We’ve just spent 7 nights in Darwin, relaxing, reading, stitching, watching TV, snoozing, eating, oh and visiting the local attractions. We first spent a couple of nights at the oddest caravan park so far on the north side of Darwin. It’s not that it was bad, just different. It must have been built in the sixties or seventies with a lot of capital investment as there were amenity blocks everywhere and they looked like they belonged in a prison complex. We next moved into a cabin for 5 nights closer to town, primarily to get out of the camper for a few nights as well as celebrating Susan’s birthday during the week.
We visited most of the attractions (Mindil markets, Waterfront precinct, East Point, Military Museum, Oil tunnels, Lee Point, Aviation Museum, Cullen Bay), but mostly chilled out, had general maintenance done, and enjoyed some ‘homely’ creature comforts (TV, aircon, hot running water, bathroom two steps away, separate bedrooms, etc).
Darwin’s main tourist theme is the bombing by the Japanese during WWII on the 19th February, 1942. We went the the military museum which had a great balance of exhibits and interactive displays. It was excellent and relatively cheap. Charlotte especially liked the short movie.
For Susan’s birthday we headed out to dinner to celebrate. Seafood on Cullen is a buffet, all you can eat seafood and steak restaurant over-looking Cullen Bay. So we stuffed ourselves silly and watched the sun set over the water. Very romantic, if we were able to get out of our chairs to see it!
With all the domestics done, we’ll slowly pack tomorrow to make the most of our cabin, and head towards Kakadu for about a week I think.
Did you know … #15?
The Japanese dropped more bombs on Darwin than they dropped on the Pearl Harbor attack! Most of Pearl Harbor was attacked with torpedoes to target the US Naval vessels in the harbor, where Darwin was targeted with bombs to destroy infrastructure.