On Christmas eve 1974 it wasn't santa that visited Darwin, it was cyclone Tracy. The old city was virtually wiped from the face of the map and since then has been totally rebuilt. It is now the ideal place to travel to, to start a holiday into the Northern Territory. Darwin is the Territory's capital and has an international airport through which many overseas tourists enter Australia and start their holiday. It is situated on Australia's northern coastline and is the jumping off point for many tours to the fantastic attractions that everyone wants to see when they visit the region. Darwin has also got lots of attractions in its own right. There are many interesting leftovers from the Second World War in which Darwin was intimately involved. The Japanese made several bombing attacks on Darwin and more bombs were dropped here that on Pearl Harbour. Many Australians were killed during these actions however the carnage was covered up by allied propaganda and the true death toll did not become known to the rest of Australia until years later. Today, Darwin is a modern city with plenty of excellent accommodation and lots to see and do.
Many day tours are available from Darwin. Trips are available to see the Litchfield National Park, Kakadu National Park, The jumping crocodiles, the Tiwi Islands and fishing and sightseeing cruises from the Darwin marina. This is also the base and start up point for many tour companies offering a whole range of tours to Katherine Gorge, Alice Springs, Kings Canyon and Ayers Rock. Darwin is also the northern terminus for the Ghan which is the train which crosses Australia from Adelaide in the south to Darwin and provides one of the most interesting train journeys in the world. Darwin is also the jumping off point for thousands of tourists who commence a campervan or motorhome holiday through Australia. Most of the larger campervan and motorhome rental company's have large bases here. Darwin now hosts its own leg of the V8 Supercar races in Australia as well as the Darwin Cup race meeting. The Mindil Beach markets are always a great place to visit in the cool of the evening. Although there is a lot of quality accommodation, during these events it can be almost impossible to find a place to stay so be warned and book as early as you can.
The city center also has lots to offer. Most of the best Darwin accommodation is here and the esplanade which faces north over the harbour has lots of quality resorts and hotels. There are plenty of good restaurants to visit and cafes and shopping boutiques are everywhere. Backpackers will find lots of excellent hostels to stay at and there is always plenty to see and do. Darwin is remote by Australian standards, but once you get there the travelling to Darwin is worth it and you are just starting the holiday of a lifetime.
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