through to arrivals by 4am, and found a table near the only cafe in the arrivals area. We got a caffeine based drink to try and keep us going, and a managed to sign on to the wifi at the airport- which kept us occupied for a while! We got something to eat after a while (first taste of how expensive Australia is!), then decided to get a taxi around 7am to our hotel. It cost us $27, exchange rate about $1.5 to £1. To our surprise and joy, the lovely lady on the reception desk at our hotel let ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin April 26th 2013

Landing in Darwin it was hard to believe I was in the same country. It was midnight, but still 27 degrees, and steamy with it. Of course more sensible people than I would have looked at a map before getting on the plane. It turns out that Sydney is over 3,000 kms away. I might as well have landed in Indonesia. Day one was a trip to Litchfield National Park, only around 130kms from Darwin. I seemed to have inadvertently booked myself on a day trip targeted to backpackers. The owner of the company picked me up from the hotel and drove me down to the meet the bus. He told me he came up from Melbourne 20 years ago and he couldn't believe his luck when he arrived to be a tour guide. "I was ... read more
Good reasons to fear crocs
No, I don't want to hold him myself, but he would make a lovely handbag...
Life size killer croc - more than 8 metres long.  HUGE!

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin April 13th 2013

We had set up at Hidden Valley, a caravan park outside of Darwin, with nice grounds and a nice pool, and decided to give it 5 days before lowering the price on the car. Since we were (very) low on money and had no idea of a) when we would sell the car or b) how much we could get for it, our days consisted of devising ways of evading the extremely sticky heat while spending as little money as possible. This included eating through our reserves of canned food, spending time at the library (free though sloooooow wifi, and amazing aircon), visiting the Northern Territory Museum, which was like a glorious refrigerator and is home to the best natural history exhibit outside of New York and a really extensive Aboriginal art & culture exhibit as ... read more
On the safe side
Waterfront wharf
Here's looking at you...

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin October 15th 2012

So it came time to finally leave Perth. It is strange how time can fly - you put your feet up for a couple of weeks and seven months have flown by! We were glad to have visited Western Australia when so many other travellers pass it by. We were particularly glad to have met some great people. In particular Leeann (our Aussie Mum) and Georgia & Peter, who welcomed us into their homes/lives and made a faraway place seem like home. We truly are blessed. As you can imagine there were some emotional goodbyes and several 'last suppers' before we caught the flight to Darwin on a wet Perth morning. Darwin is some 4000km (sorry mum it's all metric here! - F) north east of Perth on this vast continent, which means not only were ... read more
Flight to Darwin
A night time visitor
The Darwin Museum

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin June 16th 2012

(A poem scribbled together during an afternoon of rum drinking in the sun in Broome...) For gold will turn to dust and steel to rust Hearts are bound to stop And as memories are forgot The future will surely fade Only this moment hold its value As this moment is all Time lends us And Time is the ruler of all things He will see every King fall and every hero die. In the shadow of the world and measured against eternity Nothing can maintain Nothing but Now.... read more

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