365 Places: Mandorah

Day 11: Mandorah, Northern Territory, Australia

Today we will be travelling to Mandorah, a seaside village located across Darwin Harbour, about 20 minutes (8 nautical miles) from Cullen Bay.

Map of Mandorah

Map of Mandorah, Image credit: Mandorah Beach Hotel

Mandorah holds many happy memories for me, as I often would escape there for the weekend when I was living in Darwin as an art student. Darwin and the Top End of Australia is very remote and it is difficult to find places close by for weekends: unless you go down the track (Stuart Highway) for camping at Litchfield Park or Kakadu.

When I was living in Darwin in the 1990s, the ferry would leave from Darwin Wharf, not from Cullen Bay. Cullen Bay in those days was only just being established as an affluent bay side community.

On the peninsula there is one hotel – the Mandorah Beach Hotel. It’s website states that it is “Darwin’s own Sea-side Beach-side Hotel Resort”. These images come from the website.

What I love about Mandorah, is that when you sit outside at night, you can see the twinkling lights of Darwin from across the harbour – a very pretty sight indeed.

Sadly the pub closed in September 2013 and it is uncertain if anything else will open in its place.

Mandorah Beach Hotel http://www.mandorahbeachhotel.bigpondhosting.com/location.htm (accessed 30 April 2014)

Era ends as Mandorah pub calls last drinks http://www.abc.net.au/news/2013-09-27/mandorah-hotel-closes-katherine-gregory-feature/4984960 (accessed 30 April 2014)