No more buses!!!
Trip Start Oct 04, 2004
102Trip End Ongoing
Before getting there though, we had the small fact of covering the mere 1000kms that separates Kununurra and Darwin.
Not long after leaving we stopped at Lake Argyle, the Lake formed 30 years ago when a dam was built. Jumping onto a boat tour around it, it was hard to muster the enthusiasm the others had for the scenery (we had only just been here canoeing after all)! That said, it was cool seeing a rock wallaby hopping around inches from the water. It was also funny watching the on-board dog Bundy go mad at the front of the boat when he spotted crocs
Back on the bus we soon crossed another state border, this time over the West Australian/Northern Territory line. Stopping for the mandatory photo, it wasn't surprising to see the sign covered in graffiti, I'll Photoshop it off when I eventually get home!
After a quiet night in Katherine we were off again for the final part of the journey. Before arriving in Darwin we stopped at Litchfield National Park. Although over the past 2 months we had visited a handful of National Parks, and although not overly amazing, it did offer us the most spectacular waterfalls to swim in since we arrived in Australia! It was here we stumbled on some enormous termite mounds. They literally towered over us when we stood next to them!
So after sitting on those cramp buses for exactly 4203km we arrived in Darwin. Completely wiped out in the seventies by cyclone Tracey, the city has now been completely rebuilt. It's hard to believe they call Darwin a city, with only a population of 80,000 it's tiny, a fraction of the size of Southend, but amazingly the biggest town in Northern Territory!
Although very nice to look at - all new remember, Darwin is so BORING! There just isn't anything to do there. Yes it has a great nightlife (more about that in a minute) but there was just nothing to do during the day. For example, Darwin's no.1 tourist attraction is fish feeding. We of course had to go, which past a good 20 minutes of the day!
We did enjoy the night markets here though, with loads of live music and best of all, an area to test whips. I don't like to brag, but I was a natural, leading to a grand round of applause by the increasingly growing crowd!
I did resist temptation though and decided not to buy one; well whips aren't really that useful in Southend! I bought a cool 'Micks Whips' t-shirt instead!
Like I said earlier though, Darwin does excel in the evening. We had some great nights out here with the rest of the bus, including George and Mildred, an elderly couple that had mistaken Easyrider as a saga bus tour! They had actually booked on in Perth and had travelled straight up to Darwin in 12 days, apparently moaning all the way! Everyone was surprised to see them come out for a drink, but were very impressed when they got up on stage to play, and win, most of the drinking games!
The best bit of the night though was when I was picked to be a judge in a 'painted t-shirt' competition (see photos and you will know what I mean!) Unfortunately, by that stage of the evening, I was so drunk I can't actually remember it. It was only when I looked at the photos the next day I realised what a great job I had.
All in all Darwin was a great city, but we were kind of glad we only had 2 days there! Now there was a small case of catching a plane to meet Dan's parents...