Darwin is Australia’s last frontier. ‘The Top End’ as it’s known is one of Australia’s most unique regions, with a fascinating history as well as a diverse and eclectic culture. Characterised by wild wet season weather and balmy dry season days, there’s never a dull moment in Darwin. Darwin is resort style living with just the right amount of adventure. If you’re thinking about relocating to Darwin, here are 5 cool things you’ll get to see whenever you want as a local!
- Mindil Beach Markets
Darwin is well known for its spectacular sunsets and one of the best places to enjoy them is Mindil Beach. As if that isn’t enough, every Thursday and Sunday night from May to October you can also enjoy the Mindil Beach Sunset markets which have been running for over 30 years and feature delicious food from across the globe.
- Darwin Waterfront
Resort style living is the norm in Darwin and the waterfront offers the very best of this. A large public space that features safe swimming at the recreation lagoon and fun for the kids at the wave pool, it also has plenty of grassy areas to lay back and enjoy the tropical breezes. There’s also a great selection of cafes, bars and restaurants for every taste and budget.
- Crocosauras Cove
Some of Australia’s largest saltwater crocodiles are city dwellers! Crocosaurus Cove is an interactive crocodile education facility offering fascinating insight into these unique creatures. For the brave amongst you, there’s also the Cage of Death – an adrenalin filled crocodile dive experience.
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Darwin and the Top End have a rich and fascinating history and this wonderfully curated collection features stunning examples of the Territory’s culture and past history. Some of Australia’s most impressive examples of Indigenous art are on display, as well as moving displays of major historical events such as Cyclone Tracy and the Japanese bombing of Darwin during WWII.
- WWII Oil Storage tunnels
Darwin experienced impending threat from Japanese forces during WWII and one of the remnants of this time is the oil storage tunnels running under the CBD. Aimed at protecting the city’s oil supply in the event of an attack, they were put to good use – the city was heavily bombed by the Japanese in 1942 for a lengthy period of time. Much of the infrastructure was destroyed and the population was halved due to city wide evacuations. The tunnels featuring interesting history and photographs about this time.