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Northern Territory

Darwin

The 'capital' of northern Australia is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney, and closer to Singapore than it is to Melbourne, so it should come as no surprise that it looks outward to Asia as much as it looks inland to the rest of Australia.

This proximity and familiarity with Australia's northern neighbours is reflected in the town's relaxed, cosmopolitan, tropical atmosphere. In a country that prides itself on its ethnic diversity, Darwin may be the most multicultural city of all.

From the Lonely Planet travel guide.

Geography

Darwin is situated in the Northern Territory, on the Timor Sea. The town proper is built on a low bluff overlooking Darwin harbour, flanked by Frances Bay to the east and Cullen Bay to the west. The remainder of the city is flat and low-lying, and coastal areas are home to recreational reserves, extensive beaches, and excellent fishing.

Climate

  • (December-February) average temp: 31.9°C
  • (March-May) average temp: 32.2°C
  • (June-August) average temp: 30.8°C
  • (September-November) average temp: 32.9°C

Population

The population of Darwin is approximately 142,300 people.

Primary Industries

  • Mining
  • Commodities export
  • Petroleum
  • Tourism

Tourist Attractions

  • The Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • The Darwin Esplanade
  • Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks
  • Deckchair Cinema
  • Darwin Markets