Two weeks in Australia
Trip Start Dec 31, 2005
15Trip End Apr 01, 2006
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7 March 2006: Katherine, Northern Territory. We left Adelaide heading north on the train. The train is interesting...faded grandeur mighe best describe it. In any case, the company and the food and wine were delightful. The next afternoon we arrived in Alice Springs after a very rough overnight trip. At Alice, we took a tour around the town stopping to visit the School of the Air, the Royal Flying Doctor Service, The Reptile Center and the old telegraph repeater station
9 March 2006: Darwin, Norhtern Territory. We arrived in Darwin late in the afternoon on March 7. What a change from Alice Springs and Katherine. the terrain has turned sub tropical, the vegetation lush and rainforestlike, and the temperature/humidity very high. Late in the evening the temperature was still about 85F. Yesterday we took a morning walk along the main streets and Esplanade of Darwin
10 March 2006: Darwin. Today we drove about 2 hours south of Darwin to Litchfield National Park. This park is a 1500 sq km (about 900 sq mi) mix of open land, rain forest, and magnificent waterfalls. Unfortunately the swimming was closed in all but one area due to the presence of crocodiles!! Yes, there aren't many places to swim in the greater Darwin area - other than swimming pools- because of the crocodiles. The other very intresting feature of the area are giant termite mounds which can be as tall as 5 meters. The day was very hot almost 100F, but the trip was excellent.
13 March 2006: Brisbane, Queensland. We arrived in Brisbane on Saturday evening and settled into a wonderful hotel right in the middle of the city. We only had one and one half days; so we stayed in town. Monday we visited the museum and walked around town. In the afternoon, Buzz read his book, and I went shopping. On Sunday, we took a cruise on the Brisbane River and afterward, Buzz and I took a walk to find the Brisbane Synagogue. We did find it, and the custodian was kind enough to let us in and tell us a bit about it. We cought the shuttle to the airport, and at 5:30 were on our way back to New Zealand.