Darwin is defined by its history, Indigenous cultures, pioneering spirit, multiculturalism and natural beauty. It is probably one of the most diverse cities you will ever visit and the many peoples of Darwin bring with them a melting pot of experiences and practices that over time all become part of what is, a distinctly "Darwin" experience.
Located on the Timor Sea, in the Northern Territory, Darwin is almost as much a part of Asia as Australia . But this city is also rich with Australian history and an interesting mix of tropical architecture and European, Asian and Indigenous influences. Its climate is tropical and here there are only two seasons; wet and dry.
Darwin 's proximity to Asia makes it extremely popular with tourists and backpackers. For some it's the last stop before they head home and for others it's the very first taste of Australia they will get. All of them enjoy attractions such as the amazing Kakadu National Park , nearby Katherine and its stunning Gorge, the Darwin Museum , shopping for artwork and not to forget, the party atmosphere.
During the dry season don't miss the iconic Mindil Beach markets, held each Thursday evening from April to October. Locals converge alongside the beach before sunset with their card tables, chairs and eskys to meet friends and share a drink and a bite from one of the many stallholders, while tourists enjoy meandering through the markets. If you are backpacking you can hire chairs, tables and even an esky so you can join the locals by the beach.
Head to the beach before sunset and join the regulars and newcomers who gather to watch the sun set. If there is one memory you must take from Darwin, the spectacle of the sun seeming to drop into the sea, is it. It is so special there is a spontaneous round of applause when it finally disappears.