Photos of Darwin, capital of the Northern Territory, Australia

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Darwin, Capital of the Northern Territory

The Territory's capital Darwin, beautifully situated on the coast in Australia's far North is a wonderful city of almost 140,000 inhabitants. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities and the most cosmopolitan, close as it is to Indonesia and East Timor, about halfway between Singapore and Sydney. The original inhabitants of the greater Darwin area are the Larrakia people.

Cyclone demolished home
 
Fannie Bay shopping centre
 
View to Fannie Bay
 
John McDouall Stuart
 
Darwin Harbour
 
Fannie Bay
 
The Travelodge Hotel
 
Mindil Beach
 
View from Mandorah
 
Waterslide, Parap
 
Air North DC3
 
The Pink Buffalo
 
Darwin from Mandorah
 
View of Darwin
 
View to the harbour
 
Mitchell Street Tourist Centre
 
Colonial Architecture
 
Parliament House
 
The Anglican Church
 
Corner Smith and Knuckey
 
General Post Office
 
The Carlton Hotel
 
St. Mary's Cathedral
 
Greek Orthodox Church
 
Cullen Bay
 
Raintree Park
 
Smith Street Mall
 
Darwin Waterfront
 
Convention Centre
 
Government House
 
Mantra on the Esplanade
 
Holiday Inn
 
Holiday Inn extension
 
Mitchell Street
 
Darwin Central view
 
The Wave Lagoon
 

The town was established in 1869 as Palmerston and renamed in 1911 in honour of the British naturalist Charles Darwin (Palmerston is now the name of Darwin's satellite city to its south). It was heavily bombed in the Second World War and almost flattened by Cyclone Tracy on Christmas Eve 1974.

It has recovered with a vengeance and is an easygoing place, with a pedestrian Mall, very classy waterfront neighbourhoods, like Cullen Bay and the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, with great informal places to go for a meal like the Wharf and Mindil Beach market. But there are also world-class hotels and a casino. There is plenty to do for everybody and the bush with great swimming places is only a (fairly) short drive away.