We spent last night & our rest day in Arnhem Village, part of Gove Operations Pacific Aluminium (Rio Tinto).
The disabled rooms they provided were great with large bathrooms & fairly easy access around the site. And the food is really good – so much variety & quantity – I keep overeating!
Today I went into town with some of the team to have a look around & see the beach.
I was surprised to see a Surf Lifesaving Club, however the gates are currently locked as a 3.5 m croc has taken up residence nearby. From what the locals were saying, people swim a lot around here, out of stinger season, & don’t worry too much about the sharks or crocs.
This is very different to what I heard up in Weipa where the advice was to stay at least 10 m away from the shore & do not go swimming.
In Nhulumbuy, we learnt, that to buy any alcohol from a bottle shop & take it away, you need an alcohol permit. For interest sake, Michael went to see if he could get one & he was successful. He returned looking very proud!
I’m really looking forward to getting to our mid-point of the trip tomorrow, Darwin. I’m feeling pretty tired & looking forward to our 3 day rest break there.
Also, when we get to Darwin, we have Josh meeting up with us. Josh will be taking over from Lida as my personal support for the second half of the journey. Lida will be jumping on a commercial flight & heading back to her home in Melbourne.
It’s a short blog tonight – Time to head off to bed as I have a 5 am start tomorrow.
Over & out,