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Fancy a lovely Sunday afternoon tea in one of Darwin’s most historic spots?

By Korgan Hucent

If that sounds like you, and frankly who doesn’t it sound like, then you’ll absolutely love the treasure that is Burnett House at Myilly Point!  Built in 1938 by architect Beni Burnett, it was one of several houses built for senior public servants and military personnel and it is the only house built by Burnett which still stands to this day.

Designed for tropical conditions, Burnett House which is known as a ‘K Type’ house was considered to be quite radical for its design in the 1930’s because it was double storey with living areas downstairs and bedrooms upstairs.

Burnett House is packed full of history, having survived the Bombing of Darwin during the Second World War.  Even today, you can see two bullet holes in the front fence, and fragments of a bomb were found in the gardens many years after the event.

In 1994, the dwelling received heritage listing status and today the National Trust opens both Burnett House and the adjacent Mines House to the public.  The property is managed by volunteers of the National Trust and visitors can view the property from 10am until 1pm Monday to Saturday.  Sundays are when the house really comes to life, with the afternoon teas hosted from 3pm-5pm.

Come and sit in the garden, taking in the picturesque location overlooking the Arafura Sea and of course, the lush tropical gardens which surround Burnett House.  Pick up a souvenir perhaps and follow the footsteps of a generation that has gone before us.

The team at Ray White Bayside real estate love the historic design that makes Burnett House the treasure it is today, and we’re pretty sure you’ll agree with us when you experience it for yourself.

For more information on Burnette House and the other properties managed by the National Trust in the Northern Territory, visit: http://www.nationaltrustnt.com.au/properties/darwin/.

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