Darwin Day 1 - Territory Wildlife Walk

Trip Start Feb 06, 2012
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Trip End Apr 16, 2012


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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Saturday, March 3, 2012

Australia is a country, an island, and a continent. It is the smallest continent and the sixth largest country. It consists of six states and various territories. Our last stop is in Darwin, the capital city of the Northern Territory. It is situated on the Timor Sea and has a population of about 120,000 making it the largest city in the sparsley populated Northern Territory (also called the Australian Outback). Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities. Its proximity to Asia makes it an important gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor. The city itself is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour and the suburbs continue to be spread out over a very large area. The climate is tropical with a wet season and a dry season. We are here around the end of the wet season - we have on occasion been subject to monsoon rainfalls. Darwin has almost been entirely built twice - once due to Japanese air raids during World War Two and again after being devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. Our tour today took us to The Territory Wildlife Park. On the way there we made a quick stop at Aboriginal Lands of Kakadu National Park, a jointly managed park between the Aboriginals and the government. We visited the Window on the Wetlands Visitor Centre, an interactive learning centre for children and adults. The centre is situated on the highest point on the lower Adelaide River floodplain and as a result gives spectacular views over the wetlands.

On to the Territory Wildlife Park, covering some 400 hectares of natural bushland with over four miles of walking trails that pass through woodlands,wetlands and tropical forest. We were left on our  own to explore. We started in the Nocturnal House which gave us a glimpse into the habits of many nocturnal animals - fascinating!  Next we walked along a Woodland Walk where we were met by many wallabies and tropical birds. From there on to the Billabong and a wetlands walk. A Billabong is an Australian English word meaning a small lake - a section of still water adjacent to a river - cut off by a change in the watercourse.Billabongs are usually formed when the path of a creek or river changes, leaving the former branch with a dead end. Billabongs, reflecting the arid Australian climate in which these "dead rivers" are found, fill with water seasonally and are dry for a greater part of the year. We were short of time so missed the Monsoon Forest Walk and finished up in the Aquarium which had a underwater walk through tunnel.as well as other exhibits. The main ones being a freshwater and a saltwater crocodile. It was a very neat way to spend two and a half hours.  All that fun stuff to see and do plus get the exercise of walking. No leeches today!

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Pamela Healey on

No, I can't believe you are doing that! Since when did you become so friendly with snakes? Sounds like fun the rest of the time, though. Pam

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