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A Postcard from Darwin

March 16, 2015

Landing in the NT as a young professional, it’s by no stretch of the imagination to declare you’ve arrived in the ‘hot spot’ of Australia. Quite literally. 


For those of us local to the Territory, we’re inundated by ‘southerners’ (people from down south aka Victoria, New South Wales or perhaps South Australia) and newbies from overseas. For those amongst us who are new to the whole NT scene, first of all welcome, secondly, #relax. 


As a young professional in Darwin, it’s all about shining - but not glistening with sweat. If you’re new, wear black - it’ll hide your sweat marks a little. If you’re female and a fan of the eyebrow pencil, be careful not to wipe your brow when it gets a little damp with perspiration only to note you’re now ‘missing’ an eyebrow (#notideal). 


High heels don’t appear to be much of a done thing here either. But if you own a Camilla kaftan, don’t be afraid to whip it out! I guess it’s all about tropicana relax-a-rama.


Don’t be fooled. The pace may be a little slower, but great results are still expected. NT is full of achievers. 


Hi-vis, government jobs and hard work is all on trend in Darwin. 


You’ll become familiar with two terms very quickly - ‘the dry’ and ‘wet season.’ ‘The dry’ is dry season - when it is winter ‘down south’ and the NT is blessed with beautiful warm weather. That’s when Darwin comes out to play. 


Wet season cues hibernation. There is less tourists, we get rained in and its HOT and steamy. 


Despite the clear definition between two seasons, the crocodile jokes are year round. If you’re not at the office you might be on Mitchell Street, down at the Waterfront or in a swim up bar of a hotel on the Esplanade. You’ll do the markets on the weekend - Saturday is Parap, Sunday is Nightcliff AND Rapid Creek and during the week you might chase the never ending Trivia Night championships or chicken parma specials (or you’ll steer clear of both)


But of course, by far the best postcard to write is one after a great event hosted by the Young Professionals Network NT. To view our 2015 YPN Calendar, please click here.


Georgina Murphy is a YPN Committee Member who has recently moved to the Northern Territory from Melbourne.


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