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For many people, Darwin is a place to stay for
a night or two either side of a trip to Kakadu
National Park to see the waterfalls and the
crocodiles or a drive to the spectacular Litchfield
Yet this modern, vibrant city has an excellent
range of accommodation from budget to first
class and some really interesting things to see
and do - for young and old.
In 1974, Cyclone Tracey tore a path of
devastation through the city and suburbs, but on
a cliff top overlooking the sea and set in lush
tropical gardens, Burnett House - a prime
example of pre-World War II Darwin architecture -
survived without major damage. Today the
House, staffed by a team of very helpful
volunteers,is popular with both visitors and locals
who come to the grounds for High Tea on Sunday
afternoons from 3.30pm.
Less than two kilometres from this splendid old
home, the Darwin Museum and Art Gallery is
refreshingly different from many other museums.
Set in a magnificent position close to the water at
Fannie Bay, its modern design cleverly uses
materials like corrugated iron to enhance the
ways exhibits are displayed. Visitors are enticed
through themed areas, including a Cyclone
Tracey section and an excellent maritime history
annexe. And the kids will love it!
The Art Gallery is particularly impressive and
has many superb works by indigenous NT artists.
Two of the best spots for an inexpensive meal
in a brilliant location by the sea are the Darwin
Sailing Club and the adjacent Trailer Boat Club at
Fannie Bay.Visitors are welcome, the food is great
value-for-money and the location .. well, let's say
you'll find it hard to beat dining here on the
terrace at sunset with softly-swaying palms and
sensational views out to sea.
Parap is a sleepy suburb about 4 km from the
city, but each Saturday, the Parap Markets attract
hundreds of locals and visitors browsing through
the art and craft stalls, artists' galleries, casual
fashion and costume jewellery, tropical flowers
and plants, and all kinds of relaxation and
The markets are famous for food and, as you
can imagine with Darwin's proximity to
Indonesia, there's a strong Asian influence. The
aromas from the open-air cooking at the stalls
and the variety of fresh and locally-grown fruits
and vegetables create a real buzz, making the
markets a Mecca for 'foodies'.
Peter Darby from Cruise Lovers works closely
with the Northern Territory Tourism Commission
and can arrange travel to Darwin and the Territory
by air, cruise ship or by rail on The Ghan.
Call 3488 0103 for information.
Darwin -- NT's
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