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Oct 15, 2019 - A full day of exploring......

A day to explore huh?? Well I have to say a day is not really enough for up here as there is so much to explore - but we just stayed around Darwin as time was too short for anything else............however before I go on and on and on........... HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU HAPPY BIRTHDAY DEAR SAMMI HOW DID YOU GET TO BE OLDER THAN ME? HAPPY BIRTHDAY TO YOU Ok then where was I?? Yes so we started off with a light breakfast and coffeeeeeee before heading towards Cullen Bay. I thought I would like this area - but it was very...

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Oct 14, 2019 - Travel to Darwin

So.......up early to complete the packing, take the dogs for a quick walk then in the car and off to the airport. Considering the time of day we made it in good time - which gave us enough time for a chillaxed coffee with date and nut loaf!! The uneventful flight to Darwin was good - considering I watched several episodes of Air Crash Investigation before I left........which is normal for me.......but David on the other hand has now become a nervous flyer (beef or cow??) We arrived at our hotel about 2.00pm Darwin time. So did my usual...

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Mar 29, 2019 - Litchfield National Park Darwin

We took off in a Sprinter Van from Darwin Harbor with our guide, a typical Northern Territory tough guy heading deep into the bush. We saw tall water falls, wetlands and huge termite mounds. Even thjuough there is a lot of land in the NT, most is controlled by Aborigines and the federal Government; consequently, land is very expensive. Toured around Darwin on the way back. 101 degrees heat index today. Combat touring. 2 days at sea and then we stop in Cairns.

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Aug 6, 2018 - Made it to Darwin - now all we have to do is drive all the way back!

We made it to Darwin where the weather is hot, the grass very green and the breeze off the Timor Sea very welcome. It is very humid and tropical here and this is the dry season! We visited Parliament House which has lovely views out across the sea. The Library next door had a great exhibit about the history of Darwin and the local aboriginal people. We learnt Darwin has been almost entirely rebuilt four times, following devastation caused by cyclones in 1897, 1937 followed by Japanese air raids during World War II, and then Cyclone Tracy...

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May 31, 2018 - Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

We launched our motorhome adventure in the city of Darwin located in the far Northern Territory of Australia. The city named after Charles Darwin sits on the Timor Sea and is very tropical. Even though it is now late fall here and considered the dry season the temperatures are in the mid 90’s and oh, so very humid. It definitely is not a dry heat like we have in the Arizona desert. As we explored the city we learned Darwin faced the same tragic event as Pearl Harbor and was heavily bombed by the same fleet that had bombed Pearl Harbor only...

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May 29, 2018 - Darwin & the Tiwi Islands

The tropical city of Darwin is closer to Borneo and Bali, than Sydney and Melbourne. It's the down-to-earth, urban centre of the ‘Top End’. What the Japanese didn’t destroy with their bombs in WW2, Cyclone Tracy ripped apart on Christmas Day 1974. Today, it’s been rebuilt and has a unique atmosphere, with few frills but enough to keep you captivated. While there, we also spent a fascinating day on the Tiwi Islands; 50 miles off the coast to the north and home to the indigenous Tiwi. They’ve been relatively isolated from mainland...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Downtime in Darwin

It's a two or so hour flight from Alice Springs to Darwin. Qantas made it bearable with tasty chicken chardonnay pies. Darwin is as hot as Alice Springs, but the humidity makes it another world. Thankfully, there are no flies. We're taking two days more or less off. We signed up for a three day tour leaving Monday morning to see crocodiles, rock art, and other northern sites. Meanwhile, we're walking here and there when not hiding in the air conditioned comfort of our centrally located hotel. We're in Darwin toward the end of the wet...

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Second Time Around

Apr 6, 2018 - Aboriginal encounters

We were fortunate to have an Aboriginal elder meet our Intrepid group as we walked the base of Urulu. Cecelia knows English but chose to communicate in her own language through an interpreter. Cecelia explained traditional symbols by drawing them in the dirt. She showed us traditional gathering places, separate areas for women and girls, men, and adolescent boys. At the men's gathering place, I asked if that was where circumcision took place. "Men's business," was the reply. None of my business. I respectfully kept silent. Tourists gather...

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Second Time Around

Feb 21, 2018 - Darwin, last stop in Australia

Darwin is the largest city in the northern province of Australia at 150,000 people. The nearest other city is Adelaide. Adelaide is as far as New York is to San Francisco, just to give you the size of Australia. Its pretty empty too, although on the ship we have not experienced the emptiness as we have visited the large coastal cities. In Cairns, 18 people took the trip overland to Alice Springs and Ayer’s Rock, meeting up with us in Darwin. They enjoyed it, but said things are hot, dry and basic in the outback. Darwin is spread out across...

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Feb 21, 2018 - Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

History: Darwin is the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory, or the Top End. Named after Charles Darwin the famed naturalist. It is here we hope to see the “jumping crocs” Saw 3 huge male Crocs, Walabies and Black kites, fun and exciting day. Leaving Australia on our way to Komodo Indonesia and the famous Komodo dragons.

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Feb 21, 2018 - Great Southern "Ghan" Train

We were picked up at our hotel at 8:15 in the morning. We had to wait for the second bus because there were so many people. There were 285 passengers on the train and 52 staff members. There were two engines and the engineers rotated every eight hours. The train was very long, over 40 cars. There were four groupings so to speak. So there would be a dining car and a bar car and behind those four or five passenger cars, or carriages as they are called here. There were two chefs to take care of the four diner cars. Of course we were at the...

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Feb 20, 2018 - Sight Seeing in Darwin

We arrived in Darwin about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. We had a four hour 30 minute flight from Sydney. Gary compared it to flying from Miami to Minneapolis in time and distance. The airport was small and very modern. We caught the shuttle bus to our hotel the oaks Elon. It is really an apartment we have one bedroom, bathroom, living room and full kitchen...although the many appliances and small. And a lovely balcony with table and chairs that overlooks the harbor. We are so tired of eating out and the costs of meals here in Australia. A...

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