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 over 130,000 inhabitants. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities and the most cosmopolitan, close to Indonesia and East Timor, about halfway between Singapore and Sydney. The original inhabitants of the greater Darwin area are the Larrakia people.

View of Nightcliff, Darwin
View of Coconut Grove, Darwin
View of Bagot and Darwin Airport
View towards Port Darwin
View of Darwin
View of Darwin
Corner Smith and Knuckey Streets, Darwin
Raintree Park
Corner Smith and Knuckey Street
Smith Street Mall
Smith Street Mall, Darwin
Christ Church Anglican Cathedral, Darwin
Darwin Waterfront
Darwin Waterfront Precinct
Beach, Darwin Waterfront Precinct
Wave Pool
Convention Centre
Sunset over the harbour
Top End
Government House
Mantra on the Esplanade
Holiday Inn extension
Double Tree Hotel
Holiday Inn
Mitchell Street
Mitchell Street
Darwin Central view
St. Nicolas Greek Orthodox Church
Greek Orthodox Church of Saint Nicholas
Fish feeding at Aquascene
Cullen Bay
At the marina, Cullen Bay
The marina, Cullen Bay
Mindil Beach
Sunset Market, Mindil Beach
Sunset Market, Mindil Beach
Sunset Market, Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach, Darwin
Sunset at Mindil Beach, Darwin
Sweetheart, Darwin
Tjanpi grass Toyota, Darwin
Pukumani Poles 1986, Darwin
Fish display, Darwin
View to Fannie Bay
Waterslide in Parap
Pink Buffalo, Darwin
Boeing B-52G Stratofortress
McDonnell Douglas F/A-18A/B
Auster Autocar J/5B

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. It has a pedestrian Mall, very classy waterfront neighbourhoods, like Cullen Bay and the Darwin Waterfront Precinct, and 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 (relatively) short drive away.