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- We opened up our new bar! We are proud to announce the official opening of the Batji Bar. Located in our sister hostel Youthshack Backpackers, Batji Bar is just 2 minutes walk from Chillis and is a great place to chillout.
- Dry season is almost over! :( Which means things are going to start getting quiet as of November
- Chillis Backpackers goes to China for the tourism convention
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- 1 DAY LITCHFIELD AND JUMPING CROCODILES
Crocodiles and waterfalls! See massive saltwater crocodiles leap and feed on an Adelaide River cruise then explore Litchfield National Park. Cascading waterfalls, rainforests and swimming holes.
- 2 DAY KAKADU NOV - MAR
The ultimate outdoor adventure destination, Kakadu National Park is Australia’s largest National Park. World Heritage Listed for it’s natural and cultural values, take in rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges, waterfalls.
- 3 DAY KAKADU / LITCHFIELD NOV - MAR
Trek through the Top End of Australia on this 3 day adventure! Visit all the main attractions of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks and take in rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges, waterfalls, wildlife.
- 3 DAY ULURU SAFARI
See the red centre icons without the price tag! Hike the ‘Valley of the Winds’ at Kata Tjuta (the Olgas), watch the colours of ‘The Rock’ change at sunset and sunrise, learn about Aboriginal Culture, explore Kings Canyon and swag under the stars.
- 8 Day Darwin To Alice Springs Tour
The Northern Territory is Australia’s real outback and home to the natural wonders of Kakadu and Uluru National Parks. This all inclusive tour will take you from the tropics of the Top End to the deserts of the Red Centre.
Remembering Cyclone Tracy
Darwin after cyclone Tracy
Considered to be the worst natural disaster to hit Australia, Cyclone Tracy was a tropical cyclone that hit and demolished the City of Darwin on Christmas 1974. With winds extending 48 kilometres and speeds of over 217km an hour, Tracy killed 71 people, caused $837 million in damage and destroyed more than 80% of the buildings in Darwin.
On the 20th of December 1974 environmental satellites picked up a large cloud mass which was centred over the Arafura Sea just northeast of Darwin. The storm was officially declared a tropical cyclone and given the name Tracy. Following the next few days, Tracy proceeded to move south westerly passing north of Darwin until it rounded Cape Fourcroy on its western tip and moved south easterly towards Darwin. At this stage locals had not given too much concern towards to the cyclone and the ABC broadcast stated that Cyclone Tracy posed no immediate threat to Darwin.
By late afternoon on the 24th of December Darwin skies were heavily overcast with low clouds and rain. Wind gusts increased in strength and by 10pm damage to buildings edged on serious as residents began to realize that the cyclone would not simple pass by the city. Cyclone Tracy passed directly over Darwin just after midnight on Christmas Day with wind speeds of up to 300km/h.
By the time Tracy finally blew itself away, it had killed 71 people, 49 of whom were on land and 22 which were out at sea. Not only this but the storm had caused $837 million in damage and destroyed more than 80% of the buildings in Darwin. The Age stated that Cyclone Tracy was a disaster of the first magnitude...without parallel in Australia’s History.
Most Australians were not aware of the cyclone and the damage that it was caused until late in the afternoon of the 25th December 1974. This was mostly due to the destruction to transport infrastructure and also the fact that most media outlets had minimal staff rostered due to being a public holiday. At this stage Darwin ceased to exist as a city.
The Australian government began the enormous task of a mass evacuation of Darwin by both road and air. All defence personnel throughout Australia, as well as the entire royal Australian Air Forces supply of planes were called in to help. Over the next 2 days around 10, 000 people left Darwin and the surrounding area. Prior to Cyclone Tracy Darwin’s population sat at around 43, 500 people, and by the 31st of December that number had be reduced down to 10, 638. These numbers consisted mostly of men who were required to stay behind and help rebuild the city destroyed city.
In February 1975, Prime Minister Gough Whitlam announced that the Darwin reconstruction commission was to rebuild the city within five years. By 1978 they had succeeded in this feat and much of the city had recovered and was able to house almost the same number of people that were living there prior to Tracy. However, Darwins population has dramatically decreased permanently without return of its former residents. In the years that followed, Darwin was entirely rebuilt and now shows almost no resemblance to the old Darwin of 1974.