Wednesday, 28 July 2010

Farewell Darwin

The last few days in Darwin were spent revisiting some favourite spots such as Stokes Hill Wharf, exploring the city, and visiting the military museum, parks, markets and harbours.

We had a fun afternoon at Sky City Casino.

We also went to Aquascene to feed the fishies.

It all started in the 1950's when a resident threw some scraps into the water for the fish.

Apparently fish like a free meal just as much as us humans do, and word got around.  Now, at every high tide hundreds of fish turn up hoping to get a feed.

It was incredible watching the water come alive with fish, as though they'd all heard a dinner bell ring. It was good fun throwing bits of bread in the water and watching them gulp it down, sometimes jumping and soaking us as they vied for the biggest piece.

Eventually I decided to have a go at hand feeding them, which was great except for the one cheeky fish that nibbled my finger.  Luckily they didn't have teeth!

Who knew you could pet a fish?

Although we both loved Darwin, after two weeks we were ready to move on. The heat was really starting to take it's toll on us. The hot days weren't bad when they were dry, but the hot humid nights made sleeping difficult. Leave it to us to visit during an unseasonably humid dry season!  More and more we found ourselves choosing air-conditioned places to visit and seeking refuge in the pool.  Back when we were complaining about the cold in Alice Springs I knew it wouldn't be long before we'd be complaining about the heat. :)

The locals explained that the humidity we were feeling was more like the wet season "build up", and that they seemed to have skipped the dry season which is the best time to visit the area.

From here we are heading to Kakadu National Park which has similar hot temperatures but hopefully won't be as humid.

Off to Kakadu!

1 comment:

Audrey said...

Of course you can pet a fish. Haven't you heard? PETA now calls them "sea kittens".