Friday, February 25, 2011
Off the Tourist Trail #5 - Mandorah, via Darwin, Northern Territory
So what was wrong with this picture? Well, nothing – as a point-in-time snapshot, BUT ...
1. We weren't staying in the nearby accomodation
2. We'd miss the evening entertainment
3. In a couple of hours we'd be on the ferry back to Darwin, SO …
4. we only had time for one more drink!!
And if that wasn't enough to throw us into a raging depression, the next morning our June 08 Top End odyssey was over as we began the long drive south.
From the wharf or pub, there's no sign of the Wagait Beach suburb where a few hundred locals live - while it's close by, we were too busy with our barra and chips to take the walk. There IS a sign of what some locals do, however, with jetty fishing and boat launching aplenty visible from our vantage point.
So one day we'll head off the tourist trail once more to fully explore the delights of Mandorah. But just like famous OZ poet AB 'Banjo' Paterson and his vision of Clancy***, the visions of that paradise sustain me through times of trouble and despair, while the promise of travels to come keeps me sane …
* Barra = Barramundi, tropical fish extraordinaire, and ultimate aim of most northern OZ fishing adventures!
** Chips, NOT fries!!
*** Non-Australians may well require a translation to fully appreciate the nuances of this OZ gem!