Darwin; the tropical north is getting closer…

So our New Year’s sojourn in Darwin is getting closer, Tripit tells me it’s only 50 days away.

Flights are booked!

Accomodation at Double Tree by Hilton is sorted!

Now to start to lock in a few itinerary items.  Thinking a trip out to Lichfield National Park is needed, thinking guided tour here so someone else does the work!  Then thinking New Year’s Eve, where should we go?  Anyone got any hot tips for Darwin?

Other than that quite prepared to go as the mood or weather takes us.  No major plans, well not yet anyway.

I can see this area being well used though…. The pool that is, not the Fitness Centre that they mention, gee who do you think we are..

Work out in the complimentary Fitness Centre or cool down with a dip in the impressive outdoor swimming pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin.
Work out in the complimentary Fitness Centre or cool down with a dip in the impressive outdoor swimming pool at DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin.

Louie Weizen

Holidays mean brewing time!  pushed through a few batches so far, although did have one disaster when a cube didn’t seal properly and sucked air back in.  Caused an infection and the cube almost blew with pressure build up inside, hate pouring beer down the drain but that had to go, it stank!

So today Louie and I are repeating the brew, with a better sealing lid this time…..

It’s a simple weissbier, 50/50 split of pilsner and wheat malt with a single hop addition.  No finings are added to keep the characteristic haze of a true weissbier.
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Darwin Time

Okay, so not content with South America in July ’16 we’ve decided to head to the Top End and visit Darwin.  I don’t mind a beer so maybe  a few stubbies will be had on this trip, not sure if there’s a matching cider for Helen…
The Top End has long been a place  we’ve wanted to checkout.  It has a rich and varied history and has seen more than its fair share of trouble.  If being bombed by the Japanese during WW2 wasn’t enough in ’74 Cyclone Tracy tried to blow it off the map.  The bombing during WW2 intrigues me, there were bombs dropped on darwin than on Pearl Harbour but most people wouldn’t have a clue how bad it was.  Typical laid back Aussie way to just take it and get on with things.  There is still an air of the wild west to Darwin or so we’re told, hoping to find some of it while we’re there.

Hoping to also check out the Mindil Beach markets, have a wander around town, checkout the history form WW2 perspective and if we can swing it maybe a little barra fishing.  All up should be a busy but enjoyable few days in in the Top End.



Over all too soon..


Well our weekend on Townsville is almost done, time has just flown by. Bill and I have both commented on how easy it is up here to drift away from reality. The pace of life just seems more relaxed, but then again sitting on the deck at Clare and Dan’s the view is amazing and nothing seems to be urgent.IMG_0427.JPG

The v8 racing was again great to see up close, TV just doesn’t do the sounds justice. As they line up on the grid you don’t just hear the cars, you feel them as well.

Thanks to Neville’s charms with the Coopers girls we managed to score passes to the Coopers Bar balcony for the Sunday racing.DSC_8527.JPG
Great spot to be if it wasn’t for the rednecks who don’t play by the rules. You’re supposed to need a different coloured wrist band for each session and then only get access to one session, some though had a collection of bands and staked out the best spots for the whole day. Oh well we were up there and it wasn’t too bad, although Bill did get a little grumpy with them.DSC_8552.JPG

It’s been a bloody great weekend though and it just seems crazy that in July we can sit on the deck at night in shorts. 12C in the evening just doesn’t seem right when it’s probably 3C back in sunny Perth.

A couple who live life in the constant pursuit of great food, drink, debauchery and adventure.