Darwin

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The Hudson house in Fannie BayNorthern TerritoryWe’re just about to finish up a very fun week-and-a-half stay in Darwin with my auntie, uncle and cousins.  It’s been a little luxurious for us, being able to enjoy their wonderful home in Fannie Bay after getting used to living out of The Tank as we traversed the country from Adelaide.  Margot, my middle cousin of the three girls in the Hudson family, proved to be a fantastic tour guide during our time in Darwin, showing us all the sites of Darwin from the mangroves of East Point to the best bars and clubs in the city center.  We enjoyed spending time at a few of the many street markets Darwin has to offer, the Mindil Beach markets on Thursdays and Parap Markets on Saturdays were two we visited during our time here.  The markets were a lot of fun, more food stalls and local artists than one can imagine, it was difficult for us to decide what ethnicity of food to eat with all the choices.  We also enjoyed the once-monthly Indian night held at Mindil Beach, the regular markets transforming into Indian- and Sri Lankan-only cuisine for the event.  So many scrumptious curries to choose from! 

Lisa teaching an water aerobics class in the Hudson's poolMindil Beach MarketsMindil Beach Markets The Darwin wave poolMargot, Bob, Cathy, Sophie, Lisa and Sam at the Darwin Sailing ClubLisa and Sam at the Darwin Sailing Club 

Margot, Lisa and Sophie out for Richie's 30th birthdayMargot, Lisa, Sam and Sophie out for Richie's 30th birthdayA few days after we arrived my youngest cousin Sophie arrived in town fresh from finishing her final university exams in Adelaide.  Her boyfriend Richie, in town from his job in Jakarta to celebrate his 30th birthday, had a function at the Deck Bar in the city where we met the girls for a night Margot, Sam and Sophie out for Richie's 30th birthdayout on the town.  They gave us quite the tour of Darwin drinking holes: after the Deck Bar we moved to Wisdom and finished the night up at the Tap Bar.  Never one to dismiss a late night bakery I also sampled the fare at Tommo’s Pies in Mitchell Street around 2:00AM, Lisa deciding to join the party for her favorite spinach and cheese roll.  The Tap Bar offered quite hefty cocktails (Margot and Lisa are pictured enjoying one below), they’re called fishbowls and are probably the size of a human head, definitely a good way get in the mood for the night!  Lisa slotted in like an older sister with the girls and I haven’t spent any significant time with either of them since I was a teenager, so it was great to catch up with them both here in Darwin on their home turf.  It was unfortunate that my oldest cousin Amy couldn’t be here with us all as well, but she’s off conquering the world with Ernst and Young in Zurich so we’ll have to catch up with her and her boyfriend Andy at another time. 

Margot, Lisa and Sophie out for Richie's 30th birthdayMargot and Lisa enjoying an Illusion at the Tap BarMargot and Lisa enjoying an Illusion at the Tap Bar 

The Darwin Deckchair CinemaOne of the other attractions we enjoyed whilst using Darwin as a base for the past week-and-a-half is the Deckchair Cinema, located on the water’s edge just below the city center.  The cinema is an outdoor establishment set in the tropical palms of the Darwin waterfront, rows of deckchairs set up facing a large outdoor cinema screen.  With surround sound, a licensed bar and what looked to be quite scrumptious food, we enjoyed watching a movie there so much that we’re going back tonight for a second helping.  The first flick we saw was an Aussie claymation feature called Mary and Max, a sometimes serious but also very funny story about an unlikely couple: an Australian girl from a broken home named Mary and her Jewish New Yorker pen friend Max, who happens to have Aspergers Syndrome.  Definitely worth a watch, the animation is fantastic and characters are a real hoot.

Cullen Bay harborWe’ve both really enjoyed Darwin, spending time with my family has been great and it’s been nice to have a few days to just sit and relax.  We even managed to go jogging around East Point a few mornings when we rose before the humidity started to kick in.  It’s been a great base for a trip to Litchfield National Park as well as a day trip over to Mandorah.  The sunsets up here have been fantastic and the ease of getting around is like nothing we’ve experienced before when it comes to a capital city.  As a send off my auntie and uncle took us all out for dinner for my 30th birthday at Yots Greek Taverna in Cullen Bay.  Some of the best Greek food we’ve ever had, and the oysters flown up from Coffin Bay in South Australia, shucked in front of us, were delectable.  We’ll be sad to leave Darwin but The Outback awaits so it’s time to repack The Tank and get moving again tomorrow morning.  We’ve done quite a shopping run this afternoon and yesterday we had enough meat vacuum packed to feed an army, so should be set now for a few weeks as we make our way across to Kununurra via Kakadu and Gregory National Parks.

Cullen Bay harborBob, Lisa and Cathy walking around Cullen Bay harbor The oyster shucker at Yots Greek TavernaAn early birthday celebration for Sam's 30th at Yots Greek TavernaAn early birthday celebration for Sam's 30th at Yots Greek Taverna Dinner at Yots Greek Taverna on Cullen Bay HarborLisa teaching an water aerobics class in the Hudson's poolMargot pulsing LisaThe Hudson house in Fannie Bay

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7 Responses to “Darwin”

  1. Tom B. says:

    AY! looks like you really roughed it in Darwin…

    I want to know some gritty facts and figures.
    What is your fuel consumption in L/100ks?
    What are you eating/cooking when you are out on the road?
    What is the average cost of campsites? Are you always staying in proper marked out sites?
    Stuff like that.
    Cheers, TB

  2. Annie says:

    Hi Guys,

    Looks like you are having a fabulous time. Much love to you both! Annie

  3. Sarah says:

    Fab work on the blog. Love looking at your photos. Looks like an amazing trip so far…looking forward to seeing and reading about the rest. We’re looking into flights at the moment so if all goes well we’ll see you in Adelaide for Chrissy! Safe travels xx

  4. Bugsy Moran says:

    What an awesome journey and great pictures!!

    Sam – When do I get to see some pictures of you boxing a Kangaroo??

  5. Al Earl says:

    Piglet and Lisa,
    Sounds like your having fun back in the greatest country in the world. I hope when you say the ‘tank’ you dont mean that mustard coloured army jeep that use to drive me around on flower nights??? When your out and about camping, say hi to Ivan Milat….. Are you going to be in Ads at all again? Would be good to catch up. You both look well, your old partner in crime, Al

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