The first night I walked to the Mindil Beach Market where I got to watch another amazing northern Australian sunset. The numerous food stalls sold everything from crocodile to vietnamese Pho soup to food from Sri Lanka - the difficulty was making a choice so I had spicy calamari and a mango shake. Then I watched the entertainment, browsed the stalls, made a few purchases of course and walked back to my accommodation.
OIn addition to mining the northern territories grow numerous varieties of fruit including 28 varieties of mangos. This area use to be a large producer of bananas, however someone brought in some seeds from asia and did not declare them. The growth of these seeds spread a disease to the banana plantations and all the banana plants had to be destroyed to avoid spreading the disease to the banana plants in Queensland. End of growing bananas in the northern territories - guess this is why Australian customs are so strict about what you bring into the country.
The beaches may be lovely here and the water looks inviting but there are boxed jelly fish so no one swims in the ocean around Darwin.
Purple are box jellyfishThere is also a huge alcohol problem in the northern territories - which has led to an increase in rape and domestic violence. Some communities are prohibited from selling alcohol which has created an illegal industry where people bring truck loads of alcohol into these communities and sell beer for $250 to $500 a case - however get caught and it is a $78,000 fine! When you purchase alcohol you have to show your driver's license no matter how old you are. The license is swiped through a special scanner to see if you have a DUI or have been banned from any license premises in the state - this prevents those who have been banned from one establishment just going to another.
The city of Darwin has been rebuilt twice - once due to Japanese air raids and once due to cyclone Tracy in 1974. Darwin now has a lovely wharf area and an esplanade to enjoy. So you may not be able to go in the ocean but there are plenty of opportunities to enjoy looking and walking along it!
Walking along the beach I came across some and array of colored rocks in the sand to practice my photography skills.