Wednesday, April 4, 2012

3D2N Darwin Trip

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. It has only a population of less than 130,000 with more than 50 different groups of Aboriginals, making it the highest proportional population of Aboriginals of any Australian capital city.

There is only one season in Darwin, hot hot and hot, so pack a few more change of clothing if you are prepared to walk around. Bermuda and slippers (or thongs in Darwin) will be good, just like the locals will say, just wear anything that is comfortable.

It would be just nice to spend 3D2N in Darwin, maximum I would recommend will be 4D3N.

When we reached Darwin, the weather was 32.0 °C. Boarded the bus waiting for us, we reached our first hotel, Medina Vibe (more like a boutique hotel).

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The rooms were not too bad, cleanliness is the main thing for me when I travel.

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The extra that came with this choice is the Wave Pool just outside the hotel. The catch is, you got to pay to enjoy it, it doesn’t come along with the stay in Medina. It’s A$5 for half a day or A$8 for a full day’s fun.

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Another amazing view from the hotel.

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After a short rest, head out to their CBD area, where you will find some shops and the more noteworthy malls like Coles and Woolworths.

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On the way to the CBD area, you will also pass by some old buildings built with stones.

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Once you are done with the city tour (probably just about an hour or so), visit the Crocosaurus Cove for some cool sights of Crocs and reptiles.

Crocosaurus Cove features a daily program of activities, including twice daily big croc feed; meet the reptiles encounter and “barra” feeding in their 200,000 litre freshwater aquarium.

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Most of the shops are closed after 5pm, so maybe for the night, you can go for a night drink in the local pubs before heading back to hotel for a rest.

Suggested itinerary for the next 2 days:

Batji Tours
Experience Darwin through the perspective of its Traditional Owners, the Larrakia people. Aboriginal cultural tours of Darwin help visitors learn more about the history and ways of the original people of the area.

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This is the famous Robert Mills who started the tour.

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Jumping Crocodile Cruise
See how the local guide entice the wildlife crocodiles to leap out of the water. Be ready with a fast shutter camera to make sure you snap the moment.

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See how the croc is eyeing on the bait. Really cool to see it in such close proximity.

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Once he is ready, he makes his jump.

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If you are lucky, you will be able to see the feeding of eagles.

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Saw this super cute joey kangaroo on the way back from the cruise.

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Wildman Wilderness Lodge
Travel to this outback lodge for an extraordinary wetlands safari experience, situated halfway between Darwin and Kakudu National Park.

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Stay in this tent with built-in bedding and toilet.

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Wangi Falls – Litchfield
This is the largest and most popular attraction in the park. Wangi Falls is a registered sacred site that is used by the aboriginal women for fertility purpose. Legend says that the “Rainbow Serpent” resides in the water which enables women who swims in it to be given creation power for fertility.

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Florence Falls – Litchfield
A spectacular double waterfall set amid the monsoon forest cascades into a swimming hole.

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