Our last Australian Port of Call - Darwin
Trip Start Feb 22, 2013
27Trip End Mar 21, 2013
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Our excursion of a harbour cruise and city highlights tour left shortly after lunch.
Darwin harbour is 3 times large than Sydney harbour.
Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory. The city was founded as Australia's most northerly harbour port in 1869 and it's popularity grew after the discovery of gold in 1871.
World War II put the city on the map as a major allied military base for troops fighting the Japanese in the Pacific and during our harbour cruise our guide gave a detailed report of this period. Darwin also made the news in 1974 when the city was rebuilt after Cyclone Tracy.
The temperature was well over 30 degrees and although we started on the top deck, we soon escaped to the lower air conditioned deck.
Following the harbour cruise we transferred to our coach for a tour of the city, Darwin seems a very green city with lots of open spaces, few high rise buildings, plenty of park areas, a lot of the city had new buildings following the cyclone in 1974 but some of the original buildings had survived, the Government Building is shown on my photo, we drove to Eastern Point passed expensive homes and looking out for wallabies on the way. An added bonus ! an unscheduled stop at the Botanical Gardens, our guide could let us have about 20 minutes there, but even in that short time it was interesting to see the tropical plant life.
I lovely day, despite the not and humid temperatures and Darwin so different to Sydney & Brisbane.
As we sail away from Australia our next stop will be Komodo island in Indonesia.