Saturday, August 21, 2010

Night 30 - Darwin

Yeeehaa we have made it to Darwin, 4200kms from home.

Its hot, really really hot. I can not believe this is winter! We are staying at the Darwin Howard Springs Big 4 which is pretty nice. We arrived here and headed straight for the pool!

Craigs mum and dad arrived after us and checked into a nice cottage with air-con, lovely! We are camped down the road about 50m. I know where we are going to spend most of our time!

We headed to the Palmerston Markets for dinner which was great. Lots of food stalls, market stalls, art, kids games and music. We had a fantastic time and bought some fresh fruit and veg. I am really loving Darwin so far.

Night 29 - Katherine

We drove to Katherine from Mataranka, only took about an hour so the kids were happy to have such a short car trip. Its a really lovely town, it reminds me of Newport with one long main street with trees down the middle. Its neat and tidy and very busy. Someone told us they had the busiest Woolies in the N.T and they were not wrong. That place is like central station! People push around 3 trolley loads of groceries as its the only propper supermarket for about 300k's each way. We stocked up on food and petrol like the rest of them. Happy to be out of the little towns where we paid $6 for a loaf of frozen bread, $1.89 for petrol and $6 for two zucchinis. I wont ever complain about Sydney being expensive again, crazy stuff!

I was constantly telling the kids not to stare, some of the 'original Australians' look pretty scary. We were so worried about leaving the car in the carpark with two surfboards on top.

We went swimming in the caravan park pool which was very refreshing. The kids got a thrill seeing the FA-18 Hornet fly over as we are right near the RAAF base at Tindall. It was pretty amazing.

We ventured down to The Katherine Hot Springs which was just lovely. It feels a little more man made than the Bitter Springs but it is another gorgeous little oasis definitely worth checking out if you visit Katherine.

On to Darwin next, cant wait!!!