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. Cool Venetian glass windows angle to grab the breeze and wide verandas protect inside. These timber cottages miraculously survived the bombs of WWII and the cyclone in 1974.
This weekend the National Trust hosted a festival celebrating Myilly Point and other heritage properties in Darwin. The four houses were open and guides were on hand to share a fascinating insight into the past. Devonshire teas were served under the trees and a local folk group kept us entertained. In addition, over the weekend, there were heritage walks in the City, a self-drive historical tour and a memorial lecture.
The festival is an annual event in April. Just another reason for visiting Darwin in the Wet.
Outside of the festival weekend, Burnett House is open as a museum with afternoon tea on Sunday afternoons. (Please check with the National Trust re opening days and times on 08 8981 0165)