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Soaring high above Darwin in an Airplane .....

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  The Military Air Museum found on the grounds of the current airport in Darwin, is a large purpose built shed that houses some extraordinary aeroplanes.  The first thing you will notice as you enter the shed is a massive B52 bomber which takes up the main part of the shed. It is nearly the length of the shed and just about the same in width.  B 52 The B52 was a donation from the American Air Force and when they tried to move it into the shed (thinking that the shed they built was big enough) it was too big. The wings and tail wing were too wide and high to fit through the doors. Find out what they did to fit the Bomber inside to keep it safe from the weather.  You are able to climb stairs near the cockpit to see inside the plane, and view the instruments  inside.  Underneath you can see where the bombs where held, another massive area.  It is very big and heavy in size and would make you wonder how it ever lifted off the ground.  It is pretty awesome to see up close.  Navigation comp

Remembering History...when war came to Darwin.

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  We all know that the 2nd world war touched Darwin on the 19th February 1942.  Instead of ignoring history or changing it, we should be educating ourselves and our children about our history so that we never forget the tragedy and loss that can touch our lives.  We are able to live a good life thanks to the men and women who fought and those who gave their lives for us to live freely without war happening in our back yard constantly.  Although there were machine guns around the township of Darwin no one expected war to come to Australia in the way that it happened.  Big Gun facing the harbour. One visit we recommend seeing while in Darwin is  the Darwin Military Museum at East Point. At the front desk there is a glass bowl, in which there are cards with names of people who fought in the war, you  choose a card and then you begin exploring to find that person somewhere in the museum.  There you will find out what their occupation was during   the war and what happened to them.  We both

If you Love Camping your Gunna love Gunna Park..

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 The early morning greets you with the sound of birds and the sun rising amongst the trees.  A fine mist has settled gently around the trees.  Gunna Park is where we are camping.  Where is this place, I hear you ask?  It is just north of Gympie Queensland, near the township of Gunalda.  A farm stay that provides fun for all the family, from the older generation to the young.  Nestled in a quiet bushland setting is this lovely hobby farm and camp ground.   Campsite The camp sites are large and there is plenty of room for yourself and others if you wish to camp in groups.  Each site has a firepit so you don't need to take one.  Firewood is available and bags of ice amongst other goods,  this can be arranged online before you arrive.  Also a small fee for the disposal of your rubbish when you leave, the donation from this goes to the local rural fire brigade.  Which is an awesome idea and well worth the money.  Numbers here are capped so you will not find yourself over crowded with ot

Driving North to Darwin....

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 These two green frogs decided it was time to find another adventure and to move to another place.  So they packed up their life and found another job.  It was a big adventure and they took their trusty caravan "Nugget" with them. The drive began with their first stop in Monto, Queensland.  The   area  around here was dry and made you wonder how the cattle and   other animals lived and what they actually ate.  The grass was brown   like hay so maybe that was enough for them.  From here the first stop was Dauringa, where we stopped for morning tea, green tea and a muffin.  It was nice here just a small town and mining was one of the main jobs here.  There was even a conveyor belt that ran over the road from one side to the other where it would fill the train carriages.  These coal trains are very long way.  We tried to count the train carriages as they went passed us but couldn't.     In the outback there is plenty of things to see.  It is up to you to look,  research or g

The Mysteries of Saint Helena Island......

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 The Captain is calling, " All on board, Stop smiling prisoner 321, this is not a fun ride, get to work." The captain is assisting the passengers on board the Cat "O" nine tails, this is the boat that takes you out to the Island of Saint Helena.  Originally a Leper colony and used for Quarantine, then changed to a prison for men only when Boggo Road Prison became over crowded.  Peel Island became the place for Lepers.  The last leper left Peel Island in 1982 and was transferred to Princess Alexandra Hospital.  Prisoner 78 and 321 in front  Jetty and Guards swimming enclosure   Prisoners were only allowed 1 visitor every 8 weeks for a time period of 20 minutes.  Back in those days there was no motors on the boats to get out to the Island fast, so it was a long trip for a visit.  A guard was present at all times.  The visiting room, if you could call it that, had the visitors on one side and the prisoners on the other so that they could not touch or pass secret messag

From Clontarf to Scarborough...…follow the trail.

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 A nice Sunday afternoon drive or stay in the local area, starting from Clontarf there is a lovely park along the beach front.  There you will also find an inflatable fun park with water slides and other fun for the children.  If the weather becomes too rough they will not allow usage of this, for safety reasons.  Not far from here is a fun play area for children should they not wish to get wet.  Along the other side of the road is a variety of eateries if you don't want to take a picnic. Towards Houghton Bridge The wreck of the Gayundah Further on at Woody Point  there is a jetty which you can walk out and look at the bay and back towards the shoreline.  Here there is another park where you can enjoy the scenery and maybe a café, fish and chips or the local restaurants.  Around the corner is the wreck of the HMQS Gayundah.  This vessel was once a flat iron gunboat operated  by the Queensland Maritime Defence Force and later the Royal Australian Navy.  Later she served as a sand an

From Montville to the Kondalilla Falls

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The best time to visit the Kondalilla falls is after rain, though I can recommend visiting anytime.  The walk is fairly easy and the views amazing.  These two green frogs went a week after there was plenty of rain and walked to the lookout opposite the falls.  It was lovely to see the water flowing over the rocks. What it is like at the bottom is your choice, we have left some of the walk to you to experience.   There are three circuits to choose from: The Picnic Creek Circuit - 2.4 klm return or 45 minutes.  (this goes to the base of the falls)     Kondalilla falls  Kondalilla falls circuit complete - 4.6 klm or 1-1/2 to 2 hours. Rockpools circuit - 3.2 klm or 1 hour. ✋The tracks at Kondalilla falls are not wheelchair friendly.  Kondalilla means rushing water in Aboriginal Language.  The water in this area supplies the Mary River catchment. The falls are approximately 80 meters high. Yes the pathway down can be steep in many places so remember that when you are returning back to your