Australia 2010

A circumnavigation (with risks).

Daly Waters.

Until now the cultural highlight of our trip to Australia has been the performance of Shakespeare's A Midsummer Night’s Dream with music by Benjamin Britten directed by Baz Luhrmann at the Sydney Opera House.

However on the long road from Darwin south to Alice Springs there is a cultural venue to challenge the Sydney Opera House - The Pub at Daly Waters.

In common with the Opera House the Daly Waters Pub offers a helicopter landing area for visiting artists,

...extensive parking...

...and a sophisticated bar (during happy hour you toss a coin to see if you need to pay for your drinks).

Some of the facilities of the Daly Waters Pub are, perhaps, a little primitive compared to the Opera House.

But the pub's commitment to conservation can not be doubted. (One of the eagles actually takes part in the entertainment, although for legal reasons it has to be disguised as a chicken).

On the night we were there (and every other night in the dry season) entertainment was provided by the internationally famous Frank Turton. In the "wet" make your entertainment!

For reasons that Frank failed to explain he performed with only one eagle on his head the night we were there. If you want to see a sample of Frank's performance you can download a thankfully short video (32MB).