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    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is a fascinating place to visit. It features the history, science and visual art of the Northern Territory and its people. The museum was originally located in the Darwin Town Hall which was was severely damaged during Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The new museum located on Bullocky Point opened on 10 September 1981. There is a permanent exhibit dedicated to Cyclone Tracy. They have a Discovery Center especially for kids with many "hands-on" displays. The Boat Shed Gallery was built in 1992 to display the Northern Territory's maritime history. The art collection consists of over 30,000 items of art and material culture. There is also a nice cafe on the ground floor. Admission is free. It is okay to take pictures of everything except the artwork. See also separate tips on the Cyclone Tracy Exhibit, the Discovery Center for Kids, the Estuarine Crocodile Exhibit, the Sweetheart the Crocodile Display, and a travelogue on the Boatshed Gallery.

    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory MAGNT Ocean Display MAGNT Moth Display View from Estuarine Crocodile Gallery - Fannie Bay MAGNT Cafe and Grounds
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    MAGNT Discovery Center for Kids

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    The Discovery Center for Kids provides students and visitors with various interactive displays and family activities that complement MAGNT's exhibition program. The Discovery Center can be used as part of a school visit for hands-on learning. It is open from 9:00 AM to 4:30 PM Monday through Friday, and 10:00 AM to 4:30 PM on weekends and public holidays.

    Entrance to MAGNT Discovery Center for Kids Inside the MAGNT Discovery Center for Kids Hands-On Displays in the Discovery Center
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    Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    Sweetheart the crocodile is an icon of Northern Territory. In the 1970's, this formidable predator gained notoriety for attacking several aluminium dinghies at Sweets Lagoon, a popular Darwin fishing spot. On 19 July 1979, he was caught in a trap and anaesthetized. Unfortunately in the attempt to haul him ashore, Sweetheart became entangled with a sunken log and drowned. There is now a permanent exhibit for Sweetheart at MAGNT. Sweetheart was a male Crocodylus porosus, weighing 780 kg, and was 5.1 m long.

    Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile Front of Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile Middle of Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile Tail of Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile Sweetheart the Saltwater Crocodile
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    MAGNT Cyclone Tracy Exhibit

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 4, 2012

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    There is a permanent exhibit at MAGNT dedicated to Cyclone Tracy. The exhibit features documentary footage, examples of Darwin's unique architecture, photographs and sound recordings of Cyclone Tracy to capture the impact of Cyclone Tracy. The Cyclone Tracy gallery was upgraded for the 30th anniversary of the Cyclone in 2004 and a booklet, Cylone Tracy, an Unforgettable Christmas, has also been published.

    MAGNT Cyclone Tracy Exhibit Video Documentation of Cyclone Tracy Aerial Photos of Cyclone Tracy Damage Artifacts Found After Cyclone Tracy
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    Mini-VT Meet at Darwin Ski Club

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    A few days after the 2010 VT Meet in Alice Springs, those of us that had gone to Darwin (1+1, Wisedancer, AussieBarney, Albuqray, and Wise23girl) had a mini-VT meet at the Darwin Ski Club (DSC). We first met for lunch, then went to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which is just next door. Lunch was so good at the DSC that we decided to have dinner there also, and watch the sunset. The sunset was unusual in that there was a large fire with a huge smoke cloud on the other side of Fannie Bay. It also happened to be one of the nights when there was entertainment at the DSC (see a videoclip). See also a Darwin Ski Club tip and a Good Food, Entertainment & Spectacular Sunsets tip.

    Mini-VT Meet at DSC Met at the Darwin Ski Club Zig, David and Marg Before Lunch Delicious Lunches for All Fannie Bay Sunset from the DSC
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    Darwin Ski Club

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    The Darwin Ski Club (DSC) is located next to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory on Fannie Bay. The outdoor "Bali Bar" is open from 12 noon each day (except Good Friday and Christmas Day) and is a great place to relax, enjoy a cold drink, and a delicious meal from the bistro while watching one of Darwin's spectacular sunsets. There are also swimming pools. They have live music from various local and interstate bands in the evening on Friday and Sunday (see a videoclip). Zig (VT member 1+1) was already a member, so we were his guests at our mini-VT meet (Zig, Marg, David and I). However, annual social memberships are quite reasonable: 45 AUD for adults and 15 AUD for seniors. Actually I think you can legally sign in as a guest three times, but only once per day, before having to join. See also a Mini-VT Meet at Darwin Ski Club tip and a Good Food, Entertainment & Spectacular Sunsets tip.

