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    Territory Wildlife Park

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Another 'must see'. This was an amazing place. Hubby & I could have spent all day here easily! Our va's enjoyed themselves too :o) It's like a surfari with a train that takes you around and you get on and off as you please and it is very well presented.
    We did the monsoon walk, the wooded walk and visited the acquarium.

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    Howard Springs Darwin

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    We visited Howard Springs after the big vt weekend and thoroughly enjoyed ourselves. If you want to see huge Barramundi then this is the place to see them....check out photo inside. We also saw turtles swimming close & even saw a snake.
    Check the link below on how to get there.

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    Darwin Town Hall Ruins

    by aussirose Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Continuing my walk, around the corner from Parliment House I came to some ruins. This was pretty interesting. I'm not a real history person but enjoyed a read of the sign. Apparently this is the old Town Hall that Cyclone Tracy ruined in 1974.

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    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory overlooks the blue green waters of Fannie Bay and is set in lovely tropical gardens.

    Exhibits include Aboriginal culture, maritime, archaeology & natural history plus a moving Cyclone Tracy Gallery showing the tragedy of Christmas Day 1974.

    Admission is free but you will need to find transport because it's away from the CBD area.

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    Cyclone Tracy Gallery

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The greatest natural disaster in Australia's history was on 24 December 1974 when Cyclone Tracy destroyed the city of Darwin. Overnight, 48,000 people were made homeless by the ferocity of Tracy.

    The Cyclone Tracy Gallery features documentary footage,photographs and for me, the most disturbing was being in a small darkened room with a thunderous recording of Cyclone Tracy racing through Darwin.

    I imagined that all I would hear is a strong wind whistling through Darwin with a bit of crashing and banging. But in reality there is also the frightening sound of tin sheets scraping along the ground at over 200 km/h before crashing into houses, power poles and trees.

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    Sweetheart

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Sweetheart was a male 5.1m, 780kg saltwater crocodile that terrorised fisherman during the 1970's at a popular Darwin fishing spot by tipping them out of their "tinnie" (aluminium boat).

    They tried to catch him in 1979 but Sweetheart was drowned in the attempt and has been stuffed and mounted as a permanent display at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.

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    Maritime Gallery

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Maritime Gallery at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is a collection of the different types of boats found in South East Asia.

    Included are original pearling luggers, refugee boats and illegal fishing vessels. There are also smaller craft such as canoes and catamarans.

    The exhibit is split level so you can view the boats from above as well as down below. It's housed indoors and airconditioned with a lovely view toward the blue green waters of Fannie Bay.

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    Lyons Cottage

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Lyons Cottage is located on the Esplanade and overlooks Darwin Harbour. It is the only remaining example of a colonial bungalow style architecture in Darwin.

    Inside Lyons Cottage you will find a collection of Larrakia Aboriginal and early European history.

    Admission charge: Free.
    Opening hours:10am to 4:30pm daily, closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.
    Facilities: Wheelchair access.

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    Parliament House

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Parliament House Darwin is an example of modern tropical architecture and it is affectionately known as the "Greek wedding cake" by locals.

    Construction was started in 1988 and the new Parliament House was officially opened by the Honourable Bill Hayden AC who was then the Governor-General of Australia, on 18 August 1994.

    Guided tours can be made on Saturdays but bookings are essential.

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    Cenotaph

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The Darwin Cenotaph is located in Bicentennial Park a short walk from the CBD and overlooks the blue green waters of Darwin Harbour.

    An inscription on the base reads as follows -

    THIS MEMORIAL IS ERECTED BY THE RESIDENTS IN HONOR OF THOSE WHO ENLISTED FROM THE NORTHERN TERRITORY.

    "GREATER LOVE HATH NO MAN THAN THIS, THAT A MAN LAY DOWN HIS LIFE FOR HIS FRIENDS."

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    WWII Oil Storage Tunnels

    by robertgaz Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    The World War II Storage Tunnels were constructed to protect Darwin's oil supplies from wartime enemy bombardment.

