The Northern Territory’s capital Darwin might be the smallest capital city in Australia but it is rich in Aboriginal culture, steeped with history and offers plenty of things to see and do. Once a small port, today Darwin is a thriving modern city.
The land was initially owned and inhabited by the indigenous Larrakai people, until British settlement which renamed the region Port Darwin after English Naturalist Charles Darwin. With the Larrakai still active members of the community, Darwin has the highest proportional indigenous population in Australia. Today, the city’s make up is multicultural due to its close proximity to south-east Asia and is evident through the numerous ethnic cultural markets and festivals.
Darwin’s dramatic history encompasses the tragic bombing of Darwin by Japanese air raids during WWII and the devastation of Cyclone Tracy which destroyed over 70% of the town in 1974. Its unique and tragic past and present, comprising of reconstruction and rejuvenation of the city has lead Darwin to being one of Australia’s most modern and multicultural cities.
Much of Darwin’s action happens along its waterfront situated on the edge of a harbour bigger than Sydney’s, thriving with restaurants, shops and parklands. Stop by the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to take in the events based on the region's interesting displays of art, history and culture. Wander the Botanic Gardens and see displays of plants from the Top End and around the world and also features self-guiding Aboriginal plant-use trails.