Archive | November 2014

Weekly Photo challenge: Converge

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Crowds converging on a sports stadium in Melbourne.  Thousands of people (including me) were walking from the train station to the ground.

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Darwin: Howard Springs Nature Park

Howard Springs is a bushland oasis and family playground south of Darwin, just near Palmerston.  It is in a really tranquil setting off the Stuart Highway. They were assembling sails over the swimming pool when we were there. I was really surprised they haven’t had them in the past given it is so hot. As well as the pool there is a playground and BBQ area.

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Darwin: Berry Springs

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This beautiful, quiet waterhole would be the perfect place for a swim. If there weren’t crocodiles around. It was our last full day in Darwin and after spending two fun but busy days at Kakadu I was looking forward to doing something not so full-on. We were told it was a popular picnic spot for the residents of Darwin. It took a while for us to find it because it wasn’t well signposted but once we got there we found it to be deserted. We soon found out why. The waterhole was closed because they were still testing to make sure there were no crocodiles in there. To do that they set traps and check them regularly. There was a small waterfall nearby that was gushing but that didn’t turn out very well in my photos.

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Kakadu: Guluyambi Aboriginal Culture Cruise

This tour was one of my favourites of my time in Darwin/Northern Territory. I was really looking forward to it and it didn’t disappoint. It was the only tour that was run by an Aboriginal guide and I was looking forward to some insights into his culture.

The tour was on the East Alligator River which separates Arnhem Land and Kakadu.  We were even able to step on to Arnhem Land as a surprise part of the tour. Normally you need a special permit to enter.  Due to this we weren’t able to go very far but at least I can say I’ve been to Arnhem Land.

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The river is tidal which is really strange given it is hundreds of kilometres from the sea.

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Arnhem Land

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We were treated to a show of how to use these spears.  Our guide showed us how to hold and throw them so they reached the other side of the river.  He knew exactly where they were going to land. When we went to collect them they were where he said they would be.

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Our guide.  He was so interesting and funny.  I could sit and listen to him all day.