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New Years Eve Party Ideas in Darwin

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Humidity, lush greenery everywhere you turn, sunsets down on Mindil Beach, floating in a boat made of beer cans, high tea at Burnett House, dinner along the wharf, fish feeding at Doctors Gully, Sweetheart the monster croc and Cyclone Tracy at the museum, Crocosaurus Cove in the city and numerous clubs, pubs, restaurants, music festivals, markets and the phenomenal monsoons to push your senses into overdrive. The now infamous balcony shenanigans aside (what has been seen, cannot be unseen), I love Darwin. I used to live there and once you go, it never leaves your system. You will find yourself thinking of Darwin, craving laksa and cold beer and the wet season is my favourite time of the year.

Darwin locals are always up for a party – you only have to check out their calendar of events, they party over anything and everything and the cultures are so diverse. Every time I go back to Darwin I gain weight along with a heavier suitcase. It is inevitable, I go crazy for the markets and in particular the food stalls. Beef samosas, laksa, pawpaw salads, oh now I am hungry! You seriously cannot find better food anywhere else! Once I have worked my way through all the food stalls I buy up big on local art and craft. My favourite purchases being jewellery and ‘hippie’ clothing. There is also nothing more intense and magical than the storms that come rolling in from the ocean. The breeze picks up, the sky darkens and there is a rumbling overhead. The wildlife speaks up, excited for the rain and the hairs on your arms will stand up!

As a kid in Darwin, the wet season would see the streets filled with kids playing in the rain. My two kids were no different to my brothers and I. When we went back to visit my parents in December 09, Tilly and Mish overcame their fear of the rumbling and grumbling of the sky with their Poppy’s explanation that God was just moving his furniture about. After that, the moment the change came over the air, the kids were outside and waiting for the rain to come and when it did, we had two very happy and drenched kids running around my parent’s backyard. We stayed over the New Year period and we took the kids to their first New Year’s Eve party down by the harbour. We had packed some chairs, towels (for the light drizzle that had been predicted) and a picnic basket. The place was packed with families and all were ready to get the party started.

The slight drizzle actually turned into a torrential downpour that sent everyone running for cover, but no one was going to go home – like I said, Darwinians love to party and rain won’t stop them! Once it settled back down, we went back out to our picnic spot and Tilly, who was 3 years old at the time, stuffed her little face with cheezles and danced, waving the glow sticks Poppy had packed for her. Mish was 10 months old and snuggled up on Nan Nan’s lap and watched everyone. When the fireworks started the look on the kids’ faces were priceless. Actually all the kids there were silent, looking up at the sky, awe on their faces. Tilly then let out a squeal of excitement and started jumping up and down and Mish just kept repeating “wow”. At the end of the show he turned to Nan Nan and asked her for “more pees! More friar wuks”.

At the time of writing this, I have been unable to actually locate any firm NYE party plans for Darwin, but I suggest for those of you who are up there at the moment (lucky!), keep an eye on the Darwin Council’s web site and follow the Northern Territory Newspaper for updates. But I can say that there will be heaps of places open, the hardest part will be deciding on where you want to party. Also, if it happens to end up being called off due to the wet weather, all is not lost as Mother Nature will put on her own fireworks display for you, and I can tell you her display is absolutely incredible!

If you're hosting a New Years Eve party at your place, deck it out with the stylish New Years Eve Party decorations from Pink Frosting.


Comments Posted [1]

  • posted 01-01-2012 1:54 am

    Darwin is a great place to live. I was there for 2 years and we made parties and themed them all and came up with the most bizarre ideas. Great people great location

    christina

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