Saturday, 14 July 2012

Inner City Darwin

Today we stayed in the city starting with the Parap Village Markets. A great local markets of handmade wares and food from every nation imaginable.

We then drove to Homes Jungle Nature Park and went for a walk to the creek and through the bush.

We then took the car back to the unit and walked along the foreshore to Bi-centennial Park.

To Parliament House.

The Supreme Court House.

Then Government House the oldest European building in the Northern Territory surviving WWII raid and cyclone Tracey built in 1870-1871.

A walk on from the house down the terraces to the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels built in 1942, Japanese air raids of 1942 destroyed 7 of the 11 above ground storage tanks in Darwin. Consequently in 1942 the decision was made to construct 8 safe naval oil storage tunnels in Darwin. 5 tunnels were eventually built in secret by 400 men. The tunnels were never used as intended during WWII. Tunnels 5 & 6 were opened as tourist attractions in 1992 to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the bombing of Darwin.

It was then time to have a quite sit in some air conditioning with a cold drink at the Stokes Hill Wharf and the Mooring Basin with swimming area and a wave pool.

Customs boats returned to their mooring while we were there.

Darwin Convention Centre.

 On our walk back to the city centre we passed this church.

 They must get a few problematic insects!

And a lovely flower in the park on from the church.

We then walked back through the city past the Town Hall Ruins. In 1874 this was the Town Hall and Council meeting place, in 1937 the council was dissolved and the Commonwealth Bank moved into the building. It was destroyed by cyclone Tracey in 1974 on Christmas Eve. 

Till tomorrow!

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