The last time I was in Darwin was 1 Nov 2013 – so just over 10 years ago. Since this is our first stop in Australia there was just the small matter of having to clear immigration as well as more than enough lectures about not taking food off the ship. I get it, and understand it. There were still a few passengers grumbling… seriously.
The one place I wasn’t able to visit on that trip was the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. It is an amazing place. To get there you can take a taxi, Uber, or a bus. The fourth option is the most challenging. We walked.
From the harbor up to the city was easy –
From there, it was a bit of distance. Did I mention that it was raining? About 2/3rds to 3/4th of the way we stopped at the Cafe associated with the Botanical Gardens. We had talked about visiting the botanical gardens – but in the rain? Not me thank you very much.
So instead, quite damp we arrived at the Museum which turns out to be free. There is the art gallery,
a natural history section,
small land crocodiles
and one on 1974 Cyclone Tracy
I took a lot more photos, but you certainly don’t need to see them all. We met a number of other people from the ship at the museum including several who were taking the bus back. Given a choice, it seemed the most sensible option to me.
Getting back to the ship, I discovered that my hotspot to the computer didn’t want to work. Rather than attempt to do all of this on my phone – I elected to hop back on the shuttle bussed use the free Wifi in the shopping area.
I may look around a bit more before heading back to the ship. There are also the WWII Oil Tunnels to see.
Our next two days will be at sea. I may/maynot break down and pay the ship for wifi. It seems really not worth it.