We farewell our 4WD and River Spirit at Sea Swift’s depot in Darwin; destination Pirlangimpi in Melville Island. There is an unexpected delay in our passenger ferry service and we will only be able to go to Melville Island on Friday. Thank goodness our 4WD and boat will be in the good hands of the Tiwi Islands Regional Council’s depot waiting for us on Friday.
This gives us time to explore Darwin in greater depth. Below are some pictures of our time in Darwin. To get a better perspective and in preparation for croc awareness and safety, we head to a crocodile ‘farm’ to see first-hand what they can look like and what they are capable of. They do look menacing especially the giant ones. We will definitely keep a minimum 5 meters from any water way and watch where we are going as they camouflage very easily into the natural surroundings.
We were greeted by this beautiful sunrise above the magnificent Flinders Ranges on our drive up north through the Explorer’s Way (Stuart Hwy). Interesting stops on roadhouses until we reached the unique opal mining town of Coober Pedy. Our motel was underground an a dugout – a very unique and interesting experience. Very sustainable with very constant temperatures regardless of outside conditions which can be very harsh. We looked at a number of attractions and one stood out, the inspiration for Crocodile Dundee which was Crocodile Harry’s Underground Nest.