03.08.2011 - 03.08.2011
Darwin is our last port of call in Australia. It is a city in the northern most region, at the Top End of the Outback. Monsoons during the wet season (which is now!) can close off roads for months at a time. In the dry season conditions can be as bad as the harshest desert. It's Crocodile Dundee country!
Darwin was bombed continuously by the Japanese in World War II. The city was rebuilt, only to be leveled in 1974 by Cyclone Tracy. The remains of the Town Hall are kept as a reminder of that time.
The city has been rebuilt once again and some familiar businesses have moved in.
"Dollar" stores seem to an international phenomenon - it's fun to see what will sell in different countries!
Top Enders have a reputation among their Australian brothers and sisters as being eccentric and devil- may- care. That attitude may possibly be fueled by those big 2 liter bottles of beer on the top shelf, known as "stubbies".
There is an active public safety campaign, apparently, to combat driving under the influence - "who's your "Sober Bob"?
A local bus brought us out of the city farther into the peninsula for a look around.
Newspapers carried pictures of a tornado that had touched down in the past few days.
Massive trees had been toppled and the clean-up continues.
Back in the Cruise Terminal in Darwin there is a lizard statue. It looks like part crocodile and part Komodo Dragon. This was Tuesday and the following day at sea we attended a special interest lecture about the Crocodile Hunter Steve Irwin presented by his friend and producer. Crikey, what an interesting fella!