From Yasi to the Crocks of Darwin
Trip Start Nov 26, 2010
44Trip End May 15, 2011
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Where I stayed
Holiday Inn Darwin
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
We arrived in Darwin late on the 5th on a plane carrying no more than 29 passengers so almost having a plane to ourselves. We were expecting it to be a wet few days as this being the wet season Darwin always has showers and storms. We get a cab from the airport as the shuttle service is now closed and the price was pretty much the same anyway. Our hotel is a good 30 minutes drive away before we are able to check into our hotel.
Unlike most of the hotels we have been in we have breakfast available so get up in good time to sample what was on offer which was plentiful. After a fine start we go to see what's on offer in the way of trips, we weren’t expecting much to see here and to be honest didn’t see much that we wanted to do except the crocodile adventure and Lichfield Park with its waterfalls and termite mounds. So we chose to explore the town today and the crocodiles the next. We would wait and see for the final day.
We grabbed a few items and headed for town with the plan to return via the esplanade and then return so that I could write up my Cairns blog and watch England’s final one day game in Perth. So far the weather was being very kind and the sun was shining. The town was much like any other full of restaurants, shops, and bars. Quite a few more Aborigines were noticeable here sitting around. Once we came to the end of the town we came to the
Up bright and early for a 6:30am collection from our tour guide. We still managed to get breakfast as this hotel provided it from 3am due to the workers who worked on the oil rigs. After collecting people from other hotels we set off on a fairly long journey to the Adelaide River where we were to see the jumping crocs. The boat we were on was a fairly small one enough for about 30 people and you were only about 2 foot above the water so were going to be very close to the crocodiles. The croc man
Once we returned the coach driver took us on another lengthy drive before we stopped for some food that was laid on for us, meat on skewers and some salad, all very nice. It was then onto the first of three waterfalls to see, the first was Wangi
It started very rainy and we thought it might be a bad day for the wave pool, however the rain stopped and off we went. It was still very cloudy but as usual warm. The temperature here doesn’t vary a whole lot generally sticking between 26 to 32 degrees throughout the year. As we thought the pool was almost empty so armed with books and music we settled down for the day. The pool was great fun and the waves were pretty big at times.
9th to 27th Feb
This section is to be brief as not a lot was done as we had already done most of what we wanted to do in Melbourne. It was mainly to rest up and plan for the next part of our journey to New Zealand and America. Firstly we had to attend with the sunburn, It was suggested to me that I should put some cream on to sooth it but all it did was take a layer of my skin off.
All the planning for New Zealand was pretty much finalised with a lot of accommodation sorted, car hire and the places we were to visit when tragedy hit Christchurch again. This was becoming a familiar pattern for us as we had now followed the floods of Brisbane, been in the Cyclone in Cairns and now Christchurch had been hit with a devastating earthquake. Plans had to be changed and I was having a lot of problems with deciding on what to do, change flights, change car hire, change hotels etc. We eventually decided to carry on to Christchurch (on our way as I write this) and obviously avoid Christchurch itself now heading for Hanmer Springs for a couple of days. We just hope the car hire people have done as they say and the holiday park has a place for us as they weren’t filling me with confidence. Time will tell, it’s all part of the great adventure.