Darwin, the multicultural capital of the Northern Territory is known for its diverse foods, rich-indigenous culture, relaxed lifestyle and warm, humid climate.
Darwin is one of Australia’s most isolated cities and is located closer to five other countries capitals than it is to its own. Though the least populated capital city in Australia it still manages to impress visitors with its incredible landscape, abundance of activities and amazing wildlife.
Darwin was the scene of the first enemy attack on Australian soil in 1942 being bombed by the Japanese forcing the city to rebuild itself at the conclusion of the war. Thirty years later in 1974, Darwin was again a city destroyed but this time by devastating Cyclone Tracey. Once more the city of Darwin was reconstructed, this time with far more durable buildings and it now holds the title of Australia’s most modern city.
Attractions in and around Darwin are in the plenty and offer a truly unique Australian experience. Kakadu National Park sits 250km from the capital and is a must during your visit. Boasting the most Aboriginal rock art in the world, Kakadu is also home to thousands of animal species some endangered and some yet to be described by scientists.
Saltwater crocodiles are synonymous with the Northern Territory and their presence in Darwin is no exception. These fierce and predatory creatures stalk both the ocean and freshwater ways waiting for their next feast. Tourists are reminded to take note of crocodile safety signage and are often advised not to swim in the ocean, and with a croc to human ratio of one to one in the Territory, it’s not unlikely you will encounter one on your journeys.
Not all dangerous waters, Darwin does offer safe swimming areas which are a must with the tropical heat. Try the public swimming pools which are open daily 9am-6pm or for a more authentic experience head to Berry Springs on the outskirts of Darwin which offers snorkelling and is home to huge barramundi.
Dining in Darwin is known for its diversity and offers a wide choice of international cuisine as well as truly Australian dishes. Choose from fresh pastas, authentic Thai, kangaroo, buffalo, crocodile, camel or some of the best and freshest seafood in the region.
Wander into Darwin’s CBD for a relaxed shopping experience with Smith Street Mall and Mitchell Street. Both offer causal shopping with a tropical feel, plenty of greenery and lots of seating. Alternatively, join the hoards of people each Thursday night for the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets which feature food stalls with cuisine from over 20 different countries as well as crafts from local people including traditional aboriginal art.