Holidays to Darwin

Given its location, Darwin has a strong Asian influence, visible in its Asian-style markets; the ancient Aboriginal influence is also clearly visible. The city was established in 1839 and was indeed named after Charles Darwin. Gold was discovered in a region about 200 kilometres south of the city but the harsh, tropical climate has prevented Darwin from growing into a huge metropolitan area.

It is the compact size of Darwin and its special charm that offers so much to those on holidays in Darwin. The city has a unique human spirit, located near one of the most spectacular natural parks in Australia. It is not the place to visit if you are looking for an ultra-modern shopping experience but is rather more interesting for those who want to experience Australian city life in a natural setting.

That said there is plenty going on in Darwin in the evening. With such a hot climate beer is the most popular drink and there are many outdoors establishments that allow locals and those on Darwin holidays to relax and chat. Music gigs regularly draw packed audiences and there are a couple of exclusive nightclubs that are worth visiting. In fact, the Discovery Nightclub has been voted Australia’s most popular dance club for three years in a row.

Daytime activities that can make holidays in Darwin very special include a wide variety of cultural venues and museums. The Darwin Wharf Project is a wharf that was a major target for Japanese bombers in World War II and is worth visiting for its historical landmarks. Another point of interest for those on holidays to Darwin is the Aviation Heritage Centre, which has a big collection of aircraft, including a rare B-52 bomber.

Darwin is close to much of Australia’s attractive natural scenery. The Casaurina Coastal Reserve is just a few minutes drive from the city and consists of wonderful sandy beaches that are surrounded by tall trees and sandstone cliffs. The Old Man Rock, an Aboriginal sacred site, is definitely worth a stop along the coastal reserve, something that should be on your to-do list when on Darwin holidays.

Further afield is the Litchfield National Park where many go to see the Tabletop Range, a very wide sandstone plateau that is surrounded by cliffs. An adventurous stay over a number of days is a great idea to enjoy the outdoor life that Australia offers. Katherine is a township that is settled right where the outback meets the tropical climate of Darwin and is worth a visit for its interesting range of landscapes.

If you are visiting Darwin you should definitely stop for lunch in the city’s central business district. There is a fantastic range of lunch spots, ranging from Tapas to Sushi to fresh local food. There are many other types of restaurants to choose from too so you certainly will not have reasons to go hungry.


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