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    Posted by evangeline richards January 17, 2013 - 1,360 views - 0 comments - 1 like

    The delights of Darwin

    Having travelled up and down the East Coast, as well as ticking Alice Springs and Uluru off my list, Darwin was not a place that I had planned on spending a lot of time in. On a tour throughout the Northern Territory I was vaguely aware that we would be stopping there for a few nights before exploring Kakadu and Litchfield National Park-which I was very excited about-but in a way, I hadn’t included Darwin as a part of the trip, it was more of a necessity. But, I was wrong. Darwin is kind of cool. In my mind I had a picture of a sparse hot dessert land interrupted with growth of a hazy city. I thought it was just going to be a bigger Alice Springs, (for those that haven’t had the ‘Spring’ experience think ‘weird, but not wonderful’). But Darwin buzzes with the welcome of a city that isn’t too big, but equally isn’t too small.


       It’s very hot there, and clean, and in the warmest part of the day everyone seems to yearn for evening to come, when it’s cooler and you can trickle into the bars. ‘Monsoon’ is a particular bar that I would recommend to anyone; an attractive restaurant area at the front that transforms into a fast moving dance floor at the back of the building. As the city is a stop-over for a lot of backpackers on tours to the national parks, ‘Monsoon’, where we happily spent every evening, seemed to constantly be filled with party goers and is a place that definitely promises you a good night.


       Darwin has its own subtle charm. Beaches, that are less for the sun bather and more for the nature observer due to the rocky shore offer themselves for exploration, but there is also a lagoon surrounded by ice cream parlours and bars for those that like to lounge. There is an outdoor deck chair cinema where you can enjoy beer and blankets under the moon, and the mix of the central buildings, and the fauna lining the beaches merge to create what feels like quite an attractive and organic city.


       But not too much. I think this is what makes Darwin quite ‘nice’ really. It’s not too big there’s an interesting list of things to do but it’s not overwhelming as some cities can be, and it’s fun, again, with its own touches such as the deckchairs in front of the big screen or the bars and clubs that yes, are moderate in their selection, but because of this, they’re always thronging. My trip to Kakadu was one of my favourite trips throughout the year, staying in Darwin was also quite lovely.