Much of today was spent meandering back to Darwin to catch a late flight to Cairns- or Northern Queensland as Anya, our tour guide called it. Again, the full flight was boarded in 13 minutes with no announcement in the airport. Just amazing how everyone is expected to be there and actually is there. These Quantas flights have been a joy.
I regress. First we drove by a huge uranium mine, but were forbidden from taking pictures. Next we saw a huge termite mound. It’s nearly 50 years old and inside, has an intricate design of rooms for different purposes. These are vital to the ecosystem as they are in the flood plains where it floods annually. The termites consume the cellulose from the dead trees left behind, and make their mounds from dung and the cellulose. It’s as hard as a rock. The queen can live to be 60 years old and rules the roost the entire 60 years.
The bus driver was amazing as she was an officer 👮♀️ at the park for many years. She had so many stories but what resonates is the fact that the European settlers have reached a great compromise with the aboriginal people. They share the land, respect each other’s role in the country/ continent. I am certain that it took time, but they live together in separate roles. For the most part the aboriginal are more at home in the rural areas, doing their thing. However there are some communities in the urban area. There is the acknowledgment that the land is aboriginal land, and the settlers are just using it for what is needed in today’s world.
We visited a museum where Sweetheart is displayed. In the 1960’s Sweetheart used to hang out in a popular fishing place in the bay called sweetheart point. This salty would bite the propellers of out board motors. This was a regular occurrence, so they decided to relocate Sweetheart, but the process didn’t go so well. After they caught him, on the trip back to town, he drowned. He’s now in the museum.
The museum was lovely. Pics on Instagram.
If you are here for the pics, might I recommend that you go to my Instagram as I am experiencing delays and difficulties uploading pics to this site.
Little known fact- the day that the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor, they also bombed Darwin – TWICE. After that the US built an airstrip in Darwin with the termite mound material. Looks like it is still usable today.