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The Crocodiles Area of Australia

Aug 21, 2007
Darwin is the capital city of the Australian Territory of the Northern Territory. Darwin is situated in the Northern Territory, on the coast of the Timor Sea. It is closer to Jakarta than it is to Sydney. It was named after Charles Darwin.

The flag consists of three vertical stripes green, yellow, red, with the coat of arms of the City of Darwin in the yellow stripe.

The main area for shopping in the city is The Mall in the CBD. Casuarina Square is Darwin's largest shopping centre. The Mindil Markets is the most famous of all the markets in Darwin. The markets is a great place to go to discover the local wares and find lots of little crafts, jewellery, nik naks and items from the usual market crowd.

The nightlife in the city caters to all tastes and styles in a variety of ways. There are loads of pubs and Darwiners drink double the average consumption of alcohol than anywhere else in Australia.

Howard Springs is not a beach, but a great place to cool off in. It is located 35km East of Darwin, this waterhole is croc free which is why it is a very popular swimming spot. There are also a salt-water, jellyfish-free lake where swimming is possible all year round. The city has plenty of beaches but you would be wise to keep out of the water during the wet season because of the deadly box jellyfish.

By the early 20th century, most of the Aboriginal people who had inhabited the land were confined to government reserves or Christian missions, or were living on cattle stations working as stockmen or domestic help.

Crocodylus Park is the place in Australia to come face to face with crocodiles. Built upon 30 years of experience in crocodile research and conservation, the park plays host to over a thousand crocodiles from foot long hatchlings to massive adults measuring 16 feet and weighing half a ton. The other wildlife including big cats, primates, birds and other reptiles including hawksbill turtles.

Saltwater Crocodiles are very common in all waterways surrounding Darwin and occasionally are even found swimming in Darwin Harbour and on local beaches.

The Festival of Darwin, is an outdoor arts and culture festival, highlights the unique Asian and Aboriginal population culture combination. It takes place in August.

On 1 July, Territorians celebrate Territory Day. This is the only day of the year, apart from the Chinese New Year, when fireworks are permitted.
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Douglas Scott writes for The Car Hire Specialist. and is a free lance writer for The Darwin Rental Site
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