Darwin

Whether you live and work in Darwin, or you are just visiting, sometimes accidents happen so if you need to send flowers to a loved one or family member in hospital - your local florist can help. Flowers can be sent to both hospitals - Royal Darwin Hospital or the Repromed Darwin, to wish a loved one a speedy recovery, to say congratulations to a new mum, or just to let someone know you are thinking of them. Flowers are so easy to organise and send and they can be there when time or distance makes it impossible for you to visit. Flowers say *I care* and are sure to brighten anyone's day.

Stats and Facts About Darwin

Darwin is located on the Timor Sea and is the capital city of the Northern Territory, it is also the largest city in the sparsely populated territory. Darwin is the smallest and most northern of all the capital cities. Originally a pioneer outpost today Darwin is the *top ends* regional centre.

Due to Darwin's proximity to South east Asia it is the perfect *link* between countries such as East Timor and Indonesia. The city is built on a low bluff that overlooks the harbour with its suburbs spreading out from Lee Point in the north to Berrimah in the east. The Stuart highway begins in Darwin going onto Darwin's satellite city Palmerston and its suburbs, but ends at Port Augusta in South Australia.

Like the rest of The Top End, Darwin has a very tropical climate with a wet and a dry season, but the area is known for being constantly hot throughout the year. Darwin is prone to cyclones in the wet season and can experience dazzling lightning and monsoonal downpours. During the dry season the city experience gentle sea breezes from the harbour and blue skies.

Brief History on Darwin NT

HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin Harbour on September 9 1839 during its surveying of the area. Named *Port Darwin* by John Clements Wickham in honour of Charles Darwin who had been a former ship mate who had sailed with him on a previous journey. In 1869 a settlement there became known as Palmerstaon, but in 1911 it was renamed Darwin. The city has been almost rebuilt four times following the damaged caused by the 1897 and 1937 cyclones, during World War Two by Japanese air raids and again in1974 after Cyclone Tracy.

Tourism in Darwin and things to See and Do

One of Darwin's biggest industries is tourism and is the hub for tours to Litchfield National Park, Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park. The territory is divided into the wet and dry season but there can be as many as 6 different seasons in Darwin - it's generally warm and sunny from May to September, humidity then rises during the *green season* - from October to April this brings in the monsoonal rains and thunderstorms that rejuvenates the landscape. Tourism is generally seasonal with most tourists opting to visit in April to September during the cooler dry season.