Darwin is Australia’s tropical capital where some of the country's most glorious sunsets can be witnessed rising up behind the Timor Sea.
The northernmost capital city in Australia, Darwin sits on the precipice of the Timor Sea with a population of just under 150,000. The city is situated between a low bluff overlooking the harbour. Its suburbs extend between Lee Point in the north and Berrimah in the east.
Darwinians enjoy a tropical climate with a wet season running from September to May. Even in winter, temperatures rarely drop below 14 degrees Celsius, with the average high at about 30 degrees Celsius.
Darwin has a mixed demographic, with the highest proportion of Aboriginal Australians of the capital cities, as well as significant numbers of Greek, Italian, German and Dutch immigrants. Given its proximity to South East Asia, many Vietnamese, East Timorese and Philipinos have migrated to Darwin in recent years.
Because of its multicultural and youthful population, Darwin has emerged as a cosmopolitan city, with street-side bars, historical museums and galleries rich with priceless indigenous art. Yet the city retains its laconic, small town vibe. The enviable climate feeds an easy-going outdoor lifestyle. Inhabitants are just a few hours drive away from the famous Kakadu and Litchfield national parks.
Although there is no commuter rail system, a long distance passenger rail service operates outside of the city. A bus network services Darwin’s city centre.