Territory Day

Experience : Territory Day

Territory Day



Territory Day is on the 1st of July every year in the Northern Territory and celebrates the anniversary of the start of the Territory’s self-governance in 1978.  While it isn’t a public holiday, the main attraction is the professional fireworks show at Mindil Beach.  Almost every inch of sand is covered with picnic blankets or camping chairs as people flock to see the pyro-show spectacular.



Territory Day is also the one day of the year when civilians are allowed to buy and light their own fireworks.  For days prior to July 1st, all sorts of shops and outlets advertise that they are selling the best fireworks in town.  Buy your fireworks at the supermarket, the bakery, the pool cleaning shop or the tackle shop!



We spent Territory Day 2013 with our Darwin mates Dan, Lindsay and Kaitie.  After we had dinner and watched the fireworks at Mindil Beach, we drove down to the wharf to let off our own fireworks.  Darwin had become a warzone.  People were letting off fireworks on the street, in their front yards, in parks and on the beach!  There was an uncontrolled fire burning about 50 metres from where we were, and 50 metres quickly turned into 25 metres and before we knew it, the fire was ripping through some shade cloth on a chain link fence and we were surrounded by smoke.


It was our first time lighting fireworks and while Dave was happy to get stuck into it, Juz spent the first 20 minutes shitting her pants and refusing to light even a little cherry bomb.  After a few cups of wine though, things changed and Juz was lighting two wicks at the same time before running away screaming to a safe viewing point.



During the night, we met some US naval officers who invited us to come back tomorrow at 1400 for a tour of the USS Blue Ridge.  We promised we’d be there before returning back to Kaitie and Lindsay’s place for more drinks and sleepy time.


In the morning, we listened to the news and learnt about cars that had been blown up, uncontrolled fires sweeping through bushland and dogs and cats that had run away from home during the mayhem before heading to work with smoky hair and sore heads.


Happy Territory Day!

Territory Day



New Years Eve in Port Elliot

The Night Before NYE

Juz cooked an experimental Bolognese sauce with Jim’s Jerky biltong and served it with sweet potato noodles, which resembled the tentacles of jelly fish.  We sat at one of the tables on the deck, beside two Germans.  They were curious about our dinner so we sparked up some conversation.  Eventually, more people joined our table and a posse was established.


We figured this would be a great opportunity to prime ourselves for New Years Eve.  Because we had been going to bed before 10pm, it was important to stay awake so that we could last at least until midnight on New Years Eve.



As the sun went down, so did the drinks and the Trivial Pursuit question cards came out for some quizzical fun.  Juz was feeling the strain so she changed beverage from red wine to vodka, before moving along to white wine, while Dave maintained the beer trend until the very end.



New Years Eve

After a difficult morning and frustrating day with the Troopy, we had a nacho dinner with the leftover Jerky Bolognese before starting on the piss.  Dave was back on the beer while Juz worked on some vodka mojitos.


An evolution of the previous night’s posse were on the deck so we joined them for new years festivities.  When the sun set, we headed to Greens Bay, set up a fire, played guitar and got to know each other as the hours whizzed past.



Before we knew it, fireworks were being set off all around us, so we ran up onto the rocks to get a panoramic view of Encounter Bay and the light show at the distant Victor Harbor.



New Years Day

Urgh… another difficult morning.  We slept in as long as possible before we had to get up and help out with the post-NYE clean up.  As soon as the last dish was dried and put away, we headed to Lady Bay for some sand, surf and snorkelling.


Dave & Juz at Ladies Bay



We’d like to wish all of our family and friends a very Happy New Year.  We hope that you all had a safe and celebratory night and all the success and joy you want for 2013.


To the posse we hung out with on New Years Eve – Andrew and Rebecca, Tanya and Josh, Doug and Yuri, Darragh and Simon, Laura and Tracy – you guys are awesome!  Also Tim and Sebastian the Germans, and Penny and Cara.  We hope you guys had a fantastic night.