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Jul 16, 2017 - Bamurru Plains - The Lodge

So when people talk about truly being off the grid, I'm pretty sure they are talking about where we just spent the last 4 days in the Northern Territory - affectionately known as the Top End by Aussies. We're talking no wifi, no television, no phones (even for the Aussies other than satellite phones), no nothing and the only way in or out is by bush plane or boat. Regarding that last point, while the trip from Melbourne to Darwin was uneventful (albeit long - 4.5 hours), the flight from Darwin to Bamurru was a bit more adventurous. I had an...

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May 25, 2017 - Darwin

20 May - Darwin Ruth, once again had an unsettled night, lots of strange noises but we duly packed up and got on our way. There was a particular market Ruth wanted to visit. We decided to head west and drive through the rest of the park rather than go back on the highway. A lovely drive as the road wound its way through the low hills, below the plateau. Most of the places to visit were still closed for the wet season but we carried on. Out of the Park and onto a gravel road, only one creek to ford with about 10cm of water, but otherwise the...

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Oz and the Big Lap

May 14, 2017 - The end of the line - going 'Troppo'

KMS to date - 3,600 or 4,000 (depending on who you talk to) Well, there is now nowhere else to cycle north as we have ended on the beach at Darwin and dipped our toes (gingerly I might add – see trivia answer) in the East Timor Sea. At the end of an expedition there is always the anti-climactic feeling of not having to get on the trail everyday, somewhat tempered by the tropical ‘paradise’ that is Darwin. An ideal place to drink beer and sample culinary delights from around the world. Darwin highlights have been the evening market at Mindil...

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Mar 17, 2017 - March 17, 2017 – Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

March 17, 2017 – Darwin, Northwest Territory, Australia This morning, we had to go through Australian immigration again since we had been to Papua New Guinea. The immigration folks came on board. The ship handed us our passport, and we handed them to the immigration folks. Then we handed them back to the ship folks. Yesterday, we learned that instead of docking at the cruise ship dock which is near downtown Darwin, we are docking at the freight dock which is 45 minutes from Darwin. There are few taxis at the freight dock so Oceania has...

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Mar 9, 2017 - Through Eastern Australia

Sydney and Australia. Sunday 26th February .. We arrive in Sydney , at the new White Bay cruise terminal, at about 1000. It is a very modern terminal in the style of an airport. Australian security is very strict and we all have to go through the immigration process face to face . Two immigration officers boarded the ship in Auckland and meet with everyone and their passports. When we go ashore all bags are searched and sniffer dogs are used. We thought that as we had this procedure in Eden , Sydney would be easier. If anything it was more...

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Feb 17, 2017 - Termites, water falls, wildlife in the out back.

Yesterday we headed for Litchfield National Park. It's about an hour 1/2 drive. We figure we were 120 miles into the outback. We passed through Coolinga, Jabai, Noonarah, and my favorite Humptedo. Along the way there was a rodeo ranch, a racetrack for drag racing, a mile mud tack for four wheeling, Lots of water buffalo and mango groves. The trees are burned sometimes 20 feet up. The brush fires help keep the outback nourished. Gamma grass was transplanted for the feeding of cattle and it has taken over like the Cudzoo in the states. The...

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Over to Downunder

Feb 15, 2017 - Land at last!

Our 4th sea day in a row under way. We learned a lot about Darwin in the theater yesterday. Japan bombed the heck out of them because they did not want Australia to be too comfy with Indonesia. After the rebuild a cyclone took it out with a direct hit. They do have a dock and we will be able to walk off the ship tomorrow. NO TENDER! With so many days at sea I will have all my scrapbook pages ready for printed pictures. Yesterday I painted a koala and it looked a teddy bear the dog had chewed on. The eucalyptus-leaves were lovely. Maybe I...

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Over to Downunder

Nov 22, 2016 - Possum on Balcony

Eating our cereal on the balcony; I looked up to see a possum right next to Tim which he hadn't noticed! Brilliant! Floppy day packing for tomorrow and uploading pics to MyDrive (which I have finally got the hang of)! RSL Club again both lost loads on pokies but had a good time.

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

Nov 21, 2016 - Palms City Resort

Exploring Darwin. Got a seed necklace made by an aboriginal person for $25 Spent most of the day uploading pics to MyDrive which I've finally got the hang of. Yummy sirloin steak on barbie which gets cleaned every day by hotel staff. RSL Club early doors I won $112 £66 on pokies! YAHOO!

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Nov 18, 2016 - Lazy Day in Darwin

Clock set for 6AM after not a good night's sleep due to a Wallaby or something binging about up the board-walk outside. Also quite a storm which Tim let me sleep through! Video called Sal at Mums for her Birthday from the Anzac memorial park, Darwin. Lots of empty tins of VB by the pathway. An abbo came along possibly to see if there was any left! Went back to bed & Geoff called back! Walked into town looking at abbo jewellery but $48 for a nut necklace! Want one! Decided to wait to see if any shops tomorrow at Kakadu National Park. Lots of

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Nov 17, 2016 - Jumping Crocs down Adelaide River

Up 7ish Dan picked us up. Nice smiley knowledgeable ranger type man. Went to Adelaide River to get on a tinny operated by 'Pat'...a smelly man who couldn't stop talking buy great fun feeding the Crocs chicken carcasses on a sick. Chilling PM Shyte burgers on the barbie. Booked a flight to Labuan Bajo to see the Komodo Dragons.

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Nov 16, 2016 - Arrival Darwin - Palm City Resort

Got up 5,15am Caleb went to gym & left us some sugar free muesli he prepared last night. Tim was disgusted as sugar free! Flew to Darwin.2 hours 35 minutes. Tim had a pie, beer & Pringles combo on plane for $18, Shuttle bus was $35! Ouch! Palm City Resort. Nice 'Bungalow' with a barbecue microwave toaster AND a hairdryer! Got some steak from Coles and booked a 'Jumping Crocs' tour for tomorrow. Very exited. Bed by 9pm.

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Hundy Tour 2016-2017

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