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225 McMillans Road, Darwin, 0810, Australia
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Which is the cheapest month to fly to Asia from Darwin

by anna.sheldrick

Hi, I have been told it is cheap to fly from here to Asia but I want to go next July and the prices are all sky high (lol)! I have July off work but maybe will have to take some additional time unless sales are coming up for July later? Travel Agent told me they will sell out and I have to buy now.

Re: Which is the cheapest month to fly to Asia from Darwin

by angiebabe

try websites for companies such as, dont know if helps over your way but maybe, but I ended up flying Asiana because I got onto one excellent site - might have been expedia - and it gave a large table of flights and dates and it made it much easier to see to choose.

When I flew to the UK for this 10 years ive been here now it was at peak season - June - but I got good prices with the help of a good travel agent - a lot has changed since then with air in business but - we looked at cheapest/good value routes and I flew with Thai to Thailand then KLM to Frankfurt then BMI or British airways, cant remember which british co. from Frankfurt to Edinburgh - that was all a lot cheaper than direct flights and i got to see a day in Thailand, 4 days in Germany - but there are travel agents that can be helpful otherwise website companies are set up to fill a good function too.

Re: Which is the cheapest month to fly to Asia from Darwin

by anna.sheldrick

Thank you Angiebabe, I appreciate your effort but still no wiser. Can't find a helpful travel agent (near me anyway) and Air Asia doesn't fly from Darwin anymore as far as I can tell.

Re: Which is the cheapest month to fly to Asia from Darwin

by angiebabe

thanks but can you get a cheap flight with Virgin Blue to anywhere that cheap flights with Air Asia depart from? or other choices from Darwin to Indonesia and from there on?

Travel Tips for Darwin

AAT Kings 8 Day Coach Tour

by Mikebb

We enjoyed an excellent tour through parts of the Northern Territory with specialist tour company AAT Kings which is a part of the group which includes Trafalgar Tours.

No complaints about the tour, excellent Tour Guide who became part of the tour and often arrange to accompany passangers during free time. Our tour included several days in Darwin, a day trip to Litchfield National Park, a trip to Katherine via Adelaide river with a 2 night stay in Katherine. We then continued onto Kakadu National Park for 2 nights.

The tour included many entries, 3 boat cruises including Katherine Gorge, Kakadu wetlands, and the Yellow Waters.

Web Address: Toll Free: 1300 556 100 (Australia)

Pioneer Cemetery (Palmerston) for geneology buffs

by skatzcatz

The Pioneer/Goyder Road Cemetery was originally called "Palmerston Cemetery" and is Darwin's first "official" cemetery. Among the gravestones and unmarked graves, lie buried the stories of hundreds of the Territory's pioneer men, women and children. There are stories of tragedy and triumph, hope and heartbreak. Here, in this final resting place, the 'occupants' sleep on oblivious to the modern homes and businesses established nearby and the thousands of vehicles that pass by.

The Pioneer Cemetery is situated on Goyder Road and is also known as the Goyder Road Cemetery or Palmerston Cemetery. The Pioneer Cemetery was opened in 1865 and closed in 1919. The cemetery has been controlled by the Darwin City Council since 1958.

In February 1869 the South Australian Government sent George Woodroffe Goyder, the Surveyor General and a group of survey teams north to Port Darwin aboard the Moonta. One of the first tasks of George Goyder surveyors when they designed the new town of Palmerston (not officially called Darwin until after 1911) was to lay out the future town across the peninsula and extending a mile or two from the site. In the plan, Goyder also made a provision for the first cemetery for Palmerston. The 48 acres they selected for this purpose stretched across from where Graham Street in Stuart Park runs today, straddling what became the Stuart Highway and running from around Nylander Street to include what remains of the cemetery today, near the Motor Vehicles Registry.

The site for the cemetery was recorded in the 1869 field book of Surveyor AT Woods, referring to "Prince's Creek' which was in the vicinity of Graham or Nudl streets of today's Stuart Park. Indeed, the present Stuart Highway bisects the site of the old cemetery which provided for a road reserve two chains wide leading from town as "Freds Pass Road". It is thought that the first burials were in 1873. Charles Harvey, a carpenter, died on 4 October 1872, James Honan on 26 October and police trooper William Davies was taken by a crocodile off Lameroo whilst swimming on 26 November 1872. Two miners, Robert McCracken and JW Smith died in early 1873.

In the first half of century of Darwin's existence, more than 600 people were buried in the Palmerston Cemetery. Today, about 90 graves are still visible, within the new fenced area of what remains of the old cemetery.

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Life's a beach!!!

by Tripack

I love the Aussirose motto: "Life's a beach!!!"

It summarize quite well the DownUnder spirit and all local customs.
During my first trip to Australia I learned that I should work to live and not live to work ;-)

So where is the nearest beach mate?

Essential - Walking Boots!!!

by lmforrister

A good pair of walking boots would be a very good idea if you are thinking about visiting the National Parks. I wore trainers and was very uncomfortable as my feet were not very well supported! Don't forget a hat either - with temperatures of 34-37C when i went in October you need sometihng to protect your head!

Suburban jungle (literally)

by 1+1

Holmes Jungle fringes the northern suburbs of Darwin and provides an interesting nature walk without having to travel long distances. There are picnic areas and shady spots. Great for watching nature.


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