8 Fun Facts About Darwin, Australia

by Kathryn Johnson on October 21, 2014

The Library at Charles Darwin University, Photo courtesy of Stephen Barnett from wikipedia.org.

The library at Charles Darwin University.
Photo by Stephen Barnett.

As the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia, Darwin provides a variety of fun activities and interesting facts.  Aside from being a port city, Darwin is a fun and exciting town with a hot, tropical climate that’s perfect for tourists and travel enthusiasts alike.

Take a look at these 8 fun facts about Darwin, Australia

1.  You can attend one of the Weekly Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.

Sunset Market at Mindil Beach. Photo courtesy of Tourism NT from wikipedia.org. (http://www.travelnt.com)

Sunset Market at Mindil Beach.
Photo courtesy of Tourism NT

These markets are not like most other normal markets that you can see everyday.  If you love the market scenery, just wait until you visit the Sunset Markets at Mindil Beach which take place every Tuesday and Sunday during the dry season in Australia which is from May through October.  Tourists and locals can watch performers, buy souvenir, and taste a variety of foods all in the sunset light.

2.  Darwin hosts the annual Darwin Beer Can Regata.

Boats made from all sorts of cans get ready to sail. Photo courtesy of Donama from wikipedia.org.

Boats made from all sorts of cans get ready to sail.
Photo by Donama.

Every year since 1974, the Darwin Beer Can Regata is held at Mindil Beach.  People build boats out of beer cans, pop cans, bottles, and milk cartons in the hopes that they will float in the water.

This event is supplemented by concerts and other contests to make a fun-filled event that everyone can enjoy.

3.  The Seabreeze Festival is like a huge talent show.

Performers play their clapsticks and didgeridoo at the Seabreeze Festival. Photo courtesy of Owen65 from wikipedia.org.

Performers play their clapsticks and didgeridoo at the Seabreeze Festival.
Photo by Owen65.

Performers come to this festival from many different places to perform their acts of culture such as the two men in the picture above.  Started in 2005, the Seabreeze Festival is held on the second week of May every year in Nightcliff which is a close suburb of Darwin.

Local talent is showcased throughout the celebration as well as a variety of other festivities.

4.  Visiting the Darwin Aviation Heritage Center is a great way to learn the history of the city.

A Hover Bird on display at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre. Photo courtesy of Travel NT from wikipedia.org. (http://travelnt.com)

A Hover Bird on display at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre.
Photo courtesy of Travel NT.

A large part of Darwin’s history is that it has been the home of many aviation pioneers.  It was also a check point for the London to Melbourne Centenary Air Race in 1934.  The Darwin Aviation Heritage Centre gives tourists and locals alike a look into this amazing and interesting history of the port city of Darwin.

5.  Did you know there’s actually a solar car race?  It’s called the World Solar Challenge.

A solar-powered car at the World Solar Challenge. Photo courtesy of GTHO from wikipedia.org.

A solar-powered car at the World Solar Challenge.
Photo courtesy of GTHO..

The World Solar Challenge is a solar-powered car race that cover 3,021 km which in the entire distance of the continent of Australia starting on the north coast and ending on the south coast.

The race attracts contenders from all over the world, and participants come in teams to test their innovative cars in the well-known race.

6.  You can have a picnic at the Charles Darwin National Park.

Picnics are a fun family activity at the Charles Darwin National Park. Photo courtesy of kenhodge13 from wikipedia.org.

Picnics are a fun family activity at the Charles Darwin National Park.
Photo by kenhodge13.

 Charles Darwin National Park is named after Charles Darwin, a well-known scientists who invented the concept of Darwinism.  This park is a great location for anyone to spend a day, weekend, or even longer together for a nice vacation.

7.  Casuarina Beach is quite possibly one of the most popular beaches in the Northern Territory.

Take a walk along the beach or take a swim in the crystal blue waves. Photo courtesy of Tourism NT at wikipedia.org. (http://travelnt.com)

Take a walk along the beach or take a swim in the crystal blue waves.
Photo courtesy of Tourism NT.

When one is looking to relax in the exciting, upbeat city of Darwin, you can never go wrong with a trip to Casuarina Beach.  Strolling along the warm sand in the tropical climate gives anyone a getaway from the multiple festivals that take place in Darwin.

Casuarina Beach has been deemed one of the best beaches in the Northern Territory of Australia.

