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July 2015



1 July - After spending a couple of days exploring two Island Bay, we set off on the 300 mile crossing of the Arafura sea - another shallow area of water - bit of a wild crossing! See flotsam

3 - 5 July - Went ashore at Port Essington to register our presence with the park rangers (Garig Gunak Barlu National Park is jointly managed by the Traditional Owners and the Parks and Wildlife Commission - it covers 4500 sq km on the Cobourg Peninsular). Were fortunate to meet Carol and Rachel - a couple of visiting marine scientists who offered to take us down to visit the ruins of the Victoria settlement - a British settlement established in 1838 to try to get a foothold in the trade with the East Indies. But the expectations of trade were not met and the isolation and harsh conditions took their toll so it was abandoned in 1849. Spent a very pleasant day with Carol, Rachel and their friends.

5 July - Went in search of a very unique living coral reef in the middle of a mangrove swamp in Popham bay which Carol and Rachel had told us about - allegedly there is only one other one in the world. Unfortunately we had to abandon the search before we got lost after a couple of attempts of battling our way through different tributaries in the mangroves gradually filling up the dinghy with leaves, branches and goodness knows what else!

6 - 7 July - Good sail down to Darwin with an overnight in Alcaro Bay - catching the 5kt tide down through the Dundas straits and the Van Diemen Gulf.

8 July - We had booked into Tipperary marina in Darwin but before we were allowed in we had to be inspected by the Aquatic bio security - looking for Zebra and black striped mussels - they inspect and treat all international boats - we didn't mind having our 'pipes cleaned' for free!

9 - 28 July - Darwin marina - met up with friends Jennifer and James on Dirona. More boat jobs. Helped Sue from yacht Spruce celebrate her birthday with a visit to the Mindl beach market - also a beer can raft race on that day. Many of our friends are now heading north to Indonesia so we had a few more goodbyes as we go our separate ways. Hired a camper van for 10 days to have a bit of a inland trip. Our land trip (see flotsam) across to the Kakadu national park took in many interesting places - Mamukala reserve, Jabiru, Ubirr and a cruise up the East Alligator river, some great free ranger (nothing to do with chickens) talks by Christian , sunset at Nourlangie, a cruise up the yellow waters - lots of bird life, crocodiles and aboriginal rock art. Continuing south we stopped at the old gold mining town of Pine Creek on the way to Katherine Gorge in the Nitmuluk national park. Whilst in Nitmuluk, we did more hiking and treated ourselves to a helicopter flight over the gorges. On the way back to Darwin we stopped for another free ranger talk about the magnetic termite mounds in Litchfield national park. Met some interesting people along the way - many from the south of Australia who are avoiding the cold weather of winter! Although we thoroughly enjoyed the trip, we were glad to get back to Superted with a bit more luxury and space! We couldn't leave Darwin without a visit to the outdoor Deck chair cinema - a good fun evening out with Jennifer. Provisioned for the next 4 months trip across to South Africa before leaving Darwin for our 4 week cruise through the Kimberley.

28 - 30 July - 230 mile lively passage across the Joseph Bonaparte gulf in the Timor sea (see flotsam) down to Koolama Bay at the entrance to the King George river.

31 July - Our Kimberley cruise started with the King George river. We surveyed the entrance to the river by dinghy but because of the neap tides, we couldn't take the boat in so we spent the day investigating the river by dinghy and on foot - including a climb up a 25m high cliff face with the aid of ropes but with a 3m croc roaming around in the river at the bottom - true Indiana Jones style! Spectacular gorges.

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