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Day 108 - Tuesday 21 August 2012

Darwin

We both spent the morning reading our books and after lunch decided to have a walk around the Darwin Waterfront. We managed to find a parking spot outside Parliament House on a 2 hour meter. On the way down to the waterfront we passed a number of buildings that were badly damaged by Cyclone Tracy in December 1974. The Town Hall was not rebuilt, while the front wall of the church was incorporated into the Anglican Cathedral. The Courthouse and Police Station were rebuilt after Cyclone Tracy and are now used as Government House (Administrator's Office).

Di outside Parliament House

Di outside Parliament House

Darwin Town Hall Ruins

Darwin Town Hall Ruins

Darwin's Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

Darwin's Christ Church Anglican Cathedral

The front wall of the old church destroyed by Cyclone Tracey

The front wall of the old church destroyed by Cyclone Tracey

Darwin Government House (Administrators Office)

Darwin Government House (Administrators Office)

Di in the garden behind Government House

Di in the garden behind Government House

We continued on down to the Darwin Waterfront area where they have a swimming beach behind a seawall to keep the nasties out, a large wave pool, and the Darwin Convention Centre. A number of apartment blocks with restaurants are built around the area and building works are continuing.

Darwin Waterfront

Darwin Waterfront

Darwin Convention Centre

Darwin Convention Centre

Darwin's Wave Pool

Darwin's Wave Pool

Stokes Hill Wharf from the waterfront

Stokes Hill Wharf from the waterfront

Custom's Vessels tied up at the Darwin Port

Custom's Vessels tied up at the Darwin Port

David enjoying a Peroni at the Waterfront

David enjoying a Peroni at the Waterfront

On the way back to the Navara we passed Darwin's Festival Park, the scene of the Darwin Festival for the last 2 weeks, where we heard Colin Hay (of Men at Work fame) rehearsing for the evening performance. The words of the song's first verse could not have been more appropriate!

"My, my, my it's a beautiful world.
I like swimming in the sea.
I like to go on beyond the white breakers,
where a man can still be free.
Or a woman if you are one.
I like swimming in the sea."

Darwin's Festival Park

Darwin's Festival Park

Colin Hay to appear at 7:00 pm

Colin Hay to appear at 7:00 pm

Posted by TwoAces 04:37

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