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Crash site evokes wartime reflection

Crash site evokes wartime reflection

A drive to Cox Peninsula today, just across the harbour from Darwin but 100km by road, led to the wreckage of a WW2 American bomber. Known as "Milady", the B24J Liberator aircraft crashed on 17 January 1945 when returning from a training exercise, killing all six men aboard. A bumpy track through dense bush takes visitors to where metal parts lay [...] Read more

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

Today I visited the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. It was my first time there, despite its proximity just 3km away, past the high school at Bullocky Point. There is an excellent collection of Aboriginal art, especially from Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands. We were also fortunate to see this year's entrants in the National [...] Read more

Waratah breaks the drought

Waratah breaks the drought

Today I visited the picturesque Gardens Oval in Darwin to watch my first Northern Territory Football League game between Waratah and Southern Districts. Gardens Oval is Waratah's home ground, and being the nearest venue to where I'm living, I adopted the red and whites as my new club. They didn't win a single game last year, but broke the drought [...] Read more

Magpie geese

Magpie geese

I'm told the arrival of magpie geese in Darwin heralds the beginning of the wet season, just as dragonflies are said to be harbingers of the dry. The birds became conspicuous about a week ago when hundreds began descending on sports ovals around the CBD. They're less prevalent now. Maybe they were just passing through, or perhaps they found some [...] Read more

Survival tips for the Darwin build-up

Survival tips for the Darwin build-up

The build-up to the wet season is everyone's least enjoyable time of year. The "build-up" stretches from September to December, sometimes longer if it's a poor dry season or late wet season. It's typified by high humidity with little relief from cooler temperatures, wind or rain. At the moment, Darwin is experiencing days of 25 degrees minimum and [...] Read more