Darwin up to 26th July
We made the most of our enforced stay in Darwin, a sunset dinner cruise on the “Cape Adieu” was a highlight and many walks around Darwin taking a lot of photographs. We also drove to Corroboree Billabong for a cruise and saw many crocodiles and lot's of birds. Another day saw us heading for Berry Springs and on to Mandora, where we walked the beach and had a great view of Darwin from across the harbour.
Went to the Palmerston market on friday night and thought it had an assortment of food almost as good as Mindil market, Lori saw an advert for an open garden near Palmerston on the saturday so we drove there and went through this lovely small Balinese style garden at a lovely home overlooking the lake across to the golf course, I have included some photo's.
Lori & I had booked for dinner on the saturday evening at Hunaman restaurant on the advice of Mark Renahan, our eye surgeon who lives just near us. We were sitting waiting for our dinner when who should walk in but Mark, who was visiting his brother in Darwin, talk about bumping into people unexpectedly, it was a real surprise for us all.
Good entertainment at the resort, including a very funny man “Thommo” with his impersonations of many artists which included many changes of costumes, had us in fits of laughter. The next day Thommo ran the Toad races at the resort which was a bit of fun as well.
Picked up Jazzabout from the workshop and we were on our way again, what a difference to drive, plenty of power, and no holding up a line of traffic any more. Stopped at a free camp the first night then on to Edith Falls campground in Nitmaluk National Park, very pretty falls and a great swimming spot.
A bus load of backpackers from Germany came in to walk the 2.6 km circuit around the park, when they got back they discovered that one of the girls was missing. By nightfall she had not been found, so in the morning we were woken by a helicopter landing so close to us that it blew our chairs away. The helicopter ferried SES walkers in and they were joined by army personal on quad bikes, and police. The girl was found about 08:00 after spending the night alone but was unharmed
so the outcome was good.
Came on to Katherine to stock up with supplies, we have never seen a supermarket so busy, we must have been in the waiting for ½ hr in the line to the checkout. The we were on the road again and have decided to spend a few days at Mataranka so we can spend some time at Bitter Springs relaxing in the hot springs, so after we leave here we will be as loose as a goose.
Will report in again when we are further down the road.