Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Darwin All about Lifestyle

Newspaper article Fraser Coast Chronicle (Hervey Bay, Australia)

Darwin All about Lifestyle

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Byline: Kieran Salsone

WINTER has attacked, retreated, and attacked again a few times this year.

Jumpers and jackets have been pulled from wardrobes and the clever among us have remembered the handy art of layering.

Those folk with even more cleverness know there's a place where winter doesn't exist: Darwin.

It was six degrees in Brisbane when I made my way to the airport. It was 33 degrees when I landed in the Top End.

The difference was breathtaking and a welcome respite for my winter-loathing joints.

Darwin is like Cairns but more sunburnt, like Canberra but warmer, and like the Sunshine Coast but more compact.

In your first hour in the central business district you understand that people here aren't in a hurry.

It is hard to escape the overwhelming notion that, unlike any other capital city in Australia, Darwin is about lifestyle.

Like Wellington in New Zealand, there seems to be a pub here for every three people.

Take a walk down the main drag and you're flooded with options for sitting down with a few mates and having a meal and beer.

The action in the CBD is split. Mitchell St between Daly and Bennett St is where most of the nightlife, drinking, and shopping exists, while the waterfront area below Survivor's Lookout just down the street is where the more upmarket restaurants and kid-friendly activities can be found.

I was pleasantly surprised to see a large wave pool near Darwin Convention Centre.

Even on a Wednesday afternoon the place was packed with people enjoying the human-made waves.

If you're in town on a Thursday or Sunday, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are a must-do.

Given the relatively relaxed ambience in the CBD, I wasn't quite prepared for the size of the crowd at the markets.

The health food message has not quite pervaded everything here yet so the food options are especially varied and enticing.

A colleague and I grabbed some of the best laksa I have had in years, sat ourselves on the beach, and ate while watching the sunset, surrounded by hundreds of happy people. …

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