We could live here - in the dry season

Trip Start Apr 02, 2012
Trip End Jul 12, 2012

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Sunday, May 6, 2012

Left Litchfield National Park for Darwin, only 105kms, everyone happy with the short trip for a change. Arrived at Free Spirit Resort 15kms out of Darwin which is Magnificent, 3 pools with a pool right next to the main bar which is very handy. Realized the water hose connections to the van back at Litchfield so a quick trip to Bunnings to find a few essentials including a fire blanket after the little fire incident at Mataranka. 32 degrees & 66% humidity so spent the afternoon in the pool surrounded by palm trees which was very relaxing & refreshing. There was a Sri Lankan dinner being held at the resort so along we went. Very tasty hot & spicy food in 32 deg heat & 66% humidity, needless to say the sweat was pouring off us.

May 2nd
Had booked the nearly unrecognizable Mazda for a service so dropped that off early and spent the day walking around the city looking at the ruins of Cyclone Tracey and a few hours at 1 of the crocodile parks. We all got to feed some of the 3 year old crocs, watch the 680kg crocs & fish being fed & the kids got to hold a baby croc. The reptile show included feeding lizards and most of us had the opportunity to hold a variety of lizards. The feeding of the rabbit to the snakes (as if we haven't had enough snake experiences in the past few days) was fairly impressive and disturbing all at the same time especially for the little girl in the audience who had a pet rabbit at home. The snake was on a bit of flooring about 2 meters from where the crowd was sitting (very safe according to the snake handler). The snake struck the rabbit and then quickly wrapped its body around it and then slowly devoured it over the next hour.
A heavy shower of rain in the afternoon added to the humidity, we were wilting fast so down to the waterfront for ice-cream and a quick cool off in the safe beach area where swimming is allowed as apparently no crocs in here. A magnificent wave pool down on the waterfront which we will be visiting over the next couple of days.

We spent 6 nights in Darwin which was nice for a change to stay in the 1 place for more than 2 or 3 nights. We really enjoyed Darwin with great weather and an easy going lifestyle. Getting haircuts for the boys we were talking to the hairdresser who was originally from Sydney and a lawyer for 20 years and he said he loved living in Darwin, he works for 3 weeks straight and then travels to either Bali, Hong Kong or Thailand. He has a house in Thailand with with a maid and gardener, a nanny and driver (pays them $60 a month each) & flies over there very cheaply on a regular basis sometimes just for the weekend. He told us we should move up here, work for 6 months of the year and then travel for the rest - sounded very tempting.
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