Darwin (Northern Territory)

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A typical Darwin street scene. In the Northern Territory, it is illegal to drive with a blood alcohol level of under 0.08, so all NT registered cars look like this.

“Come and have a beeeeeeyar.”

~ Anonymous ex-wharfie, home brewer - shouting over your fence at about midday.


Affectionately known as the Canberra of the North, Darwin is a one-street country town that calls itself a city. It's the capital of the Northern Territory - an area of Australia about a quarter of the size of Europe, with a population of 19 people, 2.5 million dingoes and some very angry crocodiles.

Charles Darwin University (CDU)

It was named after Charles Darwin in recognition of the city's major contribution to natural selection. He also founded Charles Darwin University (CDU) which has campuses in Darwin and Alice Springs. CDU is world renown for the teaching of Creationism.

Sober driving is illegal in Darwin. If you're caught driving with a blood alcohol level of under 0.08, you'll get an on the spot fine equivalent to the cost of a carton of tinnies - which you will receive as a receipt.

Tourists come here specially to get in touch with nature and swim with the crocodiles. This is a more exciting version of swimming with dolphins - which is practised by silly hippies in Boring Bay. It's recommended you get blind drunk first, as it doesn't hurt so much.

If they survive swimming, tourists go to the backpacker mecca, Mitchell Street, to celebrate. If they're British, they celebrate by bashing random people to a bloody pulp. If they're not British, they celebrate by getting hospitalised by a pommy backpacker.

Lord Mayor of Darwin Graeme Sawyer

Every year, Darwin is wiped out by a cyclone - which makes life more exciting and gives the locals a good excuse to stock up on grog (alcohol) so they won't run out, even if they're killed by a flying sheet of corrugated iron.

Darwinians who survive the excitement of life in the wild north can take comfort from the fact that they're as far away from Canberra as they can get, without actually leaving the continent (in fact, Singapore's closer).

Graeme Sewer was elected Lord Mayor of the City of Darwin in April 2008, after being declared last man standing in a drinking competition.

History of Darwin[edit]

On 19 February 1942, Japanese warplanes first bombed Darwin but failed to hit either of their targets Hugh Jackman or Nicole Kidman. They tried many times, and eventually gave up.

On Christmas Eve 1974, after drinking the town dry, and enraged by the lack of alcohol, the entire population of Darwin (all 476 of them) went on a drunken rampage. Led by a long grasser known as "Cyclone" Tracy, they demolished the entire town so the government would have to evacuate them to Adelaide, where the Coopers brewery would be able satisfy their thirst.

Faced with the job of rebuilding a town they'd never even heard of and knew nothing about, public servants in Canberra were at a loss to know what to do until some bright spark hit on a simple solution. They could use the plans from Canberra and rebuild Darwin in its image. That would teach those drunks a lesson they wouldn't forget in a hurry!

The bureaucrats decided to keep the best bits for themselves, of course - so there would be no roundabouts for the uncouth northern philistines. But apart from that, they would rebuild the glorious city of Canberra in the tropics.

An outstanding example of bureaucratic architectural brilliance, the Woden Valley Royal Darwin Hospital, is now a major tourist attraction. Visitors can admire the snow screens on the windows and the thoughtful addition of central heating, as they recover from crocodile bites,being bucked by wild donkeys, alcohol poisoning or being bashed by one of the teenage gangs in Palmerston.

The Darwin Symphony Orchestra was formed in 1989 after an AA meeting. They are well known for their use of empty beer bottles and cans, though nobody will admit where the empties come from.

Things to do in Darwin[edit]

Darwinians queuing to buy beer (you can see how these people inspired Charles Darwin - notice which ones made it to the front of the queue)
  • Jump in a taxi and go straight to Darwin International Airport and catch the first plane to anywhere.
  • Drink beer!
  • If you have a reliable vehicle (i.e. one with out of state plates) find the Stuart Highway going south and just drive. Don't stop, keep going.
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to Howard Springs. Ever wondered what happened to that guy?
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to Humpty Doo famous for eggs
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to Bees Creek famous for bees.
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to Fly Creek famous for flies.
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to Fannie Bay. Don't ask! It's just famous, especially the Fannie Bay Trailer Boat Club (yes that's it's real name - don't ask why).
  • Drink beer!
  • Try to find Hidden Valley Raceway. You won't find it on any map.
  • Drink beer!
  • Spend a day enjoying the wonders of God's creation at the Charles Darwin National Park.
  • Drink beer!
  • Relax on the sand at Casuarina Beach. If you go in the water, remember Crocodiles, Box Jellyfish and Sea Snakes have right of way.
  • Drink beer!
  • Enjoy a glass of premium Australian Wine and a meal cooked by a Master Chef at Sky City Casino. Ok ok that's a bit extreme, just drink beer and play two-up like everybody else.
  • Drink beer!
  • Go to a show at the Darwin Entertainment Centre, or performance by the Darwin Theatre Company. Ok ok, maybe just go to a pub, watch pole dancers and drink beer.
  • Drink beer!
  • Drink more beer!
  • Drink lots more beer!

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