Traveleads Walk Around The World Challenge – this week we’ve reached…

by Traveleads | January 23, 2019 | CSR

Our last update saw our team leaving Taiwan and heading towards Indonesia, we were hopeful they would reach Brunei, perhaps even Borneo this week – so you can imagine how surprised we were to find them already in Australia!

The efforts of our team have raised £963.00 so far, which our company has agreed to match, meaning they have raised £1,926.00 to date. (38% of the £5,000.00 target.)

Thank you so much to everyone who has already donated and supported us!

We think perhaps it was our fundraising news that spurred the team on to Australia’s northern coast, and the beautiful city of Darwin.

On 9 September 1839, HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin harbour.

Whilst surveying of the area John Clements Wickham named the region “Port Darwin” in honour of their former shipmate Charles Darwin, who had sailed with them on the ship’s previous voyage.

The Aboriginal people of the Larrakia language group are the traditional custodians and the first inhabitants of the greater Darwin area. They had trading routes with Southeast Asia and imported goods from as far afield as South and Western Australia.

Today Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory.

Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory, with a population of 136,245.

It’s also the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities.

Visitors to Darwin can enjoy balmy weather and eclectic food, outdoor festivals, waterfront restaurants, tropical parklands and art precincts.

Get a taste of Darwin at Mindil Beach Markets or sail around Darwin Harbour re-tracing the region’s dramatic history.

Darwin is the gateway to Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and Arnhem Land, as well as a great place to start journeys across the continent on the famous Ghan train, or via the Explorers Highway and Savannah Way.

If you are lucky enough to visit Darwin get ready for adventure in the Northern Territory’s capital.

An exciting and unique part of the world, the Top End is rich in Indigenous culture and natural beauty. Not only does the Territory boast some of the planet’s most incredible wildlife, but the “tamed” parts of the city also offer superb restaurants, classy bars and luxury accommodation.

The city has been almost entirely rebuilt twice, once due to Japanese air raids during World War II, and again after being devastated by Cyclone Tracy in 1974.

Around 10,000 Australian and other Allied troops arrived in Darwin at the outset of World War II, in order to defend Australia’s northern coastline.

On 19 February 1942, 188 Japanese warplanes attacked Darwin in two waves. It was the same fleet that had bombed Pearl Harbor.

Despite this major attack, Darwin was developed after the war, with roads constructed to connect the region to Alice Springs in the south, Mount Isa in the south-east, and Manton Dam was built to provide the city with water.

Darwin is one of the fastest growing capital cities in Australia, with an annual growth rate of 2.6 per cent since the 2006 census.

The two largest economic sectors are mining and tourism.

Mining and energy production exceeds $2.5 billion per annum. The most important mineral resources are gold, zinc and bauxite, along with manganese and many others.

The energy production is mostly off shore with oil and natural gas from the Timor Sea, although there are significant uranium deposits near Darwin.

Tourism employs 8% of Darwin residents, and is expected to grow as domestic and international tourists are now spending time in the city during both the Wet and Dry seasons.

Darwin’s importance as a port is expected to grow, due to the increased exploitation of petroleum in the nearby Timor Sea, and to the completion of the railway link and continued expansion in trade with Asia.

Darwin International Airport  (DRW) is located just 15 minutes from the city by car, and offers convenient connections to other major Australian cities.

Darwin has played host to many of aviation’s early pioneers.

In 1919 Captain Ross Smith and his crew landed in Darwin and won a £10,000 Prize from the Australian Government for completing the first flight from London to Australia in under thirty days.

Don’t worry, we can get you there much quicker than that!

Darwin is a culturally rich city and whether you are visiting for business or pleasure, we would be delighted to look after all your travel arrangements.

Call your Traveleads consultant for more information on how to make the most of your trip Down Under.

Join us next week to see where our journey of discovery has led us.

Don’t forget you can still donate to our Air Ambulance or Children’s charity – as we are currently matching any monies raised, whatever you donate will be doubled!

To support our efforts we’ve made it as easy as possible:

Simply text TRAV56 then £2.00 to 70070 to donate to our Air Ambulance Charity or TRAV62 then £2.00 to 70070to donate to our Children’s Charity

£2.00 is our suggested donation, but please feel free to donate whatever you can.

Charity details, along with the option to donate via our Just Giving page can be found here:

Thank you on behalf of all the people you will help to save…See you next week.

Distances travelled are measured in a straight line from point to point and make up our virtual journey destinations, actual miles may vary. Total miles travelled since our journey started 9,866

Destinations calculated courtesy of

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