Cavenagh Street

Cavenagh Street is one street east of Smith Street. Among the commercial buildings and government departments, it boasts a few art galleries and cafes. At the Roma Bar, which is popular with politicians, journalists, writers and artists, people from all walks of life rub shoulders over a coffee.

This street was Darwin’s original Chinatown. In the late 1800s the southern end was full of ramshackle huts and shops with the occasional opium den. While some of the original stone buildings remain up near Darwin Post Office, a reminder of its Asian history is at nearby Litchfield Street where a modern Chinese Temple is built on the site of an older temple that was constructed in 1887. The Northern Territory Chinese Museum next door has displays taking visitors through the history of Chinese people in Darwin from the establishment of Chinatown and market gardens to the bombings in World War II. Open during the dry season; admission by gold coin donation.

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