Darwin is Australia’s only tropical city and capital of the Northern Territory. Darwin is arguably Australia's most cosmopolitan city, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds that composed its 136,245 habitants. The greater Darwin area is the ancestral home of the Larrakia people and is now a multicultural mix which is particularly highlighted by its many exciting ethnic cultural festivals and weekly food and craft markets.
Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are at least equal to, and often better than, what you'll find in the southern cities.
Darwin is described as Australia's gateway with South East Asia. It is closer to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta than it is to Canberra and is about the same flying time from Singapore and Manila as it is from Sydney and Melbourne
Darwin and the surrounding areas offer the kind of stunning beauty not easily found anywhere else in the world. That beauty is enhanced by Darwin’s climate which has a “wet season” and a “dry season”.
This natural beauty has led to Darwin having a thriving tourist industry. The area is steeped in Aboriginal history and culture and surrounded by National Parks. Nature is well and truly part of Darwin's backyard − the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are only a few hours' drive away and the unique Tiwi Islands a boat-ride away. For locals the perfect weekend is going fishing for barramundi in a tinny with an esky full of beverages.