Darwin



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Darwin
Darwin is particularly suited to couples and families, especially those with children keen on the environment. Accommodation is plentiful and virtually all accommodation post-dates Cyclone Tracy and comprises mainly mundane skyscraper blocks, with a few striking exceptions. Mostly 3- to 5-star hotels, with a scattering of lower-grade motels too. Beaches: Darwin is fringed with beaches (the best are Mindil and Fannie Bay), although they all attract deadly box jellyfish, Oct to May. Naturist beach at Casuarina. Shopping: Although most of Darwin's city-centre shops lack distinction (they're often best as refuges from the intense heat outside!), this is a good place to shop for Aboriginal art. Several markets, at Parap (Sat) and Mindil Beach (Thurs). Activities : pearling exhibition and World War II storage tunnels at Wharf Precinct; modern Christchurch Cathedral; Fannie Bay Gaol; East Point Nature Reserve; fish feeding at Aquascene; Crocodylus Park for crocodiles and other wildlife.
Nightlife: range of bars and cafes, including Irish-themed pubs; cinema complex and performing arts centre; casino at MGM Grand hotel. Restaurants: Diners have a few good restaurants in the city centre and Wharf Precinct; otherwise, most hotels have their own eateries. A good place to sample barramundi, a type of fish. Excursions: Local excursions include trips to Kakadu National Park and smaller Litchfield National Park, both with crocodiles, waterfalls and wonderful birdlife; Kakadu also has Aboriginal rock art. Fishing charters. Flights to Bathurst and Melville Islands. Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve (permits needed to enter).