Darwin at last.

Trip Start Jan 29, 2012
Trip End Apr 01, 2013

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Flag of Australia  , Northern Territory,
Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Darwin was a pleasant surprise to both of us. It was very clean, with lots if parks, tree-lined streets, and a lovely harbour.
The Hidden Valley caravan park was probably the best run park we had stayed in, and we had a great spot up the back, with plenty of room.
Most of the tourist attractions in Darwin centre around the bombing of Darwin in WW2. We didn't realise that the bombings lasted around 20 months and it was the centre of over 64 Japanese air raids. Over 240 people were killed, and hundreds were injured. There is still a strong military presence all around Darwin, and this will probably increase with the presence of the American navy.
The Military Museum contained lots if interesting relics (as well as two more from QLD), and had a great movie which covered the bombing of Darwin in 1942/3.
We also did a tour through the WW2 oil storage tunnels, which were constructed in 1943 to protect Darwin's oil supplies. They were finished but never used as the war ended before construction was completed.
The Australian Aviation Heritage Museum contained many interesting aircraft, including a huge B52 bomber, and a WW2 Spitfire.
Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are popular among locals and tourists. They span the length of the beach, and you can buy gifts, clothing, jewellery, and food from every corner of the globe. Everyone strolls around the stalls, then at sunset they sit on the beach with their food and wine and enjoy the stunning sunset.
We had a great time at the Waterfront Precinct, which is a new area with a fantastic wave lagoon, and a low entry fee of $3. We also went to the Cullen Bay Wharf area, which is a new development built on reclaimed mudflats.
Lastly we visited the Museum and Art Gallery, which had a great Cyclone Tracy exhibit.
House and rent prices in Darwin are second only to Sydney, and there is a huge LPG project happening which will creat thousands of jobs, and force prices up even more. Glad we saw Darwin before all that happens!
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