And wow, it is HOT. I don’t even want to think about what summer will be like…
We drove here from Townsville in the space of 3 days, driving between 10 and 12 hours each day. We shared the drive, swapping every hour or so, which worked well. I’d hate to do that drive alone.
We slept in the front seats of the car on the first night, which meant almost no sleep, then put up our little dome tent the second night:
Doing that saved time, instead of setting & packing up the camper.
I’m glad we’ve had the experience of driving through the territory – it really gives you a better idea of just how big Australia is, and how empty the middle is. But I’m not in any hurry to do it again any time soon. We had no mobile reception for most of the drive, so it was scary to think about anything going wrong. And it cost a lot more than we expected in fuel – close to $1000 from Townsville to Darwin, which is pretty ridiculous. Lucky we were already planning on staying here & working for a while!
Now we’re set up at our friends’ place in Darwin, and we’re slowly starting to settle in. The heat is the biggest thing to adjust to.
Camper all set up
Emmanuel with our friends’ two staffy pups – Badger is super excited to have some new playmates.
My sweet new bike – Darwin is flat enough to cycle almost everywhere, just not in the middle of the day, haha…
Staffy pup Bear
Staffy pup Sabre