Darwin is a vibrant, multicultural city known for its amazing sunsets, tropical climate, markets and relaxed lifestyle.
My husband, two young children and I found ourselves here after eighteen months travelling around Australia in a caravan. We were fortunate to be able to spend time in so many beautiful places. However, when we arrived in Darwin in September 2010, we never left and have made Darwin our home.
Why did we stay, you ask?
Having lived in some large cities, we often found that distance as well as traffic in and out of the CBD made it difficult to make the most of what that city had to offer. In Darwin we have very little traffic in comparison to other cities, which makes it so much easier to be able to enjoy the culture and events. Some event highlights of mine are the Darwin Festival, Aboriginal Art Fair (both held annually in August) and Darwin Cup Carnival (held annually in July).
We also love the markets – who doesn’t love markets! In Darwin we are fortunate to have an abundance, including the well known Mindil Beach markets. However, my favourites are:
- Parap Markets – held every Saturday throughout the year, I will often drop into the Parap markets for a smoothie and some fresh paw paw in between open houses.
- Rapid Creek Markets – this place is a taste sensation! Best to get here early on a Sunday morning to stock up on fresh fruit and vegetables. I love to purchase freshly made rice noodles and curry pastes so I can whip up a tasty curry at home. Whilst here, I also pop into Greenies Real Foods too, to see what treasures I can find.
- Malak Marketplace (organic markets) – this is Darwin’s newest market and is held on Saturday evenings throughout the dry. I love this relaxed market and often purchase lovely fresh vegetables from the farmers, catch up with friends for a meal and simply enjoy the atmosphere.
The outdoor adventures and fishing were also huge drawcards for our family. We like to get away on weekends, whether this is in Kakadu National Park, Litchfield or a trip to Katherine. If visiting Kakadu, the following are must do’s:
- Sunset at Ubirr
- Yellow waters sunrise cruise
- Hike up to the plunge pools at Gunlom
- Flight over Jim Jim and Twin Falls in the wet season
There are lots of opportunities for the outdoor enthusiast including bushwalking, camping, quad biking, motor-biking, hunting and fishing. Our 12 year old son is obsessed with fishing and whilst travelling around Australia in our caravan it felt a lot like a fishing expedition.
In Darwin we go land-based fishing regularly. We especially like fishing from the rocks at Dundee Beach followed by a meal and drink at the Dundee Beach Lodge. The ultimate fishing adventure would be heli-fishing and chasing the elusive metre (or million dollar!) barramundi.
It is the dry season at the moment and you wouldn’t want to be anywhere else. The bright sunny days and warm, balmy nights bring an influx of visitors to Darwin as they escape the cold in the southern states. I will admit, the wet season can get really hot and humid, however, have you watched the storms rolling in over the ocean? They are so powerful and captivating.
As you can see, there was so much for us to love and so much to stay for, we couldn’t possibly leave. It is partly why I’m so passionate about helping others find their homes here in Darwin. It’s just a fabulous place to be for the whole family.
See you by the shore (rod in hand), at the markets or out on an adventure soon.