Sunday 14th December
After two nights in Singapore where we did not sleep well and a night flight we manage to sleep until 11am. After lunch we drive around Darwin, visiting Charles Darwin National Park, where there are ammunition storage bunkers from WW2. These depots were in use until the 1980's, and one is now a musuem with information on the repeated bombings of Darwin. Next we decide to find the train station, from where The Ghan will depart on Wednesday. It is about about 15km from the centre of Darwin and Robynann has never been there before. It is mainly a freight station, with only one or two weekly departures of The Ghan. We then continue into the centre of Darwin, past Parliament House, the viewpoint over the wharf, and out to East Point. We take a walk on the Mangrove Boardwalk out to the coast, we can see several different types of crabs in the mud flats. The tide is out and the mangroves' roots stand at least a metre high, along with another type of tree that thrives in the salt water. The tidal difference is around nine metres.