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Delightful Darwin

If you replace the cowboys with British backpackers and the gunfighters with Steve Irwin imitators, Darwin has a Wild West sort of energy. Sitting all alone at the top of Australia, it’s a little kooky but at the same time very endearing. In fact, most people who have decided to call this place home in the last 40 years have done so after intending to merely stop by.

Darwinites aren’t too big on the modern fashion and beauty scene, but you can get a good exfoliation by having small fish eat your dead skin at Aquascene! If you’re looking to spot something a little bigger, the Adelaide River hosts crocodile-feeding tours, or enjoy the mix of mellow and metropolitan with a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema – torrential rain and cyclones permitting…

Darwin’s Top 10

10. The Wharfs Bombed in World War II, the Wharfs are now adored for their delicious eating options and unbeatable view.

5. Berry Springs About a 45-minute drive from Darwin, this is a popular area for swimming and picnicking.

9. Northern Territory Parliament House Australia’s newest parliament building is an architectural behemoth.

4. World War II Oil Storage Tunnels One of the most unique spots in Darwin, this isn’t one for the claustrophobic.

8. Waterfront Precinct This newly renovated spot has something for everyone, including a peaceful lagoon and a not-so-peaceful wave pool.

3. Mindil Beach Markets With sea views, this craft and culinary market is a great location for watching the sunset.

7. Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Houses great exhibits of the history, art and culture of the region, including indigenous artefacts and paintings.

2. Litchfield National Park Known for its fantastic nature walks, swimming and world-famous magnetic termite mounds.

6. Parap Markets The buzzing local markets are a perfect way to literally eat up time on a Sunday morning.

1. Crocodylus Park Kitschy but fun, this park allows you to get up close and feed one of the thousands of crocs that call it home.

Darwin History

  • Browns Mart – An early stone structure made in 1885.
  • Lyons Cottage – The only existing colonial bungalow residence that was constructed in the new settlement era.
  • Blyth Homestead – This homestead in Litchfield National park is the former location of a tin mine.
  • Fannie Bay – This was a huge detention centre in Darwin for about 100 years.
  • Government House – The Northern Territory’s most important and historic government building.

Darwin Art & Culture

  • Territory Craft Shop – Showcases numerous crafts made by local and aboriginal artists in Darwin.
  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory – Permanently displays products of Torres Straight and aboriginal arts.
  • Cross Cultural Art Exchange (CCAE) – An exhibition of different artworks from indigenous artists in Australia and the Asia-Pacific.
  • 24HR Art NT Centre – A haven for contemporary art, including multimedia projects, this centre has been ran by a non-profit organization since 1990.
  • Nightcliff Seabreeze Festival – A celebration focused on community involvement, culture and family entertainment, usually during the last week of April.

Darwin Shopping

  • Smith Street Mall – This major retail-shopping destination in Darwin has several boutiques, cafes, restaurants and specialty shops.
  • Mitchell Centre – A new complex dedicated to selling various retail goods and products.
  • Darwin Pearl Jewellery – Offers high-quality South Seas pearls found in the Northern Territory’s deep waters.
  • Sunday Markets at Mindil Beach – The usual beach activities become more interesting because of the arts and crafts stalls set up by local artists.
  • Parap Shopping Village – A site for the Parap Markets that is traditionally held every Saturday.

Gay & Lesbian Darwin

  • Throb Nightclub – This hip club offers the best dance music and live shows in Darwin.
  • Frangipani Holidays – This travel firm especially caters to gay and lesbian tourists to arrange trips and excursions.
  • Darwin Pride Festival – The only gay festival in Darwin takes place in the middle of June.
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  • Casuarina Free Beach – A nude and gay beach ideal for making new acquaintances while enjoying the heat and the white sand.
  • Vestey's Beach – This delightful spot becomes a popular mingling place for gay tourists and locals when the sun goes down.

Darwin Outdoor

  • Buley Rockhole – Located in the Litchfield National Park, this swimming spot boasts cascading pools surrounded by exquisite bushes and trees.
  • Darwin Botanic Gardens – Filled with trekking trails, playing areas, tropical rainforests and majestic waterfalls.
  • Gardens Flower – A majestic garden created in 1886 by aboriginal prisoners.
  • Nightcliff Jetty – A nice starting point for cruising and fishing, the waters in this area, whether high tide or low tide, contribute greatly to its beauty and appeal.
  • Wangi Falls – A Litchfield National Park attraction because of the water flowing to a swimming hole in the middle of a rainforest.

Darwin Sport

  • Experience world-class sport fishing in the coastal waters of Darwin.
  • Walk the 2.7km Greenant Creek route that leads to the majestic Tjaetabe Falls.
  • Test and enhance your sporting skills by participating in various sport activities at the Darwin Leisure Centre.
  • Play golf on a challenging 18-hole course at the Darwin Golf Club.
  • Witness an engaging NTFL (New Territory Football League) match applying Australian Rules.

Darwin Events

Pay your respects in February at the Anniversary of the Darwin Bombing, commemorating the soldiers and civilians who lost their lives in the 1942 attack.

The streets of Darwin spring to life in April for the Annual Territory Craft Fair, with bustling stalls and jam-packed galleries.

Only Darwin’s elite (!) are invited to pick their vessels and partake in June’s most glorious and gaudy event, the Beer Can Regatta.

The Darwin Rodeo in August sees the best of the Northern Territory on show in feats of calf wrestling, cow roping and steer riding.

