Landed in Darwin at 4 in the morning - not fun but helpfully enough there is a great airport shuttle bus that takes you into town. Before that though, had to get through customs and try and remember exactly what I had packed into my bags - luckily I had been warned about the notoriously difficult customs and didn't bring anything that could land me in any trouble! Just had some sweets from Singapore - but luckily they weren't taken away from me.
After getting to my backpackers and being told I couldn't do a proper check in til 6am, went to a cafe to have my brekkie - typically being me, I ordered what I hadn't had for ages - beans on toast and a cup of tea! Have to say, my first impression of an Aussie cup of tea wasn't all that great - way too weak for me!
For the next couple of days around Darwin I explored the very small city centre, just generally enjoying the sunshine.
The second time I came back to Darwin, after my first tour, I was able to meet up with Carolyn (a friends sister) who had been living and working in Darwin for the past 10 years. She has her owns rock climbing business and does various other activities with the schools and youth groups based around Darwin. She was a brillant guide, showing me around the suburbs of Darwin - which all reminded me of an even nicer version of Limehouse (down by the marina). Had a great time with her and her daughter. Went out for dinner that night to Stoke Wharf - a great place to go to eat especially if you can't decide what you want! You have so many choices there, ranging from fish and chip shops to chinese noodle bars. If any one does go there, I would definately reccommend you to go eat there at least once!
Overall, had a great time in Darwin. Really good city to start my Oz adventure.