Remember the travel scrapbook that I brought with me to Australia? Well, I thought you might like to take a look at it again. I ended up journalling in it on one afternoon in Uluru when we had some free time which meant I just had to add photos to those pages. Over the weekend, I printed out the photos and embellished the pages slightly with a little washi tape and tags. In the end, it took me about a day and a half to complete because I had penned down some of my thoughts while on holiday which sped up the whole process. I’m quite glad about that.
Here’s a peek into my scrapbook:
The first page was a journal entry that I scribbled in before we left. On the left is a pocket to store the plane ticket. Snapped a polaroid with Jaslin and Ai when we got on the plane.
First order of priority: Shopping! A snapshot of Ai and me taken on the bus as we were headed to the Markets and Casuarina Square which is the largest mall in Darwin.
Spent an hour or so at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. I really enjoyed the vast collection of aboriginal art and stories captured here.
Whenever I visit a new place, I always enjoy checking out the Markets. If you are anything like me, I hope you will enjoy this picture heavy post that gives you a quick tour of The Memorable Markets which includes Mindil Beach Markets, Rapid Creek Markets and Nightcliff Markets.
Tried on a dress at the Mindil Beach Markets that I ended up not buying and I really regret it!
The Yellow water cruise that took my breath away.
Notice the photos of the birds on the right, they slip into the pocket and are a fun way for my kids to identify the birds in the pictures.
Nourlangie Rock – where we saw more aboriginal rock art and the most spectacular view of the wetlands.
Termites have a pretty bad name. Thought of as destructive, the termites in NT are actually helpful. By decomposing dead plant material, they recycle the nutrients back into the environment which is particularly useful in arid and infertile conditions such as in the Outback of Australia.
Uluru is iconic to Australia and certainly worth a visit once in your lifetime. You can take photos from afar, sip champagne as the sun sets or walk around Uluru but there is one thing that you should not do, find out in my post about Uluru, The Memorable Rock.
The dot painting experience taught me to think not just about design but the message that I wanted to convey. Painting in the early dawn at the feet of Uluru was truly therapeutic. An experience not to be missed.
Camels are indeed majestic and gentle creatures. An awesome ride.
There were a few minutes during the Sound of Silence when everyone was asked to keep absolutely silent. In the dark of the sky and underneath the blanket of stars, I suddenly felt as small as I really am.
Ending our time in Darwin on the Sunset Cruise. Tip : Bring your drinks and head to the upper deck where you can enjoy the view and the slow setting of the sun.
My favourite activity at Crocosaurus Cove was feeding the baby crocodiles so do try that if you go.
Also, I thoroughly recommend visiting the reptile enclosure during the Reptile Feeding and Presentation time. I loved watching the western beared dragon gulp down the beetles that the keeper fed him. Very cool.
Well, I’ve come to the end of my travel posts on this trip to the Northern Territory and I hope you have enjoyed hearing about the journey. My kids love crocodiles and have been poring over my photos and videos. Hopefully, one day, we will be able to go back as a family to explore the places that I wasn’t able to visit on this trip.
To be honest, I have travelled to many places in my lifetime but I was surprised to visit a part of Australia with so much to explore and so close to home. I love undiscovered places and was certainly surprised by the natural beauty that surrounded me. I’m quite sure that we will be back again someday with the kids, possibly to camp in kakadu national park, experience the yellow water cruise under the night sky and oh, I would love to visit katherine gorge. But yes, next time, I will bring clear goggles and most certainly waterproof shoes!
* A big thanks to Tourism NT and OMY for sponsoring this amazing trip as a prize for winning the Best Lifestyle Blog at the Singapore Blog Awards 2013. This post is one in a series of posts called NT Travel Memoirs that seeks to record my most memorable moments during my recent trip to the Northern Territory, Australia lest I forget.
Update : I found out yesterday that I won the blogging contest and so I will be heading back to the Northern Territory with my husband and kids sometime next year. I'm really over the moon! Thank you Tourism NT and OMY!