Aug 15, 2010

Kununurra - Darwin

Wednesday we had the tow bar fitted, it's certainly a lot stronger than the previous version but it would still benefit from having a plate welded to take in the threaded bolt holes on the chassis for added strength. We treated ourselves to two meals at the Kununurra Hotel which were nice and Vickie cannot leave Kununurra without a visit to the Lovell Art Galley, we already own a few paintings by Nadeen Lovell & Kimberley Kohan and we have just added another to the collection. Both artists have different styles and it's hard to decide which we like the best, the predominant theme is Boab Tree's and the Kimberley colours. This time Vick choose a Nadeen Lovell Ltd Ed print, #3 of 50.

I felt bad i didn't let a mate know we were in town, sorry Dick if you read this, we were not intending to stop in town untill we realised we had the tow bar to replace. As it turned out I did bump into another couple of blokes i know, Phil who bought our 80 Series Cruiser many years ago and Doug a bloke i know through the Western Angler Forum.

Heading onto NT our destination was Katherine & then Darwin with stops along the way. We free camped along the way untill we got to Litchfield National Park where we camped at Wangi Falls, we were lucky we scored the last camp site and we only just fitted in, $6.60PPPN and we had the beautiful Wangi Falls just a couple of hundred metres away. We went for a couple of swims whilst we were camped there, unfortunately so did a few hundred other people!! Bloody amazing so many people came out for a swim, it was like Bondi Beach without the Surf or the lifeguards!

When we left we travelled the loop to Berry Springs, no camping here but the springs were beautiful with crystal clear water holes and small waterfalls, water temps were warmer than at Wangi Falls.

Had a roadside camp and met Allan & Rosemary [ Bushtracker owners ] who were friends with Heather & Lloyd whom we know from Streaky Bay, small World when your travelling. Another couple Keith & Sandy joined us around the campfire for a night of chat & yarns.

We were thinking of staying a week in Darwin but have reassessed and decided 4 nights is plenty, neither of us are into tours, we are at Lee Point Caravan Park and though its a fairly casual van park, at $40pn we would rather be out in the bush.
We visited the Museum which we thought was small but interesting, we were given a talk on what it was like living through Cyclone Tracy in 1974 and also a talk about Sweetheart the rogue Crocodile that had a habit of biting outboard motors, an attempt to relocate Sweetheart failed when the Croc drowned after being aneathesised. A visit to the Skycity Casino was worth it for the fantastic buffet meal on offer, best value buffet we have been to with a large variety of food on offer including prawns & crabs. Of course they also took $50 of Vickie as she attempted to bust the bank on the pokies.

A visit to the Mindil Markets hasn't changed much in 10 years, great for tasting some Asian food but not so good for the art's & crafts. And that was about the extent of our stay in Darwin, we are reknown for doing things over and i'm sure we will be back one day and 'Do Darwin Proper'.

I keep telling myself we are moving too fast as usual but just can't get my head around staying in places that are either too busy, too expensive or are dust bowls, we will know that special spot when we find it and hopefully / maybe stay around longer.

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