We are now truly settled in Darwin and just loving the lifestyle and fantastic weather. Pete and I were very fortunate to be offered the first jobs that we applied for so Pete is working at the local supermarket as a shelf filler and I am a sales consultant for Travelex at Darwin Int'l Airport. It is wonderful to receive payslips after so long and see our bank account climb upwards instead of always dipping downwards! We are in with a great bunch of fellow permanent dry season campers and share a laugh with them most nights during our happy hours!
We are both biking to work and feeling fitter because of it. Darwin is very flat so it is not difficult to bike anywhere and have even biked to the city which took an hour each way. At 33 degrees most days we certainly appreciate the swimming pool in the camp ground to cool us off for sure. At least the nights are a little cooler but an oscillating fan going all night is definitely a must with some people using their air conditioners to keep cool.
There are some brilliant restaurants and bars in Darwin and we
have tried out quite a few since arriving. Down on the wharf in the city they have a whole row of restaurants with outdoor dining where huge fish can be seen in the water waiting hopefully for diners to throw them some tit bits.
Darwin is very tropical with beautiful palms and other flowering trees everywhere so biking or even touring around in a car is really enjoyable. The city is growing fast resulting in expensive rents and house shortages so a great place for investors at the moment.
We have a pet/house sit arranged for late November in a nice suburb in Perth for 5 weeks so all going to plan we will try to get a weeks holiday in Bali before setting off on the road again to visit all the towns and beaches on the way there.
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