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Darwin

We started our second visit to Australia in Darwin, Northern Territory. 

Our flight took us from Heathrow via Singapore. Arriving at 4.30 in the morning was OK.  We were not prepared for the 36C and very high humidity.

Darwin is a tropical capital city perched on a deepwater port, offering a blend of cosmopolitan and city pleasures. It also acts as a gateway to key Top End natural and cultural attractions.

Well that's the official version!  Darwin is incredibly 'compact' for the capital of such a large part of Australia.  Very friendly, but so small it has the feel of a frontier town.

 

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Our hotel Saville Park

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One minute the sun was shining, the next it was pouring.

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Some old building have been restored, but much of the city was destroyed in a wartime air raid and then again by Cyclone Tracy in 1974 with only 400 houses out of 11,000 surviving.

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The cathedral

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Harbour

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Twice as many bombs as were dropped on Pearl Harbour were rained upon Darwin in one raid

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The supreme courthouse where the Falconio murder trial was to start the next day

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Kairen liked this sign!

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We 'bumped' into Alan Hughes and Sandy

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The next day we popped down the road to Litchfield National Park (just 300km round trip!)

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Magnetic termite mounds, so called because they are all built aligned north to south

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Cathedral termite mound
(the one in front is Kairen)

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Phew..it's hot and sticky

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Buley Rockhole..a favourite place to swim

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....but it's in the middle of nowhere!

 

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Florence Falls

 

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Tolmer Falls

 

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Wangi (Oneguy) Falls

 

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A friendly spider by the track

 

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Despite the signs there were plenty of people swimming!

 

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Cullen Bay on the outskirts of Darwin which is a very nice marina and restaurant centre

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Our transport across the 'Top End'


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