During WW2 Darwin was bombed on 64 separate occasions. The first bombing raid was the most intense and sustained, with a heavy loss of life and equipment. The first raid was two sorties by the Japanese. The harbour and ships in the morning and the runway and planes in the afternoon. The extent of the raids and bomb attacks was kept for the most part from the greater population at the time. But fully explains John Curtinís strategies from that time and the alliance with the USA.
Since the benefits of Air Conditioning becoming the norm, Darwin as a city has grown very fast. One of the fastest developing cities in Australia. The city itself is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour. Having been almost entirely rebuilt twice, and biuldings for the most part are modern.
In the early 1870s, Darwin felt the effects of a gold rush at Pine Creek after employees of the Australian Overland Telegraph Line found gold while digging holes for telegraph poles.
Be sure to have an extended visit and delight in what this great city has to offer.