Darwin was a pleasant interlude from camping as we stayed with Marty and Sue Alsford,on the military base at Larrakeyah (although Marty was still at Batchelor). The process of being signed in on a daily basis was an interesting experience and we were lucky to see a little bit of what it's like to live and work in Darwin. it was great to renew acquaintances with the Alsfords.
|Sunset at the Alsfords|
|Sue and David playing games with Ros and Mal's radios|
As we had been to Darwin previously we didn't do a lot of sightseeing, howeverwe did re-visit Mindil Beach markets, doing a bit of shopping and watching theFire Show, a talented performer doing weird and wonderful things with fire. Friday night saw us having fish and chips at Cullen Bay, with a wonderful sunset over the bay.
|The Fire Show|
|Dinner at Cullen Bay|
|Sunset at Cullen Bay|
We also found time to buy a new Telstra wifi device, have a haircut and have the back door of the Prado fitted with a new handle. Although Toyota charges an arm and a leg for spare parts David's skill at negotiating a "beer economy" price for the fitting saved us a few dollars.
Thanks to Dale Alsford who works as a tour guide at Kakadu we got a few good tips on places to visit. One was Fogg Dam which is a conservation reserve with wonderful bird life, less than an hour's drive from Darwin. Our extra bonus was to see a croc being removed for transport to a crocodile farm. It was about 2 metres long, and anyone interested could touch it, as its mouth was well taped up - yet another good use for duct tape.
|Fogg Dam wetlands|
|A masked lapwing with 4 chicks|
|Magpie geese are plentiful|
|Catching the croc|
|Let's just add a bit more weight in case it moves|
We also found buffalo wallowing in a waterhole, viewed wetlands from Beatrice Hills and continued on to Mary River Wilderness Park at Point Stuart. This was an excellent park, but was Mosquito Central, not helped by a whole night of unseasonal rain.
|Mary River Billabong|
|Point Stuart Wilderness Park with a storm brewing|