First day in Darwin

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My bro in the old Darwin courthouse

We had planned to to sleep in for a while, however unfortunately the air-conditioner only runs from 7 pm to 7 a.m. So we wanted to escape the slowly warming room sooner rather than later.

We couldn’t book in at Wilderness for the next two nights since their twin rooms were booked out.  But they let us stow our bags in storage so we left them there and went wandering to find some accommodation and some brekky.

Only about 500 m down the road we were able to book in at Chilli’s backpacker for the Tuesday evening, knowing that we’d crash at Drew’s mate Shirty’s place for Monday night.

The day went something like this

 - Breakfast at Salvatoris, Drew liked the pancakes, but pretty ordinary Bacon and Eggs

 - Walked around Stokes Hill Wharf, identified the restaurant ‘The Jetty’ for a dinner option (decent cheap seafood)

 - Walked back uphill looking at Oil tunnels and Survivor’s lookout, past the Governer’s house and around to Bicentennial park

 - On to Aquascene for some fishfeeding (near corner of Daly St and Esplanade)

 - Caught the number #4 bus out to the museum and art gallery of the Northern Territory.

Beer rarely tasted as good as in this heat
   Sweetheart the crocodile, Cyclone Tracey exhibit etc.  So hot so we grabbed a beer and some garlic bread in the Cornucopia café before going in.

 - Caught the bus back in to town, grabbed the bags out of storage at Wilderness hostel, and decided to jump in their pool, since Chillis backpackers only had a small plunge pool.

 - Lounging around met a Belgian girl named Caroline.  I think she did Commercial work back home, her Dad ran a company which delivered beer around to various places. She had been in Darwin 4 days, and was waiting to find someone to split a car to Cairns with.

 - Was picked up at about 6:30 by Drew’s mate Shirty out front of Wilderness, threw the backpacks in the car and drove down to Stokes Hill Wharf for the seafood buffet at the Jetty.

Swwetheart the crocodile, if only she'd lived...
Prawns, crab, sirloin steak, mussels, damn good.

 - Crashed at Shirty’s place out in the suburbs (still have no idea where, Leanyer maybe).  Helped him polish off his case of Carlton mid-strength beer. Watched the epic battle between skinks and cockroaches. Unfortunately he’d only been there a week so there was no furniture, slept on top of my sleeping bag on the hardwood floor but no complaints. At least there was air-conditioning!

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My bro in the old Darwin courthouse
My bro in the old Darwin courthouse
Beer rarely tasted as good as in t…
Beer rarely tasted as good as in …
Swwetheart the crocodile, if only …
Swwetheart the crocodile, if only…
Feeding the fish at Aquascene, soo…
Feeding the fish at Aquascene, so…
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