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Harriet Park

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  • Day78

    Darwin

    December 19, 2016 in Australia

    Ankunft in Darwin um 05.00 Uhr im Regen. Da der Regen tatsächlich nicht nachlässt und die Nationalparks Litchfield und Kakadu teilweise überschwemmt sind, buche ich abends Flüge nach Alice Springs (Mittwoch) und von Alice Springs nach Cairns (Sonntag) sowie eine dreitägige Tour durch das Red Centre. Weihnachten verbringe ich damit im Zentrum von Australien.

  • Day1

    The Journey Begins

    June 9, 2016 in Australia

    The day started in Thirroul, up early at 7am to see them off to work. Back to bed for an hour's doze before a quick breakfast and a final review of packing. Off to Prestons by 9:45, where we had tea and cake with Mum. Then we left to pick Rae up from his school concert at Birrong, before having lunch at a cafe in Bankstown Square. Thankfully we didn't get shot by bikies as seems to happen there!

    Finally after the running around we made it to the airport by around 2pm, in plenty of time for our flight. Breeze through security, 10 minutes wait at the gate and suddenly we're on the plane and taxiing. Took off over the city so we were treated to one last view of Sydney in the sunshine as the rest of our lives beckoned.

    The flight to Brisbane was pretty uneventful, though Shandos was seated next to a rough-looking man with a lot of gold jewelry (including a chunky gold ring with a diamond-studded dollar sign!), who used Facebook most of the way and then took a phone call while the plane was on final approach. We decided he was probably a bikie.

    Spent several hours hanging around Brisbane airport waiting for our flight - had a couple of drinks, had a salubrious dinner in the food court of rice paper rolls and Subway and after 4 long hours our flight was finally ready to go.

    Very full again, and this time we had a generously proportioned lady sitting next to us. But not long after takeoff it was lights out so Shandos dozed and I played Civ V for the next four hours until we arrived in Darwin.

    Hot and humid outside the terminal building even at 12:30am, we found the shuttle bus with very little difficulty. Although I don't know why they bother, we were probably on the bus for less than a minute before getting out at the airport hotel! Checked in and finally collapsed into bed around 1am, after a very long start to the trip!
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  • Day2

    Hanging out in Darwin City

    August 20, 2017 in Australia

    20 August 2017
    Darwin - history and exploring

    Today we had a quick breakfast at the hotel before heading up to the Tourist Information Centre to organise a few tours while we are in town. We dropped by the Paspalley Pearl shop and had a chat with the lady who explained all the different types and colours of pearls, very interesting but also very expensive.

    We scored some tickets on the obligatory Big Red Bus and organised some activities for when we get back from Mary River - but more on that later. We hopped aboard the bus and went for a drive. The P&O Pacific Eden arrived this morning so there are a huge number of tourists around, luckily the ship leaves at 11pm so it should all go back to normal.

    Darwin has been destroyed 4 times over the years, three times by cyclones and once by the Japanese. Of course cyclone Tracy in 1974 was the most destructive and our first stop at the Museum and Art Gallery had a whole gallery devoted to the cyclone and its impact. In short around 70 people died, 71% of all dwellings were destroyed, and it was complete devastation. They use steel poles for power lines out here because of the termites they had one in the museum that was completely bent over. The Navy patrol boat HMAS Arrow was destroyed when it hit the wharf. They don't know what the maximum wind speed was because the instruments were blown away but they estimate it was over 200 kph.

    Of course the Navy were the first help on the scene and this was recognised in the museum. It significantly changed Darwin and continues to impact today in the way the City has evolved since and in the future. All buildings are of course now built to withstand cyclones and the Harbour now has safe anchorages for ships and boats of various sizes.

    Anyway the museum was interesting, as well as the Cyclone exhibit they had lots of info about the animals, bugs, and sea life around the top end - and there are a LOT of bugs.

    We then hopped back on the bus and went up to East Point which is the old military base for Darwin. They had a couple of big 5 inch guns in large concrete emplacements as well as lots of interesting stuff from the various wars, The Navy was well represented. Around 10% of the population is employed by the military so it is a big part of the economy up here. The Patrol Boat base is just on the edge of town and there is a big US Marine presence here as well.

    The bus the wound its way back to the waterfront area we explored yesterday so we had a beer on the wharf before going into the Royal Flying Doctors Museum. Very well done with a hologram of John Flynn talking about how the service came to be and what it means to people up here.

    After that we caught the last bus into town and walked back to the Hotel. Just down from the Hotel is Mindil Beach and every Sunday during the dry season they have the Minddil Beach markets which was quite big for Darwin. Everyone grabbed some dinner and then walked up and sat on the beach to eat and watch the spectacular sunset - they have really good sunsets up here.

    We wandered around for a bit and then headed back to the Hotel.

    Tomorrow our tour begins!
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