I must have slept eventually for I saw 2:40am on my clock and then 5 :45am 🙂 even as I write this page at 7 am Brian is still sleeping…so jealous.
I awoke to sunrise but my cabin was on the west side. My view was of a variety of purple/pink hues on the horizon blending up to a pale blue sky. The full moon still glowed in the sky, staring at me, not willing to leave the stage yet, taking its last final bow.
The shrubby landscape has been replaced by spindly gum trees and termite mounds of reddy- orange dot the floor between the trees. Most stand about a metre high.
The train stopped in Katherine for 3 hours. Unfortunately we couldn't get on a gorge tour as they were sold out to those on the train already at Alice Springs. We took the other opportunity of a trip to the town. Although its not a buzzing metropolis we did get a Coffee Club breakfast and then a chance to look at trips to do on the gorge as we will head that way after Kakadu. On the trip back to the train the coach driver took us past a beautiful stream with tiny rapids. Looked so peaceful and cool in this heat. He said it is refreshing but the occasional croc ventures there Ughhhhhhhh Ha ha guess I won't be sitting in hat babbling brook .
Boarded the train, and before we knew it we were approaching Darwin. Our first view of the distant city horizon was as the train traveled over the Elizabeth River. Excited I packed up my carry on luggage in anticipation of disembarking in Darwin 🙂
Arriving in Darwin I saw my suitcase wore the tag of shame…lol…HEAVY only 17 kgs haha. Taxied out to the Mantra on the Esplanade hotel room. Our view from our top floor room was amazing!! The beach water here looks like that of around Hamilton Island .it is the prettiest, inviting turquoise however the signs say swimming not recommended due to it being box jellyfish season and potential crocodiles. Still it is a captivating sight. The sun setting on it, is a vision.