Welcome to Darwin City
Darwin is the laidback capital of the Northern Territory of Australia. The most densely populated city in the scarcely populated north, Darwin is situated on a peninsula and surrounded by ocean on three sides. Named after the famous scientist Charles Darwin, you will discover this city to be a place where cosmopolitan city meets Australian outback.
Trendy restaurants, cafes and Mindil Beach's popular sunset markets with inexpensive Asian food stalls, are all part of the relaxed lifestyle here. People are easy to talk to and down-to-earth and make Darwin a very easy place to get around.
Located on Darwin's western side, the sunsets in Mindil Beach are serious business. So serious, in fact, that they've even become a shopping experience!
From the end of April through the end of October, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets offer local crafts - like jewellery and clothing - and even locally-produced foods.
The markets run parallel to the beach and open on Thursdays from 5 PM to 10 PM and on Sundays from 4pm to 9pm. There are also 60 different food stands, so you won't leave hungry!
Wine and Dine
For something upscale, try Hanuman Restaurant, which specializes in Thai, Indian, and Nonya. They also have an extensive wine list that pairs perfectly with their spicy entrees.
Darwin doesn't produce wine locally like Southern Australia does, but there are plenty of cool places to drink it. One of the best is Lewinsky's. Located on Mitchell Street, Lewinsky's offers fine food and the “Showcase Wine Bar” that offers wines that you'd be hard-pressed to find anywhere else!
For another unique eating experience, head to the Darwin Sailing Club - where the food has racked up tons of awards. At the club's Waterfront Bistro, you can dine on everything from Tapas, to fresh seafood, to Asian classics.
But nothing tops the experience you'll have at the Cullen Bay Marina. The restaurants there are delicious, unique, and - in some cases - downright unbelievable. One of the most talked-about places in Cullen Bay Marina is Buzz Cafe - where a one-way mirror in the men's room doubles as a urinal!
Arts and Festivals
If you are lucky enough to be in Darwin in the middle of August, then you'll get to take part in the 18 day Darwin Festival. The Festival literally takes over the town - with more than a dozen venues around town hosting events and exhibits. Thanks to all of its different art exhibits, the Festival is considered to be the most culturally diverse in the Top End and the Asia Pacific Region!
Also in August is the Aboriginal Art Fair. For three days, you'll get to experience art from the far reaches of Australia. But not only will you get to look at art - you'll also get the opportunity to take classes and workshops yourself! The Fair is held at the Darwin Convention Centre, so you'll get to see all of the art with the Arafura Sea as a backdrop!
Even if you're not in Darwin in August, you can still check out some great art - thanks to The Museum and Art Gallery. Located 4 km outside of Darwin, there are plenty of buses that can get you there. Once you're inside, you'll find indigenous art, modern art, and even unique exhibits - like local wildlife and a special section devoted to Cyclone Tracy, which devastated Darwin back in 1974.
Instead of the four traditional seasons, Darwin has two seasons - a wet season and a dry season. During the wet season, which starts around the end of October, the city will be vulnerable to short, intense rainfall. However, the rain also makes everything bloom and even creates spectacular waterfalls!
During the dry season, which lasts from April through October, there is virtually no rain at all. However, it's also much hotter than during the wet season. Between June and August - the height of the dry season - Darwin will be crawling with tourists.
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