"TAKE A WALK ALONG BI CENTENNIAL PARK" Bicentennial Park Tip by DennyP
Bicentennial Park, Darwin: 14 reviews and 44 photos
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On the 19th of February 1942 a flight of Japanese warplanes were detected by coastwatchers in islands to the north , this information was immediately relayed to Darwin military sevices. but , before too much could be done there was a huge aerial bombardment and attack on the city of Darwin. The local military put up a brave defence but was overwhelmed by the large Japanese contrations of airpower ..as it had little defences in place to combat such an attack..Many local residents and military personnell were killed. The war had finally reached the Australian mainland.
Depending on how much time you have in Darwin..A pleasant way to spend a few hours is the Bicentennial Park that runs right along the edge of the bay..so cool for a walk along the tree lined paths on a hot Darwin day..Here you will find all along this the walkways in the park are the war memorials and regimental monuments to the many who valiantly perished while trying to defend Darwin from the numerous attacks by the Japanese forces. Locally stationed Australians along with their Americans allies were no match for this huge attack as this particular "Taskforce" that was attacking Darwin on this day was the same task force that two months earlier had attacked Pearl Harbour..This area of Northern Australia was heavily bombed by the Japanese in further aerial attacks in WWII.
Visit the Monument to the USS Perry that was sunk here in Darwin harbour. There are many Australian Memorials to be seen located along the seafront.
For those who are unaware of this miltary history. This particular Japanese "Task force" that attacked Darwin on this fateful February day in 1942 was the same battle group that attacked Pearl Harbour in the previous December of 1941.
Address: A walk north from any of the main streets.
Directions: The Bicentennial Park runs right along the area of the bay right up to Government house.
Phone: (08) 8930 0300
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