I first visited Darwin in 1976, en route to Asia and overland to the U.K. Some of the effects of Cyclone Tracy were still evident back then, and I recall the taxi driver pointing out some of the significant damage that had occurred.
So I was interested to see what Darwin looked like today. The road from Katherine was quite undulating and a lot greener than previous roads I travelled on. I took a break at Pine Creek along the way and had a coffee at Mayse’s.
I did notice quite a lot of animals at the edge of the road on this drive, mostly cattle, as there were no fences. I also saw horses (presumably wild) grazing.
The closer I got to Darwin I felt a certain sense of deja vu, sparking the memory of tropical Broome. And indeed, it was very humid in Darwin so I was looking forward to a swim.
I wasn’t disappointed. The Air BNB I stayed at had a lovely pool, despite the fact that there were many trees surrounding it and plenty of leaves … I didn’t mind though.
I believe having a pool is common to many Darwinian homes, since swimming in the sea is a no-no because of the crocodiles.
Parap was a great spot and very central. The Parap market was in full swing on Saturday morning and as it was within walking distance to the Air BNB I ventured down there. It was very crowded with locals and tourists and offered a range of enticing stalls, offering delicious food, art, knick-knacks, clothing and fresh fruit and vegetables.
I should mention that Bluebird is going really really well considering she is carrying quite a load. If anyone back in Broome needs their car serviced I can highly recommend contacting Jim at North Regional TAFE. His students provided an expert service on my car at very reasonable cost – thanks Jim.
The waterfront in Darwin is a great place to wander around and enjoy a drink and a snack. There are many places to sight-see such as the Royal Flying Doctor Tourist Facility https://www.rfdsdarwin.com.au/ and the WWII oil storage tunnels amongst others but I’m saving them for another time.
I took a drive to Fannie Bay and Mindil Beach (which Max Kirwan OAM talked to me about when I was writing his life story). He had spoken about the time he swam in the sea, unaware of the crocodiles that were out there, just after WWII.
So Darwin is now a very modern city and several people I spoke to had moved from other states to live there, and love the lifestyle.