Humid Cairns to humid Darwin

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Well, arrived from Cairns to Darwin 28 Nov -2 Dec (weird with hot December, Christmas shopping in shorts and putting up decorations in a vest top!!) and its so humid in Darwin, one day I felt unable to breathe easily for a minute as I Stepped out the door!

Darwin is different, a town still rebuilding and developing, remembering Hurricane Tracey that decimated the city in 1974! Crocodiles in every river, creek and beach at times so being aware out and about is normal if not an everyday sighting of one!

Kakadu National Park See above), Katherine Gorge and Uluru -or Ayers Rock – are all still part of this enormous area, protecting both animals and indigenous people, living alongside 21st century life and white Australians. It’s nice to see the Aussies really respect the indigenous lifestyle, realising now that they have things to teach us about this vast country, about history and about tolerance. The misplaced race find it hard I think to balance both lifestyles, and it shows in their behaviours and some fear around a volatile people at times.

imageThe varied raw beauty out here is amazing; at present dry waterfalls and wetlands, awaiting torrential daily rains to green up the land and feed its flora and fauna; beauty in the harsh, dry bushland and red sand outcrops, wallabies bouncing across roads that run for miles – or kilometre, after kilometre across desert, savannah lands, mountains and bush trees like ghost gums and paperbark trees used by aborigines in everyday life even now.

Culling dangerous man eating crocs means ‘good bush tucker’ for aborigine families like the rangers employed to manage a land they understand, love and respect along with being part of the current day and age that’s slowly but steadily taking over …

It’s good to see people learning and sharing from each other, adapting to living side by side and maintaining both lifestyles as best they can. Many of the tour drivers know the aborigines and their history and you can tell they love being involved with them. Its part of life out here in northern Queensland and the Northern Territory of Australia. And I love it!! All over again…

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