Meet Will Zwar: Budding journalist and aficionado of fun, almost three years ago he left the big smoke in Melbourne for a once in a lifetime opportunity to work at the world’s most unique paper, the NT News.
Embracing the Top End lifestyle, he’s made his own mark on the media landscape and on Mitchell St – but where he’s left his biggest mark depends on who you talk to!
Your absolute favourite ‘Real Northern Territory’ location, and why?
Moline Rock Hole. It’s quiet and has everything you want – space to swim, place to relax, shade to escape the heat and a waterfall to explore.
What is your favourite ever NT News front page?
“Snap, Crackle, Hop” – my first ever front page. I had another front page story the same day about a naked bloke stealing a boat from Dinah Beach – you can’t get more Territory than that!
Where is your favourite cafe?
Mad Snake in the Air Raid Arcade. It takes me back to my childhood everytime I walk through the doors with all the movie posters, action figures and games.
Your ideal weekend away in the Top End would consist of…
Hitting the Stuart Hwy first thing, grabbing a burger from Besser or one of Mary’s Laska from the markets en route to Litchfield for a weekend of exploring. And if time permits, squeezing in a night on the turps at the Adelaide River Inn (and in an ideal world walking away as winner of the Joker Draw and Meat Tray).
Where do you go for date night, or if you’re looking to impress a visitor?
Cheap eats by the sunset – pizza or fish and chips from a food van and simply soaking it in at Nightcliff or East Point are proven winners.
Where do you head for an after-work drink?
I can’t go past the classic vibes of Hotel Darwin. Sports Bar, Bistro, Beer Garden, it really has it all. They have great food too and some pool tables to practice potting pockets.
When is your favourite time of the year in Darwin and why?
The wet season. I’m a sucker for a good shower and it’s when the real locals stick around. Also it’s time for local footy! Though I do miss the dry season ocean swims and weekends under the stars.
What makes Darwin ‘home’ to you?
The tropical pace makes for the perfect work/life balance.
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