Early Monday morning we bid a fond farewell to Ron and Linda and to the community of Barunga - thank you for having us all and for showing us the Katherine Gorge, the old Maranboy Tin Mine and other sites around Barunga - Barunga was an experience we certainly didn't plan on - and I don't think anyone can quite understand the "Music Wars" unless you are there a while! :-)
We headed back to the Stuart Highway and started on the way to Darwin - it was a bit of a hike but we took the opportunity to check out the Douglas Hot Springs and Pine Creek - both excellent adventures!
There were lots of photo opportunities at Pine Creek (you can see them below) but I got left in the #BadBettyBus for the Douglas Hot Springs - bit unfair if you ask me!
We arrived into Darwin on Monday afternoon and many thanks to Drew, Esther and Chook for having us here for the week! Excitement Plus - there are Donkeys over the back fence at Drew's place and I got a picture with them!
We wandered around Darwin CBD and the Waterfront yesterday - wait till you see the kids slide! How that has gotten through OH&S is beyond us!
As a tourist - hats off to all those places that takes the time to put up signs explaining exactly what we are looking at and what the historical significance is - yesterday in Darwin we learnt stuff about Australia and its colonies that has completely bypassed Mum and Dad through all the years at school!
Thanks for enjoying our pictures and wait till you see what is next - its a Sunset Champagne cruise on the harbour this evening and a trip to the Jumping Croc & Litchfield tomorrow - wow - pictures will be incoming!!!!
Until next time - love from all of us - #BadBetty Mk II, Mum & Dad xoxo
Pine Creek was a bit of a pleasant surprise - we pulled off to check out the lookout (which showed the old open cut mine all filled in with water - HUGE and an amazing view) and then traveling back to the highway, saw a great collection of trains and old mining equipment.
We had no idea of the significance of Pine Creek in the Darwin to Adelaide train line and the mining equipment gave us an opportunity to see equipment we had seen at Maranboy actually in its right sort of order and its use explained - we are really enjoying this mining stuff and its providing me with lots of awesome photo opportunities!
Douglas Hot Springs
It was a bit of a detour to go to the Hot Springs and boy, were they HOT! In the shallow area, it was literally burning your feet but then almost a bit too cold in the deeper areas - hard to get it right!
There was a bit of dirt road to get in and out of there and mum is well and truly OVER any more dirt road! The #BadBettyBus did an awesome job with the unexpected water crossing on the way in and out too!
Darwin CBD & waterfront
Hello Darwin! Yesterday Mum & Dad checked out Darwin CBD and the Waterfront - we will be going back!
The Waterfront has the most amazing water park with a wave pool, the biggest inflatable pontoon we have ever seen and further around on the esplanade - the biggest slide structure too! Hail Darwin! :-)
The fish picture is in the same section of the water that the pontoon is - so clear!
There is lots to see here in Darwin - we are heading back in on Friday to do the underground bunker tour, Parliament House and the Museum so this is just a taste of what we have seen so far!