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Page 18 • MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 Mytown... Page 18 • MICEBTN - AUGUST 2015 Weather in August - what can we expect? darwin is blessed with warm tropical weather all year round. In August, we are enjoying the dry season with gorgeous warm sunny days around 32 degrees and cooler nights with mini- mal humidity. It’s perfect for outdoor activities. leave your jumper in your suitcase. What’s the first thing I should do after checking in? A visit to darwin’s Waterfront is a great place to relax into the tropical darwin lifestyle. There’s a fantastic mix of restaurants, cafes and bars with gorgeous views of the harbour. If you want to go for a swim, either ride the swell at the Wave lagoon or cool down in the free saltwater recreation lagoon with its sandy beach. The lush parkland is a perfect place to sit under a palm tree and read a book, catch up with friends or enjoy one of the many outdoor events. Plus there are walkways and an elevated seawall for admiring the archi- tecture of the darwin Convention Centre and taking in harbour views. Where would you suggest friends meet for an intimate drink? il lido barpizza, The deck Bar and The sailing Club to name a few. What is the best place for lunch? As a tropical harbour city, it is always nice to enjoy lunch with a view. Cornucopia Museum Cafe is situated in a tropical garden setting on the waterfront at the Museum and Art gallery of the Northern Territory and has great water views and food. There’s also a great selection of stylish restaurants and cool cafes with views in the darwin Waterfront Precinct. I also love Eva’s Botanical gardens Café in the george Brown darwin Botanic gardens for its gorgeous outlook and delicious lunches. And dinner? We are spoilt for choice with an array of mul- ticultural cuisines on offer. Pee Wee’s at the Point, Char restaurant @ Admiralty, Hanu- man, Moorish Café and Chow are some of my favourites. If it is my first visit to Darwin, what are some of the must-sees? The iconic Mindil Beach sunset Market is a must-see for visitors to darwin. It operates on a Thursday and sunday night during the dry season and is lots of fun. There are over 50 food stalls to choose from and plenty of arts and craft stalls to browse, plus live entertain- ment to enjoy. At sundown, everyone heads to the beach to view the amazing sunset. A visit to Crocosaurus Cove for an intimate crocodile experience is something that you can only have in darwin. An evening cruise on the darwin Harbour is really special, as is a drive along East Point road. stop for 10 minutes and wander down to what I call our living beach...every shell on the shore walks. Then, slowly turn from the aqua water view and admire the ochre coloured rocks that line our shore...a truly unique beach experience. If I want to bring home a memento of the trip, what would you suggest? A trip to the starwin social enterprise in dar- win’s CBd is a must. The shopfront celebrates indigenous women in enterprise and has a unique range of quality gifts, hand-made homewares, souvenirs and luxury items. All items have been produced by talented individuals and supplied by social enterprises in the Territory. A visit to the Paspaley Boutique for beautiful Australian sea Pearls and the di Croco show- room for luxury handbags and accessories made from Australian saltwater crocodile skin is another special darwin retail experience. Kellie Robertson, Business Development Manager for the Darwin Convention Centre. darWin KELLIE Robertson has extensive experience in sales, business development and management gained through a career in the media, tourism and print industries. She currently works as the business development manager for the Darwin Convention Centre, specialising in the national conferences and conventions market. She enjoys travelling as part of her role throughout Australia and Asia to connect with national associations and corporations, to introduce Darwin and the world-class Darwin Convention Centre as a unique business events destination. Kellie has lived in Darwin for six years and enjoys the tropical outdoor lifestyle with her family. She is happy to share tips on what’s great about Darwin - especially during the dry season - for delegates and visitors.