Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (iStockphoto)

A ship off the coast of Darwin, Australia (iStockphoto)

Iguana near Darwin, Australia (Hemera)

Aerial view of Darwin, Australia (iStockphoto)

Yachts at sunset off the coast of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia (iStockphoto)


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What to do in Darwin

Darwin, the capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory, is virtually surrounded by national parks on the back side and by Port Darwin, which eventually opens into the Timor Sea, on the front. And though rather new (50 percent of the population settled in the past 40 years), the city is as eclectic as an INXS reunion. Fifty different nations are represented—there is no solid statistic, but you get the feeling that most are visitors who came and never left. It’s a good bet that they came in the dry, sunny months in time for a flamingo sunset—and stayed long enough to get wet, when the summer thunderstorms play their gig. Visit Stokes Hill Wharf, a summer assembly line of fish and chips, or mosey Mitchell Street to witness the world-wise locals troll the pubs and live-music venues that make Darwin a place worth living, and visiting.

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