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Beer Boats, Fireworks and Cruising Kakadu

June 27th, 2011- July 28th, 2011

Hi Everyone, The 'cool' weather of the Dry Season just keeps on coming and it seems like everyone is outside at the moment. The mozzies have disappeared, the humidity has gone and it's just great being out and about. Danny rode his bike into the city the other week and had a look at the Beer Can Regatta. We just can't get our head around drinking beer in cans so we would have struggled to get an entry together although it looked like for some of them it was no trouble at all!
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On July 1st, we celebrated Territory Day- what a hoot! It wasn't actually a public holiday but for one day only fireworks can be purchased and set off anytime between 6pm and 11pm (which in reality meant until 3am and for a few weeks following)! We went to the Dripstone Cliffs with Sam and Ken, had fish and chips on the clifftops and enjoyed watching everyone else's extravagent displays (one group near us even choreographed their fireworks). Ken bought us a few and we set them off on the beach before heading home. And yes those sunsets really are that fabulous.

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The real highlight of the past month though has been our trip to Cooinda. It has been ages since we got out of Darwin for the weekend (due to all our house sitting commitments) so we were very much looking forward to packing up and heading off last weekend. We drove along the Arnhem highway to Jabiru and then down to Cooinda and of course we did it Grey Nomad Style at 90kms an hour so it took us most of the day! In the morning we headed down to the Yellow Waters Billabong for the sunrise cruise (getting up pre sunrise was a bit of an effort but well worth it).

We decided this cruise was probably the best one we have done so far (and we have managed to fit a few in, in the last few months)! The changing colours of the sunrise were beautiful, the abundance of wildlife was spectacular and the gentleness of the water so peaceful. It almost impossible to choose just a few photos to share with you but here goes!

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We did get caught out a bit here with the amount of mozzies that were on the water pre sunrise. We were so busy slapping our legs, arms wwe could barely stay still to take any photos. Thankfully they disappeared once the sun was up.

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these little guys didn't realise that just out of the shot lurked a croc sitting very still in the water looking very much like a mound of mud

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Paul Arnold does a lot of photography in the top end and produces calendars and books for the tourists. We came across him pottering around on the billabong as well.

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This weekend is the Darwin Cup and the extra day off will be much appreciated. (Mind you we had a long weekend last weekend for the Darwin Show so we can't really complain). We are off to dinner tonight at the restaurant in the Caravan Park. Once a month they do a degustation menu with matching wines which is a bit of fun and a chance to mingle with some of the other caravan park residents. It is really buzzing here at the moment with up to 1700 people staying in the park every day.

Hope you are all well,
Till next time J & D :)

Posted by jacanddan 20:42 Archived in Australia

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Ah, the Dry!! Great time with so much happening! You know that it is also called Granny Season - cos all the old people who can't cope with the humidity come North to visit!
Unfortunate circumstances, but great to catch up with you Jac! Enjoying your trips out to Gove? xx

by Anne Finlay

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