Tropical Darwin

Trip Start Jul 31, 2005
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Trip End Sep 05, 2007


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Wednesday, October 18, 2006

Darwin was a success! We managed to get our camera fixed, stayed a night longer than we intended to and only drove through one red traffic light! (On a serious note...I managed to brake so hard that we stopped in the middle of the road, but they are the fastest changing traffic lights ever and there are so many of them!)

We visited the Mall and shops again, and then drove ourselves out to the coastal suburb of Fannie Bay, this looked to us as quite an exclusive suburb, the houses were huge and lined the stunning coastal road, we visited the interesting Fannie Bay Gaol, now a closed prison, just open to visitors and explored that, the gallows were pretty horrific to visit to be honest, on the walls all around the room there were information boards telling the story of two Czech men who were the last to be hung here in 1952.

From there we went to East Point Reserve - they say its a haven for wallabies....realy...cos we diddnt see any....can you believe almost 3 weeks in Oz and we still havent spotted one living one!
We ate lunch up there and chilled out, drove past many of the remnants from the wartimes (Darwin was actually a very important place during WW2 and was bombed quite a lot), we looked over the pretty coastline all the time cursing the box jellyfish that inhabit the seas at this time of the year because it was so hot and humid and all we wanted to was swim!

From East Point we made our way back in to Darwin city centre, here we visited Aquascene. Now this is a major tourist attraction, but the fish are wild.
Basically the fish get washed up to this spot during high tide, of course this has been taken advantage of and now on days when there is a high tide and the fish are coming in they open up and charge 8AUD per person for you to go in and see the fish and feed them bread, we fed them and admired them, there were so many its unreal, at the time we were there we saw Milkfish, Mullet, Snapper, Rock Cod and Catfish - a really nice experience.

That night was our last night in Darwin, Matt cooked a delicious Barbie back at the campground....Next to Kakadu.


Hugs

Ali n Matt
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