Australia's only tropical capital, Darwin has plenty to offer the traveller. This youthful and vibrant city still has a small-town feel and a laconic, relaxed vibe that fits easily with the climate. Boats sail around the harbour, chairs and tables spill out of streetside restaurants and bars, museums reveal the city’s absorbing past, and galleries showcase the region’s rich Indigenous art. The city's cosmopolitan mix is typified by the wonderful Asian markets held throughout the dry season. Nature is well and truly part of Darwin’s backyard – the famous national parks of Kakadu and Litchfield are only a few hours’ drive away and the unique Tiwi Islands just a boat ride away.
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Our top picks for Darwin
Recline in a deckchair, catch whiffs of frangipani and watch an A-grade movie under the stars
Get up close and personal with crocs, big cats, monkeys and flightless birds
Mindil Beach Sunset Market:
Meander through tantalising international food stalls and watch the sun set over the harbour
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory:
A superb collection of NT-centric displays including Indigenous art, a Cyclone Tracy display and, of course, an enormous croc
Be enticed by the aromas of innovative dishes at Darwin's top fine-dining restaurant
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