Darwin, the compromising city The capital of the sparsely populated Northern Territory is in two minds. On the one hand, the tropical city shows her characteristics as gateway to Asia. The city has a cosmopolitan bunch of inhabitants from all sorts of ethnic backgrounds. On the other hand, it is northern part of Australia and although Darwin is not reached that easily, it still belongs to this subcontinent.
A lot of travellers use Darwin as their starting point for their trips to the nature parks in the vicinity, such as the Litchfield National Park, the Katherine Gorge and the famous Kakadu National Park, that stretches out for many kilometres between Darwin and Katherine, but there are many other interesting things to see and do before you leave the district.
When cyclone Tracy razed the city in 1974, it nearly vanished. However, these days Darwin is back as ever before and has turned into a modern energetic city. The city has a sparkling nightlife and extensive shopping areas. You can walk the city main sights in a day but youll need some extra days when you want to see the museums, the harbour site and the beaches.
Darwin has two weird but very famous annual events, the Beer Can Regatta (vessels constructed almost entirely of beer cans race on Darwin Harbour), and the Mud Crab Tying Championships. Check out for yourself.
Every Thursday and Sunday night from April to November, the Mindil beach sunset markets are great to explore. There are many different foods, crafts and entertainers from a variety of cultures and its a brilliant chance to see the amazing territory sunsets. Another great way to view a sunset is to take a drive out to East point. Have a picnic by the sea with friends and family, you might even see some of the resident wallabies. East point is also home to the Military museum which is worth a look as Darwin was once home to (and still is) many military personal in training. Also see the aviation museum on Stuart highway.
Berry springs is a great place to view the local wildlife. About an hour from the city, Berry springs is home to the Territory wildlife park and of course the springs. Swim in the springs in the dry season or take a stroll around the wildlife park.
For shopaholics Casuarina Square is a great place to have a shopping spree! A free shuttle leaves from many of the motels/hotels in the city every hour on the hour and will even drop you home afterwards. The square (more a large mall) has a huge array of shops to suit everyone!
Take a stroll along the lovely bicentennial park on the esplanade or look around the botanic gardens just a few minutes walk from the city near Mindil beach.

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