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Circumnavigating Australia — Walking around Darwin

Welcome to Darwin — South entrance to “The Mall” on Smith Street

As with other articles in this series on Australia and New Zealand, the photos you’ll see this week were taken during two visits — March 2019 and February of this year. Today we’re going to walk around the streets of Darwin situated on the Timor Sea in the Northern Territory of Australia. It’s a small hike into Darwin from the cruise ship terminal at Fort Hill Wharf. Along the pedestrian walkway you’ll head northeast as you pass south of Stokes Hill Wharf :

Stokes Hill Wharf

This is actually a fun walk, because you’ll soon arrive at a foot bridge that takes you west, past the Big Buoy Water Park to a row of shops, restaurants, and cafés that make up the ground floor of a large waterfront apartment complex. Cut across the green space and you get to another storefront-laden apartment complex that contains a public elevator. Take the elevator here, or the stairs if you’re so inclined, because we have to get up to street level for the town center.

Looking back toward the Darwin Waterfront Precinct

From up here you’ll find a few things of interest:

Darwin Waterfront Precinct

Continue northwest along the pedestrian sky bridge, head up some more steps, and you arrive at Smith Street, which takes you straight into Darwin’s main shopping district. Heading toward the pedestrian shopping area (“The Mall”) you’ll pass several sights. This is the Christ Church Cathedral:

Christ Church Cathedral

Just before the cathedral, on the opposite side of the street near the Darwin Supreme Court building, is a bronze statue of a Tawny Frogmouth Owl by artist Koolpinyah Barnes:

Tawny Frogmouth Owl by Koolpinyah Barnes

Nearby are the Palmerston Town Hall:

Palmerston Town Hall ruins

The Palmerstown Town Hall was completed in 1883, destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, and the ruins were stabilized and the area turned into a public space and performing arts venue in 1980.

Palmerston Town Hall ruins

Some other historic original stone-walled buildings from Darwin’s early days:

KPMG Office Building

And the oldest building remaining in Darwin city center is the Brown’s Mart building (1885):

Brown’s Mart Theatre

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Fun Photo Friday — Circumnavigating Australia; Kuranda Favorites

A “Splash” of Color

Today’s Fun Photo Friday favorites feature fantastic photographs of fleeting feats of fearlessness.

Hanging by a Thread

High Above the Barron River

A “Splash” of Color

Kuranda Scenic Railway Station

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Circumnavigating Australia — Kuranda Railway

Kuranda Scenic Railway

After a rather long Skyrail Rainforest Cableway trip, with two station stops along the way, we arrived into the village of Kuranda. This was our transfer point between the Skyrail and the Kuranda Scenic Railway.

Kuranda Railway Station — transfer point from Skyway to Railway

The station included a couple of plaques of interest. One gave a history of the railway. Construction began in 1886, and passenger service started five years later:

History of Kuranda Scenic Railway

The second plaque consisted of a trip guide:

Scenic Railway Trip Guide

But I’ll give you a better view of what we did this day with the Wikipedia image below. This gives you a better perspective on how the Skyrail relates to the Railway. We boarded the Skyrail Rainforest Cableway (Monday’s article) near Yorky’s Knob (left center) and traversed over the Kuranda Range northwest-bound along the Barron River until reaching Kuranda. In Kuranda we took a short bus ride from the Skyrail station to the Railway station. From there, we took the train along the opposite side of Barron River, first heading south and then turning east to Freshwater Station.

Kuranda Skyrail Cableway and Scenic Railway

Oh, my. Look at the time. All Aboard!

All Aboard!

Now let’s find some seats inside the charming carriage to which we were assigned:

Railway car

There are a lot of curves on this trip, which afford the photographer some great train shots along the way.

Peeking through the rainforest

Railway winding through Barron Gorge National Park

Remember from Monday the Skyway stop at Barron Falls? I mentioned that the view was better from the train side that day, especially with the afternoon light. Fortunately, I didn’t have to snap a shot from a moving train, as we made a stop here and were allowed to exit at a great lookout point:

Barron Falls

But my favorite shots this day were of the train as it navigated curves, especially when suspended above the rainforest floor on spindly trestles.

Goin’ Round the Bend

Crossing a bridge with a waterfall backdrop

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