    It is now a fascinating underground attraction with photographic displays of the war in the Top End.

    Opening Hours 10am-2pm

    Tuesday-Sunday until the end of April

    May onwards 9am-5pm daily

    Bookings are essential

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    The markets

    by sneakye Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was a few years ago that I visited Darwin - but on Thursday / Sunday nights (depending what season you are travelling in) they had these awesome markets down by the beach. There were many stalls selling food, trinkets and all sorts of fun things - and everyone would gather down there and watch the sun set on the beach whilst strolling around the
    markets. I've never seen a sunset quite like the ones in Darwin, and the ambience
    at the markets just made the whole experience that much more fun.
    I do suggest you check out the markets - great for the whole family!

    Check out the website below for more markets in Darwin

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    Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

    by xuessium Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    It was Bill Bryson who convinced me to pay a visit to this Museum/Gallery. (Heck, he devoted 6 pages of his travelogue "Down Under" to it) His narrations intrigued me enough to reshuffle my plans, make a detour and pay the place a visit.

    The big draw in Bill's stories was the box jellies. There they were in the aquariums, floating gracefully by blinking so angelicly. It was almost hypnotic. How could something so small and so innocent-looking packed such a whallop of a sting, poisonous enough to kill a healthy human in seconds in excruciating pain? (In fact, it is a mystery why a number of indigenous Aussie creatures use extremely deadly poisons as a defence)

    Another draw was "Sweetheart", a stuffed 5m, 780kg saltwater crocodile which was quite a celebrity in the 70s. This formidable predator gained notoriety for attacking several aluminium dinghies at a popular Darwin fishing spot, and on 19 July 1979, was finally caught in a trap and anaesthetised. Unfortunately in the attempt to haul him ashore, Sweetheart became entangled with a sunken log and drowned.

    A 3rd draw are the Cyclone Tracy Exhibits. Cyclone Tracy hit Darwin on Christmas eve 1974, and almost flattened and destroyed the entire city. I remembered entering a sound room, and stood there in the dark, all alone, listening to the sounds of REAL wind (recorded during the attack) howling, wailing & menacing around me. Chilling.

    The Museum and Gallery houses many other galleries of exhibits from areas of natural sciences to geology history to native, ethnic, contemplary and abstract artforms plus a huge maritime collection of watercrafts. The place could amuse you for quite a few hours.

    Opening Hours:
    Weekdays: 9am to 5pm
    Weekends and Public Holidays: 10am to 5pm
    Closed Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day and Good Friday.

    There is a gift shop as well as a cafe: Cornucopia Museum Cafe

    Admission to the museum is FREE! (however entry fees to some exhibitions may apply)

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    Mindil Beach Sunset

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Home to the famous Mindil Beach Thursday night and Sunday day Markets, I would highly recommend watching the sun go down from this point.

    After a wander around the market stalls shopping for crafts and gifts pick up something to eat from the variety of food stalls that offer something from all corners of the globe.

    Pull up a perch with your 'tucker' and simply just watch the changing colours of the sun over Fannie Bay & the Timor Sea.

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    The Wharf Precinct

    by Zanzibargirl Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    Head down to the wharf for some fish and chips. It really is a cool place to just sit back and relax. The Darwin Wharf Precinct was conceived in 1990 when part of an old warehouse on Stokes Hill Wharf was transformed into a seafood restaurant. The idea was to introduce waterfront tourism and improve facilities for visiting cruiseships, pleasurecraft and naval vessels.

    Officially opened in May 1992 and has expanded over the years until today, it is home to a range of retail outlets, a museum, a wine festival, pearling exhibition, fishing berths, helicopter rides and much more.

    For me it was a great place to catch up with friends and sit and relax and chat over a good old bite of famous Darwin Barrumundi done in a traditional fish and chip style. You will not get better fish than the Barrumundi, and at the wharf they have some awesome ones to sample amoung the usual fish and chip menu. Yummo!

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