The Australian Phoenix
Darwin is a young, lively and cosmopolitan city, as you will find in the busy bars along Mitchell Street and watching the runners and cyclists who enjoy the city’s tropical parks and waterfront districts, where your MSC cruise ship awaits you.
Darwin exceeds all expectations: it is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, with a population of over 136,000 inhabitants made up of a mixture of different ethnic groups.
To appreciate it fully, visit its historic buildings and natural attractions, or try the excellent Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine.
While enjoying your MSC World Cruise, you can take day trips from Darwin to Litchfield National Park, with its waterfalls and forests. Crocodylus Park, on the edge of the city, is perfect for a day outdoors, combined with the beautiful Territory Wildlife Park a little further away.
The modern Parliament House is the perfect place to start your visit. It is by far the most impressive building in the Northern Territory, with an extremely imaginative design: the shape of the top of the exterior columns, reminiscent of a bomb, is in remembrance of the adversity Darwin suffered during the war. Once through the security control, the airy atrium is full of small references to the Northern Territory, from the original crest to the desert flower mosaic. Cyclones, air raids and termites have destroyed many of the old buildings in Darwin, but a few architectural gems have survived.
Government House, not far from Parliament House, was restored in the 1970s, after the original residence was devoured by white ants. The cream corrugated roof and potted palms make it a fine example of an elegant tropical building, today the official residence of the Administrator of the Northern Territory.