Darwin Northern Territory

Darwin Northern Territory

Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory (NT), Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin has a population of 121,000, making it by far the largest and most populated city in the Northern Territory. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End regional centre. The Aboriginal people of the Larrakia language group are the first inhabitants of the greater Darwin area.

Darwin has been almost entirely rebuilt twice, once during WW2 due to Japanese air raids and again after being devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974, the city is one of Australia's most modern capitals.

Tourism is one of Darwin's largest industries. Tourism is a major industry and employment sector for the Northern Territory.

Darwin NT is located in one of the most lightning prone areas in the world. In 2002 a single thunderstorm produced 1,634 lightning strikes in Darwin in just a few hours, which is the same amount that Perth, Western Australia experiences in an entire year.

Along with its importance as a gateway to Asia, Darwin also acts as an access point for the Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, and northerly islands such as Groote Eylandt and the Tiwi Islands. The city is the largest in the area, and provides services for these remote settlements.

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