TRAVEL IN DARWIN
Darwin might be the smallest capital city in Australia in terms of population, but what it lacks in size it makes up for in spirit. Aboriginals of Larrakia language are the original landowners of Darwin and its surrounds, still owning 50% of the land across the Northern Territory and making up about 10% of Darwin’s population. The gateway to the Australian outback and the country’s most northern capital, this city dances to the beat of its own traditional drum. Balmy days and a tropical savanna climate give Darwin the density and scents of Asia, with outdoor beach markets and wetlands abounding in lotus flowers and vibrantly coloured birds offering the perfect setting to soak it all up. Savvy travellers will take up the opportunity to gain a deeper understanding of Aboriginal culture, perhaps catching a traditional ceremony where men in tribal dress play the didgeridoo and clapstick, or visiting one of the many gallery spaces that hold claim to pieces of artistically brilliant Aboriginal works. When hunger strikes you might find yourself enjoying salty fresh Australian prawns on the wharf at the Darwin Seafood Market or devouring a meat pie covered in tomato sauce at Tommos. After all, you’ll need a full tummy to stomach the adrenalin of the most important experience of visiting Darwin, Australia: getting frightfully close to the 200-million-year-old reptiles that call these lands home. If you don’t spot a crocodile lurking in the wild you can sign up for the Cage of Death experience that sees you staring into a croc’s green eyes from within your own glass cage. If it’s an authentic Australian experience you’ve coming looking for, Darwin is sure to deliver.