Monday 15th December
We catch the bus into town and have a quick stroll down the mall before catching another bus out to the Museum / Art Gallery of Northern Territory, which houses a mixture of natural history, history, culture, art and local animals (including birds, possums, kangaroos) – the largest is Sweatheart, a 4.5 metre long crocodile. The main exhibition we want to see is the Cyclone Tracy display. It is now 40 years since Tracy destroyed 70% of Darwin on Christmas morning, killing 66 people.. There are lots of pictures showing the damage to housing and shipping, a booth with sound recordings and a twisted metal pole – and the rebuilding effort. We have a look around some sections of the museum before heading back to town and a wander down the mall again, stopping to buy a book for the train journey, then onto the harbourfront, where we enjoy an icecream. We have time to see the site of the first telegraph pole, the Old Town Hall and the Anglican Church (both damaged by Tracy) before getting a bus back to Nightcliff.