Stokes Hill Wharf is a nice place to eat. There are many small restaurants to choose, some specialised on seafood some on asian food. You can take the food out, to sit on the waterfront.
The Darwin Waterfront is fairly new and is thereby somewhat sterile. But there are restaurants and cafes, a wave pool and a beach which is separated from the sea. You can go swimming without fear of saltwater crocodiles, sharks and poisonous jellyfish.
The Smith Street Mall is the main shopping street of Darwin, with a few shops, restaurants and cafes. In the sweltering heat of Darwin, the locals prefere air-conditioned malls with free parking outside the city centre.
The nondescript stone building dating from 1883, was the first courthouse and jail of Darwin. It survived World War II unscathed, but was destroyed by cyclon Tracy in 1974 . The Administrator's Office was reconstructed in 1981.
In the rainy season the roads are partially blocked because of flooding. If you travel to Darwin between November and April and want to drive to Kakadu National Park, you should come here to check out the road conditions. The Darwin Visitor Centre also provides maps and brochures of many attractions in the Northern Territory.
The original Christ Church Cathedral was completed in 1902. The cathedral was hit by Japanese bombs in 1942 and was rebuilt after the war. The church was destroyed again in 1974 by cyclone "Tracy", only the entrance portal remained. The Christ Church Cathedral was built up in a new design in 1976.
The ruins of the old town hall are a reminiscent of the destructive force of Cyclone "Tracy", which swept over the city in Christmas 1974. The building was erected in 1883 as a the Palmerston Town Hall (ancient name of Darwin). In the meantime the town hall served as a bank and office of the navy.
The well-preserved "East Point Gun Turret" is a guard tower from built in 1932. The 150 mm and 230 mm guns were used in the defense of the city during World War II, when the Japanese bombed Darwin several times. The Darwin Military Museum is nearby.
Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and the State Square is the administrative heart of Darwin. The "Darwin Parliament House" was built in 1994. The building is also home to Australian Aboriginal Art.
The Mitchell Street is the most popular street of Darwin. Many restaurants, hotels and bars attrect tourists and locals a like. On Mitchell Street you can forget, that you are at the end of the world.
Welcome to Darwin
With around 150,000 inhabitants, Darwin is the capital of the "Top End", as the Northern Territory likes to call itself. Darwin was the only city in Australia to be attacked by the Japanese during World War II. In 1974 the city was destroyed by hurricane "Tracy". As a result, Darwin has very few historical buildings. But if you come to Darwin, you don't come because you expect a pulsating city with many sights. The attractions are the national parks around Darwin. The Kakadu National Park is one of the most famous of it's kind in Australia.
Travel time and weather in Darwin
Australia is a winter destination for Europeans and North Americans. When it's cold there, it's hot "Down Under". This also applies to Darwin, but since the city is close to the equator, it is always warm here. From December to March is the rainy season in Darwin, when monsoon rains occur almost every day and can flood everything. Many streets are closed due to flooding. If you want to visit the national parks in the rainy season, you should inform yourself about the current road situation at the tourist information office the day before. In the rainy season you should rent an off-road vehicle. With normal vehicles you can get stuck in the large puddles and streams. Petrol stations are not regularly supplied with petrol either, so you should always fill up the tank and have plenty of drinking water with you.