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Destination Darwin
darwin sunsetThe city of Darwin is rich in culture, diversity and heritage. It is the capital city of the Northern Territory and is positioned right on the northern tip of Australia. There is a seemingly endless vista of scenery, making it an ideal destination for a campervan holiday as you need is wheels to explore the beauty of the surrounding natural attractions. This beautiful city is set in the tropics, where the climate is cooler and dry from May to October, and April to November brings tropical storms and hot days.make sure you pack some some warm clothes but expect clear skies and incredible sunsets overlooking the ocean. Always come prepared with plenty of water if you are travelling out of the city, and keep in mind that you canít swim in the ocean or rivers unless there is a sign that says you can. Crocodiles and sharks are among the locals.

At least a week alone could be spent enjoying the actual city of Darwin. A popular favourite here are the Thursday night / Sunday afternoon markets, which are located on the waterfront at Mindil Beach. Locals and tourists alike can be found here, either sampling the local cuisine, enjoying the entertainment or relaxing along the beach strip. The best time to wander down is around 4pm, as you can stay to watch and enjoy some of the most famous sunsets in Australia. Sunset cruises are also popular, or alternatively, why not just enjoy a glass of wine (with the multitudes) on the sand.

A great activity for the whole family is the Aqua Scene Fish feeding. For decades at high tide the fish have arrived in the droves to be hand fed. The experience is ideal for a Kodak moment! Expect to feed fish like the famous barramundi, bream and catfish.

Crocodylus Park is another well known attraction in Darwin. This is a place both young and young at heart can enjoy. You will find buffalos, emus, ostriches, iguanas and more, with crocodile shows throughout the day entertaining the whole family. This is a safe environment to see the well known wildlife. It is so popular in fact that the kids will probably pester you to visit until you bring them here.

For a great night out filled with fun and entertainment, head to the Darwin Wharf Marina. Leave early or book ahead, as it is very popular, with fantastic views of the sunset, and plenty of seafood restaurants and delicious meal selections combining to bring a relaxing atmosphere. It is common for huge fish to swim below you while you are eating, waiting for food to nibble on.

Afterwards, take a stroll down to The Deckchair Cinema, where you can enjoy an outdoor movie with the added bonus of the Darwin Harbour and starlit sky as a backdrop. Where else could you experience this?

First impressions of the local Museum and Art Gallery are sure to be of awe and wonder at how many collections of bird, mammal, reptile, insect displays, boats and ships, history and artwork could be found in the one place. A highlight of the museum is the interactive room that depicts the devastation of Cyclone Tracy. This amazing recording of the actual event will take you back and allow you to discover what really happened. Amazing!

Just a ferry trip away, the town of Mandorah is steeped in Aboriginal heritage and history. There are also some great fishing spots not far from the jetty. Pack a picnic lunch and enjoy a drive around the top of the top end.

About 45 minutes out of town, the Territory Wildlife Park makes for a fantastic day trip for the whole family. There are long walking trails that take you through plenty of exhibits, with a nocturnal house, aviary, monsoon forest walk and all of the animals that call the Territory home. You will need at least 3-4 hours to make the most of this vast park which spans across 1000 acres.

Double up with a trip to Berry Springs Nature Park afterwards for a refreshing swim in the natural pools. Soak up the beauty of the rock waterfalls, and watch out for the little fish that try to nibble your toes.

The picture perfect views in the Kakadu National Park cannot be compared with any worldwide destination and must be seen as least once in a lifetime. The Wet season is the best time to visit here because you will experience incredible birdlife, scenery and of course crocodiles. It is advised to visit Alligator River with an experienced guide for obvious safety reasons.

Litchfield National Park is also close by, situate just two hours out of Darwin, and apart from Kakadu, it is a true oasis in the desert. From the Tabletop Range to the cascading waterfalls and tropical paradise below, there is so much to see here. This is perfect for those who want to get off the beaten track.

Known for its aboriginal culture, vast horizons, cultural diversity and magnificent scenery, Darwin has something for everyone and every taste.

Christine Barton

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