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Trip Start Mar 07, 2011
Trip End Aug 28, 2011

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Shady Glen Caravan Park

Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Talking to others along the way who had stayed in Darwin we were told not to stay in the caravan near the airport as the planes went all night. What do we do when we arrive, stay in the caravan park near the airport, and yes the jets did take off most of the night, usually about 2am. But every time a plane took off it reminded us of where we are, we don't hear this in Drysdale!
The caravan park is good, although we did have a couple of idiots camping behind us who talked and laughed until around 4am the first night and at 2.45am the next night I rang for security and they were eventually evicted. This is the first park in our 15,000kms that we have had any trouble. Usually by 8.30-9pm everything goes quiet.
We have loved our time in Darwin. There is so much to see and learn about the history of Darwin. A visit to the Military Museum to see the military memorabilia and fascinating photos of Australia's only land conflict during World war 11 reminded us of its unique role as frontline defence
Another attraction that was highly recommended by our grandson Cooper, was a visit to Aquascene where every day at high tide hundreds of fish come in from the sea to be fed. We were able to stand in the water and feed the fish as they swam around our legs. Thanks Coops, we loved it.
Public transport in Darwin is fantastic. The bus stops outside the park so we took advantage of being "seniors" and used the bus service to go in and around Darwin at no charge. Every bus was on time every time. It was quite an education travelling with our native friends, they were so funny but we were careful not to laugh in case they took offence,  at no time did we feel afraid or intimidated. You cannot understand a word they are saying until they swear, and then it is very clear!
During our time here we were able to celebrate Ray's birthday. After morning tea on the wharf and a feed of barramundi and chips at the "Ducks Nuts" we ventured on the night market at Mindil Beach where it is renowned for the array of food, unfortunately we could not even look at the food after such a big lunch.
We also spent some time strolling along the boardwalk at Cullen Bay marina. We took the passenger ferry to Mandorah, about 20 minutes from Darwin where we had lunch at the Mandorah Beach hotel, best steak sandwich in NT, so far.
The weather has been perfect, the last time we had any rain, not that it was much, was back in Fremantle. The entire time we have been here the temperature has been 32 degrees every day. The nights cool down so sleeping is not a problem.There is so much to see and do in Darwin. We probably could have spent another week or so here but always anxious to see the next place and having heard so many good reports about Litchfield National Park we have decided to head down there tomorrow.
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Millie on

Hi Wend and Ray,

Loved your photos and the entry. Looking forward to reading the rest of your blogs. It looks so lovely and warm - 7 deg when I got to work today.
Great to see you having such a realxing wonderful time as you both deserve. Thanks for letting me join in on your holiday adventure. Love to you both.

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