2021 - Live Like a Local

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2021 - Live Like a Local
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It's not just the wet and the dry! Up here in the Top End we have multiple
seasons, each one with their own unique characteristics.

Tour Times

In 2021 we have Saltwater Events scheduled right through out the year, each one maximizing what nature has on offer.

Live Like A Local Saltwater Experiences: Embrace the sultry diversity of our tropical seasonality

Dalay - Monsoon Season

Dalay - Monsoon Season

Between December and March this is the true tropical summer – thunderstorms, heavy rain and flooding. The skies are often alive with electrical storms and the air is thick with humidity.  This is the time of year in 1942 when Darwin was bombed.  It is also the time of year that tests the stamina of our local footy players, with matches scheduled in the heat of the day to sort out the men from the boys.  On the harbour crocodiles are on the move and there a box jelly fish lurking.  Our Saltwater events include:

Mayilema - Knock'em down storm season

Mayilema - Knock'em down storm season

By April the rain clouds have dispersed and clear skies prevail. The vast expanses of floodwater recede, fish are biting and dragon flies are swarming. The early days of the times is marked by violent, windy storms that flatten the speargrass. We wait for those storms to race away and then we travel to Bare Sand Island to clean up the beach for our sea turtle nesting season.

Daminila - Here comes a taste of cool 

Daminila - Here comes a taste of cool 

from May to mid-June, its relatively cool, between 21-33°C with low humidity. Early morning mists hang low and the billabongs are carpeted with water lilies. Fishermen start boasting about their barramundi catch and sea turtles start returning to their home beaches to nest, and the locals organise alfresco events without wondering if it will rain.  This is the time for the sandbar: Fish'n Chips, Romance, Weddings or GINNICS!

Dinidjanggama - Cold weather time

Dinidjanggama - Cold weather time

From mid June to mid August the locals bring out the doonas, the school kids don their fleecy track pants and hoodies and Darwin shivers as day time temperatures plummet to 30°C.  This is bush holiday time, a time of weddings, parties, anything as family members flock from down south.  It is event time in Darwin, with the Supercars, the Darwin Cup and the Darwin Festival.  

Gurrulwa - Its hot and dry 

Gurrulwa - Its hot and dry 

From about mid August to October it starts to get hot, and while the air is still dry there is often the whiff of humidity.  The nesting sea turtles of Bare Sand Island get the cue to start heading back to their feeding ground and  it is the season of king tides.  The locals are hot and sweaty, but alfresco celebrations still abound.  For Sea Darwin we celebrate the end of the dry season with a mud crab masterclass and toast the year with unique spirit events.  

Balnba - Monsoon season

Balnba - Monsoon season

Between mid October to December, thunderstorms will build in the afternoon and rain brings green to dry  land. Barramundi move from the waterholes downstream to the estuaries to breed, and the locals prepare for cyclone season.  Birds are migrating and the air is thick with the scent of wild hibiscus. This is the season when the skies light up with electrical storms and the moods of the end of the day are breathtaking.  This is the beginning of Tropical Light

Season references are from the calandar developed by members of the Gulumoerrgin (Larrakia) language group, from the Darwin region

https://www.csiro.au/en/Research/Environment/Land-management/Indigenous/Indigenous-calendars/Gulumoerrgin

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Acknowledgements

Sea Darwin acknowledges the Larrakia people as custodians of the top end saltwater country and is privileged to showcase this very special part of Australia.

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