Blogs from Cullen Bay , Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania


Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay October 22nd 2015

Tuesday 20th October 2015 The morning was spent cleaning the boat. Windows were washed, chrome polished up and the decks were scrubbed and cleared of bladders and pumps. Once again it looked like the boat that left Airlie Beach. The crew numbers increased dramatically just after 1400hrs with the arrival of Diane, Jen and Judy, Barry, Ian and Rags’ wives respectively. Originally they were joining us until Friday, by which time the boat would have had its engines serviced, and then fly home. It has now been decided that they would stay on board with us until we reach Broome, giving them the opportunity to see the waters of the Kimberley. As this area should be the highlight of the trip it was an opportunity that was too good to miss! Judy and Rags caught up ... read more
Steak Diane meal
Parliament House
Darwin harbour

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay May 14th 2015

Today the Bago went in for a well earned service. We dropped him off to the mechanic by 7.30 and went on to the City to spend some time. We had a nice breaky and did a bit of touristy shopping.We wandered past the entertainment centre and spotted info about the 'Good times tour' on next Tuesday. Glenn Shorrock, Brian Cadd, Kate Cebrano and Joe Camilleri. Looked great so we had a quick change of plans and booked the tickets. We will head to Kakadu tomorrow and spend some time having a really good look and come back to Darwin by Tuesday to go to the show. Looking forward to that! Headed off to Cullen Bay which is only a couple of minutes from the city. What a beautiful place! Must be heaps of money here. ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay February 19th 2015

Hi People, We had nothing planned today apart from having a walk down the beach, having a long lay in, catching up with the blogs and general chilling out. There is nothing around Wagait beach area but that’s why we wanted to stay here, getting out of the normal tourist areas and into real Australia!!! I cooked Jenny, Vick and myself breakfast of cheese on toast, Jenny thought her oven didn’t work however I had a look and had it working within a minute!! (Being an electrical engineer helps) I could then grill the cheese so everyone was happy with breakfast. Harris and I then sat on the balcony taking turns in writing the blogs; this was nice to read our book while the other one wrote. It is so so hot and muggy I was ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay February 18th 2015

Hello Bloggers, 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 ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay September 7th 2014

We had a sleep-in today and then looked at what was left to see in Darwin, preferably without cost, as we've been a bit extravagant lately. I was interested in the Chinese Temple and Museum, for a gold coin donation so we started there. The Darwin Chinese Temple is colourful with its bright yellow roof and red decorations and has two little lions guarding the entrance (made in China and originally belonged to a temple near Pine Creek, before it was destroyed by Australian servicemen). Inside the altar area is under cover but there are two side sections that are open to the sky and have pits underneath to collect and drain away the rain. It certainly makes the place lighter and more airy, despite the incense burning at the various altars. It was built in ... read more
The Ceremonial Dragon
La Beach Fish and Chip Shop
The view from the Fish and Chip Shop

With all of our bags packed for Cairns we checked out of our hostel and headed to Darwin's waterfront before our afternoon of fishing. The waterfront was reminiscent of the restaurants around the friendship gardens in darling harbour, although a little smaller and they have the added features of a wave pool and a man made lagoon with a shark/croc net. After a couple of quick pictures we headed to Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal to pick up our afternoons fishing charter. Lochy the skipper soon had us crushing out to sea to catch the tide as it turned as this would probably provide the best chances of catching anything. With Amy giving us a quick run through on what to do we baited our hooks and cast our lines in. Straight away Jo was in on ... read more
Jo's Golden Snapper
Black Tip Reef Shark
Lochy landing a Rock Cod

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