Dar­win

A fas­ci­nat­ing mix of In­dige­nous, Western and Asian cul­tures (it’s closer to Jakarta than to Syd­ney), Dar­win is more a laid-back big town than a city, with only 140,000 res­i­dents and two sea­sons: hot, and hot and wet. It may not match the shop­ping of­fer­ing

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Start at the high, high end with a stop at Pas­pa­ley, one of the world’s lead­ing de­sign­ers of pearl jew­ellery, found in The Charles Dar­win Cen­tre on Smith Street. At the Paul Arnold gallery, also on Smith Street, wit­ness the stun­ning panora­mas of the North­ern Ter­ri­tory by this lo­cal pho­tog­ra­pher. There’s more con­tem­po­rary art and de­sign at Tac­tile Arts Bou­tique, on the cor­ner of Mitchell and Ben­nett Streets. The safest place to get close to a salt­wa­ter crocodile is at the di Croco Bou­tique in the Vic Com­plex on The Mall: here you’ll find el­e­gant hand­bags, wal­lets, belts and travel ac­ces­sories, all made from croc skin.

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