Darwin, Landing grounds.
Landing ground 'Strauss'.
When you are driving towards Darwin, coming from the outback on the Stuart Highway, you'll encounter lots of places which have played a role in WW2. There are lots of signs on the road informing you about landing grounds, barracks and other remains from the war. Most of them are no longer visible and noting more than just an information board with old photos.
Landing ground Strauss is one of the few places which is till clearly visible, it is a landing strip used build in the war. The strip was part of a bigger plan to provide Darwin with better air cover after the Japanese attacks in 1942. The construction of 5 major air strips south of Darwin was ordered and the construction started in 1942. At the end of the war this landing ground could contain about 46 fighter planes; there were a runway, taxi lanes and supporting buildings and shelters for the planes on the site as well.
Today the only visible feature is the runway which is clearly visible; there are also several information boards on the site which tell you the whole story of the aerial defence of Darwin.
1x Landing strip.