Trip Start Apr 30, 2012
20Trip End Jul 20, 2012
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Well we finally got here to the top end, now to go and see what it all looks like nearly 40 years after "Tracy". The roads are certainly first class as is the signage which is making it easy to find our way around what is now a booming city.
we are at the Big 4 Howard Springs Holiday Resort(caravan park) about 22 km south of Darwin but still in the city (CBD is 20 min away). Very nice park and very big but peaceful especially at night. Kathy and I are sleeping really well here. The staff and other guests have been really friendly.
Managed to spend some time with Kathys Rels Lee and Lyn while they were here last week. We cooked meals for each other and had quite a few long happy hours. Thanks to Lyn and Lee for the trip into town to show us around we really did appreciate that guided tour
We have been busy checking out the attractions like the Wharf precinct which is very different to when I was here last. Did I tell you about that? I was a member of a commonwealth government relief team that headed to Darwin after cyclone tracy wrecked the place. We were part of a convoy of 32 trucks (the biggest convoy to go north since WW 2) that left various depots in sydney and ours in Dubbo carrying building materials and other essential items but mainly to provide the trucks with drivers to assist in the clean up and repair of suitable buildings to permit as many families as possible to return to Darwin. It was a great adventure for a 21 year old and is a story in it's own right. Anyway suffice to say that the city certainly looks VERY different today.
We have checked out the cyclone tracy exhibit at the museum (and some others there too) had a very nice lunch on the deck overlooking Fanny Bay (no not Barra) We also had a walk through the Fanny Bay Gaol where two murderers were hanged in August 1952 (I was 3 months old). The wave pool is awesome and is the only way to catch a wave up here as there is no surf as we know it.
We are heading off to "Crocasaurus" in town tomorrow to see the croc feeding and then off on a sunset dinner cruise on the harbour on board a 22m Ketch
fuel prices here are much more reasonable(when compared to what we have been paying)
ULP is 152.9 distillate is 156.9.
Well that is all for now my friends I will do an update before we leave here next monday to head south to Katherine.
Cheers, frank and kathy
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