Coober Pedy

Eating Out : John’s Pizza Bar, Coober Pedy SA

Coober Pedy


We were absolutely starving and after having a quick browse for what was available in town, there was no question where we were going to have lunch.  John’s Pizza Bar not only looked good and smelt good, but the prices were pretty good too.  It’s a family owned and operated business that is run by the Ikonomopoulos family and has won many awards due to their great quality, affordable food and delicious pizzas.


We walked in and discovered that the place was licensed.  Brilliant – let’s have a drink while we wait for our food.  Dave got the steak sandwich and Juz got a mixed yiros. We didn’t have to wait too long for our lunch to arrive.


Coober Pedy


Both were served with a small side of delicious, crunchy chips, which was totally unexpected. Juz stuffed these into her yiros… just because.


Coober Pedy


Apart from being the perfect size to satisfy our hunger, both of our meals were absolutely delicious.  All up, our two drinks and two meals was about $30 – which is an awesome deal for lunch and a bevy.


Heartbreak Hotel

Eating Out : Heartbreak Hotel, Cape Crawford NT

Heartbreak Hotel

After spending the morning in Caranbirini National Park, we passed through Cape Crawford and realised we were famished!  It turned out that the only thing in Cape Crawford worth going to is the Heartbreak Hotel so we turned in for lunch.


The lunchtime menu was mainly a list of burgers and sandwiches ranging in price from around $10 to $18.  Juz went for the Heartbreak Burger while Dave chose a Steak Sanga with the lot – both were $18.


While we waited for our food vibrator thingy to tell us when our food was ready, we went into the bar for a beer.  Country music blared out of the jukebox as we played darts and when we realised we couldn’t be bothered adding up the scores, we read all the signs and stickers that were on display around the bar.


Our vibrator thingy didn’t even get the opportunity to buzz – one of the friendly staff brought our meals over and we took them outside to eat on the veranda.



Juz’s Heartbreak Burger was towered high with a massive beef patty, egg, bacon, beetroot, pineapple, caramelised onion and salad, and had a side of well-seasoned hot chips.  The burger hit the spot perfectly, and that juicy patty really set it off.   Dave got the Steak Sandwich and while it was also delicious, he had serious food envy for Juz’s burger.


As we ate, we realised we had company – a few Blue-faced Honeyeaters were loitering around our table.  They didn’t hesitate to come quite close to us so we set some bait to see how far they’d go for a crumb.


Heartbreak Hotel


Edith Falls

Experience : Edith Falls (Leliyn)

Edith Falls


A part of Nitmiluk National Park, the turn off for Edith Falls is only 46km north of Katherine and is a must-see destination and a great place to camp for the night or week.


At only $10 per person per night to camp, we were more than happy with what we got.  It was a great camping ground that had plenty of access to drinking water, flushing toilets, clean showers, BBQs, and there were a great selection of shady spots with lush grass.  Another awesome thing about camping at Edith Falls is that no generators are allowed so it’s guaranteed that you’ll have a quiet night.  Having the water taps nearby was really convenient for refilling drink bottles, cooking and washing up. The women at the kiosk were absolutely lovely and the kiosk they ran had outdoor sitting area with buntings and Devonshire tea on offer.


Edith Falls


The biggest highlight of Edith Falls was only 150m from camp – a huge plunge pool of cool water, perfect to cool yourself off at the end of the day, with Edith Falls in the background.  Grab your snorkel and check out the various fish species that swim around, or watch the cliffs turn red at sunset.



In the morning, we set off to do the 2km hike to the upper pool. The walk starts with a climb up the mountain with a few spots to stop and enjoy the view.  Once you get to the top, there is another rocky and turbulent pool with a great waterfall.  While we couldn’t swim in the waters, we sat by the waterfall and had breakfast.


Juz went back to the plunge pool after our hike and snorkled.  She didn’t venture far from the stairs because she was there by herself and she was paranoid of being eaten by a crocodile, even though the chances were fairly slim.  Those warning signs had really left a mark on her psyche.


