From: Victoria, Australia
Darwin's transport links are now much better that they were in WWII. Not only is there now an all weather railway link to Adelaide and from there all points to the developed south east corner, there are now two all weather sealed roads to Darwin. The Stuart Highway down to Adelaide which during WWII was built up by American engineers as a gravel road plus the coastal highway hugging most of the West Australian coastline is now also fully sealed. The coastal highway also provides access to the big resource ports built in the last 40 years, which ports did not really exist in WWII. Then there is also, if necessary the inland road connection from Queensland which meets the Stuart Highway.
I Google Imaged several hundred photos of Darwin yesterday and was surprised to see a tidy, modern, friendly-looking small city.
Uhh... why??? It is Australia.
Folks picturing fever swamps surrounding a tent camp ought to go take a look. It's somewhere I'd like very much to visit someday.
The primary activity is tourism these days so the town has extensive modern facilities. Federal money and that it is the major center of the region ensures it has more amenities than any other town of its size. It also more than its fair share of natural wonders (tropical landscapes, wildlife and weather) and the friendly and relaxed lifestyle of the locals is legendary. My posting there was the highlight of my career.
(One day I will learn to spell - or check before posting....)
Uh oh, Firefox has a spell checker!! What excuse can I use now!!!