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.