Bristol 45.5 - AiniA
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Re: Brisbane to Darwin - impressions
We quite like Darwin although I can only imagine what it must be like in summer with 1000% humidity and temps of 43C. It does not feel like a frontier place at all. The cover of the things to do magazine featured the Darwin Symphony Orchestra and they have arty films under the stars a few times a week. Lots of resort condos - seems like a bigger city than its population would suggest, but that might be because of the tourists here.
We have a camper van and will be heading the interior for a week or so which should be interesting. Applied for the Indonesian visas today and passed the biohazards test so we can enter a marina. The marinas are all protected by lock gates and we can only enter and leave when tides are greater than 4m. Highest tide we have had was 7.0 m. When we get back we are going to see an AFL game between a team from Adelaide and a team from Melbourne. Not sure why they are playing here, except money of course.
The Ozzie cities we have visited along the way all have their particular charm and are quite different from each other, with the farm atmosphere of Bundaberg to the money/boom town feel of Mackay and the backpacker sense of Cairns. I think they would all be quite civilized places to live.
After the refit we have decided to sell Ainia. We want something smaller that would be could for the light summer winds of Lake Ontario, although we plan to spend at least a couple of winters in the Caribbean before heading north.