Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city. Many visitors are surprised to find that it has accommodation, eateries, clubs, pubs, museums and other amenities that are at least equal to, and often better than, what you’ll find in the southern cities.
In business and industry circles, Darwin is described as Australia’s gateway with South East Asia. It’s closer to the Indonesian capital of Jakarta than it is to Canberra, and is about the same flying time from Singapore and Manila as it is from Sydney and Melbourne.
Darwin is the main service centre for a wide range of industries headed by mining, offshore oil and gas production, pastoralism, tourism and tropical horticulture. The Port of Darwin is also the main outlet for Australia’s live cattle export trade into South East Asia.