I hope you’re all having a beautiful day, wherever you are. Today in Darwin, it is a toasty 35 degrees, and after living here for a while I can embrace the heat and my occasional sweats with a big smile on my face. I am loving my last couple of weeks here. Will be making the move to Brisbane, which in a month or so will be getting into winter, so I shall stock up all this sunshine here while I can.
Sorry for my delayed post today, I know I previously wrote that I would resume my daily posts, the last couple of days we saw off Tom’s friend who was visiting us and so went out and did a few fun things around Darwin. Which brings me to the topic for today ‘fun things to do in the top end’, well a couple anyway, a day in the top end! 🙂
Yesterday, like today was absolutely beautiful. I woke up feeling really pumped & excited for the day ahead. With the sun shining and the sky pretty much as clear as you could get, why not spend the day outside and enjoy it? We started our itinerary at a place called ‘Flight Path Golf ‘. This little gem of a place was a real treat, offering activities such as an 18-hole mini golf course, an extensive grass tee area for golf driving, target archery (only on weekends and public holidays) and Laser clay shooting (super cool, but only for bigger groups and prearrangements so unfortunately, like the target archery we weren’t able to try this).
Since we had already tried mini golf, we opted to try out a bit of golf practice on the green tee area given 40 balls each to whack the crap out of haha. Being my first time, I was super excited. Now hitting a golf ball is a lot harder than I thought it would be. While I spent probably most of an hour laughing my head off at how much I sucked, I was able to learn a few good tips from my partner’s friend and the guy that owned the place. Like keep your knees bent, lean slightly further, and apparently it’s good to keep ones eyes on the ball haha. It was really interesting also trying the different kinds of golf clubs and what you could get out of them. I must admit I broke a few tees as well on the grass. All in all it was a very fun experience, and had we gone on a weekend I bet the other activities would be just as awesome. Whether you’ve played golf before or like would to have a go, then Flight Path Golf is the place for you in Darwin. For more info you can visit their website: http://www.fpgolfnarchery.com.au/
Following our hour at the golf area, we decided that this beautiful day needed a bit of water fun. Besides, my hands and shoulders were getting tired from my by then pro swing (haha jokes I wish, but they were tired). We headed to Leanyer Recreation Park. This awesome place, is actually free and is run jointly by the YMCA and the NT government. Boasting playground, a large swimming pool and 3 awesome slides, the kind that you’d find at like Wet’n’Wild on the gold coast or any fun water themepark, this park really was unexpected (in a good way). Luckily we got to experience the park pretty much to ourselves, with most families having been there during the Easter breaks and back to school & work. It was super fun even for us “big kids”.
After some fun in the sun, we decided it was time to have a break and headed home for some rest from the sun and have a nice lunch on the balcony. By then it was already 2 o’clock as well. Anyone who lives in the territory knows it is pretty much a prerequisite to the dry season to own a BBQ on your balcony or in your background. Enjoy the smells of onions roasting on the grill, smells wafting through the air. And we don’t even have a BBQ! I was busy closing my eyes on the balcony smelling my next door neighbors lunch! Being a newbie vegan has been a little challenging especially when you see everyone else eating things you were so used to eating, but I got out my box of previously prepared sliced raw vegies for a snack, and I felt perfectly happy and peaceful watching the sun set on my balcony. Reflecting on all the things that make this world so beautiful, of the people I love, and all that I have to be thankful for. A peaceful ending to a fun day.