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Darwin, days 19 and 20 – WWW, Welcome to Wild Wet

Sunset in Darwin

The pilot of Qantas flight QF1936 is insane. He might be a Madman from the Outback, a failed fighter pilot, a guy who got a sunstroke… but takeoff and landing were so violent to be the most challenging during my stay Down/Under, and actually I tried a lot of transports there! 😊

I dive in a very humid Darwin on September 25th: from the Red Center desert to the Tropics, 2-hours flight. Darwin is Northern Territory’s capital, closer to Singapore and Jakarta than to Sydney and Melbourne, bordered by the Indian Ocean and Australia’s gateway to Asia. Whether it’s Dry or Wet Season – and the Wet apparently starts exactly after the end of one of my dinners on the port – the temperature never drops below 20 wonderful degrees, rising up to 30/32.

The day after, I leave the house with a book and a towel, and I head towards Bicentennial Park. This is a park on the ocean dedicated to the victims of Darwin’s bombing by the Japanese in 1942, the only one involving Australia. I explore the tunnels built immediately after the attack, never finished, until I reach the Deckhair Cinema. This is a nice open-air cinema that took the place of the historic Star. Star, born in the early ‘900, was managed by the Harris couple. The wife, Heather, was a nice nonconformist girl, on of the first women here to ride a Harley Davidson.
In Darwin, going to the cinema was a unique social event, a noisy crossroads of races and social classes, so important that it led to changes in the laws. On Wednesday, at the cinema there were cowboy movies, and the Aborigines liked them so much. They even came on purpose from far away (Melville Island, or Garden Point) with their canoes. This fact led to Aboriginals Ordinance’s amendment. Aboriginal people, not allowed to be in town after 8 p.m., could ignore the curfew at least on Wednesdays.

I want to live the real local experience, since it’s Wednesday. As soon as sunset falls – a very red sunset, the most beautiful of the trip – I go to the Deckair Cinema to watch a beautiful Spanish film, drinking a little bottle of “bubbly”. What’s “bubbly”? One of the many Asian girls working in Darwin will tell me: it’s sparkling white wine 😊

In Australia I will really miss drinking a beer outdoor, since the Liquor Act prevents alcohol consumption on the streets. In the Northern Territory, rules are even stricter: law forbids selling alcohol to Aborigines, people should even report any transgressions to a dedicated number. On the other hand, there’s a lot of beer in the clubs. I end the evening with a scoona (small beer) at an Irish-Indian-Italo-Aussie table, where the hot topic is always immigration, the visa allowing to stay in the Land of dreams…

Darwin
Darwin
Darwin’s beaches are really deserted… Mmmh…
Darwin
… maybe there are some weird visitors?
Sunset
Enjoying Darwin’s sunset
Sunset
Enjoying Darwin’s sunset
Deckhair cinema
Deckhair cinema in Darwin

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