Purple Mango coffee in the bush

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The best café in the bush – the flyer says. I love discovering and experiencing new places during the Wet season so the next day we head out to Corroboree Tavern. Sure enough Purple Mango Café is a gem. It’s off the beaten track (but on the way to Kakadu) and hidden in the trees with a […]

Loads of rain and exciting storms

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The temperature is cool and the grass is green and lush.  Magpie geese and sacred ibis happily play in the pools of water on the beach and in the Botanic Gardens.  Last week at Cullen Bay foreshore a storm raged around the cafe. The fish and chips are fabulous and the storm was getting lots of […]

Exploring Darwin Peninsular – The Aviation Museum

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Last week I drove around the peninsular of Darwin. My first stop was the northerly point, Casuarina Coastal Reserve at lunch time. Under the shade of the Casuarina trees, the picnic delights included manchega cheese, a pungent sheeps cheese from Spain and a crusty loaf of bread from Alley Cats.  Casuarina trees waved their narrow leaves in the […]

Rapid Creek Markets

Every Sunday, 52 weeks of the year, the Asian markets at Rapid Creek transports you to another country.  Close your eyes, smell the chilli and garlic wafting through the smoky air from the BBQ. Stroll through the stalls and be absolutely mystified by the straggly snake beans, water spinach that looks like a muddle of […]

Jenny’s Orchid Garden

Jenny’s Orchid Garden is just off the Stuart Highway and only half an hour from town. It makes a perfect day trip or a stop off on the way south to Katherine. It’s uncanny and totally unbelievable. How can a muddle of roots produce such exotic and delicate flowers? The intricate structure, the superb detail and […]

New Restaurants and Cafes

Striped wallpaper, ornate mirrors and chandeliers remind me of Paris. As does the sweet smelling croissants and the rich smooth coffee. Pearl Restaurant is a little slice of Europe. Pearl opened a few weeks ago and is now planning to add dinners to their repertoire. At an inaugural degustation dinner last Saturday here’s a taste – slices […]

Sailing Club in the rain

It rained most of the week. Not just gentle drizzle but in sheets or “stair rods” as my Mum says. Rain crashed through the trees tearing off twigs and leaves and scattering green rubbish over the path. Wind played havoc with the rain, spewing it sideways and pushing it down the road in clouds of steam. […]

Cool down at the Lagoon Day Spa

Down at the Lagoon Day Spa villas hug the lagoon and a curving bridge links to the main part of the Casino. The pool looks cool and inviting and I can’t wait for a dip. I float in the translucent turquoise waters and lie back and gaze at the cloudless blue sky. There is no sound […]

Melbourne Cup in Darwin & beyond

Melbourne Cup Day is an excuse to wear the new short cocktail dress, put on those super high heeled shoes and head to the Casino or The Turf Club. Not for me though. I’m in my jeans and walking boots and in the car heading south for 90km towards Adelaide River. Trish, Ken and I are […]

Four Birds for great coffee

I just landed in Darwin after flying from Hong Kong and I am looking forward to a great coffee.  My suitcase is barely unpacked and I’m off to the Four Birds, through the Star Arcade, off Smith St Mall. This is my favourite place in Darwin.The intriguing alleyway opens up into a buzzy and inviting place to dine and shop. […]

Darwin in the Wet