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17 Daly St
Darwin NT 0800
is the capital city of the Northern Territory
with a population
of 71,350. Situated between Port Darwin
and Beagle Gulf, located on Fannie Bay, Darwin
is a young
lively city with a cosmopolitan atmosphere.
Lieutenant John Lort Stokes and Captain J.C. Wickham discovered Port Darwin
whilst travelling on HMS Beagle in 1839. Captain J.C. Wickham named the area after Charles Darwin
who had once sailed HMS Beagle. Temporarily, in 1869 it was renamed to Palmerston but soon returned to its original name in 1911. Trying to secure a settlement in Darwin
was an endless struggle. Several settlements prior to Darwin
had failed, so the South Australian Government were adamant that the settlement at Port Darwin
would be successful. The construction of the overland telegraph gave Darwin
an immediate purpose and ultimately a successful settlement.
The Indigenous Australians of Darwin
split the year up into 6 seasons. But generally people in Darwin
tend to divide the year up into the wet and dry seasons. The wet season starts in October and continues through until January/February. During this time the humidity and heat increases dramatically and comes to a crashing halt with severe storms.Darwin
is renowned for its cyclone season and holds Australia
's worst natural disaster to date. Cyclone Tracy came through Darwin
in 1974 and reaped havoc and destruction across the city. It was estimated that winds reach speeds of 250 km/h. The dry season however is in complete contrast, constant sunshine with temperatures remaining warm and pleasant.
The telephone code for Darwin
and the Northern Territory
is 08. Darwin
observes GMT + 9.5 hours.