Darwin

The town’s historic buildings
Litchfield National Park
Territory Wildlife Park

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Darwin

The Australian Phoenix

Darwin is a young, lively and cosmopolitan city, as you will find in the busy bars along Mitchell Street and watching the runners and cyclists who enjoy the city’s tropical parks and waterfront districts, where your MSC cruise ship awaits you.

Darwin exceeds all expectations: it is one of the fastest growing cities in Australia, with a population of over 136,000 inhabitants made up of a mixture of different ethnic groups. 
 
To appreciate it fully, visit its historic buildings and natural attractions, or try the excellent Southeast Asian-inspired cuisine
 
While enjoying your MSC World Cruise, you can take day trips from Darwin to Litchfield National Park, with its waterfalls and forests. Crocodylus Park, on the edge of the city, is perfect for a day outdoors, combined with the beautiful Territory Wildlife Park a little further away. 
 
The modern Parliament House is the perfect place to start your visit. It is by far the most impressive building in the Northern Territory, with an extremely imaginative design: the shape of the top of the exterior columns, reminiscent of a bomb, is in remembrance of the adversity Darwin suffered during the war. Once through the security control, the airy atrium is full of small references to the Northern Territory, from the original crest to the desert flower mosaic. Cyclones, air raids and termites have destroyed many of the old buildings in Darwin, but a few architectural gems have survived. 
 
Government House, not far from Parliament House, was restored in the 1970s, after the original residence was devoured by white ants. The cream corrugated roof and potted palms make it a fine example of an elegant tropical building, today the official residence of the Administrator of the Northern Territory.
 
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    Australia

    The land of contrasts
    The land of contrasts

    More than most other developed countries, a cruise to Australia releases your imagination. For most visitors its name is shorthand for an endless summer where the living is easy; a place where the adventures are as vast as the horizons and the jokes flow as freely as the beer; a country of can-do spirit and easy friendliness. No wonder Australians call theirs the Lucky Country.

    The energy of its contemporary culture is in contrast to a landscape that is ancient and often looks it: much of central and western Australia – the bulk of the country – is overwhelmingly arid and flat. In contrast, its cities, most founded as recently as the mid-nineteenth century, burst with a vibrant, youthful energy.

    A holiday to Australia isn’t complete without a look at its most iconic scenery, the Outback; the vast fabled desert that spreads west of the Great Dividing Range into the country’s epic interior. Here, vivid blue skies, cinnamon red earth, deserted gorges and geological features as bizarre as the wildlife comprise a unique ecology. This harsh interior has forced modern Australia to become a coastal country. Most of the population lives within 20km of the ocean, occupying a suburban, south-eastern arc that extends from southern Queensland to Adelaide.