Yet again it had been over a month since I had been to town. Only 6 weeks this time but I was due for an outing….surely. The opportunity arose to accompany Mr Chardy to Darwin, so who was I to say no. I was on board, 100%.
It was a very quick trip indeed. The sort of trip you would do if you lived in NSW and wanted a quick trip to the Blue Mountains or something like that. It was only 2 nights, so usually for that sort of trip you might travel say 3 or 4 hours max. But not us, no – we Territory folk like a good drive. So off we went. We were up and at it at 3:00am on Thursday morning, left at 4am, drove all day (literally) and arrived in Darwin at 6pm. A quick little 14 hour drive. We only had 3 quick stops along the way and had to drive for 7 hours before we even found phone service at Daly Waters. Our last stop was at the Adelaide River Inn, we had a quick little drink, which I managed to spill all over me while sitting alone… a tad embarrassing to say the least. I would have been happy to keep driving, Darwin wasn’t far away but Mr Chardy insisted that it was a great place to stop. It was lovely, the weather was just glorious and I actually felt like I was on holidays.
Charlie – the buffalo from Crocodile Dundee – is stuffed and on display inside, he is pretty cool too.
We sat outside in the lovely beer garden before heading off for the final leg of the trip…
We stayed at Mantra on the Esplanade which overlooks the water. It really does feel like holidays once you see that water. Darwin is just so relaxed and laid back. And, again, the weather – wow, it was just perfect. Darwin in July is gorgeous. We had a quick shower to freshen up and headed off for a drink and then dinner. We walked down to the Darwin Waterfront and had dinner there.
Our walk back to the hotel was stunning, past Government House which, I would think, is what a walk down Wysteria Lane would be like. The photo doesn’t do it justice but gives you an idea.
The next morning Mr Chardy was off early. The reason for our little trip up there was because he had a meeting to attend, so I had the morning to myself. And as luck would have it I even found some girlfriends to have lunch with, can you believe it. Ruthie mustered us all together and we met at Cornucopia Cafe at the Darwin Museum. It was so great to catch up with Ruthie, BB & TT!!
Afterwards I headed back to the hotel and had a lovely walk along the Esplanade. I can’t stress enough how perfect the weather was, it was just wonderful to stroll along without a care in the world. Oh, did I mention this was a child free trip thanks to DD & Rexy – who stayed home with the kids??? I sat down on the green grass and soaked up the views…
Then it was time to head back to the hotel, shower and get ready for another lovely dinner – our last one before heading off early again the next morning. This time we went to Char Restaurant on the Espanade. But we did have a quick Japanese Slipper at the Mantra before we headed to Char. We were quite excited to see our favourite cocktail right there on their menu! And let me tell you – they made a spectacular slipper, we were not disappointed.
Now…. Char…. ahhhhh, all I can say is – I definitely found my happy place here. This was my kind of restaurant. It was Friday afternoon so it was quite busy. We sat on the lounge outside and had a few drinks before being seated for dinner. There was no need to go back and forth to the bar because the wonderful staff were always on hand to take your order and promptly deliver your drink right to you. Thank you, yes I will have another Chardy. How kind of you to ask….
And then onto dinner…. which again did not disappoint people. Oh my lordy, it was divine!!!! Our waitress even brought a meat tray to our table to explain the steaks available and how each one should be cooked. Can you believe it?
We enjoyed a delicious entree and then I opted for the lamb rack and all I can say is YUM! I was one very happy customer indeed. Thank you so much for such a WONDERFUL night Char, I do love a good restaurant!
After such a wonderful night it was back to the hotel for some shut eye before again getting up at 3:30am to head off at 4am for the long drive home. Actually it wasn’t too bad, but I think that is because I slept most of the way. We arrived home at 5:30pm, in time to again shower and get ready for another night on the town…. or should I say station. This time it was off to Rec Club for Nev – our mechanic’s – farewell party. After 2 1/2 years he was moving on so we found the strength to have a few more drinks and party on for a bit. It was sad saying goodbye to him and wish him well with his new job, good luck Nev and stay in touch! We will miss you, thanks for all of your hard work.
Of course Miss Gabby was spot on with her event planning and decorating, and check out this wonderful cake she whipped up…
Needless to say I had a bit of a sleep in on Sunday before heading over to the kitchen for my Sunday cooking duties.
So there you have it my friends, that is what I have been up to.
Have you been to Darwin in July?
Have you been to Char? I highly recommend it.
How was your weekend?