Friday, 16 July 2010

Adelaide River

We headed off North passing through Katherine (which we'll visit when we loop back), and stopped for a break at Pine Creek, established in the 1800s after the gold rush. We had brunch at Maysies Cafe which has decor inspired by a 50's American diner complete with booths and pictures of old Hollywood stars on the walls. They also have the shirt that Leonardo DiCaprio wore in Romeo and Juliet. They're known for their delicious Mango smoothies, so of course we had to get one to enjoy as we drove on.

We stopped for the night in a small town called Adelaide River.  After several hours of driving in the air-conditioned car, the heat hit us like a ton of bricks and once we settled in to a campsite we headed for the pool and the showers.  Although the Adelaide River was just a stroll away, it's full of crocs and most definitely a no-swim zone.  We'll be seeing some crocs on a boat tour of the same river from Darwin.

 Just in front of the park is the Adelaide River Inn.  A fantastic pub with great food, and also the home of "Charlie the Buffalo" from the Crocodile Dundee movie. Charlie, now stuffed, sits on top of the bar.

Exhausted from the drive and he heat of the day, we could have easily gone to bed by 7:00.  Maybe that bottle of white that we cooled ourselves off with had something to do with that?  We managed to last a bit longer and then off to dreamland.  We slept fairly well, except for some pub noise which I guess is to be expected when you're sleeping by 8:30!  Of course this meant that we were wide awake again at 2am, but we were able to get back to sleep for a few hours.

Adelaide River was the base for 30,000 Australian and American soldiers during WWII.  After brekkie at the pub we visited the Adelaide River War Cemetery, the resting place of 54 civilians and 434 servicemen who were killed during Japanese air raids of Darwin.

The cemetery is beautifully kept, and I found myself getting emotional reading some of the headstones and the plaque of names honouring the fallen.  So many young lives lost.

As we walked back to the car I was happy to find this banana tree which lightened my mood.  Onward to Darwin!

1 comment:

Myf said...

I'm really loving all of your updates and photos - keep them up please!!!