"Capital City Of Australia's Northern Territory" Darwin by Mikebb
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We arrived in Darwin on the 1st August for a 10 day holiday taking in several of the major attractions of the Northern Territory. After a few days in the city we visited Litchfield National Park, then onto Katherine for several days including an afternoon cruise through the gorge and finally 2 days in the World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park before returning to Darwin.
In February 1999 I visited Kakadu National Park during the Wet Season and was amazed to see in certain areas the extent of water covering the land as far as I could see. I was determined to return one day with my wife and see this land in the Dry Season.
This was a holiday of contrasts as the "Territory" still retains the character of a remote frontier, isolation, a rugged country at times subject to harsh weather conditions and experiencing 2 seasons: The Dry, and the Wet.
Darwin has all the facilities and most of the infrustructure you expect in a much larger city. This is partly due to its isolation within Australia and also due to the city being destroyed by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974. Nothing was left and the city was completely rebuilt. There is a video of the aftermath on my Things To Do Tips.
John Lort Stokes, Captain of the ship Beagle discovered Darwin Harbour in1839 and named it after a former shipmate, British evolutionist Charles Darwin.
The new settlement of Palmerston was established during February1869 by George Goyder, Surveyor-General of the Colony of South Australia. The City Of Darwin now stands on this land.
The development of the Overland Telegraph to the Southern States of Australia combined with the establishment of the 1100 mile submarine cable between Darwin and Banjoewaingi, Java in 1871 to complete the communication link to Europe and London was most important in the development of the city.
In February1942 the bombing of Darwin by the Japanese forces resulted in a massive build up of forces which contributed to the development of the city. The first raid by 188 aircraft caused massive damage to the city, including the sinking of 8 ships in the harbour. 251 people were killed and a further 350 wounded in that raid. The Japanese airforce continued attacks on Darwin with over 60 raids in the period to November 1943.
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