October 2020
  • Day5

    The Last Day

    October 18, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 30 °C

    Took the car back first thing this morning before checking out. We were excited to find out that there was a shower facility downstairs which we were ok to use in the afternoon so this was very exciting, as we were going to get very sweaty and wet after a swim.

    We had a couple of hours to kill before lunch so we took the scooters down to the gardens along the water. Thought the kids could have a kick and it was about 2 minutes before they started fighting. We split them up for 10 minutes or so and that seemed to work wonders, everyone was happy after that.

    We scootered down to the Stokes Bay Wharf for lunch which wasn’t too bad. Took the scooters back to the hotel and swapped them for some bathers. Back to the wave pool which was a bit busier than during the week but not too bad. After I got out I thought I’d have a look to see what food options there were at the airport but it looked like most if not all were closed! So I did a mad dash to woolies for something to eat, and I’m glad I did because there really was nothing open at the airport.

    And that was the end of our Darwin holiday! Had a good time, will be good to go back in a few weeks though and see some of the things we didn’t quite get to with the kids.
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  • Day4

    Litchfield

    October 17, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    Slept in until 8 this morning (!) way later than I’d hoped. Quick breakfast then a run/walk around to the pier then through town for some exercise. I found the street where we’d planned to have dinner tonight and it seemed like it was the touristy/nightclub part of town - pretty sure that’s where I went last time I was here and is what I remember of Darwin.

    Rounded up the kids and jumped in the car for our drive to Litchfield. Plan was that once we hit the national park kids were t get off their iPads and this turned into a bit of a disaster as they immediately became unbearable winding each other up etc.

    Managed to distract them enough to make it to the Termite Mounds. These were a little underwhelming compared to what I remember. It was hot and there were loads of flies and Hamish was just about having a meltdown!

    Drove a bit further taking us to the Buley Rockholes for a swim. This was a highlight. So many people there but we still managed to find space to have a nice swim. Kids enjoyed jumping in while I sat and stressed that they’d slip on the rocks and hit their head. Thankfully no one did.

    For dinner tonight we went down to the pub and enjoyed a nice meal watching the other prelim final. That one too ended up with a disappointing result - it’s going to be a boring grand final next week! Highlight of the evening was watching Hamish attempt to parkour all the way home, which he thought was hilarious until he discovered he was forced to have another shower when he got home ..
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  • Day3

    Crocodiles

    October 16, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 32 °C

    We all slept in a little longer than usual this morning after a big day yesterday. Rob and I went to pick up the car shortly after breakfast, took a little longer than expected due to firstly not being as full of petrol as promised and secondly noticing bits falling off said car as we drove off. We went back and the guy just went full Territory and ripped off the entire panel that was faulty.

    We headed out towards Humpty Doo then the Adelaide River where we boarded our croc cruise. Being terrified of crocs, especially salties, this was a big deal for me! Within moments of leaving the jetty there were a couple of crocs heading towards the boat. We saw quite a few, it was really good! Always felt safe. Started smashing down with rain but was mostly undercover so wasn’t too bad. All just part of the territory experience really!

    After the tour we headed back home and Rob and I went and did a spot of shopping. Followed by dinner then time to watch the footy. A good tough close game which Port ended up losing by a goal. Disappointing but still good to make it as far as a prelim.
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  • Day2

    Exploring Darwin

    October 15, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 31 °C

    Rob and I started the day with a bit of exercise - a run/walk (mostly walk) down to the waterfront then up to the park along the waterfront. The last part I did by myself and checked out a bit of the city before meeting him back in the room.

    We got the boys off their iPads and out on the scooters. By this stage it was getting quite warm and by the time we reached the playground along the water everyone was a little bit hot and bothered. Isaac are a whole box of tic tacs and spent ages spinning around on the equipment so pretty soon he started feeling quite ill. Hamish was just whinging about how hot it was and I ended up getting pooped on by a bird so really it didn’t turn out to be that pleasant an outing. Then soon hamish fell off the footpath and that was the end of it. We all just really wanted to get home.

    A quick rest back in the room then it was time to head out for lunch then swim. We went down to the waterfront and had a quick bite at the pub there. Then it was time to hit the wave pool! Stayed there for ages and everyone had a great time. I’ve cream after then back to the room.

    After a break we went for a walk down to stokes hill wharf to have a look. Thinking we might come back and have something to eat for lunch on Sunday.

    Dinner was some take away Chinese which was pretty good. Big day! We are all stuffed now.
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  • Day1

    Leaving Queensland!

    October 14, 2020 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    Finally after many months we’ve been able to venture out of Queensland! We took the plunge and flew into the Northern Territory for a few days. Arriving in Darwin was interesting - first time with the old face mask and being asked loads of questions - felt a lot like we were going through customs. We made it through though and spent a while trying to find a taxi big enough to fit all our bags.

    Eventually we did, found the room (massive!) and then went out looking for food and Woolworths. Found both eventually and only got lost once. Came across a few interesting “locals” on our travels.
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