Blogs from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania

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Day 1.5: 2nd – 3rd June, 2022: Darwin – London: I can’t take this flight anymore, S.O.S Now, where do I begin with this one. For now on when someone suggest to my that flying is easy now with how far planes can travel, I will reply saying, “I would rather have many stop overs as possible”, you’d think I’m insane but hear me out, being stuck on a plane for 17 hours straight will make you think otherwise. After a quick 1 hour stop over at Darwin Airport where I helped myself to a beer, we once again boarded the same Qantas 787 that took us from Sydney to Darwin at 8:45pm, this time it will be taking us to London from Darwin over 17 hours. It was absolute hell, the meals they gave us ... read more
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Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin May 10th 2022

Monday morning we were on the road again . We had plotted a route through the Marrakai Road which as luck would have it, cut off a big section of sealed mainroad - just to our liking. Marrakai Road was a red dirt road still with quite a few puddle & stream crossings. Even though they are into the start of the dry season there is still a lot of wet patches on the road. Takes a few months for all this to dry up. The first challenging section we encountered was a full road-width puddle allowing little room for manoeuvring. I dropped my front wheel into the mud but luckily had enough momentum to ride out the other side. Keith was not so lucky dropping his bike, fortunately away from the muddy puddle & onto ... read more
Marrakai Rd
River Crossing
Big Rig


Hi again after a long pause - thanks to covid. Just about to start a new adventure riding from Darwin to Melbourne (around 8000kms), leaving Darwin next Saturday 7th May all being well. Brenton Ian & myself travel to Brisbane Tuesday then to Darwin on Wednesday where we meet up with Keith who arrives from Melbourne. 2 Days to check over our bikes which have been in storage for 2 years & set them up (Keith has a new bike from a Darwin dealer so should be almost ready to go). We meet up with Bryan around 14th in Daly Waters after he rides North from Sydney. Blogs, (hopefully) daily. If you don't want to receive them let me know & I'll remove your email from the list. Until next Saturday when we hit the road! ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Cullen Bay July 23rd 2021

Today’s our last day in Darwin. This also means that it’s our last day with ready access to a washing machine for quite a while, so I decide to put on a load. The machine tells me that this will take two and a half hours. I ask Issy why it takes so long to wash clothes in a machine when I could have washed them in the sink in a fraction of the time. The look I get suggests that maybe I should have kept my mouth shut. We head off down to the Darwin Waterfront Precinct. First stop is the World War 2 oil storage tunnels. Well first stop for me. Issy decides that maybe tunnels aren’t for her and heads off instead to get her nails done. The first Darwin air raid destroyed ... read more
World War 2 oil storage tunnel
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
World War 2 oil storage tunnel

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 22nd 2021

Today we’ll be heading thirty or so kilometres south down the highway to Berry Springs. We pass a turn off to the Howard Springs Holiday Park. The only reference we've heard to Howard Springs since we arrived up here is as the home of a quarantine facility - the one they'll lock us up in if anyone suspects we've been in contact with a COVID case. We hope the Holiday Park and the quarantine facility aren’t the same thing and that the name's not just a feeble attempt to make the inmates feel a bit better about themselves. I think if I was running a holiday park in Howard Springs I’d move it somewhere else, or at very least give it a different name. First stop is the Government owned and operated Territory Wildlife Park. We’re ... read more
Feeding the stingrays - Territory Wildlife Park
Territory Wildlife Park
Berry Springs Nature Reserve

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin July 20th 2021

First stop this morning is the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery ......well the museum at least; it seems that the art gallery bit is temporarily closed while they get it set up for a major exhibition. The Museum includes a large section on Cyclone Tracy which hit Darwin on Christmas Eve in 1974. The residents didn't take warnings about Tracy all that seriously as they'd been warned about another cyclone a few weeks earlier which ended up more or less bypassing the town and not really affecting anyone. Tracy virtually wiped Darwin out. Seventy one people died, few buildings were left standing, and the damage bill was close to seven billion dollars in today's money. A lot of the buildings effectively exploded as they weren't designed to withstand cyclone force winds. The town was largely evacuated ... read more
Darwin Botanic Gardens
Mindil Beach sunset
Darwin Botanic Gardens

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Mindil Beach July 18th 2021

We wake to a text from our friends Peter and Teresa telling us that they've been watching a news report saying that we, yes, Issy and me, have brought COVID to Darwin. We're not quite sure why squads of heavily armed guards haven't broken down our door yet. Issy rings Teresa in a panic. It seems that Peter saw something on the TV about COVID fragments in the local wastewater and thought it might be amusing to give us a scare. If we weren't properly awake before we certainly are now. I start planning an appropriate level of revenge. Letting down the tyres on his van wouldn't seem to be even close to cutting it.... We head off to the Darwin Military Museum out at East Point. There's a heavy emphasis here on the World War ... read more
Darwin Military Museum
Darwin Military Museum
Darwin Military Museum

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » City of Darwin July 16th 2021

We're still keeping a very nervous eye on the list of COVID exposure sites back home. I wonder what‘ll happen if anywhere we’ve been to does pop up on the list. I’m starting to have nightmarish visions of squads of heavily armed guards breaking down our door and carting us off to the local Howard Springs quarantine facility. I then make the mistake of Googling “Howard Springs” to find out a bit more about what we're in for if we do end up there. It doesn't sound all that appealing. We're not allowed to take any grog there with us for starters, so there go any plans we might have had for spending the two weeks in a drunken haze. I know my imagination might be starting to play tricks on me, but if the aerial ... read more
Northern Territory Parliament Building
Darwin bombing raid reminder
Sunset over Fannie Bay

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin » Mindil Beach July 15th 2021

We wake up in a cold sweat and check the local COVID exposure site list yet again. We also found ourselves checking it nervously about every ten minutes as we sat in front of the TV last night. We're supposed to be flying out to Darwin this morning, but if we've been to any of the listed sites while they were active that'll quickly get swapped for the not quite so attractive alternative of being imprisoned at home in the dark and cold of mid-winter Melbourne for the next two weeks; or longer. All was looking good here in Victoria until a few days ago when cases suddenly started appearing again, and then climbing steadily. The first case was imported by some rogue furniture removalists from COVID-ravaged Sydney. They apparently thought it would be a good ... read more

Oceania » Australia » Northern Territory » Darwin September 7th 2020

After a week of busy days we were glad to take it more slowly on Saturday morning. Nevertheless we went down for breakfast at 8-30am. Our first try, last Wednesday, had not boded well. Again we had to wait for a table and then they took a while to serve us. Because they cannot have a buffet because of COVID-19 we had to order from the menu. There was nothing simple on it, no cereals, fruit or yogurt or toast. The big breakfast had such things as kale and baked beans and the rest was not very appealing. We both had French Toast which was very nice but a large serve with berries, pear and icecream. Again it was over 30 minutes until we received what we ordered. We decided we wouldn't bother in the future. ... read more
Plaque outside the Military museum
The entrance to the Museum
One of the displays




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