Australia's only tropical capital city, Darwin, is an astonishing, confident city on the Timor Sea with a personality all of its own.
Darwin's small, diverse city has all the vibrancy of a cosmopolitan metropolis combined with the breath-taking natural landscapes of the Outback. People from more than 50 nations make up its population and fill the many fine street-side restaurants and bars. Innovative museums celebrate the city's past, and smart galleries showcase the Indigenous art unique to the region. The Darwin Military Museum – which reveals dark tales of World War II, is well worth discovering.
Darwin's backyard is packed with nature: the gardens and mangroves of Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks are close, and the stunning unique Tiwi Islands can be reached by boat. Visitors can also enjoy a fishing trip for barramundi in a tinny (small boat). For more wildlife, Crocodylus Park has hundreds of crocodiles, big cats, spider monkeys, marmosets and many large birds.
Territory Wildlife Park
Located approximately 60 kilometres (37 miles) south of Darwin, the awardwinning Territory Wildlife Park offers an excellent introduction into Australian wildlife. The wildlife park, which is spread over 400 hectares of natural bushland, showcases flora and fauna native to the Top End of the Northern Territory.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Situated in a tropical garden, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is one of the most popular museums in the Top End of Australia. The present building was opened in 1981 and showcases the area’s art, culture and history.