Darwin Visitor Information
Darwin, which was built on a low headland overlooking Beagle Gulf and Port Darwin, is the capital of the Northern Territory. Situated on Fannie Bay, the metropolis serves as regional centre for the Top End, the second northernmost region in Australia. While it is the least populous among the country's capital cities, its estimated population of 127,500 residents still makes it the most populous city in the territory. In view of its geographical location, it is considered the country's gateway to Asia.
There is an interesting story behind the city's name. In September 1839, the British Royal Navy ship HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin harbour. During that voyage, three men would prove influential to the region's history-John Lort Stokes, John Clements Wickham, and Charles Robert Darwin (the naturalist famous for his work, On the Origin of Species). Stokes discovered the harbour and Wickham named it in honour of Darwin. The locality was renamed Palmerston in 1869, but eventually reverted to Darwin in 1911.
Darwin, which was established in 1869, is part of Palmerton County and the Federal Division of Solomon (in the Australian House of Representatives). The region's land area of 112.01 square kilometres covers several Local Government Areas and State Districts. Because of two massive rebuilding projects it had to undergo-first following World War II, second in 1974 at the wake of Cyclone Tracy-the metropolis is one of Australia's most modern capital cities today.
Thanks to its wide variety of attractions that are culturally, historically, and visually appealing, Darwin is much appreciated by locals and visitors alike:
Some of the best places to visit in Darwin contribute to its aesthetic, cultural, and historical appeal. Some of the region's most picture-perfect beaches, gardens, parks, and reserves include the Bicentennial Park, Casuarina Beach, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, East Point Reserve, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Jingili Water Gardens, Knuckey Lagoons Conservation Reserve, Leanyer Recreation Park, Mindil Beach, and Nightcliff Foreshore. Other notable locations in the metropolis are of cultural and historical significance, such as the British-Australian Telegraph Residence Museum, Darwin Convention Centre, Darwin Entertainment Centre, East Port Fortifications, Esplanade Gallery, Fannie Bay Gaol, Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Natural Sciences, and Stuart Memorial.
Alternatively, resident and visiting tourists in Darwin can enjoy a well-rounded cultural, historical, and visual experience of the region through its various activities. To start off, one can participate in some of the city's most popular events and festivals, such as Bass in the Grass (May), Seabreeze Festival (May), Territory Day (July 1), Speargrass Festival (the week prior to July's first full moon), Darwin Beer-Can Regatta (August), Darwin Festival, Darwin Fringe Festival, and World Solar Challenge. Another option is to take tours of the metropolis, like the Darwin Afternoon Sightseeing Tour and the Cage of Death at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove.