Darwin Insider: Jane Hampson

Darwin Insider
Jane Hampson, Darwin Insider
Jane Hampson, Darwin Insider

After 10 years working in world capitals followed by a sojourn in Bali, Jane landed in Darwin four years ago — just in time to witness the one-time sleepy top end town rapid metamorphosis into a culturally diverse tropical harbour city. She has so far survived three "build-ups", and writes on top end arts and travel for newspapers and magazines in Australia, Indonesia and the UK.

What's your favourite thing to do on a Sunday?

Dry Season: Hang at Nightcliff markets for a chilled-out brunch, chat with friends and listen to live music before heading to Berry Springs, a waterhole oasis about a half-hour from Darwin. In the late afternoon it's sunset drinks at the Ski Club or Sandbar, at the Casino on Mindil Beach. Wet Season: Yum cha in the air-conditioned comfort of Tasty House on the Smith Street Mall and a swim ocean-side at Nightcliff Pool (Berry Springs is closed in the Wet due to crocs).

How would you spend a long weekend?

Grab my swag and tent and head out of town. Edith Falls on the road to Katherine is one of my favourite spots.

A good night out?

Dinner at Hanuman on Mitchell Street or Char on the Esplanade, then live music at Monsoons or Nirvana, both on Mitchell Street or a movie under the stars at Deckchair Cinema.

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