A monsoon low pressure system has hung around the top of Australia for the past few weeks bringing loads of beautiful rain. The temperature has cooled (now 28 degrees), the landscape is lush and green, and wetlands are a sea of water. This is the best of Darwin in the wet!
Ken and I head 60km out of town where the road to Kakadu is a perfect playground. We drive through the water and back again happily snapping the sea of water. Enough frolicking, it’s now time for lunch so we detour off to Fogg Dam.
Alongside the dam wall huge bright pink lotus lilies fill the billabongs and a couple of Jacanas balance on their lily pads. There’s even a darter drying out his wings in the middle of the road. Everywhere the views over the wetlands are expansive and lush. This is one of my favourite places in the wet.
The week culminated in the Australia Day long weekend. The celebrations took many forms, from serious citizenship and flag raising ceremonies to silly thong throwing, beach parties and fun runs. Down at the Darwin Convention Centre thousands of people, young and old, congregated for the fun run. People (and dogs!) dressed up in flags, horns, green and gold wigs. There was plenty of laughter and fun and I really got the joy of being Australian. We walked the 5km into the City and around the Esplanade culminating in breakfast at ‘The Cav’, a wonderful Darwin institution.
As a perfect finale, the Flix in the Wet commenced. Presented by the Darwin Film Society, this is a collection of fascinating films shown throughout the wet season.
Note – For more information on the history of Fogg Dam, visit The Humpty Doo Rice Trail where you can also download a driving itinerary.