Bicentennial Park, Darwin
Photo Credit: Yeowatzup
The city of Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, presides
loftily over the top end of Australia. Set on a rocky peninsula
that stretches into one of the most beautiful natural harbours on
the north Australian coast, the city is surrounded by water on
three sides, which allows it to be fanned by cool breezes that
temper the tropical heat and humidity of its climate.
Darwin has survived destruction three times: the city was hit by
a cyclone in 1893; it was then bombed by the Japanese in 1942
during World War II; and more recently, in 1974, Cyclone Tracy
levelled the city on Christmas Eve. It is a tribute to the
pioneering spirit of its cosmopolitan population of 87,000 that it
has not only overcome these calamities, but gone on to thrive.
The city is compact, and the areas of most interest to tourists
are easy to explore on foot. The tropical climate encourages
outdoor living and simply strolling through the leafy streets,
browsing art galleries and enjoying refreshments at sidewalk cafes,
is a pleasure for visitors. Shady parks can be found behind busy
shopping streets and are a delight with exotic flowering trees like
frangipani, banyan and tamarind.
Darwin is a youthful, tropical city, small enough to feel
friendly and relaxed, and a great travel hub for exploring the
incredible natural wonders on the city's doorstep.