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May 31, 2018 - Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

We launched our motorhome adventure in the city of Darwin located in the far Northern Territory of Australia. The city named after Charles Darwin sits on the Timor Sea and is very tropical. Even though it is now late fall here and considered the dry season the temperatures are in the mid 90’s and oh, so very humid. It definitely is not a dry heat like we have in the Arizona desert. As we explored the city we learned Darwin faced the same tragic event as Pearl Harbor and was heavily bombed by the same fleet that had bombed Pearl Harbor only...

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May 29, 2018 - Darwin & the Tiwi Islands

The tropical city of Darwin is closer to Borneo and Bali, than Sydney and Melbourne. It's the down-to-earth, urban centre of the ‘Top End’. What the Japanese didn’t destroy with their bombs in WW2, Cyclone Tracy ripped apart on Christmas Day 1974. Today, it’s been rebuilt and has a unique atmosphere, with few frills but enough to keep you captivated. While there, we also spent a fascinating day on the Tiwi Islands; 50 miles off the coast to the north and home to the indigenous Tiwi. They’ve been relatively isolated from mainland...

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Apr 7, 2018 - Downtime in Darwin

It's a two or so hour flight from Alice Springs to Darwin. Qantas made it bearable with tasty chicken chardonnay pies. Darwin is as hot as Alice Springs, but the humidity makes it another world. Thankfully, there are no flies. We're taking two days more or less off. We signed up for a three day tour leaving Monday morning to see crocodiles, rock art, and other northern sites. Meanwhile, we're walking here and there when not hiding in the air conditioned comfort of our centrally located hotel. We're in Darwin toward the end of the wet...

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Second Time Around

Apr 6, 2018 - Aboriginal encounters

We were fortunate to have an Aboriginal elder meet our Intrepid group as we walked the base of Urulu. Cecelia knows English but chose to communicate in her own language through an interpreter. Cecelia explained traditional symbols by drawing them in the dirt. She showed us traditional gathering places, separate areas for women and girls, men, and adolescent boys. At the men's gathering place, I asked if that was where circumcision took place. "Men's business," was the reply. None of my business. I respectfully kept silent. Tourists gather...

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Second Time Around

Feb 21, 2018 - Great Southern "Ghan" Train

We were picked up at our hotel at 8:15 in the morning. We had to wait for the second bus because there were so many people. There were 285 passengers on the train and 52 staff members. There were two engines and the engineers rotated every eight hours. The train was very long, over 40 cars. There were four groupings so to speak. So there would be a dining car and a bar car and behind those four or five passenger cars, or carriages as they are called here. There were two chefs to take care of the four diner cars. Of course we were at the...

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Feb 21, 2018 - Darwin, Northern Territory Australia

History: Darwin is the largest city in the thinly populated Northern Territory, or the Top End. Named after Charles Darwin the famed naturalist. It is here we hope to see the “jumping crocs” Saw 3 huge male Crocs, Walabies and Black kites, fun and exciting day. Leaving Australia on our way to Komodo Indonesia and the famous Komodo dragons.

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Feb 21, 2018 - Darwin, last stop in Australia

Darwin is the largest city in the northern province of Australia at 150,000 people. The nearest other city is Adelaide. Adelaide is as far as New York is to San Francisco, just to give you the size of Australia. Its pretty empty too, although on the ship we have not experienced the emptiness as we have visited the large coastal cities. In Cairns, 18 people took the trip overland to Alice Springs and Ayer’s Rock, meeting up with us in Darwin. They enjoyed it, but said things are hot, dry and basic in the outback. Darwin is spread out across...

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Feb 20, 2018 - Sight Seeing in Darwin

We arrived in Darwin about 3 o'clock in the afternoon. We had a four hour 30 minute flight from Sydney. Gary compared it to flying from Miami to Minneapolis in time and distance. The airport was small and very modern. We caught the shuttle bus to our hotel the oaks Elon. It is really an apartment we have one bedroom, bathroom, living room and full kitchen...although the many appliances and small. And a lovely balcony with table and chairs that overlooks the harbor. We are so tired of eating out and the costs of meals here in Australia. A...

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Feb 18, 2018 - Darwin and Litchfield National Park

We were picked up by our guide and driver Joey at 6:15 am. I was not sure this tour was really going to work, because my email contact was out of the country January. And then she only had her daughter's email to contact me. Joey showed up and there were 18 of us on the bus for the all day tour to see the jumping crocodiles and Litchfield national Park. First we went to the Adelaide river. We went on a very basic boat with grill work on the sides. We went to see the Chip and crocodiles are the Adelaide river. I wondered about the grill...

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Nov 1, 2017 - Darwin

Darwin is the top of down under. The first thing that strikes you when stepping ashore is the heat and humidity. A temperature of 92 degrees plus 90 percent humidity. The second thing was the tall apartments and government offices. Despite the heat we had a twenty minute walk in to the downtown area and headed to the town hall and library to get Wi-Fi. The Governor General had just arrived and it was a little busy so we headed over to catch a bus up to the The Northern Territories Museum which has a large Aboriginal art collection and...

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Jul 16, 2017 - Bamurru Plains - The Lodge

So when people talk about truly being off the grid, I'm pretty sure they are talking about where we just spent the last 4 days in the Northern Territory - affectionately known as the Top End by Aussies. We're talking no wifi, no television, no phones (even for the Aussies other than satellite phones), no nothing and the only way in or out is by bush plane or boat. Regarding that last point, while the trip from Melbourne to Darwin was uneventful (albeit long - 4.5 hours), the flight from Darwin to Bamurru was a bit more adventurous. I had an...

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May 25, 2017 - Darwin

20 May - Darwin Ruth, once again had an unsettled night, lots of strange noises but we duly packed up and got on our way. There was a particular market Ruth wanted to visit. We decided to head west and drive through the rest of the park rather than go back on the highway. A lovely drive as the road wound its way through the low hills, below the plateau. Most of the places to visit were still closed for the wet season but we carried on. Out of the Park and onto a gravel road, only one creek to ford with about 10cm of water, but otherwise the...

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Oz and the Big Lap

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