It’s Australia’s best tropical city: Whisper it quietly, but the cities in tropical Queensland are a little underwhelming. Darwin, however, has bags of personality. This is partly due to population blend. It’s a weird mix of rough-and-ready, beer-swilling Northern Territory blokeishness, alternative lifestyle hippyishness and Asian migration. And somehow it works to form a small but enticing city with a distinctive attitude towards life.
David Whitley heads north of Byron Bay to learn why Australians are so proud and protective of their beaches