    Entrance to Darwin Ski Club Clubhouse at Darwin Ski Club Outdoor Dining Area and Stage at Darwin Ski Club View of Fannie Bay from Darwin Ski Club Pools at Darwin Ski Club
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    Rapid Creek Things to See and Do

    by AlbuqRay Updated Jul 1, 2012

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    There are many signposts along the Casuarina Drive biking and walking trail, indicating distances and things to see and do. There are also exercise stations with different kinds of equipment at each site.

    Rapid Creek Things to See and Do Rapid Creek Information Ecology of Rapid Creek Area Exercise Station on Biking-Walking Trail Signpost by Nightcliff Aquatic Center
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    TAKE A WALK ALONG BI CENTENNIAL PARK

    by DennyP Updated Apr 24, 2012

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    DARWIN AUSTRALIAS PEARL HARBOUR
    On the 19th of February 1942 a flight of Japanese warplanes were detected by coastwatchers in islands to the north , this information was immediately relayed to Darwin military sevices. but , before too much could be done there was a huge aerial bombardment and attack on the city of Darwin. The local military put up a brave defence but was overwhelmed by the large Japanese contrations of airpower ..as it had little defences in place to combat such an attack..Many local residents and military personnell were killed. The war had finally reached the Australian mainland.
    Depending on how much time you have in Darwin..A pleasant way to spend a few hours is the Bicentennial Park that runs right along the edge of the bay..so cool for a walk along the tree lined paths on a hot Darwin day..Here you will find all along this the walkways in the park are the war memorials and regimental monuments to the many who valiantly perished while trying to defend Darwin from the numerous attacks by the Japanese forces. Locally stationed Australians along with their Americans allies were no match for this huge attack as this particular "Taskforce" that was attacking Darwin on this day was the same task force that two months earlier had attacked Pearl Harbour..This area of Northern Australia was heavily bombed by the Japanese in further aerial attacks in WWII.

    Visit the Monument to the USS Perry that was sunk here in Darwin harbour. There are many Australian Memorials to be seen located along the seafront.

    For those who are unaware of this miltary history. This particular Japanese "Task force" that attacked Darwin on this fateful February day in 1942 was the same battle group that attacked Pearl Harbour in the previous December of 1941.

    PLAQUE DEPICTING JAPANESE AIR RAID.. THE BICENTENNIAL PARK DARWIN..COOL PATHWAYS .. MONUMENT TO THE CREW OF THE DESTROYER U.S.S PERRY. MONUMENT TO TWO GALLANT U.S. AIRMEN WHO GAVE ALL BI CENTENNIAL PARK DARWIN..N.T
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    Bombing of Darwin WWW11 Heritage Tour.

    by wise23girl Updated Feb 25, 2012

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    Well we knew it 'was no ordinary show' when Gary and his vehicle arrived to take us on the tour. We were right. We saw and learnt so much in just 4 hours. How good is that?

    Did you know 115 tonnes of bombs were dropped on Darwin in 64 air raids? More than were dropped on Pearl Harbour!

    Unfortunately for the US navy the 'Peary' happened to be in the harbour at the time of the first attack and was destroyed.

    The 'Manunda' Hospital ship was damaged in the attacks even though we were told the Japanese airforce ace leading the attack had not meant for that to happen.

    We were taken to many sites of historical significance...Gary knows them all and more...he is to write a book...we need to read it.

    Gary tells the story Number plate 1940 Zero bullet hole House in 1940...bullet hole in fence. Gary in lecture mode
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    HIRE A CAR FOR THE DAY!!

    by DennyP Written Jan 3, 2012

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    DARWIN
    I found to get about around Darwin and visit the National Parks .I with four friends hired cars for the day to go to a certain destination..This worked out so well with all costs being split five ways it surely made for really cheap car hire and fuel costs. I was happy to drive having the Australian driving licence as all my companions were from abroard and didn't want to drive. There are many car hire locations on the eastern end of mitchell st. where you can look for the car that will suit your daily needs.
    The costs vary depending on the size of the car that you are hiring !.
    How long you hire the car for.!! most cars have unlimited kilometers There was a deposit that I left my credit card.I found the car hire company to be very helpful and there were no hidden extra scams!!
    Total shared costs for our day car hire was $15.00 each..A real cheap day out!!

