Whilst my 'Travelling Period' of overseas trips are largely behind me, Melbourne's cold winter begged a vacation, so my husband and I decided to extend our time away after Brisbane, and tour "The Top End" of Australia, a trip we had been contemplaing for some years, but found too difficult to plan, due to the large distances needed to be covered.
I have already talked about going through the security at airports with the DBS Device; it is like a pacemaker, so one must be searched by a security guard instead of going through the electronic arch. That's OK, but once again I shall say how inconvenient it is to carry the whole Medtronics kit bag when travelling; even after disposing of the suitcase, I had a handbag and computer bag to carry, making it 3 bags to take on board; fortunately I was not stopped on any flights.
Darwin's steady 30C weather was welcome after Melbourne's 11C. We spent one day there relaxing, before hiring a car and setting off to Kakadu National Park.
I don't want to bore you with the details of our trip; just a few...
My husband, John & I immersed ourselves in 2 things; the Aboriginal Culture, of which we see nothing of in Melbourne, and Bird Watching (the feathered variety), which is John's passion. And there was plenty of beautiful scenery on the way.
We went on about 4 different river cruises, each lasting about 2 hours. They were all different, allowing us to see birds and crocodiles in their natural environments.
|Blue Winged Kingfisher|
|A REAL Aborigine Artist|
The distances to drive were huge; it took us almost 4 hours EACH WAY to drive to Katherine Gorge; certainly worth all the driving.
I took advantage of the long drive to recharge my battery; sitting up in a car on a long drive is an excellent time to recharge. To be honest, I could maybe have JUST lasted the 2 weeks, and not taken it, but it's one of those things you don't want to be caught out without if you need it. So I made sure I used it!
|Feeding the stingrays...|
|Mindil Beach Sunset, Darwin|