The capital of Australia's Northern Territory is a laid-back city that is full of character and opportunities for adventure. Named after the British evolutionist Charles Darwin, it was founded in 1869.

It grew quickly after prospectors struck gold at Pine Creek in 1871. Today, this unhurried city is famous for its multicultural food, outdoor markets, waterside attractions and a warm holiday vibe year-round. All helped along by the tropical climate – be warned it can get pretty humid here. Its location makes it Australia’s gateway to South-East Asia, around two and a half hours from Indonesia, with similar flight times to Singapore, Sydney and Melbourne. The Asian influence can be seen in the food scene and night markets, a real treat for foodies. The Larrakia people are the indigenous landowners. They lived in the region long before European settlement and developed trade with South-East Asia, as well as South and Western Australia. Their presence is still important to the region, with many prominent members active in the local community.

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  • Check out the thriving cultural scene, with more than 20 museums and art galleries, as well as independent exhibitions, exciting theatre scene and colourful markets.
  • Enjoy an evening on the beach at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets with an abundance of food and craft stalls.
  • Kakadu, Australia’s largest national park (20,000 sq. km) is on the doorstep. Explore the wetlands, waterfalls, billabongs and escarpments of this magical natural wonder.
  • Take a croc cruise – the majority of the 200,000 saltwater crocodiles in Australia live in the vicinity. They grow from five to seven metres long and weigh in at over 1,000 kg.
  • Visit the impressive Tolmer Falls in the Litchfield National Park.


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