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East Point, Darwin

We arrived 4-30am in the morning very tired.  We spent the first day sleeping and exploring.  Its so weird to be in a place with so many backpackers.  We got filmed making dinner in the hostel kitchen by the Discovery channel who were following a couple of lads backpacking for a few months.  We are starting to realise that we never seem to have a normal day on this trip and more or less every day something happens to surprise us!!

On the second day we hired bikes and biked to the Botanical Gardens and the biked along the coast to east point.  The coast is beautiful.  It is perfect with its palm trees, white sand and blue sea.  The beaches were deserted.  This is heaven!!  On the bike ride we even saw a Wallabee.

Crocodile Cruise
In the evening we walked in to the kitchen and who was there but Elizabeth Sellers (an old school friend).  Liz seemed really well and very tanned!!  In the evening we had a drink at the hostel and then hit a few bars.  We spent most of the evening dancing to a live band in one of the bars.  They even played Mr Brightside which as you can imagine went down  a treated with me and laura.

 

On our third day (Good Friday) Laura was a bit under the weather so we spent the day in the sun at the hostel catching up on writing our journals and reading our books.  In the evening we went to a Thai restaurant because we are already missing our favourite Thai dish called Pag Thai.  We finished off the day perfectly with another ice cream-oops!!

On our forth day we had to be up early as we are going to a trek to Kakadu national Park for the next 2 days.

Boulder Creek, Kakadu
There was nine of us on the trek.  A real mix of nationalities, us, two Italians, two Norweigns, one Belgium, one American and a New Zealander.  First stop was a Crocodile Cruise.  They made a couple of crocs jump on either side of the boat.  I was safely keeping my arms and head away from the side.  After this we made our way to Kakadu.On the way we stopped for a picnic lunch (this reminded me of the camping holidays when I was younger).  After lunch we drove further and went on a walk. The walk involved a climb which was well worth it for the views.  Then we stopped off by some pools to cool down.  We and Laura had a paddle.  After the walk we visited an Aboriginal Art Centre.  It was really amazing to see such old Aboriginal Art so close up and not just in books.
Kakadu, Beautiful views!!
  Then we made our final drive to our camp.  On route stopped to collect fire wood for the camp fire.  We also had an unplanned stop when Jake (the tour guide) nearly ran over a snake.  We stopped to see if it was a live, it was so "naturally" he picked it up. It was an Olive Python. It wasn't venemous but could still bite, it was keeping my distance!!  At the camp we stayed in dorms rather than tents as there was a threat of a thunderstorm this gave us a chance to shower, which was beautiful because we were feeling pretty yuck from the humity.  Dinner was gorgeous, we even got mash potato- my favourite!! After dinner we had didgeridoo lessons.  I discovered it is completely impossible to play the didgeridoo and laugh at the same time!!

Day two of the Kakadu trek.

The tour group
 Happy easter!!  We had a 30min drive (manily down a very bumpy dirt track) and the a hike.  We stopped to swim at a waterfall and pool called Motorcar Creek.  I was quite concerned about Crocodiles but was brave :-)  We then took another hike to Boulder Creek to swim again.  This was a series of three pools liked but waterfalls.  I was too busy looking for snakes and crocs that I managed to walk in to a big rock-ouch! Much to mine and Lauras amusement!!  We had another picnic at Boulder Creek-yummy!! Then we started to make the 400km trip home, briefly stopping to see turmite mounds on the way.  In the evening we went for a meal and a boogie with our tour group.

 

Vikram says:
I have heard there are tons of Brit backpackers in Australia! Almost every backpacker I met whilst in NZ last year was a Brit!
Posted on: Jun 25, 2006
Rachael says:
hey guys!
It all sounds so exciting... you meet so many cool people! I however, have spent the day wandering around genocide sights, not so chilled out! any romance yet? Let me know the gossip :)
lots of love
Rach
xxx
ps I went out to a sailing club the other day and had lethal drinks in jam jars...requested loads of killers and danced like sherlock to michael jackson, lost on everyone really and I probably looked like a real numpty!
Posted on: Apr 15, 2006
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East Point, Darwin
East Point, Darwin
Crocodile Cruise
Crocodile Cruise
Boulder Creek, Kakadu
Boulder Creek, Kakadu
Kakadu, Beautiful views!!
Kakadu, Beautiful views!!
The tour group
The tour group
Darwin
photo by: Sunflower300