Discover delights of Darwin
THIS week Glenda takes a look up north and discovers a state capital that ticks all the boxes.
DARWIN is Australia’s most unique capital city and gateway to the northern outback.
Nature is part of Darwin’s backyard with the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield only a few hours drive while Tiwi Island is only a boat ride away.
The multicultural city is an exciting blend of markets, museums, night-life and natural attractions.
It is situated beside a harbour bigger than Sydney’s and is a beautiful, fascinating city. Its melting pot of people and cultures is reflected in a friendly, laid-back lifestyle.
As well as markets, crocodiles and cruises, you’ll find strong a Aboriginal culture here, evidenced by the array of indigenous languages spoken and vibrant art that fills the city’s galleries and museums.
Darwin’s close proximity to Asia has fostered a strong Asian influence that is evident in the food scene and the famous Mindil night market – well worth a visit to catch the sunset as well as great food.
Darwin’s modern history is accented by struggle and overcoming hardships on its way to establishing itself as the stepping stone to Asia.
It was a former frontier outpost, bombed by the Japanese during the Second World War and in 1974 it was almost completely wiped out by Cyclone Tracy.
Darwin has shown its resilience and today is a modern cosmopolitan city with more than 50 nationalities calling it home.
One of the city’s biggest changes in recent years is the transformation of industrial wasteland into the vibrant Darwin Waterfront precinct. The area includes a convention centre, hotels, restaurants, board-walks, park lands and a wave lagoon.
Darwin likes to be the unhurried, balmy northern capital but almost in spite of itself, the city is transforming from a quirky tropical backwater into a vibrant metropolis attracting hordes of domestic and international visitors.