Rab & Lesley's Big Trip
Days 84 to 93 - The Ghan & the North of OZ
Day 84 - 22nd February 2016
Not much today. Laze about the pool till check out, lunch then headed off to the station late afternoon to board the Ghan
Train moved off at 6pm and we watched the sunset as we had dinner
Day 85 - 23rd February 2016
The Ghan & Darwin
Our train ticket included an excursion to Katherine Gorge
In the Gorge our boat disturbed this fish eagle. These are full size crops - he was a long way off and going away from us
But he took his lunch with him...
Back on the train the most interesting thing we saw were Termite Hills - hundreds of them
This one was near to 2 metres tall
First view of Darwin (centre right) as we crossed the Elizabeth River
View from our hotel room in Darwin
The waterfront at Dusk
Day 86 - 24rd February 2016
The Anglican Church Darwin
Hot and Humid so Mrs D thinks a walk in the Botanic Garden is a good idea!
Pity these won't grow in the pond at home..
There were 5 species of dragonfly on the ponds but this species was the only one that ever settled and then only ever for a few seconds. All the others hovered tantalisingly close but never long enough to get focus
And then we saw a gourd tree - a bit like a leathery coconut
Must admit the garden cafe and the hotel bar when we returned were lovely (air con and iced drinks)
Day 87 - 25th February 2016
Crocodile hunting on the Adelaide river near Darwin
We are told that in the 70's the crocodile was in danger of extinction because of over hunting and numbers were down to about 3000 animals. Hunting was banned and the crocodiles made a protected species.
There are now estimated to be 150,000 in the Northern Territories
It wasn't long before we spotted one (or more correctly it spotted us)
Came in for a closer look
And made a dash for...
... a free snack
He wasn't the only one looking for freebies
Day 88 - 26th February 2016
Very early flight to Perth then full day with Family
Just one picture to keep the series going
Day 89 - 27th February 2016
Another full day with family and unfortunately cameras take second place so the only pictures I got (that would possibly be of interest) were these of a Willie Wagtail on the lawn. A different species from the ones I've seen before (which were Blue, black and white)
Day 90 - 28th February 2016
Flew up to Broome arriving early afternoon - very hot and humid. Not much to see near our apartment - only got as far as the pub - but tomorrow will get into town and will try to get Mrs D on a Camel ride - might have to dangle a pearl or two in front of her...
I think I know where this tree stores its water supply...
Day 91 - 29th February 2016
A much better day for the camera though not so for me - 35 degrees and 77% humidity is like living in a sauna
Good thing there are lots of bars and cafes around with air con and cold drinks
But you don't expect to see this on the high street
We were however expecting to see these but alas we need to diet a little or pay double to get a camel each
Mrs D didn't want to anyway so I just took photos
This was created by the receding tide. It looks raised but it is an illusion
Setting sun on Camel Beach, Broome
Complete with camels....
And then the sunset
Day 92 - 1st March 2016
A lazy day by the pool.
We are in Broome in the wet season (not that you'd notice) and a lot of the tourist things (and many bars) have closed Sadly both excursions we had been interested in were not running - one because their boat was in dry dock for repair. So a quiet day recharging the batteries by the pool until it was time to head for the beach and the camels and sunset
Waiting for the shot
Hope he has 4WD
At last here they come
And by they go ...
Day 93 - 2nd March 2016
Checked out of our apartment at 10am, flight not till 6.30pm so spent a good part of the day at the Mangrove Hotel nursing a few beers and watching this view. Its a hard life.
It was a very comfy birding spot - Great White Heron
Square Tailed Kite
White Herons again
Time to head for the airport. Be dark by the time we take off for Perth
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