Skip to main content

Delightful Darwin

In the interests of keeping blood pressure low, you will be glad to know, in advance, that I will not be showing off "my girls" in this post!

BUT, if I thought Port Douglas was hot, man - it's got nothing on Darwin, nothing! My sports bra was completely wet through and therefore not worth photographing (lucky you).

Before we got there, we had to dodge another cyclone (well, technically speaking, it was a tropical low that threatened to form into a cyclone, but close enough) and that meant a little rough weather, although it was still warm.

Meanwhile, the kids and us kept busy with the various activities they had on board, including Wii at Sea. Luckily, Video Boy was on hand for technical support for the staff who seemingly had no clue:

And Wombat Girl beat me soundly in a couple of games of giant chess, in between beating the other kids at Skip Bo in Kids Club:

Our day in Darwin dawned bright and sunny. And did I mention it was HOT? Got to 34 degrees, 95% humidity. They reckon the summer in Darwin, which is also the wet season, can be so horrendous that people develop a mental health condition known as "going troppo". Totally get that.

We were interested in Darwin's role in World War II. Darwin was Australia's closest shave with the war and it was actually bombed in February 1942 and 292 people were killed. 

There was a Military Museum which looked interesting, but it was too far out of town. We satisfied ourselves with looking at the Oil Storage Tunnels, which were quite fascinating, although not as cool (temperature-wise) as a I'd like:

Hubby's Dad worked on Groundcrew in WWII, so he found these photos interesting

Did I mention it was HOT?

We wandered past Government House on our way to the Information Centre to see what else we could see in Darwin:

And we decided on Crocosaurus Cove - smack-bang in the centre of Darwin's CBD! Yep, you guessed it - live crocs:

And there were other reptiles too:

It's always good when you can time your visit when they have feeding time:

And as tempting as it was to offload the kids by feeding them to the crocs (joking!!!), we instead let them have a little fun feeding the babies:

Did I mention it was HOT? Well, you can't swim in the ocean at Darwin, due to (you guessed it) crocs. Big, nasty saltwater beasties that seriously eat tourists. And also stingers/jellyfish. So they made the Darwin Wave Pool. It was unreal, banana peel! Warm as a bath, but sooooo good.

By then it was time to get back on the ship and sail off into the sunset, with 5 sea days stretching before us! Departure was delayed somewhat as they had to try and clean out the swam of jellyfish that had gotten caught in the vents near the engines (or something). But they did, and we were on our way...

Me not showing off my girls ;-)


  1. No bubbies? Disappointing...

    The baby crocs are cute!

  2. The tunnels look fascinating. I'd have gone here. And then to the pool. Ugh - that heat!


Post a Comment

Bloggers LOVE comments! We are pretty needy that way, so go on, leave some love :-)

Popular posts from this blog

Pssst...wanna be a fly on the wall?

My Students + Curriculum + Learning Spaces + Real Life = A Day In the Life

This Day is from last week when I thought it was A Day In The Life but it was Learning Spaces instead...probably just as well, because the last few days have not been worth blogging about (or maybe there's a big blog post in there lurking away, but I just can't deal with it right now)...anyway...

This week is the last of our Aussie NBTS posts and a's a long post!! So if you stay to the end, you have done well and earn bonus points.

I think a lot of people who don't homeschool are curious as to what our days look like. Those 6 panel Facebook memes have been doing the rounds, and of course there was a Homeschool one:

He he he!

The night before the Day in the Life: I should preface this Day with the fact that we had a late Night watching Ferris Bueller's Day Off. It was on TV, but we got out the DVD to skip the ads. I feel that some movies are just a compulsory part of any child&#…

I see...

We've had a couple of interesting weeks here. Video Boy has inherited his mother's shocking vision - he has myopia (commonly known as short-sightedness or near-sightedness). It occurs when the eyes focus light in front of the retina, leading to unfocussed vision.

Close up is usually OK, but distance vision is pretty fuzzy:

For me, even the couple would have been blurry! I was "medically blind" which meant I got my optometrist fees covered by Medicare (yay!).

So, Video Boy has had glasses for a couple of years now - he has broken one pair and then lost the replacement pair (grrr) and so for a couple of months, his world has looked like the picture on the right...and he was squinting to watch TV, read signs, pretty much all the time.
So, we went off to the optometrist last week to get us some new glasses!
The optometrist is up on all the latest research - with Wombat Girl, we bought a software program with special "lenses" and she had to do a practice session…

52 Ancestors - So Far Away

This week's #52ancestorsin52weeks is Father's Day - but of course, it's not Father's Day in Australia, so I'm going to do the theme we had a couple of weeks ago when I was away - So Far Away.

When you first start doing your family tree, it's exciting to see how "far back" you can go with your branches. Until last weekend, the furthest back on my direct line was Benjamin Broome, my 9th great-grandfather born in 1646 in Kidderminster, Worcestershire, England (grandfather of John Broom in my carpet story), which I thought was a long way back!

Last weekend, I was searching back to see if I could see a link between the Freemans on my Dad's side and the Freemans on my Mum's side (spoiler alert - not yet). Anyway, I was having a search on Joseph Freeman (my 5th great-grandfather born in Gloucestershire, England in 1765) and his wife - Sarah Arkell (my 5th great-grandmother also from Gloucestershire, England, born in 1767). Well, I had her father John…