Darwin, the Northern Territory’s tropical capital, is a multicultural metropolis, perched right at the top end of Australia. More than 55 nationalities make up the city’s population, including the Larrakia Aboriginal people – the area’s traditional landowners.
Darwin’s history is a troubled one – due to the devastation of Japanese air raids in World War II and Cyclone Tracy in 1974, the city has had to be almost completely rebuilt twice. Still, there are few better equipped than the people of Darwin to take strife in their stride.
For a guaranteed glimpse of the truly laid-back Aussie in their natural habitat, Darwin is undoubtedly the place. Locals deal with the year-round heat by moving at a relaxed, snail-like speed and can often be found keeping cool in Darwin’s many pubs and eateries.
Fishing is a popular day-time activity, as hopefuls flock from around the world in pursuit of the city’s famous Barramundi. At night, Mitchell St in the CBD becomes an entertainment hub, lined with several theatres, cinema complexes, restaurants and nightclubs.
With a lively community arts culture and regular festivals, as well as numerous markets running along the pristine beaches, it’s not difficult to find something to do in the city.
Head out of town and it’s just as easy – Darwin is the gateway to many of the North’s spectacular attractions, including Litchfield National Parks, Tiwi Islands, Mary River, and the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.