Sydney Travelling Film Festival – a highlight of the wet season

This extravaganza of international and Australian films has been running for over 30 years, with the objective of bringing a diverse range of films to regional Australia. The festival is a highlight of the wet season where I can indulge in drama, comedy or thriller films, all somewhat off-beat, interesting and thought provoking. I opted […]

Remembering Cyclone Tracy

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40 years ago on Christmas Eve, Cyclone Tracy ripped through Darwin.  The ferocious winds and torrential sideways rain tore apart buildings, stripped the leaves from the trees and caused unforgettable damage.  Sheets of metal screamed into buildings, cars were upended, people huddled in cupboards under the stairs. I’ve just been down to the Cyclone Tracy exhibit […]

Exploring Darwin Peninsular – The Aviation Museum

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Last week I drove around the peninsular of Darwin. My first stop was the northerly point, Casuarina Coastal Reserve at lunch time. Under the shade of the Casuarina trees, the picnic delights included manchega cheese, a pungent sheeps cheese from Spain and a crusty loaf of bread from Alley Cats.  Casuarina trees waved their narrow leaves in the […]

National Trust Heritage Festival

Myilly Point Heritage Precinct is a little slice of architectural history.  These four heritage listed houses were built before WWII for high-ranking civil servants.  This part of town was for the elite, although not quite in keeping with the original name of the area, Dead Horse Point!  The houses depict the authentic elevated Darwin home.  […]

Fogg Dam & the Humpty Doo Rice Trail

A monsoon low pressure system has hung around the top of Australia for the past few weeks bringing loads of beautiful rain. The temperature has cooled (now 28 degrees), the landscape is lush and green, and wetlands are a sea of water. This is the best of Darwin in the wet! Ken and I head 60km out of town […]

Cool down at the Lagoon Day Spa

Down at the Lagoon Day Spa villas hug the lagoon and a curving bridge links to the main part of the Casino. The pool looks cool and inviting and I can’t wait for a dip. I float in the translucent turquoise waters and lie back and gaze at the cloudless blue sky. There is no sound […]

See Darwin in One Day

Are you on a stopover between Australia and Asia or just have one day to spare? Here are my suggestions for seeing the best of Darwin. In the cool of the early morning, as the sun rises over the harbour, stroll around the Darwin Waterfront. Wind through the Frangipanis, past the wave pool and the […]

Christmas Carols by Candlelight

Little and big people, dressed in full Santa suits, are running around the Waterfront. It’s a sweltering 33 degrees with 79% humidity and they’ve just had a Zumba warm up to rev up the atmosphere! They run, they walk and they stroll. Along Kitchener Drive and back along the sea wall where slightly bleary red […]

Melbourne Cup in Darwin & beyond

Melbourne Cup Day is an excuse to wear the new short cocktail dress, put on those super high heeled shoes and head to the Casino or The Turf Club. Not for me though. I’m in my jeans and walking boots and in the car heading south for 90km towards Adelaide River. Trish, Ken and I are […]

Fridge festival

There are fridges under the palm trees and cool boxes alongside the wave pool.  These are not just regular fridges though. Each one is a work of art, a canvas displaying colourful birds, flowers or there are contemporary designs that I don’t quite understand. Cool boxes and fridges turned onto their sides with no doors, […]

Darwin in the Wet