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Its suburbs spread out over some area, beginning at Lee Point in the north and stretching to Berrimah in the east.Past Berrimah, the Stuart Highway goes on to Darwin's satellite city, Palmerston, and its suburbs.
The city itself is built on a low bluff overlooking the harbour.This accounts for the Dutch names in the area, such as Arnhem Land and Groote Eylandt.The first British person to see Darwin harbour appears to have been Lieutenant John Lort Stokes of HMS Beagle on 9 September 1839.Both Gilruth and the Vestey company left Darwin soon afterwards.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.During the dry season, the city is met with blue skies and gentle sea breezes from the harbour.
The greater Darwin area is the ancestral home of the Larrakia people.
On 9 September 1839, HMS Beagle sailed into Darwin harbour during its 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 which had ended in October 1836.
The Dutch visited Australia's northern coastline in the 1600s and landed on the Tiwi Islands only to be repelled by the Tiwi peoples.
The Dutch created the first European maps of the area.
It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre.