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20 August 2014

THE NORTH











 || NORTHERN TERRITORY ||

The past few weeks have blurred together in the wonderful warm city of Darwin. After a brief outback trip from Townsville to the Northern Territory, on a road that at times stretched so far straight it felt you would never get to the end.

The outback adventure started with a bumpy ride involving the largest kangaroo roadkill we could have ever rolled over. Seriously bad timing. We had just been overtaken by a four carriage road train, then a 4x4, then out from under them came Skippy. Luckily no damage on the car, Gus did us proud, but the guy behind us must have needed a lie down after a 7ft roo hurdled out from under us straight at him, legs and tail spinning quite energetically.

The trip took a few days, sleeping in rest areas off the road, meeting other travellers and getting tips on what to see in the outback. One of these tips led us to the Daly waters pub, a few hours north of Tennant Creek. The pub was filled with traveller memorabilia from underwear, to flags of the world, every single currency you could think of was nailed to the bar, number plates and more. Dinner was incredible & there is a place to camp next door, we loved it so much we have plans to visit again on the way South!

One last stop before Darwin took us to the natural hot springs in Katherine. The water bubbles up from the ground at a blissful 32 degrees. It was like stepping into a very public bath! Under palm trees shading from the sun the water hole is crock free and very safe for swimming, a luxury in the North.

Since arriving in Darwin we have seen some killer sunsets, after being on the east coast for so long it finally feels like we are right side up in the world! There are some pretty creative weekly markets, my favourite is at Mindil Beach. There are fire breathers and other street entertainers, plenty of food counters, a lot are influenced by Asian tastes, there are also stalls and stalls filled with jewellery, fashion and photography.  

Holly


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