Australia · 6 Days · 8 Moments · August 2018

Kay Does Kakadu (and Darwin) with Pauline

11 August 2018

Saturday 11 August - the warmest day since we’ve been here. Could actually say it was hot today. Parap Village Saturday Markets - similar to Mindil. Lots of food stalls. Nightcliff. We checked this suburb out because Leanne lived here 30 years ago. Fannie Bay Gaol - interesting history. Cyclone Tracy effectively brought an end to it, literally. Berrimah (where Lindy Chamberlain was imprisoned) replaced it. A not-so-typical Darwin house USS Peary was one of the ships sunk by the Japanese in 1942. The cannon was salvaged and I’m assuming is (aiming) pointing out to where the sunken remains are. Rachael’s Seafood Shack (TripAdvisor listed as #1 for seafood). It’s a very casual place with good food and great waitpersons. I had NT Barra and chips; Pauline had prawns. Love the ice bucket!

10 August 2018

Friday 10 August Darwin Military Museum - an immersive, interactive story of Darwin’s role in WW11 (and all wars Australia has been involved in) but specifically (and very well done) the bombing of Darwin (and the NT) from 19 February 1942 until November 1943. There were 100 air raids! The mini movie depicting the 19 February bombing of Darwin is excellent! Fannie Bay Sailing Club We enjoyed a drink by the bay and watched another beautiful sunset.
Friday 10 August Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (the 12th) showcases over 60 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community art centres from Australia’s most remote desert and coastal regions to rural and urban communities, including traditional dancing and artist workshops. Photos 8&9 depict an animator creating a story of a hunt.

9 August 2018

Thursday 9 August Shopping - Darwin style

8 August 2018

Wednesday 8 August Litchfield National Park For 75 years was the centre for tin and copper mining; became a national park in 1986 Cathedral and Magnetic (north-south orientation) Termite Mounds Florence Falls - double waterfall Buley Falls - series of small waterfall and rockholes which are crystal clear

7 August 2018

Tuesday 7 August We went to the Museum - saw Sweetheart and the Cyclone Tracy exhibit. We listened to a volunteer who was here during Tracy; he talked about his family’s experience. Next we went to the RFDS Tourist Facility where you gain an insight into the history of the RFDS. Also there, is the Bombing of Darwin exhibit. Both were very interesting and informative. Then we set sail for a sunset cruise on the Charles Darwin (even though Charles Darwin never came there). Another glorious sunset!

6 August 2018

Monday 6 August Kakadu Day Air Safari What an amazing experience we had today! Mitch, our pilot, flew us over spectacular sights on the way to Kakadu - Adelaide River, Alligator River (named after the crocodiles being incorrectly named by the explorer, King), the Arnhem Land plateaus and stunning escarpments. We landed at Cooinda and visited the Warradjun Aboriginal Centre before embarking on a cruise of the Yellow River. Our boat driver and guide, Reuben, whose family own a lot of the area (the land, the boat company, the lodge where we had lunch - I had a crocodile Caesar salad), gave us the most passionate description of the bird life, the fauna and the crocodiles (he knows them all). He was very entertaining and knowledgeable.

5 August 2018

Sunday 5 August After arriving and checking in, we decided to go get “essential” discover that in the NT there are very strict laws governing the selling of alcohol on Sundays; actually any day you buy alcohol, you must present ID (there is a banned drinkers register) but on Sundays there are very few places open! We found “The Cav”. We then headed to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. The sunset was stunning! Huge variety of food (no alcohol) on offer and art/craft stalls.