Mudgee to Darwin Day 22 Litchfield to Darwin, days 23 and 24 Darwin

Sunday, Aug 04, 2013 at 10:34

Member - Lisa & Peter (NSW)

Mudgee to Darwin Day 22 Litchfield to Darwin, days 23 and 24 Darwin

We finally made it into Darwin. The back road from Litchfield was rough and corrugated in places, so we took it pretty easy, stopped for coffee at Noonamah (don't), then found a car wash and gave everything a good clean. We checked in to our caravan park (free spirit) and got fully set up. Our adult kids and their partners are flying in on 1am and 2am flights the next two mornings, so Peter will pick them up at the airport and bring them back here for a couple of hours sleep - they are booked in to cabins in the park for the rest of their trips.

Peter has been having some trouble with his back, so we bought another mattress at Clark rubber, strapped it to the roof, then off to Mindil markets for the evening, did a little shopping and watched the gorgeous sunset on the beach. Then we went to watch our cousin's netball game for a bit, before heading back to camp. We didn't get a lot of sleep, with the airport pickup, but it was great to see our son and his girlfriend.

In the morning we headed in to Darwin for a look around, then lunch on the waterfront, and relaxing in the afternoon. Peter and I had massages in the afternoon, then we had homemade spaghetti bolognese for dinner with Cam and Chloe.

It was another airport pickup the next morning, Cass and Adam flying in from Vietnam, having a few hours sleep in our camper,so not a lot of sleep again.

We decided to hire a little van so the six of us can get around together, so we collected that at the airport, then the girls and I, together with cousin Katherine and her friend Cindy, took the van down to Berry Springs for a swim, then headed out past Humpty Doo to the jumping crocodile cruise. The boys met us there in the Hilux, and we spent the next hour and a half cruising the Adelaide River admiring the crocs. The crocs know the boat, and expect to be fed, so come swimming out to the boat for a snack. The boat captain had chunks of meat suspended below a pole, and the crocs leapt right out of the water to get the meat. Some of the little ones looked quite comical, but the big ones were downright terrifying, and everyone was very careful to keep their arms in the boat. It's a good way to see them up close, but I'm not too sure about the wisdom of encouraging them to leap out of the water for food. We also saw big flocks of corellas, whistling kites, and a sea eagle which swooped down for a piece of meat as well. It's just as well we did the swimming first, I don't think the girls would have got in the water anywhere after the jumping crocs cruise.

Back to camp, then took Peter to the doctors, he has been unwell. They suspect giardia and gave him some pills to take, no alcohol for him tonight.

We had a family dinner at Cove restaurant at the casino, lovely meal, and a sparkler in Cass's dessert for a late singing of happy birthday, she was still in Vietnam on her birthday. We popped up to a lookout to have a look at the Darwin race ball, looked like a splendid affair, we weren't quick enough to get tickets for it. Human Nature were playing, all the men were in black tie, and the women very dressed up. Actually it's lucky we didn't get tickets, would be very hard to bring an outfit for the ball as well as race wear for the cup on Monday. Then we called in on our friends, who flew up today from Mudgee.

Lisa McDonald
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