Hi, I’m “Alpine” Al. I recently returned from an extended trip to Darwin (which is in Australia for those not in the know). Now that I’m home, I have decided to start a blog to share my pictures (sorry, still haven’t added them yet) and stories.
On my trip, I wanted to have as close to an authentic Australian experience as possible, which meant: no staying in hotels! So I chose a campervan to hire in Darwin, and lived out of it for my entire trip!
I opted for a 4wd model. I wasn’t sure if I would brave the more rural areas, but I wanted to be prepared for anything that looked exciting. And plus I knew that with a 4wd campervan, whenever I was feeling tired I could just pull over, find a steep hill to climb for privacy, and set up camp!
But in general, on this trip, I discovered a special multiculturalism, where people from over FIFTY different societies function and live alongside. That was the most memorable thing. Well, that and the war history. In fact, I found the entire history of Darwin fascinating.
..over FIFTY different societies functioning and live alongside.. think about that for a moment.. what a terrific ‘gumbo soup’ of the human race.
Impressive cultural diversity..
The normal Asian-style markets that form an inherent component of the everyday Darwin landscape for neighborhood citizens see meals, popular music, language, and culture from almost every Asian country, alongside “crocodile seekers”, regional Aboriginal artists, artists of every category, sporting activities, angling operators, sunset sails, and family members with youngsters using the beach. Darwin’s special cosmopolitan makeup has actually been recognized as an “multicultural icon of national significance” by the Australian National Trust.
Here’s a great video I found on YouTube that gives you a good sense of what the markets are like here. Sorry to disappoint you, but it’s not me in this video
I love the climate here!
Darwin’s tropical environment has 2 major periods, the ‘dry period’, from about May to October, and the ‘moist period’, from November to April. As soon as every 3 years, major cyclones have actually happened around Darwin. At moments like these, those who are on tour would be safest in a 4wd camper as opposed to a regular rental vehicle. Much of the city was ruined by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
Darwin’s involvement in the war
Unapologetically, I will now cater to my readers who enjoy historical war data Remarkably.. Darwin is the only Australian capital urban area to have actually come under a considerable number of strike during any battle. On 19 February, 1942, Japanese aircrafts made 2 significant bombing runs on Darwin from the plane provider fleet that had attacked Pearl Harbor not much less than 3 months previously.
These were the first of 64 air assaults experienced by the urban area during World War II, the last performing 12 November, 1943. (Other locations in northern Queensland and north Western Australia were also flopped by Japanese plane.).
The founding of the city
Again, something for the history buffs. Darwin was very first called in 1839 by John Lort Stokes throughout the third voyage of the Beagle. It was called after his former shipmate and well-known conservationist Charles Darwin. Darwin’s advancement was sped up by the discovery of gold at Pine Creek, approximately 200 km south of the urban area in 1871.
After the gold rush, Darwin’s development decreased mostly due to the harsh, tropical environment, distance and bad communications with various other Australian urban areas. The Second World War placed Darwin back on the chart when the town ended up being a crucial base for Allied action against the Japanese in the Pacific.
The road southern to the railhead at Alice Springs was emerged, putting the urban area in direct contact with the other nation. Modern Darwin is one of Australia’s most multicultural cities, more open to Asia than possibly other Australian urban area. It plays an important job as the door to Australia’s northern region. Natural wonders such as Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, and Litchfield are all within driving proximity from the city and still include near pre-colonial populaces of crocodiles, serpents, wallabies and goannas.
But of course, my experience in Darwin today is one in a modern region that has a special history, boasts a remarkable blending of cultures, and will surely provide me with many more wonderful experiences in the future.