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Darwin sunsets

Watching the sun set over the sea in the Top End

sunny 29 °C

Mindil Beach sunset

Mindil Beach sunset

At home, the rises over the sea. In Darwin, it sets there. That's lucky really because our big chunk of Australia trip didn't stretch all the way to Perth on the west coast. Darwin sunsets will do nicely.

On two of our first four nights there, we were in lovely locations to watch the sunset. On the Thursday, it was Mindil Beach Sunset Market. You get there, set up your picnic rug, go and buy some Asian food for dinner and eat it as you watch the sun sink slowly over the ocean. Then, once that's done, you shop. It's quite touristy with the car park full to overflowing and some tacky souvenirs among the treasures - but lots of fun. Parap Market on a Saturday lacks the sunset viewing but is more of an authentic local market.

The second Darwin sunset we saw was from a boat cruise on Darwin Harbour. Our friend Lee had organised for a group of us to do a cruise on an old pearling boat, 'Streeter'. We brought wine and cheese and soft drink and chips and again, watched the sun set over a calm tropical sea. It was so warm, we didn't need jackets - usually essential items for boat cruises.

Oddly enough, Darwinites think it's cold right now. Temps are down, especially overnight. One resident even got hypothermia. She was walking to the shop to buy a newspaper at 4.30am in bare feet. The NT News tells the story here.

Keith on Darwin sunset cruise

Keith on Darwin sunset cruise

Posted by kecasumi 21:30 Archived in Australia Tagged sunsets_and_sunrises beaches boats markets

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Hello Michael, I hope you're having a very, very good time. Thank you for the great postcard. We saw your picture looking for opals. Did you sleep underground? I can't wait until you are back! From Isaac.

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