Some Top End Sights - May 2009

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Some Top End Sights - May 2009

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Had a brief visit in the Top End recently as jumping off point for my trip through the Kimberleys ... didn't take many transit photos however.

Spent a morning riding the buses in Darwin, a photo from Casuarina Interchange of 2 Volvo B10BLE'/Volgrens.
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Next day was an "express" day from Darwin down to Timber Creek (on the Victoria Highway en route to Kununurra). I find the 130km/h signs very odd ... first time in the Territory where speed has been restricted.
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Saw plenty of Greyhounds on my way there but it must be a sign of the times that for the first time in the Territory I didn't see a single Denning Landseer. :cry: They must not be doing too badly - they still seem to be running plenty of services and most seemed to carry about a 50% load. Seen here outside Katherine Transit Centre is #667 heading to Darwin.
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Of course no visit to this part of Australia is complete without seeing road trains ... and was lucky enough to snap one going at speed near the Victoria River crossing on the Victoria Highway - about 2 hours west of Katherine.
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Another popular mode of transport up here is helicopter ... here at the Victoria River Motel you can fly in one of these dodgy looking choppers - VH-JWQ is a Kawasaki 47G3B-KH4 which was built in 1975 and operated by North Australian Helicopters - probably for surveying and cattle mustering work rather than as a mode of transport.
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kitkat271 wrote:Next day was an "express" day from Darwin down to Timber Creek (on the Victoria Highway en route to Kununurra). I find the 130km/h signs very odd ... first time in the Territory where speed has been restricted.

And probably the first time I've seen an NT roadsign that wasn't peppered with bullet holes.
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First time I've seen a speed limit sign over 110km/h.
Amazing. -.-"
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When they finally opened the new bridge over the Palmer River just north of Erldunda (before speed limits were introduced), the sweeping curve as you approached the bridge had an yellow advisory sign with a limit of 130km/hr - classic!
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Isn't it nearby the memorial to the Japanese team crashed their car on the Cannonball? I saw it again last year going through but can't remember exactly where.

edit:Sorry should have checked first about 100k's out of Erldunda.
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It is at Stuarts Well, 98km south of Alice Springs

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Nice shot of the road train :)
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