Looking around at the accommodation, I was jumping for joy. Like a child, I ran to the different rooms and shouted out ‘this one is mine.’ The accommodation itself was a spacious 3 bedroom apartment and the rooms contained neutral colours which reflected the sunlight coming in, brightening the room naturally. It also had contained one very necessary item – ‘air conditioning’.
Once I had placed my suitcase down (what a struggle), I rummaged through to find my shorts and tank top. This meant that the jeans, jacket and boots were thrown off almost immediately.
Being a woman, it can be a real issue sometimes in knowing what to pack in your suitcase that you will be living out of – for sometimes weeks at a time. With Darwin, I was not too sure what to expect as even before I left, someone had mentioned that it was going to be raining. So in went the boots and the rain clothes, the long sleeve tops. I knew it was going to be hot, so I included the dresses and bathers. Then I needed to be able to control my hair at some point so in went the hair straightener, curlers and how can I forget the many varied toiletries. And before you know it… it is a 22 kg suitcase…
So just for future refernece .. yeah there is no need for jumpers, parkas, boots etc. With humidity reaching up to 95%… just leave that stuff at home… take it from me learning the hard way. And also, probably leave the make up at home.. yep it just melts away!
Once I had my new summer attire on, it was time to take a walk around the Darwin Wharf. Stepping out of the apartment complex, we were immediately situated in a restaurant area where there were so many choices – Mexican, Italian, Modern Australia and South East Asian. It was approximately 4pm on a Friday and the wharf was buzzing. There were people of all ages walking, eating and exercising (yes, don’t ask) and enjoying the busy and energetic lifestyle. The wharf was alive – with the smells of food, music and people. If you enjoy people watching, then this is certainly the place for you…
Snap of the restaurants living the Darwin Wharf. So many options and choice avaliable.
Walking through the wharf area late in the afternoon was exactly what I expected the Darwin lifestyle to be about – chilled and relaxed. There was a cool breeze wafting through the palm trees which were planted in all directions. Surrounded by not only restaurants, but small retail shops, this is certainly an area… not for the adventurous (unless we are talking about food). To complete the wharf, there is a swimming lagoon and wave lagoon – with people of all ages and sizes swarming the areas. What I love about these two manmade lagoons is no chance of a crocodile (you hope! 😛 ).
Literally I have never sweated so much in my life so my fellow travellers and I stopped at a small ice-cream franchise called ‘trampoline’ to assist with the cool-down. Thank god we stopped here, because that ice-cream made my heart skip a beat. It was beautiful, and being an ice-cream connoisseur (yes, an expert judge in matters of taste when it comes to ice-cream), this hands down was one of the best Italian styled gelato in Australia. To my surprise, the gelato is made on site with real food ingredients and you could taste how fresh it was. Going for a combination (hey, I am on holiday…) I went for the passionfruit and coconut flavours. It was naturally creamy (just melted in my mouth – haha) and well worth the visit. It was a perfect setting – eating ice-cream in this balmy, tropical weather, watching the people go by. Ah bliss…
I think I found my #1 love. Creamy, full flavoured – trampoline icecream is a must try if you love Italian styled gelato
By the time 6pm came around I was ravenous. The only tough decision was what restaurant we were going to eat at. We headed towards a corner restaurant called ‘Wharf One’ who specialise in wood grill cooking and season local produce. We were greeted by a bubbly waitress who brought us to our table – overlooking the wharf area. With the sunset getting further into the distance, and the night sky warming up through the stars and the moon, Wharf One’s delicate fairy lights truly made the night magical.
The view for the evening – Magical.
Going through the menu, it was hard not to order everything – the menu was full of fresh produce, full of flavour. Finally we had placed our order, not before having a small chitchat to the very attentive waitress. “Yes, I have lived in Darwin for 2 years now”. “I have come from England and I have been travelling around Australia with my boyfriend.” “2 years… and I still can’t get used to the humidity!” My fellow traveller asked the young girl how she deals with the storms – ” honestly, you haven’t seen the true Darwin if you haven’t seen a storm.” My fellow travellers and I just grinned at each other as if to say, Darwin – we will be back for your wet season.
Grilled fish & potato. Melts in your mouth.
Lamb shanks falling off the bone. Full of flavour.
Home made pasta with juicy prawns.
Entree. Grilled, succulent prawns. Meatballs with a tangy delicious mustard sauce and crispy home made bread coming – straight from the ovan. Don’t think life honestly could get better!
Being allergic to shellfish is the worst… especially when succulent, wood grilled tiger prawns were staring at me on the table. From what I heard from my fellow travellers – they were just as I had expected them to be – succulent and juicy. We also order meat balls with this tangy, smooth mustard sauce (I was literally licking the sauce off the plate – it was that good!) We also received complementary bread and I don’t know about you, but when I receive homemade bread straight from the oven with homemade butter – I literally can see myself wafting straight up to heaven!
Our sweet moscato complemented our food perfectly and our mains arrived not too long after our waitress cleared the table. My lamb shanks were falling off the bone while my fellow travellers ordered pasta with prawns and grilled fish. The authenticity and creativity of the meals, combined with the full flavours, friendly staff, a balmy night and the fact that it is all local produce makes for one of the best dining experiences I have ever had. Now to go for that after dinner walk around the wharf to be one of those people & exercise ( hey I need to make room for tomorrow!).
It is only day one in Darwin and it has already exceed expectations…. I don’t think I will be going home ( ever).