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Darwin Travel Guides

Darwin Travel Guides

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.

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.

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Sightseeing in Darwin

The Tour Tub, an open-air bus, is a good way to tour Darwin and view its major attractions, which include the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Overland Telegraph Museum, Fannie Bay Gaol, the Botanic Gardens, the Australian Pearling Exhibition, and East Point Military Museum. The Deckchair Cinema is a delight for night-time entertainment, and animal-lovers will be fascinated by the enormous Crocodylus Park and Zoo, which is home to more than a thousand crocs and numerous other animals.

The city is a good base from which to explore the surrounding national parks, and although Darwin is a charming place, most visitors spend more time exploring the celebrated landscapes just beyond the city. The most famous of these is the Kakadu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Other very popular day trips from Darwin include visits to Katherine Gorge, Litchfield National Park, and the Corroboree Billabong.