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Published: February 27th 2015
Today was our flight from Perth to Darwin. We woke up about 4am, grabbed our bags and the pre made bacon rolls from the fridge (thanks Seb), then Kelly drove us to the metro station about 5 minutes up the road (thanks Kelly). It was easy enough to get to the airport on public transport: we caught the metro straight to Esplanade about 30 minutes away; and then followed the signs to bus 40 that goes to the airport. We got to Perth international about 2 hours before take off.
The flight was on time and only took 3h30 to get to Darwin. The time here is an 1h30 ahead…. weird. We stepped off the plane into intense humid heat, a contrast from warm, windy Perth. We then caught the shuttle from the airport into the City Centre ($15 each).
We had spoken to Jenny (our Coach Surfing host) last night to make final arrangements with her, so we asked the shuttle bus to drop us off on Mitchel Street, next to the Mitchel Centre where Jenny works. We went up to her office on the 11th
floor (Jenny works
in the business sector as senior assistant to the executive). Jenny let us drop our bags off in one of the office rooms, so we could go off and have a wander around Darwin before she finished work at 4.30pm.
We went into Coles supermarket to get some lunch, then walked along Mitchel street to find the hostel we are staying at on the 20th
that was booked up by STA travel, this is to allow easy pick up for the tour we are joining on the 21st
Once we met Jenny after work, we caught bus 14 with her to the ferry terminal; it’s only about 10 minutes away. We then climbed on board the ferry that takes us to Wagait Beach, where Jenny lives. It normally costs $33 each for a return ticket but Jenny paid for both of our singles over (thank you Jenny). We arrived at the other end to meet Jenny’s son who is about 20 years old, who came with the car. Once we arrived at her house, which is up on stilts with an open plan Mediterranean feel about it, she showed us to our room. We
sat out with a drink on the balcony with Jenny, her son and a neighbour called Brad.
We had showered and started to make tea, (we bought a salad, toms, cheese, chicken and bread with us) which was chicken pasta and salad. It wasn’t long into making tea when the lightening came, we bug sprayed up and all walked down to the beach (about 100 meters away) to watch the spectacular lightening bolt show. I hadn’t seen anything like it before; there were about 4 different shows of lightening across the horizon out at sea.
We stayed chatting for a bit, but about 9.30pm we both said we were knackered after such an early start. So we went to bed, Neil uploaded some pictures, but it wasn’t long before we were both asleep.
I cannot describe how hot and muggy it is-we constantly have a layer of sweat over us. The fans can only do so much. And we are always armed with bug spray and water.
Love V&N xxx
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