Sunday 3 JuneOur flight to
We took the air-train into town, and firstly went down to wander through the Riverside Markets. Darryl had ridden his bike through last year, but this time got to see things he hadn’t seen before. We took some photos of buildings and sculptures and then headed up through the Queen Street Mall…which seemed a little quiet (although it was pretty early in the morning). I decided that I wanted breakfast at Cerebos Café on
I headed for the internet computer while Darryl checked out some books about Darwin and Kakadu. We were
only allowed half an hour on the net, so then I was able to go and do some research on Ancestry.com on the census records. Wow! I found some great stuff. Next we headed over to Southbank to see another lot of markets. These were lifestyle markets and had lots of interesting stalls. We then headed for
Our first major stop was the
We then wandered down to the harbour precinct, checking out the Governor’s House, the
We were intrigued by the Christ Church Cathedral – the remains from Cyclone Tracey in 1974 were incorporated into a new building. A walk through the park took us past the City Council buildings and a huge historic Banyan tree. We had a bit of fun at the Information Centre, when I happened to mention that we were booked on a ‘Kakadu Dreams’ tour. He asked if we had booked it ourselves or it had been booked for us.
for the tour company – due to our age! He said that often older people booked the tour (as it was pretty cheap), not realising that it was rough camping, travelling in the back of a troop carrier, and that the ‘young’ people partied late into the night! We gave him a bit of ‘stick’ about us not being prejudiced! We then headed straight out to buy wine for the evening festivities!
Next stop was the old Darwin Telegraph Station – this was Lyons Cottage, B.A.T. house, which had been built in 1925. In an amazing bit of luck for us, it was the annual reunion of the retired PMG officers and they were offering us the opportunity to send a telegram via the old telegraph system, using morse code via
. Darryl sent one to Eileen and George and I sent mine to my parents. The telegrams were received in Adelaide and then sent in the mail. Adelaide
Along the bay was the Cenotaph and war memorial in a lovely park. One path led down to a beach, and while there we got chatting to a couple from
, who were travelling in their Hilux around Adelaide . We saw a very curious bird along the path – which turned out to be a Australia
After , Judy, Darryl’s second cousin, picked us up and took us to