Hugging the coastline of Australia’s Top End, the region encompassing the Northern Territory, Darwin has long been the most international of the country’s major cities. Its close proximity to other countries in the Indian Ocean has made the city a transportation hub since its earliest days. Devastated during World War II and again in 1974 when struck by Cyclone Tracy, Darwin is a resilient town with a spirit that can’t be defeated. Today, the city of around 75,000 people is a popular holiday destination.
Darwin’s main natural attraction is its wide sandy beach lined with open-air beer bars, seafood restaurants and multinational shops. Twice the size of Sydney Harbor, Darwin Harbor attracts travelers too. Cruises lasting two to 12 hours are available for explorations of the region’s mangrove forest, for fishing expeditions and for bird and marine photo opportunities. In the evening, locals and visitors stroll down the city’s esplanade to enjoy films at the Deckchair Cinema, a large open-air theater located on the banks of harbor.
Darwin is also the hub for tours to famous Kakadu National Park as well as Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge.
With people from more than 60 nationalities living in Darwin, it’s no surprise that the city’s cuisine is broad and varied. Darwin’s attractions are just as diverse. Whether watching crocodiles cavort in Crocodylus Park, cruising to the Aboriginal-owned Tiwi Islands or relaxing on the beach, there’s always something new to experience in tropical Darwin.