Monday, September 13, 2010

NT - Darwin

Darwin, the multi cultural capital of the Northern Territory, is Australias’ most modern city due to the flattening by cyclone Tracy in 1974 and the subsequent rebuild. There are now many multi story buildings, mostly apartment blocks over- looking the beautiful blue waters of the harbour and local bays. Parliament House and adjoining library is an impressive pillared building which is down town and easily accessible to everybody. Inside the building is very open with wonderful local indigenous art gracing the walls.

Darwin, being close to Asia has a multi cultural feeling with every type of restaurant here to enjoy. Darwin is a city of markets, with six held over the weekends and during the week. They all have delicious foods, clothing, handmade crafts, jewellery, massages, and everything else imaginable.

Darwin was bombed by the Japanese in WW2. In 1942, 115 tonnes of bombs were dropped, more than at Pearl Harbour by the same Japanese planes just 10 weeks before. Over 250 people were killed and many more wounded. There are still many visible reminders and tours to see first hand how close we came to having the Japanese invade.

Darwin has something for everybody: crocodile and wildlife parks, fishing, shopping, dinning, fabulous museums and art galleries, bike and walking tracks, wonderful parks and great sunsets. There is no excuse to be board in this city.

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