It's a bit of a novelty. An Australian city that is - as the cliché goes - closer to Bali (1760km) than it is to Sydney (3152km). It has a bit of an odd climate too, a "tropical savannah climate" that means that it is hot all year round, but there are exceptionally wet periods - December to March - when the monsoon rains pour down and exceptionally dry periods - May to September - when barely a drop of rain seems to fall. This is Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory in Australia.
At a population of just over 130,000, this isn't a big city by any means. Yet the cosmopolitan makeup of its citizens, who hail from 50 different countries, makes this place feel quite worldly. The best sites to get a taste of this are the local markets (some only held in the dry season), many of which have an Asian flavour. The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are probably the most popular ones, where each Thursday you will find hundreds of stalls where in some hawkers serve up cuisine from over 20 countries, while in others local, aboriginal and imported arts and crafts are sold. Its a colorful spectacle. Other markets include the Nightcliff and Palmerston markets and several others, each of which has their own character.
But perhaps the biggest draw to Darwin lies in its location. Seen as the perfect entry point to the Northern Territory, the largest Australian national park of Kakadu lies 171km to the southeast of the city. Filled with magnificent nature and wildlife (including wetlands, rocks, woodlands and yes, crocodiles) but also cultural highs like aboriginal rock art, this park is a must-see. Katherine and Litchfield National Park are other places to consider if you want to go exploring. [Review by travelindicator]
- Darwin is a city in Australia's region of Northern Territory. It has a population of 136,245, is situated at an altitude of 121ft and the best airport to fly into is DRW (Darwin, Darwin)
- The currency used in Australia is the Australian dollar (AUD)
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