Monday, July 06, 2009

- Territory Day & Mandorah -

We learnt that the 1st of July is a very special day on the calendar for Territorians. Not only is it "Territory Day" the public are able to purchase their own fireworks and celebrate by setting them off (almost) anywhere! We didn't purchase any crackers (as we're saving for our Bali trip) however the Darwin City Council put on a spectacular display down on Mindil Beach. The show went for about 1/2hr with an impressive finale lighting up the sky.

We then headed back to Craig's to watch the neighbours light their crackers in the park adjacent to the units. Some crackers fell over setting fireworks off in all directions, albeit dangerous, it was entertaining watching people jumping out of the way! Some money must've been spent as there was splashes of colour all over the city skyline! Not to mention the debris the next morning, but generally people were pretty good. However there were at least 90 call outs for the fire brigade, putting next years celebrations under review!

On Saturday, Bren and I had a wonderful day with a trip to Mandorah. We took a 20 min ferry ride across the harbour from Cullen Bay and then walked a short distance to the Hotel. The views looking back at the city while sipping down a few Corona's was an awesome way to spend the afternoon. Quite a few people were fishing off the jetty, though we didn't see them catch anything.

After Mandorah we headed to the East Point Reserve to look around the Military Museum. It was quite interesting, detailing the WWII war effort and many artillery displays.