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Darwin and beyond 2013

AUSTRALIA | Thursday, 11 July 2013 | Views [225]

We decided we needed to do a domestic trip to balance out our overseas trips. In 2012 we did a long 8 weeks trek through Asia and then later in the year went to Japan for a couple of weeks.

It was time to be patriotic and support the locals. Wendy had been to Darwin 10 years ago with her nursing associates and had raved about it. We decided to give it a go and explore the upper NT in a motorhome as we had done in New Zealand’s south island a couple of years ago.

Virgin came up with some very reasonable air fares and Britz were the most competitive with a 2 berth motor home.

We caught a train to Sydney (as we always do) at 5.03am to catch the plane at 9.40am. Nothing exceptional happened in getting to Darwin except we shared a plane with David Hasselhof who was going there for a fishing trip with Mark Holden (or so the local radio station said).

Arrived on time, went to the Britz depot in Winnellie and picked up the van. It turned out to be a Maui van with TV, Microwave and most other conveniences you need. Especially the air-conditioning (which took a bit of working out but we got used to it). It was a VW Crafter TDI. Very comfortable and easy to drive. Went straight to a Supermarket to get provisions and then set out south-east to find a camp for the night.

We stayed at Hidden Valley Van Park. Quite good, all mod cons, pool that was hot and the powered site cost $40 for the night.

Next day motored toward Kakadu, stopping along the way to visit the

Window on the Wetlands visitors centre and to have lunch at the Bark Hut Road House (Pub.)

We didn’t actually have lunch there; we ate our home made wraps in the van and visited the Pub. It is a very impressive outback Pub. Plenty of Australiana and well set out. Certainly worth a visit.  We then went to the edge of Kadadu National Park and found the Aurora Kakadu Resort where we bought our Kakadu permits ($15 each) and found a powered site to park for the night. We need the powered site due to the heat at night.

 

The next day we motored on to the Bowali Visitors information centre and doubles as a cultrural centre. Well worth visiting. Our next thing to visit was the Nourlangie Aboriginal Rock Art site…..absolutely fascinating.