DARWIN (Australia). March 15

Trip Start Feb 18, 2008
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Trip End Apr 01, 2008


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Saturday, March 15, 2008


With airlines that belong to the Oneworld grouping can not do the direct flight from Darwin to Bali, you have to go to Melbourne which is south of the country, that means twice through Australia, so we decided to pay for our account Darwin-Bali route and avoid a lot of trouble.
Darwin is a coastal city with a lot of life, but we were in the rainy season (we were lucky and only rained at night) and tourism is retracted, in especially because your major tourist attraction, the National Parks, are closed.
The Northern Territory is where most aborigines are, but they are not integrated, alcohol is the main enemy, although there are signs in the park banning alcohol, are plenty of natives (mostly women)  are drunk in the streets. The natives are easy to identify by appearance of primitive men, prominent forehead, sunken eyes, dark complexion and curly gray hair, simply put, people who would never want as son-in-law, not only for the above, but also by how ugly they are.
Darwin has two essential places to visit, well three if you count the famous Mindil Beach beach, but this season was deserted, Botanic Park and the Museum of the Northern Territory.
The Botanical Garden is a vast gardens that have survived major hurricanes, fires and the Second World War. It has a collection of 400 varieties of palm trees, a waterfall and a greenhouse with a large collection of parasitic and carnivorous plants.
The other interesting place, my wife loved it, is the Museum and Art Gallery Northem Territory, also free. Here there is an exhibition of aboriginal art, stuffed animals and lots of fossils, but mainly an exhibition on the devastation of Cyclone Tracey in the Christmas of 1970  who completely destroyed the city. This is why it is that all modern buildings and every distance there is a cyclone shelter.
Finally we would recommend visiting the modern marina of Cullen Bay, a titanic work of extraction of land to build a port with circular design
Given the devastation of the cyclone, few buildings in Darwin are worth visiting, if excepting Parlament House and the Catholic cathedral Santa Maria del Mar, a modern concrete building, with beautiful stained glass and form of inverted boat hull.
Life in Darwin is quite expensive, as throughout Australia. We visited a supermarket and we conclude that: The prices of fresh food are almost three times more expensive than in Spain, the packed little more. For example, a kg. Tomato: 4 euros, a lettuce: 3 euros, a bottle of table wine: 10 euros (if in a restaurant: 30 euros and Shiraz wine bully) and avocados are sold in units: 1.50 euros one and me, I am a small producer, this year I get paid for the kilo 1.20 Euros and packed in boxes! In contrast, meat and milk as in Spain, and somewhat surprisin: Spanish olive oil, mark "La Espaņola", just 5 Euros the liter, little more than the cost of a lettuce. We know not sell our products!

You'll find more pictures and Darwin Guide at this link. Use the Google translator top of the page: http://mundoporlibre.com/2008/07/darwin-australia-da-15-de-marzo-08.html

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