Around Darwin

Aerial of Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin

Aerial of Cullen Bay Marina, Darwin

Monday we wandered around the CBD just getting the feel of the place. It is not a large city and parking seems fairly easy. Like most cities these days the majority of shopping is now decentralised and based in the suburbs.

Vicki at Doctors Gully

Vicki at Doctors Gully

Tuesday morning we went to Doctors Gully to feed the fish. Since around 1960 fish have come into this gully on the high tide to be feed. There are hundreds of mullet and milkfish that can be hand feed. There are also barramundi, bream, mangrove jack, rock cod, stingrays and even the odd flathead. Vicki had fish taking bread out of her hand. Because of the risk of stingers it was not advisable to go more than ankle deep but even at this depth the fish still came up to you. This is only open for about two hours at the top of the tide.

Then it was off to the museum for a look around. This was very interesting with a great display of examples of boats used by our northern neighbours.

Mandorah Jetty At Low Water

Mandorah Jetty At Low Water

We then went to Cullen Bay and took the ferry to Mandorah, about a fifteen minute run to the southern side of the harbour. Not much to see on the way as the heat haze was bad. There is not much to see at Mandorah either so we stayed on the ferry for the ride back. Cullen Bay is a marina complex with a lock controlling entrance to the bay so that it doesn’t dry out at low water. Very hard to have a look around the marina as everything seemed to be blocked off by gates or shops. Very narrow streets and lots of multi storey units, personally I didn’t like it but apparently people pay a lot of money to live there. Darwin seems to have a great number of multi storey units, far more than you would expect in a town of this size but apparently a lot of them are leased by the defence forces and then made available to staff stationed in Darwin.

Tuesday night around midnight we had an electrical storm with a bit of rain come through.

Wednesday we spent chasing around town for various bits and pieces we needed before we head off. We also went to Fannie Bay which has some really nice houses in the old Darwin style (pre Cyclone Tracey). For the first time ever had a bit of trouble with the GPS  getting lost. There is a lot of new roadworks that I don’t think the GPS was aware of.

Darwin – Thursday 20 October 2011

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