Darwin, Northern Territory NT Australia
Darwin Australia - gateway to Asia and a good place to start exploring the lush green sub-tropical Top End. The city is on the Timor Sea and the beautiful Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine Gorge National Parks are nearby.
Cyclone Tracy 1974
Cyclone Tracy, with winds reaching up to 280km basically swept away most of the city’s buildings in 1974. But through the steadfast efforts of the city’s residents, Darwin has been rebuilt, to cyclone hardened specifications.
There are plenty of shopping opportunities and a very enjoyable way to see to Darwin is to take one of the many harbour cruises available. Darwin has its own variety of museums to explore and there are cultural events happening throughout the year.
Numerous air conditioned malls offer lots of variety in shopping. There are restaurants in Darwin offer fine dining, including authentic Asian and Australian Bush Tucker, with plenty of cheaper eateries and cafés in the city and surrounds.
Darwin Australia Tours
Tours include Darwin’s city, but exploring Kakadu, Litchfield National Park, rock art, the wildlife are popular.
There is a great Bathurst Island Aboriginal culture tour as well. If you have more time, explore Alice Springs, Coober Pedy and Uluru (Ayers Rock) further south in the Red Centre of Australia.
For exploring the city itself, you can take the Tour Tub. A trolley bus that takes visitors to the places of interest around the city, it does the rounds every hour, including pickup and dropoffs at the major hotels.
Darwin’s Wharf Precinct has been changed from being an industrial harbour to a favourite location for fishing, walking, picnics and other activities. There are a number of places to shop, eat and drink. Cruise ships like to stop here as well, making Darwin Harbour a busy place.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, located on Conacher St. has wonderful collections of Aboriginal Art and exhibitions on Indigenous Culture. There are other displays about maritime history and natural history, including the many and varied animals that evolved in this part of the world.
Darwin Places of Interest
Amongst other places of interest include the Survivors Lookout, overlooking Darwin Harbour. There are photographs and accounts of what happened in the city during WWII, there were 65 air attacks on Darwin by Japanese Imperial Air Force bombers and attack aircraft.
Lyons Cottage, one of the few surviving buildings after Cyclone Tracy was built in the 1920s and has an interesting display of photographs from that time about what life was like in the remote Northern Territory.
Aquascene, located in Darwin at Doctor’s Gully, allows you to hand feed the hundreds of friendly fish at high tide. Note: feeding times, like the times of high tide, vary. So does the size of the fish, some are extremely tasty, oops, I meant big. Fishing here is not allowed.
Darwin Restaurants and Dining
Darwin Australia has a unique population mixture of over 50 nationalities. All the major cuisines are well represented, including excellent Asian food and of course, Australian restaurants serving modern and traditional Aussie Bush Tucker.
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Darwin Australia Hotels and Accommodation
Darwin Australia has accommodation of all kinds, and due to Cyclone Tracy, there are no old hotels. Beside well appointed hotels, there are luxury resorts, motels, bed and breakfast, youth hostels and caravan (trailer) parks suitable for any budget.
Well equipped 4WD vehicles, campervans and motorhomes are available for hire and a great way to see and explore the Northern Territory.
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