Today was all about immersing ourselves in the history of Darwin.
We first visited the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, the main display being a giant B-52, one of only 2 on display outside of the U.S. The size of this plane had to be seen to be believed. As well as the visual displays there was a short film about the history of bombing of Darwin on 19th Feb 1942. It was a great insight into WWII and how it arrived at Australian shores. It was also interesting to see some of the grey nomad folk walk around and reminisce about their memories of some of these ancient flying machines.
We then headed down to the Stokes Hill Wharf, the wharf that was bombed in the war as we had seen the site of the RFDS Tourist Facility & Bombing of Darwin Harbour Attraction. We didn't know before we walked in the doors however this attraction was only opened up 3 weeks ago.
The 2 mini hologram stories of the bombing of Darwin through the eyes of Rear Admiral Etheridge Grant, the Commander of the USS William B Preston as well as the story of the formation and history of the Royal Flying Doctor Service by its founder Reverand John Flynn were a real eye opener.
The best part of the tour however was being able to relive the Darwin bombing through virtual reality goggles, headphones and seat. This was absolutely amazing, so life like and actually a little scary at the same time.
After the family's first experience with Sushi train for lunch we then headed to Crocosauras Cove to see some big crocs up live (as well as a great reptile display). Whilst nobody had the nerve to dive with the crocs in the Cage of Death, the kids were rapt to get up close and hold a baby croc called Fluffy.
After BBQ Barra Burgers for dinner bit tired now. Off to bed, hopefully no planes tonight!
KM's - 67;
Steps - 10,076;
Max Temperature - 33;
Fish - 0 (Saturday);
Pokemon's - 34 (total 197) - big day
Accomodation - Darwin FreeSpirit Resort $62.00
Petrol - $0