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Packard Knob

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  • Day17

    Darwins Leanyer Park and Mindil Markets

    August 27, 2017 in Australia ⋅ 🌙 20 °C

    What a day! After a much needed sleep in and a quiet morning we took the girls to the Leanyer Recreational Park which is fantastic and best of all, absolutely free!! Three huge waterslides, a water park and huge swimming pool. Not sure how the locals don't live here! The kids are ready to move! They didn't stop for nearly two hours until we dragged them away. Even Joe enjoyed the slides!

    Afterwards we headed to Mindil Beach for the famous markets and sunset and it didn't disappoint! We arrived at quarter to four as the stalls were nearly finished setting up. This ment we got a reasonable park and were able to look around before the crowds turned up. The smells from the food stalls were amazing. By 4.30 we could've had dinner but we held off. We splurged on a bird and Reptile experience at the other end of the market with us all deciding which type of bird we should get once we're home. Paige fell in love with a Sulfer-crested cockatoo called Lilly (sorry neighbours), Lara loved the female ekkie and Joe is still partial to Macaws. We also got to hold some of their reptiles including a 3.5m Olive Python.

    There were a lot of great stalls with the odd junk stall thrown in but in all it was one of the best markets we've been to. Paige and Joe tried their hand at whip cracking, Lara got her much anticipated Crocodile skin bracelet (with real teeth!) and after choosing from the vast array of food for dinner (from which Paige still chose chicken nuggets and chips) we went to the beach to watch the sunset. We were just a few in the hundreds of people on the beach. It was beautiful.

    Afterwards we watched a fire dancing street performer and wandered through the markets again. We had one last visit with the birds before making our way back to the car. It was nearly 8.30pm by the time we got back to the van. It's been a huge afternoon! The girls should be much more tired than they seem!
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  • Day55

    Day 55 Darwin

    June 7, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 22 °C

    First thing we did today was have a swim and a walk around Wangi Falls which were extremely cold. While we were on the walk we spotted lots of different animals including golden orb spiders, bats, butterflies, water goannas and lots of orange-footed scrub fowl. It was a different way to start the day.
    We then packed up the caravan and drove up to Darwin. We set up in a caravan park called Free Spirit, the same caravan park we stayed in when we were in Darwin 2 years ago on our last trip. We then headed over to the pool to go for a short swim and later relaxed by the pool with a mocktail. We later returned back to the pool for dinner and another splash in the pool.
    Tomorrow we're going to run some errands and maybe visit some of the local water parks.
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  • Day56

    Day 56 Darwin

    June 8, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    The first thing we did today was go to Kmart to print out some photos for Jessica and Ryley's travel journals. We also bought some swimming goggles for myself and Ryley.
    After shopping we returned to the caravan park to get our bathers on for one of the Darwin water parks. The Leanyer Recreation Park had three giant water slides, a ginormous pool, and a splash park.
    After the waterpark we drove off to a market. We didn't find anything interesting in the market so we just returned back to the caravan park.
    Tomorrow we will be going to a Greek festival and a sunset market.
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  • Day57

    Day 57 Darwin

    June 9, 2019 in Australia ⋅ ⛅ 29 °C

    We started the day by driving to a Greek festival. There was lots of different food like: fresh calamari, octopus, chicken and lamb souvlaki as well as slushies and milkshakes. There was also a stage in the middle of the festival where they played music and had traditional dancing.
    After the festival we drove up to Stokes Wharf, to the Royal Flying Doctors Service Visitor Centre. Inside we learnt about the bombing of Darwin and the Royal Flying Doctors Service. There was a virtual reality mini show, two 3D movies with holograms and a real Royal Flying Doctors Service plane that we could play in. One of the displays had a window of 1942 and an aerial view of the bombing of Darwin Harbour that came to life showing the bombing and aircraft fire from the first raid.
    After the visitor centre we visited a camping, hunting, and military store called 'Mitchells'. We saw hunting knives, crossbows, bows and arrows, military equipment including helmets and masks and camping gear. Ryley bought a tank drivers helmet with goggles and spent every cent of his pocket money.
    Next we returned back to the caravan park for a splash in the pool and to give Ryley and Dad a haircut.
    Later in the afternoon we drove out to the Mindil Beach Sunset Market. Tomorrow we will go for a bike ride around Darwin and maybe visit the Darwin wave pool.
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  • Day16

    Driving to Darwin

    August 26, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    We were ready to head of around 8.30 this morning ready to head to Darwin. We are all a bit over driving so the day dragged out a bit. We hit 5000kms as we passed through Katherine! The termite mounds went from 1 - 2 foot high to maybe 3 meters by the time we reached Darwin. We also had to drive through a few bush fires, mostly burnt out but still smouldering. There are a lot of fires in this area at the moment but for the most part the appear to be left to burn themselves out.

    We set up at the Darwin Free Spirit Resort while the girls checked out the three swimming pools we set up and got organised and had cheese and biscuits for afternoon tea once the girls came back. It is much hotter than we expected up here. But as the afternoon breeze kicked in just after 4.30 we began to feel like we could relax.

    The girls went back to the pool and we went for a walk around the park. The cafe next to the pool looks like a nice spot for dinner one night before we leave. As for tonight, something quick and early to bed. Joe and I are exhausted!
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  • Day20

    Darwin - Last Day

    August 30, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 30 °C

    We decided reluctantly to spend our last day catching up on a few jobs we needed to get done before moving on to Kakadu tomorrow. The girls went to a colouring activity run by the caravan park, we went for a drive to a caravan shop and a Woolworths for a few bits and pieces then back to the caravan park and for the kids, back to the pool after they tidies their areas in he car.

    Jon arrived back around 4pm and set up for the night. We met our lovely neighbour in the van behind us then we went into Darwin for another beautiful meal at Crustaceans. We took a bit of time reading all the information about the bombing of Darwin along the wharf on the way back to the car.

    Heading back for a not so early night before heading to Kakadu in the morning. We certainly could've stayed here longer! So much more to see and do.
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  • Day66

    Mothers day in Darwin

    May 13, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 29 °C

    Just Arlie and I today 🙂
    We laughed together so much when we woke up😂
    As Arlie gave me a fright and then we couldn’t stop laughing it was Awsome 💕
    She is just amazing and I feel very blessed to have such a beautiful loving daughter!
    We went to rapid creek markets to get our fresh produce for the week!
    Now relaxing at the caravan park!
    Arlie is loving walking and feeling very clever 🙂
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  • Day72

    The great escape...

    May 19, 2018 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 28 °C

    So now Arlie is off to see the world 😳
    Better watch out mum, cause there’s no containing her inside the annex!!!
    She is growing so much every day now, saying new words and learning so quickly!
    I love it ❤️
    Only 1 week until our favourite man is home!
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  • Day38

    Crocodylus Park, Darwin

    July 24, 2017 in Australia ⋅ ☀️ 32 °C

    An awesome crocodile farm with hundreds of crocodiles - from babies to ginormous crocs.
    Apart from crocodiles this park has meerkats, turtles, lions, wolfs, ponys, monkeys, lizards, and lots more animals.
    It also has a show on crocodile feeding, I got to hold a stick with some meat on it out into the middle of a crocodile enclosure and then, all of a sudden, a huge crocodile jumped out of the pool and grabbed the meat off the stick. I can still remember the sound of the huge snap of his jaws.
    We got to hold a baby crocodile called "Stapler" and a corn snake called "Abby".
    A really interesting and fun park.
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