Huijia (Vicky) Liu is a 24-year-old overseas student studying her Masters of Accounting Professional Practice at Charles Darwin University (Waterfront campus). Huijia (Vicky), who comes from Wuzhou, a city in the Guangxi province of China, came to Darwin earlier this year after finishing her Bachelor of Arts and Arts Honours at Monash University in Melbourne. Vicky speaks Mandarin, Cantonese and English.
What do you love most about living in Darwin?
Darwin is such an accessible place to get around. You don’t need a car and can easily walk around the city or catch a bus if you want to go a bit further out. The people here are really connected and so friendly. I have been made to feel very welcome since I arrived. I’ve been to every major city in Australia, except Canberra, and Darwin is my favourite place.
What is the best thing about the wet season in Darwin?
It’s hot and humid during the summer in Wuzhou, where I grew up. So it wasn’t a shock when I arrived in February. It was actually good to feel warm after being in Melbourne. I enjoyed going to Nightcliff, Casuarina Beach, and East Point Reserve to cool down.
What is the thing you can only do in Darwin in the wet season?
I haven’t been here that long but a group of us did go to a waterhole in Litchfield Park one weekend. It was amazing. And I enjoy walking around the city, going down to the Waterfront and walking along the esplanade. It’s such a beautiful city.
What are you looking forward to seeing in the Tropical Light: Bruce Munro exhibition?
I’m really looking forward to walking through those huge Water Towers down on the sea wall at Darwin Waterfront, especially at sunset. The sunsets here in Darwin are spectacular and are like nowhere else and that installation will look amazing at that time.
What has been your best Darwin experience in the past few months?
I’d have to say camping in Kakadu over three days. The views from this natural pool on top of a mountain were indescribable. I’ve never camped like that before. I also enjoy the Mindil Beach markets on a Sunday evening. The crafts are handmade and not mass produced and those sunsets over the beach are incredible; makes the whole experience very special for me.
What is the most important factor you want potential visitors to know about Darwin?
Darwin is a really good combination of natural beauty and modern city life. These two go well together and make this city so special.
How do you benefit from sharing your experiences of Darwin?
I really want to inspire other people to come to Darwin and the Northern Territory. There’s so much natural beauty in the city and surrounds and so many great things you can do here. Darwin is unique. It’s such an honour to be able to share this beautiful place in my new role.