Darwin Northern Territory
Perhaps the most multicultural city of all Australia’s capitals, Darwin sits in a laid-back, cosmopolitan, tropical atmosphere. The city’s pretty surroundings and casual approach to life is in amusing contrast to the potential hazards posed by nature; where cyclones and lethal sea-creatures lurk around the corner.
Capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin’s exotic location in the far north is at the end of peninsula marking the entrance to one of the world’s finest natural harbours. Surrounded on three sides by tropical seas and with lush green jungle behind, the environment here is in complete opposition to the huge expanses of desert to the far south.
As for weather, the temperatures remain consistent throughout most of the year; hot and humid. However, the real concerns are the wet season and the dry season. The summer receives over 90% of the annual rainfall and whilst the atmosphere can feel heavy and uncomfortable, nature blooms, the dusty air is removed, and afternoons often play host to spectacular displays of lighting. Winter offers similar warmth with much less humidity and almost no rain.
The restaurants of Darwin are filled with Asian influence infused with modern Australian ideas, guaranteed to satisfy the palette. As the sun sets over one of the most attractive tropical waterways, there is no better place to appreciate good food and a relaxing drink.
The Mindil Beach Night Market is pure bustling delight, with offerings from the eclectic range of nearby Pacific neighbours, pure Aussie goods, and European meals. For more conventional shopping, Smith Street and Mitchell Street in the city centre provide all the retail therapy you could need. Should you need more, the Casuarina Square houses a further 175 stores.
Improved transport links and an increase in adventure travel have seen Darwin become a base for many to start their journeys to the interior. However, Darwin is great city to appreciate and spend some time - at any time of the year.
Darwin is accessible by road, rail, sea, and air.
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