Darwin to Sydney

After a nice night in a bed that didn’t rock with the movement, we had a gentle morning at the hotel in Darwin, that mainly consisted of getting up slowly, and getting breakfast.  We saw a couple off the train who were also staying in our hotel which, considering how many hotels there are in Darwin, probably wasn’t really the coincidence we thought it was !

Amusing breakfast choice

The Darwin Hilton hotel is really well located in central Darwin – whilst I enjoy resorts, I also like to leave the hotel.  There’s plenty close by, with restaurants literally outside, a small shopping mall, and although we didn’t walk there ourselves, the waterfront seems just a 5-10 minute walk away where there are restaurants also.

Nice morning the day we left:

Darwin seems a nice small city.  However we had a choice of one night in Sydney and two in Darwin, or vice versa, and opted for the two nights in Sydney. It looked like a day there might’ve been nice and, considering it was heavily bombed in WW2, I think there are plenty of things to see and do if you’re into that sort of thing.

It’s a pretty green looking city too.

Checked in at Virgin Australia for our flight to Sydney.  Darwin airport is, as you would imagine ‘manageable’ in size, so nice to pass through.  We went to the Virgin Australia lounge there too, which is nice and large, so well able to cope.

After a small delay, we were soon on our plane, and on our way to Sydney.

This wasn’t our first Virgin Australia experience, and I have to say it was as good as the others we had taken.  The food, drinks and service were all pretty good.

The flight was a little over 4 hours which, by the time you’ve eaten etc., actually passes relatively easily, although when looking at the flight status map, you appreciate the vastness of this huge country.  Everywhere is a long way.

Luggage collection at the Sydney domestic terminal wasn’t too bad, and after a marathon walk across Sydney airport to get in our pick up car, we were soon on our way to our hotel.  Fortunately, due to the time of night we arrived (8.30 pm ish) traffic had died down, and the ride only took 30 mins maybe.

We are staying at the Shangri La hotel which has a great view over the Sydney Harbour bridge and Opera House – I’m sure it’ll look better in the day light 😂😂😂


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