|passing a roadtrain on its way up the highway|
The Territory Wildlife Park has numerous tracks and pathways to hike or bike along plus the there is a great motorised train that runs around the entire park at half hour interval all day. The Park has a couple of extensive indoor exhibits as well as several interest outdoor areas.
|Brahminy Kite also known as the Red-backed Sea-eagle|
|Black breasted buzzard cracking an egg|
And all the while a Jabiru, Australia’s only stork, strutted about looking for a free feed.
We also learned that an osprey is equipped with polarised lenses so it can peer into the water and, to complete the league of superbirds, the Jabiru is armed with a beak strong enough to crack a turtle’s shell.
|young female white breasted sea eagle|
The Park is part of the natural environment which makes the Lagoon home to whatever might turn up including magpie geese, herons, ibis and assorted ducks.
The centrepiece is a walk through section representing ponds and billabongs teeming with turtles, whip rays, barramundi and freshwater sawfish.
Nemo was there, peering out from the safety of his anemone, and there are plenty of other bizarre and colourful creatures.
|my friend Mr Salty|
|black necked stork|
On the way back to Darwin we stopped off to look at the large termite mounds and the old WW2 airstrips long the side of the highway.
Two giant termite mounds standing up to two metres high on the side of the Cox Peninsula Rd about 50ks south of Darwin. Up to 100 years old these structures are unique to the northern parts of Australia. Called Magnetic Termite Mounds, enormous magnetic compasses, with their thin edges pointing north-south and broad backs east-west. This aspect minimises their exposure to the sun keeping the mounds cool for the magnetic termites inside.
WW2 Airstrips – Airstrips were constructed next to the Stuart highway to accommodate the influx of allies bombers and fighter planes. While travelling down the Stuart Highway you can't miss the signs and displays that indicate the WW2 Airstrips.