See the soft side of Darwin when families gather in the Botanic Gardens in December for Carols by Candlelight.

When To Go

April to October brings hot days – 33ºC (91ºF) – plus balmy nights, warm water and clear skies. Darwin at its best!

Between November and March, the temperature drops (although not by much) and the city witnesses intense lightning storms and spot showers, not to mention the occasional cyclone.

July is easily the busiest month, but the wonderful weather is well worth the crowds.

Getting Around

The city is quite compact, with many attractions within walking distance.

Buses are great for getting from the airport into the city, but not for much else unless you’re staying in the suburbs.

Rental cars are very useful as many of the most popular attractions are a few hours’ drive away.

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Hotels in Darwin

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1 Melaleuca On Mitchell

4 stars
4.0 / 5 5 reviews

52 Mitchell Street Map

Right in the middle of vibrant Mitchell Street in Darwin's CBD is where you will find Melaleuca On Mitchell Darwin. Shopping, eating, and clubbing are all at the front door. The backpacker's... More

Great Location
This hostel is in a great location right in the centre of all the night life. The only issue is the size of the kitchen, it gets very busy at times and is extremely hot.
16 Jun 2015
From US$102

2 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Darwin

4 stars
3.7 / 5 3 reviews

122 The Esplanade Map

Drink vouchers for Northern Territory residents

Offering inviting spaces with vast ocean views and strategic location close to local attractions, Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Darwin makes for an ideal base for travellers in the vibrant North... More

noisy lifts
stayed there for 4 nights and was in 718 kept awake by noisy lifts rattling as they went up/down all night hotel was fine and as I had a hire car location was good for me too admittedly I never...
13 Jun 2015
From US$129

3 Skycity Darwin

5 stars
4.3 / 5 51 reviews

Gilruth Avenue Map

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Skycity Darwin Hotel is a full-featured boutique retreat suitable for travellers looking for a relaxing base in Darwin. For an adventure-packed vacation, holidaymakers can enjoy water sports at... More

hotel good value on-site Chinese restaurant too expensive
Reception staff were lovely. Pool relaxing in the heat. Great breakfast in The Cove restaurant. Thank you.
31 May 2015
From US$107

4 Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront

4 stars
4.5 / 5 98 reviews

7 Kitchener Drive Map

Book 14 Days In Advance & Save 10%

Sleek and stylish, Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront makes for an ideal base for business and leisure travellers with its proximity to Darwin's central business district and entertainment attractions.... More

Great room view
Stayed in room 125 and great views. Lovely room but shame there are cigarette butts on roof below window Also splashed with coffee ( or something near to door which needs cleaning up
19 Aug 2015
From US$109

5 Elan Soho Suites

4 stars
Not yet reviewed

31 Woods Street Map

Child Policy - Please Read

Situated in the central business district close to the beach and other local attractions, Elan Soho Suites makes for an ideal base for business travellers and holidaymakers in the Northern... More

From US$91

6 Mantra Pandanas

4 stars
4.0 / 5 13 reviews

43 Knuckey Street Map

Stay 2 Nights & Save 15%

Whether in Darwin for business or leisure, travellers find an ideal base in the stylish accommodations and central location of Mantra Pandanas. This sophisticated hotel places visitors near the... More

Stay
I Purchase accommodation including Breakfast, and then was charge extra to have eggs cook, because all I was entitle to was a warm selection of dried out food.
5 May 2015
From US$91

7 Cullen Bay Resorts Darwin

4 stars
4.1 / 5 79 reviews

26 Marina Boulevard Map

Book 30 Days in Advance & Save 10%

The fully serviced Cullen Bay Resorts overlooks the magnificent Cullen Bay Marina and offers superb views of Darwin Harbour and the Timor Sea. It's just a five minute stroll to some of Darwin's... More

Hotel Room Water view
The room needs a bit of upgrading, however, for the price we paid compared to other accommodation in Darwin, it was fine. The view is beautiful, there was a large king bed, good size room, balcony...
30 Jun 2015
From US$90

8 DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin

4 stars
3.8 / 5 9 reviews

116 The Esplanade Map

Drink vouchers for Northern Territory residents

Set beside Darwin Entertainment Centre overlooking the lively Esplanade, Doubletree By Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin invites corporate and leisure travellers to comfortably appointed accommodations... More

Stopover Visit
Darwin seems overpriced, when it comes to accommodation. The hotel is what you would expect from Double Tree by Hilton. The rooms were comfortable but some of the finer touches were missing and the...
30 Jul 2015
From US$82

9 Darwin Central Hotel

4 stars
4.5 / 5 60 reviews

21 KNUCKEY STREET Map

FREE Full Buffet Breakfast for 1

Darwin Central Hotel is a chic boutique hotel that offers comfortable accommodations complemented by friendly service and convenient location. This contemporary Darwin hotel offers travellers a... More

Darwin Business Trip
Generally very good. Staff service, room cleanliness top class.
21 May 2015
From US$127

10 Hilton Darwin

5 stars
4.7 / 5 30 reviews

32 MITCHELL STREET Map

Drink vouchers for Northern Territory residents

Boasting top-of-the-class accommodations, rich interiors and central location, Hilton Darwin makes for a fitting base for discerning travellers in the Northern Territory capital. This luxury hotel... More

4 nights in Darwin
Hilton hotel. Was great ,excellent location on Mitchell st with just walking distance out the front to door for restraunts and bars ,hotel staff friendly only complaint was food very expensive for...
13 Oct 2014
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