Hello again! I’m lying in bed, enjoying a glass of Brown Brothers White Gold Moscato and reminiscing my recent trip to Darwin.
Boy, was it a roller coaster ride!
I should start at the beginning, when my flight was delayed for 10 hours! Then we reached Darwin airport to collect our rented car and realised that those below 25 years old, are considered underage. As such, we had to pay even more for the insurance, which increased our expenditure.
Our excitements diminished even more when we were told that due to wet season, many of the waterfall attractions were closed due to flooding and crocodile sightings.
We spent a total of 11 days (22nd Dec-1st Jan) in Darwin, going for road trips and exploring outside the city.
Right after arriving in Darwin, we immediately drove to Litchfield and stayed at Lake Bennett.
We only stayed for a night before heading even further out to Kakadu.
Unfortunately, it was impossible to visit any of the waterfalls as they were closed. We spent 4 nights there. Other than the trekking at Nourlangie Rock and the crocodile jumping tour, I was really bored. Tara and I even discussed taking a flight to Sydney to spend the rest of the holiday there. We weren’t joking. I even searched for flights that went to Sydney the very next day. That’s how bored we were. Some of you may know, I love Sydney. Like really LOVE. So much so that I’m moving there in a few years time. I can never say no to going to Sydney. Ahh the place of my dreams….
Ok enough daydreaming. Back to Darwin. Focus Nicole.
After our stay in Kakadu, we headed back into the city for the rest of our stay, and we were in dire need of Asian food!
We were supposed to head to Florence Falls, Tolmer Falls and Wangyi falls, at Litchfield. But due to the thunderstorm we had the night before, the roads were flooded. During our whole stay in the city, except for NYE evening, it was pretty much just thunderstorms and more thunderstorms.
I’m telling ya guys, don’t bother going to Darwin during wet season. Uh uh! You’ll miss out on everything and there’s no point risking your safety just to see some beautiful waterfalls. Well, unless you wanna get stuck in your car in the middle of a flooded dirt road, or get eaten by those really big fat crocs they have there. Just saying.
The day we cancelled our drive to the Litchfield Falls, we heard there were a group of tourists who thought it wise to try their luck. They ended up getting stranded in the flooded zone that was infested with salt water crocodiles, for an hour, until help came! And they were very lucky cos the only thing that stopped their car from going over the river, was a big fat rock!
And when we went to Nourlangie Rock for our trek, we drove past a bush fire! It was happening just right next to the attraction!
If you wanna go Darwin to see all the amazing stuff, go during dry season, like between June till October.
I have to be honest and say that I was very disappointed that I couldn’t visit the waterfalls. I mean when you’re in Darwin, you need to go visit them. So when you realise you can’t, it really really sucks.
Oh yes, you can swim in the waterfalls but not during wet season, unless you wanna make some reptile friends. Another bummer.
Staying in the city was a lot more relaxing. We didn’t have to wake up early to prepare for a long drive ahead, or worry about flooding along the road or any crocodile sightings.
We basically went to the mall everyday, satisfied my Japanese food cravings, found some nice street art, braved through a very sudden heavy downpour on a jetty, and waited to see some sunsets that did not happen at all due to the cloudy skies.
Found this cool street art that had butts painted all over!
Food at Laneway was amazeballs!!
Mindil Beach is famous for stunning sunsets. Sadly, we weren’t able to witness it.
Oh yeah, did I mention we had breakfast in bed?!
Mandorah Jetty. The place where we got caught in the rain and were totally soaked to the bones.
Nightcliff Jetty, another place with amazing sunsets. And as usual, we didn’t get to see it due to the cloudy skies.
And ahh my favourite! Celebrating the end of another year and welcoming a new one. NYE!!
We were really lucky on NYE. It was supposed to rain during the evening and night, but thankfully it didn’t until we reached back our hotel. It was such a huge thunderstorm, the howling of the wind was so loud an frightening, and because of it, our flight going home, was delayed….again.
But we were so thankful that we could catch the fireworks. A good way to end this trip.