THE RYDGES POST
Darwin's Sweetheart is not as romantic as it sounds. 'Sweetheart' was the name given to a 5.1 metre saltwater crocodile responsible for a series of attacks on boats between 1974 and 1979. Sweetheart attacked outboard motors, dinghies, and fishing boats. Who knows, he/she might have just been flossing.
In July 1979, Sweetheart was finally caught alive by a team from the Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but the poor critter drowned while being transported when it became tangled with a log. The crocodile's mounted body is now on permanent display at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
There are a number of interesting temporary exhibitions now showing or coming soon including Evolution: A Disrespective by Rob Brown, Cyclone Tracy: 40 Years On, Exit Art 2015 and Impressions of Paris. The MAGNT opens Monday to Friday from 9:00am to 5:00pm and on weekends from 10:00am to 5:00pm. The main museum and art gallery is at Bullocky Point and, over the last few decades, the MAGNT family has grown to include regional museums and heritage sites across Darwin and Alice Springs.
The Museum and Art Gallery is well worth a visit even if you aren't into large stuffed crocodiles and, for all your accommodation needs, Rydges Darwin Airport Resort and Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel will give you the warmest of welcomes.