It’s Cooler in Darwin

“Armed 15 year old arrested towing dead donkey” only in the NT would you find such a newspaper headline!

The Victoria River

The Victoria River

Left Kununurra Friday morning. The heat has been really intense lately, over 40C every day so what with the heat, the fridge not coping and the car troubles we have had we decided to make straight for Darwin and not do any exploring on the way. Friday night we camped at the Victoria River Roadhouse after a drive of approximately 320 kilometres.

Had a few beers in the roadhouse bar that night as the beers in our fridge were luke warm.  Saturday morning left Victoria River Roadhouse early making for Katherine. Decided not to stay in Katherine so camped at Pine Creek that night. In Darwin by midday Sunday. Very boring drive from Katherine to Darwin, the only interesting part was passing the solar cars as they raced to Adelaide in the annual solar challenge.

Solar powered car on the way to Adelaide

Solar powered car on the way to Adelaide

Darwin’s caravan parks have the reputation as being the most expensive in the country and I think that is probably justified. They are now quoting low season rates yet we still had to pay $36 per night! Gave Robert and Nikita a call and went around to their unit to catch up with them. We made arrangements to go to the Mindil Beach markets with them but unfortunately an electrical storm with heavy rain moved in, so that put paid to the markets. Darwin is much cooler than the Kimberleys with temperatures around 33C to 35C so we are getting some relief from the heat.

Will probably stay here for about a week before going into Kakadu. However what we do will very much depend on the weather.

Storm clouds

Storm clouds

By the way, don’t bother to stay at the Hidden Valley Caravan Park if you come to Darwin. We went into town to have a look around then thought it would be nice to have a swim in the pool when we came back to the caravan. The pool is closed, apparently that bit of a storm last night caused “an imbalance in the chemicals” so its been closed for the day. It is not unusual for Darwin to have such storms, especially at this time of year so the pool must spend more time closed than open.  How ridiculous!

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One Response to It’s Cooler in Darwin

  1. Dean and Jan Pearce says:

    Hi Guys
    At the moment I really feel for you, what with the heat , a fridge not able to handle the 40 degree temps ,plus your car problem while I,m enjoying an ice cold beer in aircon comfort.
    Sorry you could not do any side trips but they will be there next time. A friend of mine is the team manager of the SA Tafe solar car which is competing in the challenge to Adelaide, they may not win but they allways finnish and then try to improve the cars performance over the next two years.
    This year they have a car which is desinged more traditional than spaceaged. I suspose he will be glad to be heading south to perhaps cooler weather but then it,s 34 today here in Adelaide and humid. Hope that the rest of your stay in Darwin is without fault and you can us another wonderfull blog on the next part of your unfinnished journey.
    Dean and Jan Pearce

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