Totem poles outside the museum
(Click on the image above to see images of our trip to the Tiwi Islands)

An early start today to get to the ferry for an 8am departure to the Tiwi Islands. We had prepurchased our tickets and had to be ready to go by 7.45am at the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal.  Although Google Maps tells me it's only a half hour trip, we got away at 6.45am to allow for traffic, getting lost or other unplanned events.  Even if we were early, it would be a nice place to sit and wait on the harbour anyway.

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Berry Springs swimming area 2
(Click on the image above to see images of Berry Springs)

Berry Springs is a great place for a day out.  As I have already mentioned in my post about the Territory Wildlife Park, Berry Springs is only about 50km from Darwin.  Obviously the Wildlife Park is a visit to to while you are in Berry Springs, but then there are the springs themselves to visit while you are here.

The springs we have seen are quite amazing in the Territory. I've already done posts about Mataranka Springs and Bitter Springs at Mataranka.  Berry Springs is probably set in a wider area and certainly more suitable for a picnic.

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Lorikeet at the Flight Deck show
(Click on the image above to see images from the Territory Wildlife Park)

What would a visit to Darwin and the Territory be without a visit to the Territory Wildlife Park? The Park is located at Berry Springs which is approximately 50km from Darwin. The Wildlife Park is not a zoo, but a well laid out natural representation of the fauna of the Northern Territory.

Arriving around about 10.40am, we were just in time for the show at the Flight Deck. This is the bird exhibition area where the wildlife keepers put on a show with some amazing birds that are found in the Territory. The crowds gathered and because it was school holidays there were a lot of children filling the seats so the area was quite full.

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Aboriginal art on car panels
(Click on the image above to see images of our wander through the Darwin Museum)

A visit to the Northern Territory museum is a certainly on the must do list when coming to Darwin. On entering the museum, the first thing I noticed was an array of vehicle panels that had been decorated with aboriginal art.  It was an extremently different art form to anything I had seen before and looked quite amazing.  The colours were spectacular.

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Our boat for the day
(Click on the image above to see pics of Cullen Bay and two enlarged images of the fishing trip. The rest were on the phone!)

It's been a long time since I've been fishing in tropical waters. The last time would of been in Wewak, Papua New Guinea in 1983. Consequently, it was with great excitement that I approached the Cullen Bay Ferry Terminal in Darwin to board one of Arafura Blue Charter's boats for a half day trip. I was hoping to get into some Jewfish or Spanish Mackerel out on the reefs.

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Gnasher and his lady friend
(Click on the image above to see the amazing images of Gnasher the alpha croc and his lady friend)

The final part of our Litchfield National Park tour with Offroad Dreaming was a sunset cruise on the Adelaide River.  The cruise takes place in the vicinity of where the bridge on the Arnhem Highway crosses the Adelaide River.  There are four people in the area who hold the only licences in the Northern Territory to feed wild crocodiles.  Three of these operators run commercial "jumping croc" tours, one of which we did recently.  I wrote about this cruise yesterday on the 3rd July entitled Jumping Crocs and Fogg Dam. That post included some great photos of the crocs and the tour.

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One of many crocodiles swimming in the Adelaide River
(Click on the image above to see images of our visit to the jumping crocodiles at the Adelaide River and also our visit to Fogg Dam)

Today's adventure saw us head out to the Adelaide River along the Arnhem Highway to see the jumping crocs.  There is a fair bit of promotion of these tours and there are several of them.  Fortunately for us, my uncle knew the people that have been running jumping croc tours on the Adelaide River for 30 odd years.  Obviously we rang them and booked our seats for the cruise.

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Magnetic termite mounds like a cemetery
(Click on the image above to see images of the Litchfield National Park)

Had the great pleasure to of enjoying a day tour with Offroad Dreaming to Litchfield National Park. Of course we could of done much of the Litchfield National Park ourselves except we would have to find something to do with our dog. Going on a tour makes it all that much easier. The company had been recommended by our daughter, a Darwin local, so she would know who was good and who was mediocre.  We certainly weren't disappointed with the quality of the tour.

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We had heard stories of Territory Day in the NT. The day traditionally celebrates the independence in government from the Australian Federal Government to self government based in the Territory itself.  This year, 2018, marks the 40th anniversary of the event which occurred on the 1st July 1978. There are celebrations all over the Territory for the public in all the major towns.  The big event in Darwin features Neil Finn on Mindil Beach complete with fireworks display.

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