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Day 11 
Michi and Coline came to Gay’s to drop their stuff and we headed for the city. On the way we stopped at a market for some frozen mango. Got to the city and sorted our car rental before heading to the beach. The weather was perfect where we went and there were people everywhere and live music. We stayed til sunset then took a bus  back to the market for dinner. We tried to find crocodile to eat but weren’t too successful. 
Day 12
We left early morning to get the car we hired and met Sandie, a French traveler in the city me and Sanne had met at a pub earlier in the week. We got some groceries and packed and left for Litchfield National Park. We first saw giant termite mounds.. three times my height! then spent the rest of the day at various waterfalls and watering holes throughout the day. We swam and lounged in the different water pools and it was all so beautiful. On our way to the first, there were butterflies everywhere and we heard what sounded like birds in the distance. It was actually hundreds of bats! They were all hanging out in the trees and some stretching and showing off their wings… my dad would thinks this is so cool!  We finally saw a huge waterfall just before sunset with a big cave behind it that was a sanctuary for two bat species. We headed for a campsite and set up camp and had dinner- campfire sausages. The mosquitoes were eating us alive so we headed to bed pretty early.
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Day 6
We got to Gabby’s house and she showed us where we could stay in there house. It was the bottom bunker of their tropical house. Right outside was a pool surrounded by palm trees and they had set up our room just for backpackers. It was great! We went strait to the beach which was 10 min away. There were signs warning not to swim because of box jelly fish so we lounged for a bit instead then went into the city to see what else Darwin had to offer. We took the (much cheaper and much more reliable) bus to Mitchell street where we saw pubs and backpackers and travelers everywhere. We had dinner at a Thai place and a beer at The Tap and headed home.
Days 7 - 10 
Me and Sanne lounged on different beaches each day, I finished my exam and posted it back to Adelaide, and we had a dinner in beautiful weather with our hosts, Terry and Gay. We went  to a different market every day in a different place for shopping and food and locally grown mangos! (the only thing grown in Darwin) we went to a huge market by the beach and sat with hundreds of people at sunset and saw a fire dancer and didgeridoo players. Michi and Coline arrived very early Sunday morning and got a hotel.
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Day 5
Woke up early and had free hostel breakfast and managed to sneak away with some pb&j’s for lunch. The hostel receptionist told us the wrong way to go so we lost an hour walking to the wrong side of town. Luckily we got a ride through town to the same truck stop area we had slept in the bunk. We waited a little over an hour there before someone picked us up. Him and his awesome dog were headed to Darwin! We stopped at The Devil’s Marbles just an hour before Tennant Creek.  When we got there, we saw why it had such a bad reputation.. there were community aboriginals everywhere being less than productive. We grabbed lunch while Chris filled his tanks and got back on the road. We passed more community towns like Elliot before stopping at sunset to have dinner. Chris made us lamb chops, spuds and veggies and we headed off in the dark for a couple more hours. We stopped about an hour before Katherine and made camp. He set up the trailer and we got to sleep in one side of it. We headed out early in the morning and made it to Darwin by 1!
- Amazing HUGE anthills
- Burning forests
- Wet and Dry season - floods and fires
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Day 4 and 5

Alice was much more lively than it had been the last time because of the Easter holiday. We went the royal flying doctors cafe for tea after checking into the hostel and showering.

Then we went to the market and had lunch in the sun in the town centre and looked at several art galleries and bought some aboriginal art that we found for cheap.  We were quite tired after so we went back to the hostel and moved our stuff in and took a much needed nap. We went around town later for a nice dinner and met a Kiwi at the restaurant. Headed back to the Rock Bar for some drinks and saw that it was dead so we went back to the hostel beer garden instead and went to sleep pretty early because of our plans for an early morning ahead.

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Day 3

We slept great in the cave and our driver came to pick us up in the morning and took us to the market to get food for brunch and showed us around town a bit.  We had a great brunch and saw some mining sites, the underground church, and The Crocodile Nest, home of the original crocodile hunter.  His house was now a museum and had all kinds of artifacts left from tourists and there was plenty of panties from all the ladies he had had stay over.  Later, the miners showed us some of the jewelry they had made from the opal they mined in the town, and showed us a feature on the Discovery Channel about the mining industry in the town.  They gave us each $300 worth of opals before we left the town to find another ride!

"Come on Hollywood, you’re a millionaire, give ‘em some rocks!"


We waited an hour or so outside of Coober Pedy for another ride until a trucker picked us up.  His truck was very clean and he was a nice guy with good music.  He took us all the way to Alice and dropped us off in the city where we stayed for a day to check it out again. 

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From Adelaide to Darwin

Day 1

Me and Sanne took a while getting out of our house after my exam and ended up not getting to the city until early evening to meet Luke.  Stewart and Baptiste had helped my get my junk together to leave in Adelaide while we traveled.  We took another hour after getting to the city to bus to Luke’s and ended up staying the night to avoid being stuck on the road for our first night.

Day 2

We woke up super early to get a ride from Luke to Port Wakefield.  It was a bit of an awkward start but we ended up only waiting about 20 minutes before a truck picked us up.  The guys name was Damien and was a good first ride - clean truck, nice guy and could take us a few hours to Port Pirie.  He dropped us at a servo and we had the lunch we had packed.  A family saw us and the mom stopped to tell us that “Not all Aussies are good Aussies” …thanks lady.  We got picked up shortly after lunch with a Kiwi who hadn’t intended to give us a ride, but had to stop for a break so he took us another hour to Port Augusta.  We had some trouble where he dropped us because the area was right at the split for truckers to go North to Alice or West to Perth, and all the people stopping for us were headed West.

We were also scared of the cops lingering around us so we ended up getting a ride from a driver going to Perth past the split and found a better spot to stand.  After we found a better place, we got picked up within 15 minutes from someone headed to Coober Pedy, our goal for the day.  It was our first ride that wasn’t in a commercial truck and the guy was nice and was following his brother and sister-in-law.  We realized quickly that we had left our food bag in the last car and were laughing about it and he ended up buying us dinner because of it!  He offered to put us up in his brother’s place and warned us that the place was under renovation.  We figured we’d be sleeping on the floor in the cold, but it was better than being outside.

When we got to the place, it was an amazing limestone dugout underground and it was huge.  We got our own room and bathroom and didn’t even have to unpack our camping gear. 

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Traveling Australia
I kept a record of our travels from Adelaide and have yet to post them, so here they are!

Traveling Australia

I kept a record of our travels from Adelaide and have yet to post them, so here they are!