If we were in the area, we would definitely stay there again, and for longer.
Edith Falls

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Palmerston Markets

Experience : Darwin Markets

Darwin is hardcore market central during the Dry Season.  Between Thursday and Sunday, there are about 5 or 6 different markets that you can go to, and each offers something a little different.  A few stay open during the Wet Season so you can still get your cheap vegetables and noodle soups throughout the year.


Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Thursday & Sunday nights from 4pm – Dry Season only

By far the most popular market in Darwin, the Mindil Beach Markets has more than 60 food stalls serving food from more than 20 different countries and about 200 art and craft stalls. It runs from May until October at Mindil Beach, Darwin.



Browse through the colourful clothes, beautiful jewellery or head over to the whip stall for a crack.  Grab a delicious laksa, tub of delicious crispy chicken or a woodfire pizza – some of our favourite meals have been at Mindil, including a pork hock covered in crackling.  While you eat, check out one of the live performances or join hundreds of other people on the beach to watch the magnificent sunset (FYI – the sunset is also amazing on other days of the week).


At the end of the season, they have a big Mindil Market with extra stalls, extra performances, and fireworks on the beach.



Nightcliff Markets

Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round

These colourful markets began in 1996 and is a great place for a relaxed weekend breakfast and browse. Listen to local musicians and tire the kids out on the playground while you munch on a sticky pork skewer.


Parap Market

Saturday 8am – 2pm all year round

A local shopkeepers started these market in 1982 and it’s one of the few markets that run during the Wet Season as well.  All the regular stalls are there – arts and crafts, exotic food and juice bars.



Rapid Creek Markets and Monsoon Markets

Thursdays from 5pm during the Wet, Sunday 8am – 2pm all year round

Darwin’s oldest market, it hass been running since the late 1970s. It runs all year round and is a great place to pick up some Asian produce and treats, soups and juices, and a massage.  Nok’s Thai Massage is the ultimate treat – and they’re open throughout the week.


Coolalinga Rural Markets

Saturdays 8am – 1pm all year round

Since the late 1980s, these markets run on Saturday from 8am to 1pm all year round.  We think of it as the cowboy market because of the crowd that is usually there, and you can buy food, crafts, plants, pets and live poultry.



Friday nights from 5pm – Dry Season only

These markets began in the mid-1980s and runs from April to October.   There are over 200 stalls, most are the regulars that circulate all the markets, but the food tends to be a little cheaper. Grab some sweet rice or a spiral spud!



It’s really busy with lots of families and kids running around.  There is also a massive grassed area for entertainment.  Sometimes there’s a clown to get the kids jumping around, an acoustic act or dance lessons.  At sunset, the lorikeets come out and make a racket but it’s a great sight.


Palmerston Markets


Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Rice Fruit Slice

Recipe : Rice Fruit Slice


Rice Fruit Slice



Got milk?  Nearly passed it’s Use By date?


Make Rice Fruit Slice!  it’s cheap and easy yet delicious and without any added sugar.  Here’s the recipe – give it a crack.



Rice Fruit Slice 2


  • 2 cups arborio rice
  • 4 cups milk
  • hot water on standby
  • 1 tbs butter
  • 5-8 tbs mixed dried fruit
  • 5 shakes of cinnamon
  • 2 shakes of nutmeg
  • 2 tbs vanilla essence
  • honey to taste (optional)



  1. Put the rice and 3 cups of milk into a saucepan and bring to the boil.
  2. Turn down the heat and simmer until the milk has been absorbed.  Add the final cup of milk with the butter, dried fruit, vanilla, cinnamon and nutmeg.
  3. Wait until the milk has been absorbed before testing the rice – if it’s not done, keep adding 100ml of water at a time until the rice is soft.
  4. Pour into a dish and allow to cool before you put it into the fridge to set.
  5. Once it’s cold and set, slice into cubes and serve with whatever tickles your fancy – ice cream, coconut milk, Brandy cream or honey. You can even eat it as it is for a quick snack.


The beauty of this dish is that it’s versatile.  If you don’t want to use dried fruit and spices, just make the rice pudding plain and stir in whatever you want – fresh strawberries with banana, stewed apple with cinnamon, crushed chocolate biscuits, nut butter and cacao, Bailey’s and ice cream, mango and coconut – USE YOUR IMAGINATION!