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Modern Darwin bears little resemblance to its pre-cyclone past. The redevelopment of the city using cyclone-resistant architecture, the influx of new dwellers to replace the refugees from Cyclone Tracy, and the development of a flourishing tourism industry have seen the city emerge from tropical torpor to a vibrant, well-serviced, cosmopolitan place of immense attraction to visitors.

Darwin has an excellent array of shopping facilities, exhibitions and public spaces, as well as opportunites for adventure activities.

Galleries and Museums

The city itself is a living museum, showcasing the history of World War II through the preservation of ammunition bunkers, airstrips and oil tunnels in and around the city. READ MORE

Get Up Close and Personal with Crocodiles

Crocodylus Park
(08) 8922 4500|
open every dayMacmillans Road
Knuckey Lagoon Darwin
www.wmi.com.au/crocpark

Marine and Pearling Exhibition

You can spend a whole day at the Indo-Pacific Marine and Australian Pearling Exhibition at the Wharf Precinct. The marine display is a living ecosystem and, besides the colourful coral, has a gorgeous show of tropical fish, seahorses and other sea-dwelling creatures. In the same precinct is the pearling exhibition, which presents the area's pearling history in very good audiovisual displays.

Indo-Pacific Marine and Australian Pearling Exhibition
Kitchener Drive, Wharf Precinct Darwin
Open 10am-6pm
Phone (08) 8999 6573

East Point Reserve

To the north of the city, jutting out between Fannie Bay and Beagle Gulf, the East Point Reserve is undeveloped and lovely for evening picnics to watch the sunset over the sea, and see wallabies come to feed. Happily for swimmers, there's a jellyfish/stinger-free saltwater lake here suitable for swimming all the year round.

Mindil Beach Market

During winter months the Mindil Beach Night Market operates off Gilruth Avenue at Mindil Beach. Reminiscent of the night markets of south-east Asia, this one offers a mouth-watering selection of Asian and European dishes. People bring rugs and chairs to sit and watch the sunset and enjoy the gastronomic temptations. There are also craft stalls and sometimes entertainment. The market operates on Thursday evenings from May to October (5pm to 10pm) and additionally on Sunday evenings from June to September (5pm to 9pm).

Beaches

Mindil Beach, along with Vestey's a bit further north, are Darwin's most popular for swimming. However, beware the presence of box jellyfish (marine stingers or sea wasps) (Chironex fleckeri) during summer. READ MORE

Fishing

Fishing is very big in the Territory. Big locations, big fish and big stories. There are plenty of guided fishing trips and charters both on the harbour and up the many rivers that feed it. Go to www.happymicks.com.au for a rundown on the types of fish you can expect to catch, including the legendary barramundi, said to be the most delicious fish in the world, and where to go to do so.

Outdoor Activities

If you prefer your activities to be slightly less fraught, try cycling around Darwin's new bike tracks. You can cycle all the way to Palmerston in safety. Or take a sunset cruise on the bay. Sunset is perhaps the best time of day to be outdoors (apart from very early morning) as the cooling sun has lost is sting, the views are lovely, the temperatures balmy and the locals friendly. Bungee jumping at Wharf Precinct, parachuting at Batchelor, bushwalking in the national parks and 4WD tours are all part of your Top End experience.

Entertainment

Check the local press for theatre and music venues. There are many outdoor opportunities to take in various forms of entertainment, including film festivals. READ MORE

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