We caught a flight from Singapore to Darwin and arrived in the middle of the night. I was so excited to be going to Australia! I was definitely ready to leave SE Asia. I loved the place but I felt I'd done as much as I wanted to.
We spent the first day in Darwin walking around the city. It's a really pretty place. The only problem was that the sun was blazing and there was no shade anywhere in the whole place so it was hard work walking around! We visited an open air cinema in the evening with deckchairs. It was so cool. We could see flying foxes (which are enormous) fly across the big screen as we watched the film! Actually it wasn't really a film we watched, it was more of a documentary about 2 yodelling, lesbian twins from New Zealand! It was quite funny though.
We took a trip to a crocodile park in the middle of the town and had a really cool day there! We watched big crocs being fed with meat on sticks and got to meet Burt, the crocodile from Crocodile Dundee! We also got to feed baby crocs by putting meat on the end of a fishing rod and holding it over the side into the water. The crocs then leap out of the water to grab the meat! Very cool! There were around 200 baby crocs in the park and we asked where they were going to be going when they get bigger and we were told that they will be turned into shoes and handbags! Nice! We got to hold a baby croc too (with its mouth bound shut!) and also a snake and some lizrads! It was a really cool day! In the evening we went to the local market which has a really cool vibe about it. There were some musicians playing hiphop music with a didgeridoo and live music and soooo many food stalls we were spolit for choice! We got to watch the sunset over the beach next to the market and saw dolphins swimming beneath it! I love Darwin! An amazing start to my Oz experience!!
We took a one day trip to Kakadu National Park. We wanted to spend longer there but the trips didn't coincide with our timings so we just hadto do a day. We also chose an expensive trip which was full of old people! It was still good though! I saw about 30 wallabies on side of the road on the journey there which was cool!
We took a walk to see some aboriginal art and some beautiful scenery around the park. Like proper travellers we loaded up on the free buffet provided too! In the afternoon we went on a river cruise which was the best part of the day! We saw a massive eagle resting on one of the trees and then spotted a huge crocodile lying in the water! It was amazing! It swam right alongside the boat as we drove along! I never thought I would be that close to a crocodile ever! It didn't even acknowledge us! I got some awesome pictures of it too! We then saw another one just resting on the bank with its jaws open! Very cool!