Charming DarwinDarwin’s tropical climate promotes a relaxed outdoor lifestyle, and its cosmopolitan population (there are over 60 different ethnic groups) has led to a strong market culture. It is also one of Australia’s most modern cities with a plethora of tourist attractions. After the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, Darwin was remodelled as the ideal tropical capital, with wide tree-lined streets, attractive public buildings and landscaped parklands. Darwin is closer than any other Australian capital city to the rest of the world, and its international airport is a dominant feature of the town plan.

Darwin's city centre is set on a peninsula on the eastern side of Darwin Harbour. Here you'll find most of the major hotels, the shopping of the Smith Street Mall, and just a short walk away, the popular dining precinct of Stokes Hill Wharf, the Casino and Cullen Bay Marina. In the dry season, between April and October, the famous Sunset Markets at Mindil Order your free Jasons Northern Territory Accommodation DirectoryBeach are a feature of Darwin living. Thousands of locals and visitors gather for alfresco dining and to browse the colourful stalls. While the sea is not suitable for swimming all year round, there are facilities for boating at Fannie Bay, Cullen Bay and Nightcliff, and at East Point there is a 200ha recreation reserve with natural forest and mangroves, open parkland, bike tracks and a manmade saltwater lake.

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Geographic Location

Darwin is a city of wide tree-lined streets with long stretches of beach frontage. Its suburbs surround the extensive airport facilities, and its bays border the Timor Sea.

Population

110,000

Climate

There are two seasons. The dry season is from May to October and average temperatures range from 19ºC to 30ºC with clear sunny days and balmy nights. The wet season is from November to April, with average temperatures ranging from 23ºC to 34ºC with spectacular thunderstorms during the monsoon months.

Major Attractions

Darwin Harbour, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (April to October), East Point Reserve, Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aquascene, Darwin Crocodile Farm.

History

Once a pioneer outpost, Darwin is one of Australia's most modern cities with a busy port and a huge array of things for visitors to see and do. The gateway to the north, Darwin combines a relaxed tropical lifestyle with the attractions of the vast untamed landscape that surrounds it. After the devastation wreaked by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, Darwin has been remodelled as the ideal tropical capital, with wide tree-lined streets, attractive public buildings and beautiful parklands.