Tuesday, 27 October 2015

Arrived in Darwin NT.

Along way up the middle of Australia, finally arriving in Darwin.
Left home in Launceston, Tasmania on June 23, arriving Darwin July 15 for 10 days in the one place, wow, a bit unusual to stay put for a change.
We headed to the caravan park we had stayed in before.  I had phoned through and booked a site for the 10 days.

 

As you can see above we are partly underneath a huge tree and in the shade in this Tropical city that only has two seasons, dry and wet.  Not many were 'privileged' to have this shade.


The palm trees near by and those berries, well the bats come and eat when ripe.
Mustn't park the vehicle under that, otherwise, the paint work on the vehicle with be ruined with the bats droppings.




We headed towards the city and on the way I took some photos.


The Cyclone Shelter which in underneath the Supreme Court.


I have forgotten what is in this building.


Government House in Darwin.


Just a long a bit there is the wharf, the art depicts the War long ago.


A bay, looks peaceful.


Near this bay there are shops but most were closed even the restaurant to the left was, and all was gone.  Last time we came here it was very busy, but not anymore.

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    1. Thank you. Home now on the island of Tasmania. I wxpect you missed those dates i mentioned..

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  2. Margaret interesting place. The Government House looks great

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    1. Was very different to other Government houses i have seen. This one was built for the tropics..

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  3. Margaret - you do Darwin proud with your excellent photography and descriptive coverage.

    Very wise to be parked away from the area where there are "shitting and saliva" droppings of the bats, or do you mean flying foxes, can ruin your van, 4WD and stink you out? To me they are one of a kind, filthy shitting and stinking creatures.
    The un-named building is interesting - could be a "Pre-Tracy" building of old frontier Darwin which after "Tracy" has been redone??
    Funny about the waterfront, I always thought that was the busiest part of Darwin with stalls and eating places galore. I see the Balinese influence on the wharf - those long flags - I forget what they are called
    in Bali. Anyhow I think like Perth people, the residents of Darwin think Bali and the resorts there are just
    another over the water suburb for weekend jaunts!!

    Good to see the reminder of the bombing of Darwin - on the big first raid by the Imperial Japanese Air Force MORE bombs were unleashed on Darwin than on Pearl Harbour on 7th December - and also more planes deployed. An interesting statistic.
    Cheers
    Colin

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    1. Thanks Colin.
      More to come on Darwin...
      As we know Tracy destroyed most of Darwin..maybe that building was pre-Tracy and was only destroyed a little and rebuilt!

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  4. Sad when parts of a town seem to die, I would love to get to Darwin one day

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    1. Yes it's sad. Thank goodness it was only one tiny bit of Darwin...if you get a caravan or motor home you could get to Darwin, or fly...

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  5. That is a great awning you have for the caravan - was Darwin closed up and deserted because of the season or has it just become a quieter place,.

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    1. Thanks Rosemary. All caravans have one.
      No, Darwin wasn't closed up. It was the dry season so more tourists. Plenty of people about, just that small area free from people. Darwin is a city that is spread out.

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  6. I wonder what happened to the water front? I hope it is temporary.
    Darwin is a city I have never been to, and probably never will, so thanks for this tour.

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    1. Down by the wharf, well along it actually there are a couple of eating places. There are a few highrises in another area by the waterfront that have restaurants on the ground floor. In the city area also..
      More to come on Darwin..

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  7. Looks like you nabbed a great spot for the caravan.

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    1. Yes we did. Not many people are so fortunate...some had a shade tree over their caravan but not as good as ours..

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  8. I remember that old building but I too have forgotten what it was. Is that Cullen Bay where the shops were closed? That is sad. It was such a vibrant area. Curiosity go the better of me. The building is the old courthouse and police station.

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    1. Andrew - you are absolutely correct. Built in 1884 by the then controlling South Australian
      government. Restored after Cyclone Tracy 1974.
      Well done Andrew as I have noted you do have an affinity with Architecture and old Historical buildings.
      Cheers
      Colin

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    2. Thanks for that Andrew regarding that building.
      Cullen Bay, yes I believe it is where several shops are closed, there are a few open still. Who knows maybe they might open again in the future.

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  9. That building mural is awesome! Does Australia get many cyclones each year? I think we (in this area) only had around 20 this year, with none coming closer than five miles away from the house. Tornado Alley has been officially moved around 75 miles to the west, but we still get enough to make us think that the boundary has not really changed.

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    1. It is good that mural there.
      Cyclones form at the Top End and East and West Coast of Australia. Once in awhile one will hit the shore and cause devastation.
      None where I live.

      Not good the Tornado's either. Lucky you are not to get caught up in a cyclone.

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  10. It all looks very nice, clean too. The caravan park looks nice. A shame to have so many shops closed near the bay.

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    1. The caravan park held up to 800 caravans, and it always looked full.

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  11. Schöne Bilder Serie von Darwin.

    Gruß
    Noke

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