The Northern Territory is historically famous for the bombing of Darwin in World War II (1942). Since then it has grown into a tropical metropolis for the north of Australia. Gateway to Kakadu, Uluru and Litchfield National Park. The weather is catagorised into only two seasons, the ‘wet’ and ‘dry’ season. The ‘dry season’ hosts the famous Mindil Beach Markets, Greek Glenti and India at Mindel. Although all year round one can dine at the wharf, sail on the harbour and visit wartime history.
The ocean waters are filled with crocodiles, bull sharks and seasonal jellyfish so be careful. Therefore one does not visit the NT for beach swimming holidays. Yet they do visit for the warm weather, crocodile spotting tours, seeing giant magnetic termite mounds. As well as visit the incredible beauty of the outback with its spectacular waterfalls. Visiting Uluru (Ayres Rock) and Kings Canyon is essential when in central NT.
Darwin city is the most multicultural place in Australia. Despite having the lowest national cities population in Australia, it makes up for it with cultural diversity. Events held throughout the year by clubs and associations. recognise many ethnic backgrounds including but not limited to – Portuguese, Timorese, Filipino, Indonesian, Chinese, Indian, Greek, Arabic and Malaysian peoples. A bonus to all this cultural diversity is the vast array of food types one can try. Especially when visiting any of the markets, but in particular the famous Mindil Beach Market. This market is held each Thursday and Sunday evening during the dry season.
The Northern Territory has only two seasons, the wet and dry. May to October are dryer months with typically less rain and humidity. The coolest months (by tropical standards) are June, July and August. From November to April the weather is warmer and extremely humid. Events, tours, markets, festivals and sporting carnivals are held throughout the dry season months.
If invited to a formal event and the invitation states ‘Territory Rig’ in the ‘what to wear’ section this means smart casual clothing, dressed up casual. For the majority of the year Darwin is too hot to wear a suit and tie, therefore it is rare to attend an event with this expectation.