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Larrikin humour and laidback lifestyle... Welcome to Darwin
Feeling the mellow vibes of Darwin today, you could easily forget about its rough past – rocked by bombs in World War II then badly shaken by the infamous Cyclone Tracy. A sparkling harbour, palm-studded beachfront and spectacular sunsets create the illusion that you are on a tropical island escape when you are really just a quick flight from home on a weekend holiday in Darwin. A melting pot of cultures with a predominantly young and vibrant population, Darwin has a strong Asian-influence due to its position at the northern tip of the mainland against the Timor Sea. Darwin's many bay-side suburbs each offer a little something different, from seafood-central Cullen Bay to the upmarket ambience of Fannie Bay.
Darwin's waterfront Wave Lagoon precinct is a great spot for families to cool off after a fun-filled day in the tropics. Come sundown, pull up a seat at the Deckchair Cinema or enjoy the balmy evening breeze and the mouth-watering aroma of multicultural culinary delights at the Mindil Beach Markets. Markets are a mainstay on Darwin's social scene – make your way from your hotel and spend your weekend mornings at Nightcliff or Parap, rubbing shoulders with locals as they stock up on fresh produce and peddle their handmade arts and crafts.
On a weekend getaway to Darwin there are countless opportunities for outdoor adventures. Visit Litchfield National Park, dotted with waterfalls, beautiful natural swimming holes and bush tracks for hiking or four-wheel driving. Try something a little different with an airboat ride on the Mary River or join a wetlands cruise tour to see saltwater crocodiles in their natural habitat. Make the most of your Darwin holiday with a day trip to the Tiwi Islands where locals will greet you with a smile, or spend a day in awe of the dramatic landscapes at Kakadu National Park.