Travel members arrived in Darwin form all corners of the country and most spent some time exploring the city. The most notable work of architecture is the Territory's Parliament House. Designed by architects Meldrum Burrows and completed in 1994, it is a striking structure, tall, simple, but hansom, with natural light, cool open spaces and a huge overhanging roof that tells you something about the intensity of the sun in northern Australia.
Tour day 1 started with getting-to-know-you drinks and dinner at the Darwin Hilton hotel. We numbered 17 in all including Luke, our tour leader, driver, trail guide, walking encyclopaedia, entertainer and jack of all trades. Next morning we were introduced to "Kimberley Rose" the APT truck/bus that would transport us safely almost 4,000 kilometres from Darwin, east to Kakadu and Arnhem Land, then on the long journey west on the famous (or should that be notorious) Gibb River Road through the Pilbara, ending in Broome 17 days later.