Closer to Bali than Bondi, Darwin is heavily influenced by its Asian neighbours, with lots of nationalities sharing an easy going lifestyle and a great fusion food scene. Due to its tropical climate it is hot, humid and wet in the British winter (the Aussie Wet season), and very warm, dry and sunny in the British summer (the Aussie Dry season).

Watching sunsets and storms is something of a local pastime, and after a cleansing rain shower you can almost hear things growing. Try a delicious jackfruit curry, sip a fresh mango smoothie, or sample some crocodile jerky at one of Darwin’s weekend markets. A great way to experience Darwin Harbour is to board a sunset cruise and drift by the scenic foreshore.

Other great city experiences include Crocosaurus Cove where you can get close to crocs in an exhilarating Cage of Death, the beautiful Botanic Gardens, and the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory which has a fantastic Aboriginal art collection.

Make sure you don’t fall too hard for Darwin’s charms though, as it would be a shame to miss out on tours out to Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks. The wildlife and scenery up here is stunning and you’ll return home with memories of special places and incredible people.