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Fannie Bay Gaol in Darwin

I found this old post from Darwin that I guess I hadn’t finished… I can’t remember how we heard about the Fannie Bay Gaol while we were in Darwin, but we decided it would be good to go have a look.  Entry is by donation so it’s an affordable family attraction.  We thought it would be good for the kids to go inside the prison cells and learn a little about prison life.  This is probably one of those places … Read More

The Japanese Cemetery in Broome

We drove by the Japanese Cemetery a couple of times before we had the chance to stop in for a look.  It would be easy to think it’s all related to WWII but that’s not the case, it all has to do with Broome’s pearling history.  Many divers lost their lives here in Broome. Many were killed due to cyclones as well.  In total there are 919 people buried here.  The cemetery was so well arranged in perfect rows.  So … Read More

Adelaide River War Cemetery

Somewhere I read that the war cemetery in Adelaide River is Australia’s only war cemetery.  I’m not sure if that’s accurate, it’s certainly not the only place that military are buried but maybe it’s the only one dedicated solely to the military?  Whether it is the only one or not, we knew this was one to visit.  The town’s population swelled after the initial bombing in Darwin during WWII as people fled the coast and many of the injured were … Read More

Flynn’s Grave

Our last stop during our visit to the MacDonnell Ranges was a quick one.  Close to Alice Springs is John Flynn’s grave.  He’s the man who started the Royal Flying Doctor’s Service.  We’d just visited the RFDS tourist facility, so the name was fresh in our minds.  When John Flynn was 70 he climbed Mt Gillen (see it in the background?) and declared he wanted to be buried here.  This spot is about 15km west of Alice Springs.  (Look at … Read More

Tennant Creek Telegraph Station

When you are in Tennant Creek you can visit the information centre for a key to tour the old telegraph station north of town.  Our caravan park also had a key, so we borrowed it for a look.  You can tour the station without a key but you won’t be able to get into all the buildings.  So much history here, I’m so glad we stopped in during our stay. The history behind the telegraph line is fascinating.  They built … Read More

The Pebbles Near Tennant Creek

We spent several nights in Tennant Creek, we needed to catch up on laundry and just stay put for a couple of days.  While we were there we visited the Pebbles, the aboriginal name is Kunjarra.  There’s about six kilometres of unsealed road on the way there.  Look how red the dirt is! There’s a path winding through the Pebbles, and due to the sacredness of the site you are supposed to stay on the trail and not climb the … Read More

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