19th June, 2012
the morning we first cleaned our camper. After we started to drive
towards Darwin. We wanted to go to several Billabongs, but
unfortunately the hiking tracks were closed. At Fogg Dam we had more
luck and made two walks through the Nature Reserve. We got
accompanied by some butterflies and birds. After we ate our last food
Konrad wanted to cross the dam to a bird observation tower. It was
noon and I thought this is a bad idea as it was very hot in the sun.
We then crossed the dam with the camper and saw, that it was closed
for walking due to crocodiles. But we still managed to enjoy the many
water birds from the observation platform.
Darwin we went back to Apollo to ask where there is a car wash
nearby. They explained us we only need to wash it if it is very
dirty. As this was not the case, everything went very fast.
kind taxi driver drove us to the airport. At 35 °C we entered the
airplane and at cool 4 °C we left it in Melbourne. We booked in the
same motel when we arrived and thus we fast were again in the warm.
10th June, 2012
the room beside us it was sometimes quite load because of the
Football Euro Championship and I could only sleep badly. After a lazy
start into the day we went to get our camper van. The kind lady from
the rental office talked to us in a mix of high German and Swiss
German. We learnt that she is from former Yugoslavia and lived for a
long time in Zurich. She made a perfect handover and we got a nearly
new camper with only 11'000 km. Next we bought food for the next few
days. After we had everything packed we started. On the Stuart
Highway we drove towards Kakadu National Park. In the Wetland region
we made a short stop and visited the visitor center. We enjoyed the
view into the wide country. It was already late afternoon as we
reached Kakadu National Park and thus we went directly to the first
camping site. From there we wanted to make a short hike. We asked at
reception if the path is open. Unfortunately there is still to much
water and so it could have salties there. So are the saltwater
crocodiles, the biggest crocodile species, commonly called by the
Australians. So we spend the rest of the day studying the brochures
of the region. I met a slightly shocked Dutch when I went to the
toilet in the late evening. She just met a frog in the toilet.
Nothing new for me as on the west coast I had seen some frogs in the
restrooms. When being in the nature you may see some animals you
usually do not see.
9th June, 2012
started today early after we spent the last evening in Sydney with
the workmates of Konrad. Until this morning everything looked good
with our luggage, but the last few things we had to push into
Konrad's suitcase. As I brought the suitcase to the car, I realized
that the zip was not holding at two places. So we started with the
hope to be able to solve this problem at the airport. First we drove
to the office of Open Systems to leave there the keys of the flat.
After Yin, a friend from Tango, gave us a lift to the airport.
there was no shop at the airport which would have solved our suitcase
problem. Konrad opened the zip and tried to close it again and now it
was holding. After I was caught at the security. Unintentionally I
put my pocket knife from the big backpack to the hand luggage. The
officer was so nice that I could go out again and so that I could
send the pocket knife. As there was not a normal post office, I had
to send it to the office of Open Systems and hope now that someone
there can bring it home. As it was a present of my godfather I did
not want to have it disposed.
the gate the plane was already waiting. “We are waiting for the
engineer to give the plane free” were we told. But that did not
happen and so we had to go to another gate were we boarded another
plane. With a delay of more than an hour we started to Darwin.
flight was without problem and we marvelled at the Australian outback
we checked-in at the accommodation we went to buy a new suitcase. I
had warned Konrad already before that his suitcase will soon break
completely. Now we did not want to have this risk again and
immediately found a suitable suitcase on sale.
went for sightseeing in Darwin after the put everything in the new
suitcase and disposed the old one. There is not much in the city so
we had soon seen it. But as there was a Greek festival this weekend
we walked through the festival area and enjoyed a delicious Greek
dinner. The sun was now setting and we walked back to the
we will start with the camper.