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The city of Darwin is a small but diverse area located in the Northern Territory of Australia. This multicultural and relaxed city draws tourists from across the world, offering a abundance of things for visitors to see and do. Darwin is an area with an amazing natural landscape and breathtaking scenery distributed throughout the city’s national parks, coastal resorts and green spaces. The city is also a cultural and historical hotspot, boasting a range of historical landmarks and cultural events scattered throughout the city. Darwin’s tropical climate and friendly, inviting atmosphere attracts many tourists every year to this exciting destination.
Sightseeing in Darwin
Darwin is full of things to do and sights to see, which means that visitors to the area will never be bored. The city has an exciting nightlife and lively music scene, as well brilliant cultural exhibitions including art galleries, cinemas and sporting venues. Also worth visiting are some of Darwin scenic parks and nature reserves, such as Berry Springs Nature Park, Casuarina Coastal Reserve and Territory Wildlife Park. One of Darwin’s most popular natural locations is Crocodylus Park, which is home to more than a thousand crocodiles and a range of exotic birds, primates, lizards and big cats. The city is also home to many sites of historical importance including the Adelaide River War Cemetery and the World War II Oil Storage Tunnels. Darwin’s other main tourist attractions include:
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Located near to the Darwin harbour, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory houses a range of natural and man-made historical artefacts and a collection of both Aboriginal and more recent artwork. Alongside the art gallery and museum is a theatre, cafe and museum shop to provide an all round fun and educational experience for visitors.
Aviation Heritage Centre
Darwin’s Aviation Heritage Centre holds an amazing collection of aircraft from early pioneering designs to modern jet engine planes. The centre also contains a rare American B-52 bomber, which is only one of two on display outside of the USA.
Charles Darwin National Park
Situated 4km southeast of the city of Darwin, the Charles Darwin National Park is one of the area’s most popular parks. It is well known for its World War II concrete bunkers and is owned by the Larrakia people of Aboriginal descent.
Shopping in Darwin
A trip to Darwin would not be complete without visiting one of the cities many bustling marketplaces to purchase a range of souvenirs. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market is one of the most popular in the city, with a wide variety of items at bargain prices. Other excellent markets in town include the Parap Village, Nightcliff, Palmerston and Rapid Creek Sunday Markets. Another great place to shop is at the Smith Street Mall and the surrounding streets located in the city centre. The largest shopping complex in Darwin can be found at Casuarina Square, offering a brilliant selection of speciality shops, fast food outlets and a multiplex cinema.
Eating out in Darwin
Downtown Darwin is brimming with a variety of restaurants, cafes and bars serving cuisine from all over the world. The Central Business District is also packed with fantastic dining options, whether you are looking for a sit down meal or a quick snack. The best budget restaurants in the area include Shennanigans, who serve affordable pub grub and often have live music, and Tim’s Surf and Turf. For more extravagant dining you should consider eating out at Evoo Restaurant or Redsalt Bar and Grill for relaxing ambience and quality food.