After Lake Argyle, we had one final destination on our itinerary; Darwin. We were incredibly curious, but first, a short pit stop at Nitmiluk National Park for the Edith Falls. A short but fun hike brought us to this beautiful waterfall with pools. We weren’t very eager to plunge into the water. The waterfall was indeed a beautiful oasis that brought us peace. Gorgeous!
We arrived in Darwin afternoon. Darwin didn’t have good campgrounds in the center like every big city. We booked a night at a campsite about half an hour from the center. In the meantime, we had also put our car up for sale. Quite exciting, as we didn’t know if there would be a lot of interest here. Most people sell their cars in larger cities like Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth. But there was no pressure so that we would see.
We found Darwin a cozy city, not too busy and large. We discovered a tasty coffee shop where we satisfied our growling stomachs more than once 😀 Since we didn’t get to see the hoped-for crocodiles up close in Kakadu, we booked ourselves a boat trip on the Adelaide River. The crocodiles live here in the wild. They ‘feed’ the crocodiles but keep a good eye on which one has already received something. Crocodiles are very territorial and only live with a few within a one-kilometer radius. This makes it easy to track who eats what and name them. It was mighty to see these strong creatures up close.
After we visited Kakadu, we booked another campsite. Here we saw quite a bit of free wildlife; possums, bin birds, peacocks, spiders, and even a tree snake. Ely and I were calmly working on our blog at our spot when I suddenly saw a snake crawling past Ely 50 cm away out of the corner of my eye. We both jumped in the air. We hadn’t seen this specimen before. It was not venomous and mainly lived in the trees. Still creepy, even after ten months!
After Litchfield, Dundee Beach was on the program. We were delighted to see the beach and sea again, although it was still unsafe to take a dip. I woke up in the middle of the night from the severe itching on my legs. Afterward, it turned out sandflies had bitten me, a kind of mosquito. Once bitten, it’s not just by one. They don’t come alone when they sting, and I have known it. I had about forty bites on my legs. And the worst part was the severe itching, which is a hundred times worse than mosquito bites!
In the meantime, there was some interest in our car, but we mainly received (too) low bids. The morning we left Dundee Beach, we received a message. An Israeli couple was interested and wanted to look at our car. We drove back to Darwin, and our car got a thorough cleaning. We also had a service done, and everything turned out to be tip-top. The couple showed great interest, and we agreed to meet again the next morning. They made a bid, and our car was sold. Everything suddenly went very fast. We enjoyed the last two days at the campsite.
Saying goodbye was strange. It felt like we were closing an era. Our car and tent had been our home for months on end. We certainly hope the new owners will enjoy it as much as we did. We enjoyed a final night in a real bed at a hotel.
X Inez & Ely