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Key Facts

  • John Lort Stokes, Captain of the Beagle, discovered the habour in 1839 and immediately named it after a former shipmate, famous organic evolutionist Charles Darwin.
  • The population of Darwin is approximately 100,000 people.
  • Darwin is famous for its spectacular lightening in the rainy seasons, beautiful sunset points, and fishing destinations.
  • The city is famous for its marvelous festivals, the Darwin beer-can regatta, the Seabreeze festival (music and visual arts), Darwin festival and the Speargrass Festival (music, films, cultural activities). The city is also bestowed with botanical gardens, museum, national parks, casino, marts, cottages and a cathedral which attracts millions of tourists from all over the globe.
  • Time Zone ACST (UTC+9:30)
  • Co-ordinates: 12°27′S, 130°50′E

Darwin is located in the Northern Territory and the state's capital city. It is the least populous of all Australian capital cities and located near the Timor Sea. Darwin's major economic sectors are mining, which exceeds approximately $2 billion per annum, and tourism. It is an important city as it acts as a gateway to countries such as Indonesia and East Timor because of its proximity to Asia.
The city was discovered by John Clements Wickham in 1839 and named it after Charles Darwin, a former shipmate on the HMS Beagle. It is one of Australia's most modern capital cities despite being rebuilt twice due to the effects of World War II and Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

Darwin has three suburbs: the older southwestern suburb, the newer northern suburb, and the eastern suburb which extends towards Palmerston. The southwestern suburb is separated from the northern suburb by the Darwin International Airport and the Royal Australian Air Force Base. The city has been the focus of a number of projects that includes convention centres, hotels, residential apartments and public space.

Darwin is prone to thunderstorms during the wet season between December and March. The capital city experiences tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. Darwin is also the only Australian capital city that has the most daily average sunshine hours.
There are a number of markets located in Darwin. These are the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Parap Market, Nightcliff Market, and the Rapid Creek Market.

Darwin hosts a number of events such as the Territory Day, the only other day aside from Chinese New Year when fireworks are allowed by the government, and a couple of festivals. The Darwin Festival is an annual event that includes comedy, dance, theatre, music and film. The Speargrass Festival is an annual event that promotes and celebrates the alternative Top End lifestyle of Australia that includes music and screening of locally produced films. Other examples of events held in Darwin are the Darwin beer-can regatta, Rodeo and Mud Crab Tying Competition, and the World Solar Challenge.

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