Because of Cyclone Tracy (Christmas Day 1974) very few buildings from the earlier times exist and it appears that the city is determined to build itself into a modern and vibrant city as quickly as possible. Construction is evident everywhere. The waterfront area in particular is looking bright and sparkly, with a popular large wave pool, manicured lawns and a beach overlooked by apartments. The Beagle sailed in to the harbour in 1839 with Charles Darwin on board and Wickham, the ships' commander, named the area in his honour. The presentday wharf is named after John Stokes who was the first crew member to see the harbour. Darwin, Wickham and Stokes wouldn't recognise the place.
|Wave Pool, Waterfront, Darwin|
|Stokes Wharf and Waterfront, Darwin|
My hope is that the city of Darwin and surrounds can develop a unique personality. I don't think it has quite yet but I may be a little unfair as we've only been here three days.