    LOTS TO SEE IN LITCHFIELD NATIONAL PARK N.T. WHAT A GREAT NATIONAL PARK DAY TRIP FROM DARWIN WONDERFUL FLORENCE FALLS LITCHFIELD NAT.PARK
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    A Trip to Mandorah

    by wise23girl Updated Sep 23, 2011

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    If you go to Cullen Bay Marina you will find a ferry to take you to Mandorah. We thought it would be a chance to see the harbour and it was. The little tourist info shop had a list of ferry departure times so off we went early in the morning..
    It is much much further to drive around but of course when you go by ferry without a car you only have a chance to visit the pub. Lunch and an evening meal are available and I would think it is quite a popular outing at night.We did not stay for lunch as it was a long quiet wait at that time of day.

    One thing you might find unusual is the absence of potato chips...in fact the pub is advertised as The NO Hot Chips Hotel...'The world does not need more hot chips' ...I would love to know the story behind that!
    We watched a man with chalk write on the blackboard...what an artist...he had an arts degree I discovered but no money to be made in sculpture!
    Another feature was the toilets...no mistake here. Girls were pink ...boys were blue with very clear signs.
    On our return to Cullen Bay Marina we had a really nice lunch at the Greek cafe. See my review.

    Sign for Mandorah On the Mandorah shore NO Hot Chips Hotel No mistake here Our view at the Marina

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    VISIT THE DARWIN AVIATION CENTRE

    by DennyP Updated Sep 10, 2011

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    Located just south of Darwin..This certainly is a great place to visit when in Darwin or driving to or from Darwin.being an enthusiast of military History especially here in Darwin this place was high on my list to visit...The Australian Aviation Centre is located in" Winnellie" just south of Darwin and is the home of the B52 Bomber in Australia...This is only one of two located outside of the USA...This is a huge aircraft to behold and one can't but wonder what it is like to fly one of these monoliths..The Hangar here that holds this and other aircraft was especially built to hold this monster..
    Also here are many displays and one of the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese in 1942 also located here is a Mitchell bomber , Mustang ,Mirage and Sabre jet fighters of the RAAF and various helicopters from the Australian military forces..This is a must see when in Darwin..There is a small charge for entry..
    OPEN 7 DAYS FROM 9 AM TILL 5 PM

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    ENTRANCE TO THE AVIATION MUSEUM NOSE OF THE B 52 ..ONLY ONE OF TWO OUTSIDE THE USA AIRCRAFT ART ON THE B 52 RAAF KOREAN WAR SABRE JET AIRCRAFT RAAF WW II MUSTANG FIGHTER
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    Sunset cruise

    by albaaust Updated Apr 4, 2011

    We went on the Cape Adieu sunset cruise and I must admit we thought it wonderful value for the money. The food was absolutely outstanding…all home cooked and the cheesecake to “die for”. As we gave up our seats the captain, Shane threw in a free bottle of wine which was very nice. A bottle of Oyster Bay white wine was selling for $25.00 which I think is pretty reasonable.

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    Visit the museum

    by albaaust Updated Apr 4, 2011

    The Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a visit for a number of reasons. It has a particularly poignant display of photographs of Cyclone Tracey and an “interactive” exhibit where you can enter a dark house and experience what it might have been like during the cyclone. There are also sections of the museum which contain a stuffed crocodile called, “sweetheart” and exhibits related to the bombing of Darwin during WW2. Upstairs is an excellent art gallery. When I was there there the Telstra Art awards was on display.

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    Wednesday 9.00am-5.00pm
    Weekend & public holidays 10.00am-5.00pm

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    The Old Town Hall Ruins - Now Used For Concerts

    by Mikebb Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Built in 1883 these old ruins stand out as you walk along Smith Street. Not far from the Smith Street Mall this area of the city is strong in history and forms part of the Darwin City Heritage Walk.

    Maintained in a safe condition the ruins are now iused for outdoor theatre and concerts. Whilst walking back to our hotel on Saturday night we stopped to listen to the music.

    Old Town Hall Ruins Ruins - The Old Town Hall
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