8.  Aboriginal Art Galleries are available for viewing at the annual Darwin Festival.

Art galleries and concerts are staples at the Darwin Festival. Photo courtesy of Tourism NT from wikipedia.org. (http://travelnt.com)

Art galleries and concerts are staples at the Darwin Festival.
Photo courtesy of Tourism NT./> (http://travelnt.com)

The annual Darwin Festival is another staple of the port city of Darwin.  There are concerts and other activities available for the festival attendees, but the most well-known aspect of this festival are the art galleries featuring aboriginal art pieces that are widely popular in the coastal city.  In the city of Darwin, there’s always something for everyone at this well-known festival.

Have you ever been to Darwin, Australia?  Do you have any fun facts to share or recommended activities?  Leave your comments below.  We love to hear from you!

Kathryn JohnsonThis post was written by Kathryn Johnson, a junior majoring in Spanish at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Kathryn’s passion for travel blossomed from her love for foreign language  In August, 2015, she plans to volunteer in France or Morocco before traveling to Spain for a semester-long study abroad experience.

Kathryn is currently learning about travel marketing and social media during an internship with VentureTime Travel.

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Top 5 Locations on my Travel Bucket List

by Kathryn Johnson on October 20, 2014

What's on your travel bucket list? Photo courtesy of Sidimomo from wikipedia.org.(http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

What’s on your travel bucket list?
Photo by Sidimomo.

Many people have a bucket list and some may even have more than one. I have many as well, but my favorite one is my travel bucket list of places all around the world that I hope to one day visit.

Here are my top 5 locations on my travel bucket list:

1. Zip Line over the Cloud Forest in Monteverde, Costa Rica

A suspension bridge hangs high in a rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica. Photo courtesy of wikipedia.org (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

A suspension bridge hangs high in a rainforest in Monteverde, Costa Rica.

While there are a number of organizations that allow nature enthusiasts to zip line through forests in Costa Rica, if I were to brave this breath-taking adventure, I would take on the Sky Trek Canopy Tour.  It not only includes zip lines, but also a series of trails and suspension bridges to provide for the ultimate experience.

What could be more fun than witnessing the amazing Cloud Forest as you zip line over the canopy?

2. Experience the history of Jerusalem, Israel

The Temple Mount is one of the most highly regarded religious sites in Jerusalem. http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/

The Temple Mount is one of the most highly regarded religious sites in Jerusalem.
Photo by Godot13.

Jerusalem is one the oldest cities in the world.  One can only the imagine the abundant history that this town has to tell.  If you’re interested in religion, this is the place to begin since it is considered a holy place for Judaism, Christianity, and Islam.

There’s an abundance of mosques and other holy places such as The Temple Mount pictured above where one can experience more in this historic city than imaginable.

3. Celebrate El Día De Los Muertos in Mexico

Women dressed for El Día De Los Muertos

Women dressed for El Día De Los Muertos prepare for the celebration.  Photoby Jaredzimmerman (WMF) .

Many people have heard of El Día De Los Muertos, or The Day Of The Dead, which takes places in Mexico every year on October 31st through November 2nd.  This 3-day celebration is to honor the lives of friends and family members who have passed away.

Marigolds, sugar skulls, pan de muerto (a special bread), costumes, and altars with pictures and candles to light the pathway for the spirits to come celebrate are all elements of one of the biggest holidays in Mexico.

4. Gain a French and Arabic cultural experience in Rabat, Morocco

A Kasbah in Morocco sits at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River.  Photo courtesy of Elooas from wikipedia.org. (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/)

A Kasbah in Morocco sits at the mouth of the Bou Regreg River. Photo by Elooas.

The country of Morocco has always been high up on my travel bucket list because of it’s connection to both the French and Arabic languages which I hope to one day learn.  The city of Rabat is the second largest in Morocco and one of the best places to engulf oneself in the language and culture of the country.

5. Attend the National Cherry Blossom Festival in Washington, D.C.

The Washington Monument seen through the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C. Photo courtesy of Scott Bauer.

The Washington Monument seen through the cherry blossoms in Washington, D.C.
Photo byScott Bauer.

This festival celebration the giving of the Japanese cherry tree to the city of Washington as well as the friendship between the United States and Japan.  The blossoming cherry trees are a sight to see during the festival since it takes place at the end of March, the prime time for the trees to blossom, and lasts for two weeks into April. 

Experiencing these beautiful trees will give you a glimpse of Japan that is unforgettable.

What travel locations are on your bucket list?  Leave your comments below.  We love to hear from you!

Kathryn JohnsonThis post was written by Kathryn Johnson, a junior majoring in Spanish at Luther College in Decorah, Iowa.

Kathryn’s passion for travel blossomed from her love for foreign language  In August, 2015, she plans to volunteer in France or Morocco before traveling to Spain for a semester-long study abroad experience.

Kathryn is currently learning about travel marketing and social media during an internship with VentureTime Travel.

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