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Saturday 1st July - Darwin to Dundee Beach NT

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Saturday 1st July - Darwin to Dundee Beach

We had decided to spend a couple of days at Dundee Beach which is 135 kms west of Darwin on the Cox Peninsular road.
I went down to Lee Point beach for some sunrise photos, then we had a leisurely pack up from Lee Point, did some shopping and a refuel, then headed south out of Darwin. Turned right off the Stuart Hwy, passing some giant termite mounds.

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Then through Berry Springs and into Dundee Beach by 1:00pm. Had a beer and lunch, then checked into our "family room/cabin" in the caravan park. Turns out it's a demountable donger with not enough room even for a chair. Only place to sit is on your bed. For $160/nt, I expected a bit more.
We wandered around the foreshore area, had a couple of beers, I rigged up my fishing gear, but as the tides are neaping right now, there's really no water for land based fishing. Some boaties are getting lots of big Jewies out wide, another young bloke scored a couple of nice Barra in the morning, and lost a few to big crocs.

As today is "Territory Day" in the NT, there is loads of people along the foreshore ....... waiting for the fireworks tonight. Territory Day is the only day you can buy and use fireworks in the NT. There were plenty of families along the beach setting off their fireworks as soon as it got dark. Then the local fire brigade boys put on a great public display of fireworks. I thought it was fabulous for such a small community. Dinner and a few frothies at the pub again, followed by live music till late. Went to sleep to the sound of sporadic explosions from the last of the fireworks.
A great day! Only 150kms done.
ZZZZZZZZZZ!

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Friday 30th June - Tourists in Darwin NT

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Friday 30th June (EOFY) - Tourists in Darwin.

We slept in a bit this morning, brekky, then a bit of camp and gear mtce.
But today I would tick off one of my goals. To visit the most northerly point in Australia (on bitumen). We were camped at Lee Point Caravan Park, only 1km from that point. So we rode to Lee Point, where I achieved my goal. That's 3 out of 4 now. Only the westernmost point to go.
After a few pics, we headed into town to do some touristy things. Visited the WWII oil storage tunnels. A great testament to some of the engineering feats accomplished during war time. The 5 oil tunnels were dug to store fuel oil for the Allied Naval fleet as the Japanese had bombed the above ground bulk storage tanks. They were finished just in time for the wars end, and were never filled with oil.
Lunch at the Darwin waterfront precinct, a beer on Stokes Hill Wharf and then back to camp.
Dinner again was at the resort as it was Parmy night. A couple of reds, some camp music, then into bed.
ZZZZZZZ!

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Thursday 29th June - Darwin Area

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Thursday 29th June - Darwin Area

Clint had organised for me to have a rear tyre change at the local Yamaha dealer. So we went in and we're given the run of the workshop. Great guys. We did oil changes on all 3 bikes, checked air filters, and I had a new Dunlop Roadsmart 3 fitted. It was after lunch by the time we finished the bikes, so we went to Cullen Bay Marina for lunch. Found a great funky little bar/bistro. They served a great alcoholic ginger beer. Could have stayed all arvo drinking ginger beer and looking over all the boats in the marina. Some shopping, then back to our camp.

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We caught a cab ($45.00) to the Mindil Beach Markets. A bit of an institution in Darwin, and probably the best markets I've ever been to. We arrived just in time to share the sun sinking into the Arafura Sea with about 2000 other people. The beach was packed. A wander around the markets, some dinner from the food vendors and listened to a Colledge Band playing in the centre of the market area.
We caught up with Clints work mates, went into the city for a couple of beers. Mitchell Street is an absolute circus. The Territorians know how to party....... every night!
It was midnight by the time we got back to camp, so one Jameson's then into bed.
ZZZZZZZ!
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Wednesday 28th June - Mataranka to Darwin NT

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Wednesday 28th June - Mataranka to Darwin.

We packed up our camp in Bitter Springs and headed north. We had booked some accommodation in Kakadu but had a change of plans. Clint had some work mates in Darwin he wanted to catch up with, so we rode straight through to Darwin. We postponed our accommodation in Yellow Waters for next week.
Through Larimar and then a stop for fuel in Pine Creek. We arrived in Darwin about 1:30pm, caught up with Clint's mate, then headed to our accomm at the Lee Point Caravan Park. It's 17 kms north of Darwin city.

Great spot in the caravan park with power and shade, and a kitchen shelter adjacent. Went next door to the resort restaurant for Wednesday Pizza night. Great pizzas.

Back to camp and into bed after 460kms for the day.

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Tuesday 27th June - Cape Crawford to Mataranka NT

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Tuesday 27th June - Cape Crawford to Mataranka.

Today's destination was Daly Waters. Only 285 kms. We had decided not to go to King Ash Bay as we had reports of 21kms of rough dirt road. So we decided on Daly Waters. On arrival, it seemed like Flinders Street Station. So many people, no accommodation, and would have had to camp in the street. So we had a beer with a Vietnam Vet at the pub, got some pics and headed 170kms further north.

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Mataranka it would be for tonight's camp. We were now off the narrow roads of the Barkly Tableland and on to the Stuart Hwy. A big improvement, but boring.
Bitter Springs had been recommended by a mate, so we checked into the caravan park. Turns out the owners are Ulyssians, and we chatted about bikes and touring for a while. We set up our camp, but as it was only for one night, Clint & I opted for the swags only, Andrew went for his tent. We went down to the springs for a swim. Beautiful clear warm spring water soaked away the days travel.
Back in camp, and we cooked our first camp meal. Had picked up some Kangaroo fillet and supplemented it with fried rice. Great meal. A couple of reds with dinner was superb.

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Clint was a little anxious about all the ground spiders I had pointed out. Andrew went in search of the resident "Freshy". (freshwater crocodile) but didn't get a sighting. Somehow, a frog got into Clint's swag, but Andrew gave the game away! Heard some Barra chopping in the river through the night.
Easy 450kms for the day.
ZZZZZZZ!
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