Darwin: Where natural beauty meets modern city

It’s certainly a picturesque spot – across from the hotel is a lush green park dotted with palms and other tropical vegetation, bisected by a popular walking and cycling trail, which follows the shoreline.

As one of those big concrete hotel complexes you find across the Territory, the Mantra is showing its age here and there in its fixtures and fittings.

However, my room is a good size, with a soothing brown and off-white colour scheme and a king-size bed. A long desk runs along the wall beneath a widescreen TV, and there’s a