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7th – 14th July 2007
all our hectic travelling we chose Darwin as a base for a week to relax and
meet up with old sailing friends who were all gathering for their next leg
across to Indonesia. We knew 8 of the boats but unfortunately were only able
to catch up with 4 of them!
proposed waterfront expansion and
the old boat which was being used for a film starring Nicole Kidman about the
pioneering days in Australia as you can imagine this was causing a great deal
of excitement for a little town like Darwin
Bay Marina is where we visited our
friends on Amoenitas and Carelbi we were also able to catch up with David
& Barbara on our sister ship Baker Street.
were preparing to set off to Indonesia and Singapore for the next leg of
their round the world voyage
sailed in company with Chris and Fiona on Carelbi from Bora Bora to New
Zealand in 2001.
(Amonitas), Fiona and Chris, (Carelbi), Diana (Amonitas) with David (Kanaloa)
farewell to Australia dinner
catamaran Elanah had changed owners since we sailed with her along the coast
of Panama in 1998
ancient tree of knowledge where the aborigines used to gather is now in front
of the City Council
the Chinese who outnumbered the Europeans in the 1800’s for the mining
House, right on the waterfront, was bombed in 1942 by the Japanese, along
ships by more planes than devastated pearl harbour!
been beautifully restored now
are many galleries in Darwin, showing
paintings from the Central Desert and Arnhem Land
can fetch as much as 25,000 AS$ a piece, sought
Australian as well as foreign investors
tropical Northern Territories Wildlife Park had a very good selection of the
Nocturnal animals we would never otherwise have seen, plus many of the
beautiful birds in huge aviaries. Their aquarium revealed how many fish the
rivers held, species we had never imagined existed are in proliferation, the
Barramundi being the largest, up to 2 metres long, living in both fresh and
sea water. It’s the fish most people east up here, as good as cod.