I got my first SharePoint Job in Darwin in June 2014 when i moved from Karachi to Australia, so I decided to do some adventure. Darwin is a city in North of Australia, and it’s a 4 hour flight from Darwin to Singapore. Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of 136,245. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End‘s regional center. Darwin was originally a pioneer outpost. (Source: Wikipedia.org)
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It was 1:30am 15 June 2014 when I landed in Darwin after a 4 hour flight from Sydney to Darwin, and 1 hour flight from Canberra to Sydney with 8 hours of wait as due to severe fogs all flights were cancelled from Canberra to Sydney. Any ways it was 1:30am in Darwin, and now I had to search for a cab and hotel. Due to V8 racing events, all the hotels were booked out. So I decided to book a hotel at run time.
My trip to Darwin was an impulsive decision, that I still treasure.
Finally I got a room in a hotel for one night.
In the early morning I searched few places on gumtree.com.au and got few accommodations. For one week I Stayed at Rydges (350AUD per night) and then moved to a shared house, and to my surprise when my house owner was showing me the house and he strictly said “Please make sure you close the doors, windows and bathroom doors always as sometimes snakes and frogs jump inside”,………WHAT ……Yes, snakes and frogs!
Then within 1 weeks’ time I moved in city area where there were no lizards, rats – like cat size, frogs, snakes just flying cockroaches, lizards and flying bugs.
In my 51/2 months period in Darwin I have seen many crocs (crocodiles), snakes, lizard..huh common thing, bugs, frogs, ants – who eat flesh, water snake, birds, big mosquitoes as I travel to Kakadu – Darwin’s Forest and we stayed overnight so I could see colour full lizards and snakes from my glass window in night.
Litchfield Park, Mindil Beach, Nightcliff Beach, Darwin Botanic Garden, Crocosaurus Cove, Parap, Jabiru, Yellow Water Wetland Cruise and many many more….
The scariest one was the Kakdu trip and Yellow Water Wetland boat, unforgettable where we could see crocs sleeping in the water and we were passing on top of them and taking the photos.Crocodiles and Snakes are the largest predators in 117 reptiles’ species in Kakadu.
Darwin has 2 weather, dry season and wet season. Dry season is tolerable, but hot season is unbearable as it’s too hot with 99% humidity, it’s like walking in steam. You can have sun burn, black skin patches, your neck and face color will be totally different, and I couldn’t put sun block as it would come out because of humidity.
After 51/2 months of adventure, I came down to Sydney. But thanks to my first job in Australia, that I traveled and explored Darwin on my own…….I had great fun, made very good friends and Darwin is beautiful…