DAY 4 – Sydney to Darwin
We woke up to a cool, crisp morning in Sydney! Steve and I were on a mission to get back to La Renaissance Patisserie for another almond croissant, but found that The Rocks district in Sydney is a little slower to wake up than the main business district (CBD)…so we settled on a different café for a quick bite and coffee. No almond croissants, but they made a delicious cappuccino and ham/cheese croissant.
Today we’re off to the Northern Territory! We were picked up in a nice mini-van by our Royale Limousines driver, who whisked us off to the Sydney domestic airport. I always enjoy chatting with the drivers about their lives in Sydney, and experiences driving tourists like us around. They are so friendly!
We flew on Virgin Australia to Darwin, which is a 4-5 hour flight from Sydney. The Virgin crew couldn’t be nicer, but their food selection was pretty limited (not included, extra cost on this flight)…by the time they got to us, it was egg sandwiches or egg sandwiches. Good thing we’re not picky eaters!
On arrival in Darwin, we took a taxi to our hotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade…only about a 15-minute drive, and under AUD$30. It’s MUCH warmer here in Darwin! Temps are in the 80s, and it’s their dry season, so it’s perfectly comfortable. We checked in, and then met a friend who showed us around the city. Kerrie took us to the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, a free museum that showcased several excellent exhibits, including one about Cyclone Tracy, which destroyed the city on Christmas in 1974. Other exhibits are on aboriginal art, local wildlife, and history; they even have a huge crocodile named Sweetheart on display…the most famous croc of the NT. We also went on a nice walk in search of wild wallabies, and saw close to a dozen racing around the fields…so cute!
Kerrie and her husband Barry (or “Baz” as the Aussies say), took us to a phenomenal seafood restaurant called Pee Wee’s at the Point. I had the traditional local seafood dish of wild caught saltwater Barramundi, and it just melted in my mouth! Steve and Sky absolutely loved their meals as well…braised pork belly and roasted duckling.
Another fantastic day…we’re excited to see more of Darwin tomorrow!