Facing the Timor Sea and nearer to Bali than Bondi, Darwin is Australia's only tropical capital city. Known as "Australia's gateway to Asia", you'll find that more than 50 different nationalities call this place home, creating a multicultural atmosphere. Darwin also has a large Aboriginal population, which means you can learn about the extraordinary culture of Australia's indigenous people in the galleries, museums, and neighbouring national parks. You can admire Aboriginal artwork at museums like Aboriginal Fine Arts or Mbantua Art Gallery, or check out the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory which showcases the region’s history. Afterwards, see the city’s many historical 19th-century buildings like Government House with its Gothic architecture and green gardens or Palmerston Town Hall, a ruined building now used for open air-theatre performances. You’ll also find plenty of festive events like vibrant local markets as well as world-renowned restaurants serving international cuisine. For beach lovers, the man-made City Beach is a fantastic place to cool off after a day of touring. If you’d rather spend time in the great outdoors, there’s some fantastic natural attractions right on the city’s doorstep. Head east to Kakadu National Park, home to 2000 plant species, and to the notorious saltwater crocodiles. Alternatively, Litchfield National Park, south of Darwin, also offers the chance to escape into nature.