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16 June 2012 @ 11:41 am
The northernmost city  
Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, is hot. Which is a good thing, escaping the southern winter. It's been 29 - 30 degrees since my arrival on Thursday, with no appreciable drop in evening temperatures (was still 26 at 8pm last night). I'm loving it.

In size terms I've lived in larger regional centres; the CBD can be traversed on foot in around an hour, and the suburbs would fit into the inner suburban belt of Brisbane or Sydney. Darwin has had an interesting history; firstly as the only place in Australia to be bombed during the second world war and secondly due to Cyclone Tracey which devastated the city on 24/25 December 1974. The cyclone left only around 500 homes still standing, and there were debates at the time around the feasibility of rebuilding.

Hotel I'm staying at is virtually on the waterfront. Cross the road and walk across an immaculately-kept reserve and I'm there. There's a lovely cooling breeze coming off the water, and without that the temperatures would be difficult to manage. I reckon humidity would be a real problem here in the wet season though.

There's a real sense of isolation, even after only a couple of days, due to the fact that it is miles to anywhere else. Adelaide in South Australia is the nearest capital city at a mere 3040km away, while my home in Brisbane is 3415km by road. Alice Springs is just under 1500km south but it's still hardly a Sunday drive.

Anyway, out and about shortly so I should post this and get offline.
Strike while the irony is hot: [EMATE] FANTASTICdraycevixen on June 16th, 2012 04:29 am (UTC)

I hope you continue to have a lovely trip. ♥
miwahni: random kanga wavingmiwahni on June 16th, 2012 11:17 am (UTC)
Thank you, it's been fantastic so far.
byslantedlight: Sukhoi Su26 Road Angelbyslantedlight on June 16th, 2012 07:32 am (UTC)
Even now, when I hear the word Darwin my brain starts singing Santa never made it into Dar-win, a big wind came and blew the town away... hope it is recovered now... Sounds way too hot for me though, though I'd love to feel that distance... Wonder if the overall effect is like Alaska...

Have a brill time!
miwahni: random ulu-roomiwahni on June 16th, 2012 11:21 am (UTC)
That song is embedded in the national consciousness, and there wouldn't be a person over a certain age in this country who wasn't affected in some way, even if it was at one remove; eg I spent Boxing Day at a Smith Family clothing warehouse sorting donated clothing into age / sex piles for distribution in Darwin. The city has fully recovered but there is still evidence of cyclone damage, and I'll be posting some photos over the next few days.
Never having been to Alaska, I couldn't say if it has a similar feel. The people up here seem quite fiercely independent - and they're also really friendly which is nice!
anonpussynamer: Australiaanonpussynamer on June 18th, 2012 02:06 pm (UTC)
Gawd, when Yasi hit last year, we were also singing "Darwin"! Especially while watching the TV coverage of the storm ... and yep, mum went thru all our stuff to see if there was anything we could donate as well. Haha, you may have gone thru some of my old gear - we were still in Sydney at that time. *g* Haven't been up there myself but reading the stuff in the Northern Territory papers online, the people do sound like they'd be crack-ups .. some of those yarns are great! :D
miwahni: Aussie Aussie Aussiemiwahni on June 20th, 2012 01:36 pm (UTC)
When you see the photos, and video footage, and magazine coverage etc all in one place you realise just how devastating it was, and how necessary all those donations were.
gillyp: BH - I Heart Yougillyp on June 16th, 2012 09:04 am (UTC)
The temperatures aside, it sounds absolutely wonderful. I don't do heat either, I lived in almost constant 29-33 in high humidity for many years and it almost killed me. Otoh, Summer here is cancelled and that's not nice either. I am never happy, me. :D

Have a wonderful time, I wish I were there too, a bit of tropical isolation (+ air con!) would suit me fine right now.

miwahni: UK Stonehengemiwahni on June 16th, 2012 11:27 am (UTC)
The high humidity would do me in too! Don't mind the dry heat so much.
I hope you find your isolation, even if it isn't tropical. I'd read that the UK summer wasn't all that summer-like just yet; still you have another two and a half months in which it could still warm up.