We have enjoyed the past week doing a bit of touristing around Darwin with family and getting into the holiday mood!

Cracker night viewed from our balacony on the 22 floor in the city was a new experience for our visitors…watching explosions happening randomly all over the city. The mess along the esplanade in the morning was pretty bad. I don’t understand why people don’t pick up their rubbish and at least put it into a pile! Poor council workers were very busy.

The following day we drove to Windows on the Wetlands and then did one of the crocodile cruises. Saw a number of crocs, as you do, but most were not very interested in jumping very high. It was nice to ride up the river a bit but the crocs not as spectacular as the last time we did the cruise. Maybe it was a different time of year or tide.

Last nights champagne sunset sail with Sail Darwin on a 50 ft (15m) catamaran was lovely. It’s the second time we’ve done this cruise and we weren’t disappointed. We had a lovely relaxing time with plenty of champagne , platters of delicious food and nice crew. A very peaceful way to enjoy the sunset and harbour on a beautiful evening.

The boys drove three hours to jabiru to take a 30min flight over a part of Kakadu. Specky landscape and some good photo opportunities. Mitchell was very lucky to get into the copilot seat. He is after all our pilot in training with a recreational pilots licence at the age of 17. Mitchell probably spent as much time looking at the instrument panel and checking out the Gipps Airvan …the plane ….than the view.

The girls enjoyed some shopping and a lovely lunch.

Bruce and I are now getting ready for a bit of roughing it in our camper. We are planning to enjoy the dry season weather (fingers crossed) and check out a few local spots we haven’t been to yet before we head off overseas for 3 months. Very exciting!