Winter down south of Australia could be under 5 degree and under 10. If you can’t let it go as Elsa did, Darwin is your dream destination. Darwin is the most northerly of the Australian capital cities. Darwin has a tropical savanna climate with distinct wet and dry seasons.
Tourism is one major industry in Darwin. These following places are considered the most popular destinations that you should visit once you’re in Darwin.
Mindil Beach and Mindil Beach Markets – If you go around travel blogs and look for “things to do in Darwin”, Mindil Beach Market is nearly mentioned on every post. The market is held every Thursdays and Sundays during the dry season (late April – late October). At Mindil Beach you can have the great opportunity to enjoy the spectacular fiery-red sunset of Darwin. Mindil Beach Market also sell everything from different types of food to Aboriginal artefacts and souvenirs and have several activities.
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) will give you a better view and perspective about the history and art culture of Darwin, as well as its famous indigenous root. The good thing about MAGNT is that you don’t have to pay anything to visit. Highlights of the museum are Cyclone Tracy exhibition and the display of Sweetheart the crocodile.
Visit Military Museum Darwin and Defence of Darwin Experience Exhibition for a good overview of Darwin’s war history as it was on the front-line during World War II. Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre is also an interesting place to visit as it has an impressive collection of planes and its most popular attraction – the B52 bomber.
Charles Darwin National Park is where you can enjoy the NT’s unique natural features, Aboriginal heritage and WWII history. There are bike trails, lookout spots and WWII bunkers in the park that are perfect for weekend activities. One hour’s drive from the city, Litchfield National Park is also a wonderful destination with crystal-clear waterfalls, swimming holes and bushwalks.
Swimming at the beaches in Darwin is inadvisable due to the presence of dangerous water animals such as saltwater crocodiles, box jellyfish and bull sharks. Lagoon – enclosed swimming place – is the solution. You can also have the chance to face saltwater crocs at Crocosaurus Cove with the “Cage of Death” experience with you take a dive in save cage underwater.
Food culture in Darwin is strongly influenced by south-east Asian cuisine based on the location of the city and also has a strong Greek heritage. Darwin has the top Asian restaurants around the city. Mitchell St Mall is the centre of those restaurants. There are several names listed such as Little Miss Korea, Chow Restaurant, The Laksa House or The Noodle House.
Education & Migration in Darwin, Northern Territory
The whole Northern Territory is listed as one of the Australian regional areas, therefore if you choose to study or live in Darwin, there is a higher chance to achieve your migration plan. The biggest university in Darwin is the Charles Darwin University (CDU), which is the main tertiary education provider in the NT. The university offers both academic and vocational courses. It is also an institute of TAFE. CDU is ranked 15th in Australia and 48th in the world in the 2015 Times Higher Education 100 Under 50. CDU is literally the rising star. CDU is one of the 5 top Australian Universities for graduate employment and salary outcomes.
With all the advantages, why not consider Darwin to be your future destination to build up your life and career in Australia.