|King George River|
|Farewell King George! The best of the Kimberley we think.|
|Sailing through the muck. Much conjecture as to what it is,|
either algae or coral spores. Waiting the an Oceanographer to
The few times we did motor, and never more than an hour, involved hand tillering which we don’t like, as the windvane doesn’t work in that case. Oh for an electronic tiller pilot. The winds were quite flukey during the last couple days too which doesn't suit the wind vane either, lots of climbing into the cockpit for readjustments, through the night even.
|Darwin with hotrodded Customs boat centre. They get all|
the good gear!
Darwin was a sight for sore eyes, the first sign of civilisation for two months. Its looking quite different to what I expected, shimmering white towers on the horizon, like a mini Singapore !? Eh… Darwin? The tides defeated us again on the final approach, electing to anchor across the bay from the city, in one of the few spots without marine cables, gas pipelines etc which are generally anchoring prohibited areas.
|Kehaar, ho ho.|
We tied the dinghy to the floating pontoon, the tide went out and we could't leave for the next 5 hours..
Darwin, what can I say, historic charm gone? I think Tracy took it away, that being the 1974 “beyond category” cyclone, which registered 200mph at the airport before the measuring equipment disintegrated, then practically wiped the place clean. 30,000 souls were subsequently airlifted out in what became Australia’s biggest airlift in history. Can’t blame the place for everything rebuilt new, its bigger too, 145,000pop, but alas, looks like Gold Coast developers have had a hold the joint this past decade, it looks like any Aussie city. :(
There are plusses, as we settled into Dinah Beach dinners, $8 for fish’n’chips and $5 beers… this place is like the working man’s yacht club, with the odd intrepid sailor thrown in, no white shoes to be seen. :) They have live music 6 or 7 days a week, never heard any other "yacht club" doing that!
|Swimming area with croc net.|
Of course we visited the museum to pay homage to sweetheart. No intrepid sailor passes through Darwin without doing so :). Maybe because the beast evokes such circumspection on one’s mortality, or lack of it in her jaws.. she being a 5m croc. I may be a little unfair, sweetheart never hurt anyone. Her aversion to outboards was her only crime, being 300 years old I would have thought she’d understand the temporary nature of human civilisation, if she kept low profile for the next hundred years, I’m sure she would have had her creek back to herself… instead of her eventual fate, under the knife of the taxidermist..