A Stunning Sunset In Ubirr
We spent last week exploring the Northern Territory with our good friend Missy. She lives in Singapore, and Darwin seemed like the perfect halfway point to meet and see some truly Australian scenery. I had spent quite a bit of time between Darwin and Katherine for work and was looking forward to showing them this weird and beautiful part of Australia. Two years after we started planning, we finally went on our trip.
We landed in Darwin and started the trip with a tour of Darwin City. 5 minutes later.... we headed to Cullen Bay for lunch. Then we went for a wander around the tide pools at East Point. After several months of Melbourne winter, the sunshine on our shoulders felt glorious.
|Exploring the tide pools|
|Darwin City in the distance|
|Beautiful crab in the rocks|
On our way to dinner, we noticed that it was nearly sunset and stumbled on a crowd of people gathered on the grass to watch the sunset. Who knew it would be such a party! It was a great way to start the trip, and this turned out to be the first of many amazing sunsets.
|First sunset in Cullen Bay, Darwin|
On day 2 we set out on the 2.5 hour drive to Kakadu. We stopped at a didgeridoo shop so Missy could get herself a new instrument. She had a quick lesson, though I'm sure she'll need a bit more practice. Her neighbours will be so thrilled!
|sampling the beers at Purple Mango Brewery|
|Dirt road to the Brewery|
On again we went to Jabiru, where Missy was super excited to find out that we were staying in a hotel shaped like a crocodile.
|Our Crocodile Hotel|
|Rock art at Ubirr|
There was a surprising amount of people on the rocks waiting for the sunset, but there was plenty of room. Everyone settled into their spots and sat quietly waiting for the show. As the light started to change, what a show it was! It was absolutely gorgeous, different light in every direction, a truly 360 degree sunset. We all sat quietly, and it just kept getting better. Finally we reluctantly headed down the hill as it got almost too dark to see where we were going. We all agreed that it was the best sunset we had ever seen.
|Getting ready for the show|
|The light starting to turn pink|
|Some of the crowd watching with us|
|A variety of colours|
|Even we look good in this sunset!|
|Getting even prettier|
|And then it got even better!!!|
|My favourite picture of the trip - Phil taking a picture of the best part of the sunset|