Darwin

Oh, Darwin! The smallest capital city of Australia with only about 130k people. It has a very differing reputation of being modern city but with very few things to do.

Nejmensi hlavni mesto Australie (i Perth ma pres milion obyvatel) s jen cca 130 tisici obyvateli. Jeho reputace je velmi rozporuplna, protoze sme slychali nazory o modernosti mesta ale zaroven tam “pry neni skoro co delat”.


Darwin was symbolical for us in many ways – it meant finish of first 3 months of our travel, celebrating Radka’s birthday, flight to Singapore and first big service on car.
With local help we managed to park our Zoe safely during our stay in Singapore, in the meantime Tomas’s first kimchi fermented :).
Tomas managed car service by himself very well, Radka did some detox and watched rich bird life in area. 🙂

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We like Darwin for its numerous bike trails through the city, heaaaaaps of young HANDSOME people, markets with incredible vibe and the most red sunsets that we have ever seen (and we have seen lots of them so far). The only downfalls are the total lack of swimming possibilities even though Darwin is a onshore city and Darwin is not very budget friendly – it’s even worse than Perth. Sucks…

Locals are really friendly, all the travellers are everywhere and we even did not have any problems with aboriginals.

We checked out the Howard Springs picnic area which very popular among locals and it’s pretty nice – you get out of town, spend good time in green surrounds and you can even have some fun in the man-made small waterfall. We sure did have a lot of fun. Okay it was mostly Tom 😛

Our next stop were the Wetlands just outside of Darwin. Oh yes, wet means mosquitoes.. Bucket-load of them, swarms of them, that darn buzzing is everywhere. Because of the humidity and heat we couldnt close windows and we were punished for that. After few ours of hopeless battle we put up the tent and tried it for like a hour. Then we thought that we might become croc dinner because we were camped quite close to water. And back to the car! Endless and hopeless freaking night.

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Image you use a piece of cloth to kill mosquitoes – it’s quite handy, you get bigger area to kill those bastards. And then put a 20cent coin in the pocket of that piece of cloth. And there you have it – 20c coin worth a 100$ new driver side window from Darwin’s wreckers.

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In the end Darwin is not a bad place for a short visit or maybe for some specific work possibilities but we agreed that it’s quite simply not a place for us.

Definitely worth visiting: Mindil Beach, botanic gardens, markets, library (not even for the books!), Nightcliff suburb, East Poing Reserve and the bike trails along the shore 🙂

We also learned valuable lesson not to spend too much time in Charles Darwin NP as it is full of sand flies (fortunately they are almost nowhere else in Darwin). Those small bastards gave us tons of small bites which were ok the first day but later on…. Holy crap! It’s like being seriously addicted to scratching that itchy itch… You.Can’t.STOP!

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Darwin byl pro nas znamenim ukonceni 3 mesicu na ceste, oslavenim Radi narozek, odletem do Singapuru a prvniho velkeho servisu na aute. Zkratka spoustu organizacnich veci ;). Jak to nakonec dopadlo? Vse jsme za pomoci novych pratel zvladli, auto prezilo i bez nas ( Tomovi behem te doby krasne prokysalo prvni kimchi:) ).
Servis Tom taky zvladnul, Rada si mezitim udelala ocistnou kuru a v dlouhych chvilich pozorovala bohaty ptaci zivot. 🙂

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Darwin si ziskal nase sympatie vsudepritomyma cyclostezkama, mladyma lidma, trhama se skvelou energii a atmosferou a tema nejrudejsima tropickejma zapadama slunce! Darwin je mesto s mladym duchem. Je plny cestovatelu a na kazdym kroku je znat, ze je to “novy” mesto. Na stranu druhou koupani je limitovano na jedno misto a cenove je Darwin snad jeste drazsi nez Perth.

Mistni jsou super mili a hodni, jeste o neco vic nez ve zbytku Australie 🙂 a nemeli jsme problem ani s aboridzincema.

Cestou z Darwinu jsme se zastavili v Howards Springs, ktere urcite stoji za zminku. Dobry piknikoviste, misto na cviceni a osvezeni pod torpedem vody ;). Vedle je jehlicnatej les, kde se da kempit a jezdit na kole ;).

Dalsi zastavkou byli tzv. wetlands , v cestine baziny. Cely uzemi bazin a bzilionu komaru. Jednu noc nas obvzlast pekelne vytrestali. Celou noc jsme se stridave presouvali z auta(moc vedro) do stanu(riziko krokodylu), na spanek uz moc casu nezbylo :))

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Hned noc na to se nam “povedlo” pri boji s komary vysklit okno u ridice. Zapomenutych 20C v kratasech(zbran na komary) nas vyslo zpatky v Darwinu na $100 z vrakace ;).

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Darwin podtrzeno secteno neni spatny mesto na zastavku na par dni, ci pro nekoho docasne pracovne mozna, ale zit bychom tam nechteli.

Za navstevu urcite stoji Mindil plaz, botnicke zahrady, trhy, knihovna, ctvrt Nightcliff, East Point reserve, muzeum a cyclostezky ;).

Priste bychom uz netravili tolik casu v Charles Darwin narodnim parku protoze nas zaziva sezraly sand flies – mini musky, maly stipance, ktery zacnou po par hodinach(a dnech) ukrutne svedet, otecou a svedej minimalne tejden.

One Response to Darwin

  1. Jana says:

    Co ten zelený insect? Ten je jak z jiný planety!

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