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Day 100 - Monday 13 August 2012

Darwin

It was quite warm overnight - about 23 degrees - but today is another beautiful sunny day in paradise with a forecast temperature of 30 degrees. After a leisurely breakfast we headed into the city to pick up our mail from the darwin GPO. This was our first mail collection for nearly a month and thankfully only a couple of bills - most are now paid by direct debit. We walked from the GPO to the Mall and browsed a few of the shops then had a coffee and read the papers.

After lunch we picked up Richard and Margaret from their hotel and drove to Berry Springs for the afternoon. Berry Springs is located about 60 kms south of Darwin and is a collection of thermal springs that join together to form Berry Creek that eventually flows into Darwin harbour. The Berry Springs Nature Park is a popular picnic and swimming spot with three pools and well equipped BarBQ facilities. While we were having a snack and a couple of drinks we watched two Kites feeding their young in a nearby nest.

Berry Springs

Berry Springs

Berry Springs main pool

Berry Springs main pool

A Kite on its nest

A Kite on its nest

The mate keeping watch

The mate keeping watch

Margaret and Di at Berry Springs

Margaret and Di at Berry Springs

On the way back to Darwin we stopped at Strauss Airfield which is right alongside the Stuart Highway. Strauss Airfield was built between March and April 1942 and was home to P40 Kittyhawks and two squadrons of RAAF Spitfires for the duration of WW2. The runway, 5,000 feet long and 1,000 feet wide, was built from gravel and clay bound together with diesel oil, which must have been effective as it is still there today. Strauss Airfield is one of nine military heritage sites located in and around Darwin.

Strauss WW2 Airfield

Strauss WW2 Airfield

Posted by TwoAces 17:29

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