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Lameroo Beach 1973

by Robert

My mate & I hitchhiked to Darwin mid 1973 and found THE place to stay was Lameroo Beach.

Camping was free (tho not according to the town council!), the toilets and showers in the park up top were adequate, the Zoo Bar was within staggerable distance, and the amazing variety of people from all over the world absolutely amazing!

We set up a nice terrace campsite and had a terrific time swimming and socialising and trading stories of the overland route with so many hippies who had found their way there.

There was also an extremely eclectic mix of Aussies, ranging from dropped out real estate agents, young runaways, hitchhikers like ourselves, blackfellas from NT and elsewhere and old ockers who had been there apparently since the end of the ww2.

The 70's truly was a great time of awakening for all of Oz and for my mate and myself in particular.

Quite surprising that there are no stories here about this legendary location.


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I was here
by: Kate aka gypsie queen

Hi I was one of last half dozen forcibly removed.
I is sang blues all day
Remember Clarinet Dave ?? Are you out there.
I was severely burnt in our tree house when cooker exploded.
One of your original okers was murder up the stepd .

Pre Tracy Lameroo
by: Anonymous

Hey Hank and anon - I love all your memories but wonder if you really were there considering you CAN actually recall details!

Further.....the original Roma Bar in Stuart Park was always good for coffee and Eddie Fong's snooker room in the little lane off Smith St was one to never forget.....his risogulu always cool and tasty and usually a game for $20 or more going on between Eddie and his bookie mates who had betting shops in that same lane.

What a time to be alive....RIP Gough & JIm Cairns

more Lameroo Beach 1973
by: Anonymous

Yea Hank!
at last someone has scraped together some memory to recall that incredible time!
JC and Bob were two of the outstanding characters...also Santos, Bobby Magic and other prawners and so many others at the Zoo bar including journos from NT news.
The Circus was always good for a party and more and if you could make it to Fannie Bay, the dear departed FB pub and Dutch Peter's joint near the jail were usually rockin.

A time so cool, hard to imagine how miserable we, as a country, have become in the years since.
Where is the spirit of Gough when we need it so much??

Before The Cyclone
by: Hank

I was in Darwin in 73.The place was like the moon. Completely different. J C could be seen walking around town in his sarong followed by about five dogs with colorful names like acid and zombie.
The place was Hippy central. About 300 of us lived on Lameroo Beach in wooden shacks built in the mangrove tree's from leftovers scrounged from the building sites uptown.
The zoo bar was the regular meeting place unless you were sitting in 24hr square on the beach with 24hr Bob. JC's place was called The House Of The Rising Sun,just up the trail.

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