Sunday, November 30, 2014

Robert Crocodile Dundee

Still more Darwin photos

Birds nest in the NT Coat of Arms outside Parliament House

                                        Another photo of Gail with the trees of Darwin

Darwin Photos

 Gail in the Darwin Mall
Madonna and Child in the Catholic Cathedral depicted as Aboriginal

A Day in Darwin

It's the first day of summer and we arrived in Darwin.  It was HOT!

As we had to be back on board by 2 pm we did not have enough time to visit places outside Darwin so we spent the time strolling the city.

Our first stop was the Northern Territory Parliament, a beautiful building in a spectacular location.  The building also houses the library and we were the first visitors to the exhibition to mark the 40th anniversary of Cyclone Tracey.

We strolled the arcades and shopping malls and visited St Mary's Cathedral with its stained  glass  windows and a large oil painting of Mary and the Christ Child as Australian Aborigines.

It was very hot but we walked the length of Bicentennial Park with its fish feeding area, wonderful old trees and overlooked by a row of modern hotels.
Will send photos if I can!

Thursday, November 27, 2014

More photos of the Daintree

                                            Rob watching for crocs
Rob watching for stingers

                                          Watching for reflections

Port Douglas

After breakfast on board and whilst waiting for the tender ashore, we rang on the offchance that we might be able to hire a car and thus began our day driving to the Daintree.

We drove up the Captain Cook Highway up the most spectacular scenic drive.  Our first stop was at the lookout overlooking Port Douglas.  We were amazed how much it had changed in the nine years since our last visit.

Along the way we stopped for a cruise on the Daintree River with the crocodiles where we only saw one croc but did see some beautiful birds and even nosed up a creek to a crocodile nesting site.

We drove up towards Cape Tribulation and out to Cow Bay.  The beaches are famous as where the forest meets the sea.  To get there we had to cross the Daintree River on a car ferry.  There are many similar beautiful beaches but eventually we had to return so we did not miss the last tender back to the boat at 5.30.

We did manage to fit in a look at Mossman but on this occasion did not visit the gorge.  We were disappointed that the sign on the local pub was no longer evident.  It had read "Huge Topless Meat Raffle".

                                                 Gail where the forest meets the sea
                                                  Beautiful flows of the rainforest
                                               More Daintree beauties
                                      A croc resting with his head just out of the water. It was a 4.7metre male

Monday, November 24, 2014

Cruising the Whitsundays

We sailed out of Sydney on Saturday afternoon after enjoying lunch on board the Volendam. The weather was somewhat overcast but we still enjoyed the spectacular sights of our own Sydney Harbour.

At long last we had a few days of leisure during which we ate, drank, slept, read and caught up on the latest Microsoft Windows.

This morning we glided by the many islands of the Whitsundays and have spent the day ashore on Hamilton Island.  We ate and drank some more, swam in the pool and managed to catch up with our great niece, Edwina, who is working at a 5 star resort.

We have another sea day before arriving at Port Douglas.

At the Formal night

Catseye beach on Hamilton Island

Swimming to the bar.We made it for happy hour