The best way to celebrate Australia Day is with your best mates, but because all of our best mates are back in Melbourne, we focused our attention on how Darwin celebrates Australia Day. We wanted to do as much as possible so we did some research on what was going on about town and made a day of it.
First up was to tune in to Triple J and start listening to the Hottest 100. It wouldn’t feel like Australia Day without it. We then drove to the Nightcliff Sports Club for some sausage sizzle, thong throwing and cane toad racing. This was our first time looking at cane toads close up and they are pretty ugly with their warty skin and grumpy faces. We munched on our free snag as we watched the toads jump over the yellow line and try to make a run for it. We had a laugh watching women and children shriek as toads jumped in their direction and one toad had to be chased across the footy field to be retrieved. Before long, thongs were being handed out and the toss was over before we realised what was going on! Dave’s thong was a dud but we shrugged it off and left for the next event.
The 12th Annual Australia Day Ute Run departs from Hidden Valley at lunchtime and cruises around town before settling at the Winnellie Greyhound Racecourse. We were lucky enough to catch the precession heading down the Stuart Highway and got plenty of toots and waves from proud Aussies and their utes.
Before dinner, we ducked into a house party in the northern suburbs. Everyone was in the pool, even a cute little bub with a floatie on each arm. We stuck around for a chat and a few songs on the Hottest 100 before heading into the city. The Precinct was supposed to be having a lawn party but because of the afternoon rain, it was more like a verandah party. The outdoor area was dedicated to the Hottest 100 but once we went inside, the live act took over. We were starving but the kitchen didn’t open for another 15 minutes so we went across the way to Fiddlers Green for allegedly the best chicken parmigiana in Darwin. It was pretty good, with a big slice of ham, great tasting sauce and tasty cheese, but the chips really let the whole thing down.
We wrapped the day up with a night in front of the telly – the ABC News showed footage of the day and we saw ourselves on TV – three times! Samson and Delilah was the movie of the evening, and after Juz put some moisturiser on her sunburn, we went to bed. The end!