Dis­cover de­lights of Dar­win

The Coffs Coast Advocate - - LIFE TRAVEL - GLENDA HALLIWELL from The Travel Cen­tre Coffs Har­bour

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.

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