I reflect on the first three months into my relocation to the Northern Territory. New friends and new places to explore have led to several great adventures already. These have made me excited to see what is in store for the Wooman in Darwin.
The population of Darwin is characterised as being multi-cultural and transient. In fact, at one point there were 5 times the number of Chinese residents than westerners living in the City. Today, the Filipino community (per capita) in the Territory is larger than any other State in Australia. On top of this, it is my opinion that people who decide to move to the Territory share the sense of adventure and willingness to 'give it a go'. As a result, people I have met have been welcoming and open to sharing adventures with newcomers such as me.
In my short time here, I've already met some great friends, been on many adventures, and will surely share many more in the years to come.
VLog: Jim Jim Falls - Kakadu National Park
I acknowledge I arrived in Darwin during the best time of year - July. So what I have to say reflects the Top End's dry season which has been said by many as the 'best it has been in years'.
What's been good? Predictably no rain, minimal mosquitos, refreshing waterholes, and comfortable temperature to trek during the day yet cool enough to warrant a small fire in the evening.
But the notorious 'build up' is coming. Is it as bad as they say? We will have to wait and see...
VLog: Tjaynera Falls, Wangi Falls, Buley's Waterhole - Litchfield National Park
I had elected to do something I have never done previously, live in the heart of the city center, and it has been exciting. Just a few weeks after I moved in, the Darwin Festival started. Dozens of events held over a two week period at venues around the city meant that there was no shortage of theatre, music, comedy, art, culture, and other festival shows for me to immerse myself into.
The Waterfront district is a beautiful and relaxing place to spend the day and/or evening, with a waterpark, wave pool, great views, and a wide selection of restaurants and bars.
You can fill a weekend by doing nothing but visiting the local markets. Midil Beach is the most famous, with the most food trucks and artisan stands, however, most spectacular is the sunset excitement on the beach. Parap, Rapid Creek, and other markets are not just for eating and gathering fresh fruit and vegetables for the week, its also a great way to socialise and catch up with friends.
VLog: Playing tour guide - Katherine Gorge and Kakadu National Park
So my life as a Territorian has only begun, but I have nothing but excitement for what is yet to come. I will embrace this change of environment and immerse myself into this community.
Watch this space...