Here are some Darwin Fast Facts. The city is the capital of the Northern Territory. It was known as Palmerston from 1869 to 1911 when it was renamed Darwin after the famous English naturalist. The city is modern, partly due to the fact that it has been rebuilt twice – after the Japanese bombing in World War II and after the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
The population of Darwin is around 127,000.
The climate is either hot and humid or hot and dry, sometimes on the same day. The temperatures don’t vary greatly year round but the humidity does, making the summer months feel hotter than they are and the winter months quite cool by comparison. The average temperature is 25 to 30 degrees Celsius in the hot months and 17 to 30 in the cooler months. The ‘Dry’ season is from May to September and the ‘Wet’ now goes by the name Tropical Season so tourists don’t think of those months as being wet even though they may be. That said, it is not ‘wet’ all the time – it can bucket down and be sunny soon after - which adds to the humidity. Ladies, humidity is great for the complexion but can do crazy things with your hair.
Getting around – the airport (and Rydges) as about 12km from the city and a taxi ride costs around $25 – can be a couple of dollars more r less depending on the traffic/time of day. Bus services operate between the city and suburbs. The Tour Tub bus loops around the city and you can get on and off as you wish – it is a great way to see the major attractions. It loops every 70 minutes from 9:00am. Cullen Bay Marina is the departure point for cruises. If you hire a car to explore outside Darwin, check on whether it is okay to drive on unsealed roads and obey the signs when it comes to swimming!