Visit Australia’s smallest capital city, where the living couldn’t be bigger. World famous for its fabulous food, colourful outdoor markets and a diverse bag of adventure activities.
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Top things to do in Darwin
- Enjoy a Darwin harbour sunset cruise with a glass of champagne in hand
- Wander through the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
- Ride the swell at the man-made wave pool at the Darwin Waterfront
- Sit back and watch a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema
- Eyeball a crocodile when you visit Crocosaurus Cove in the heart of the CBD.
Darwin can be divided into four general regions – inner Darwin, northern suburbs, Palmerston and outer Darwin – but it is inner Darwin that will be of most interest to visitors.
This older part of Darwin, including the Wharf Precinct, is separated from the new northern suburbs by the airport and the RAAF base, much of it predating the devastation of Cyclone Tracy in 1974.
The vibrant city of Darwin is on a peninsula that reaches into Darwin Bay.
It’s bordered by sea on three sides, which means that getting around town comes with frequent glimpses of the harbour between the colonial buildings and parks.
Smith Street Mall is at the very centre and is surrounded by hotels, government offices, Parliament and the court buildings. Most tourist venues will be located around the waterfront, on Stokes Hill Wharf Precinct and along The Esplanade. Running parallel to The Esplanade, you’ll find Mitchell Street, Darwin’s nightlife strip.
Three kilometres from the CBD on Fannie Bay is Mindil beach, most famous for its cosmopolitan sunset markets held from the last Thursday in April until the last Thursday in October. Food stalls are set up behind the beach. Wander the arts and craft stalls, taste foods from all over the world before settling on the sandy beach as you take in a famous Top End sunset.
Kakadu National Park
One of the main attractions of the NT – the 20,000km2 Kakadu National Park attracts scores of visitors from around the world for its stunning changing landscapes and vibrant indigenous culture.
See the world heritage-listed scenery, filled with beautiful cascading waterfalls, exotic birdlife and walking trails to suit any level of fitness. Visit one of the largest collections of Aboriginal rock art in the massive Kakadu National Park.
Driving the Nature's Way tourism drive you'll experience many of the park's major sites including Mamukala Wetlands, the Bowali Visitor Centre, the town of Jabiru, Nourlangie Rock, Jim Jim and Twin Falls, Cooinda and Gunlom.
For an unforgettable sunset, walk to the lookout at Ubirr.
Litchfield is every locals favourite day trip with its waterfalls and waterholes, bushwalks, birds and wildlife.
Plunge into crystal clear waterholes beneath the magnificent spring-fed waterfalls of Florence and Wangi, or soak in the gentle three-tiered cascade shaded by rainforest at Buley Rockhole.
Lace up your boots and don your bathers for a bushwalk. There are several at Litchfield, from the epic 39km Tabletop Track and its secret waterfalls to the more serene 3.5km walk alongside pretty Walker Creek.
Take the boardwalk to a ‘graveyard’ of two-metre tall headstones. These are magnetic termite mounds; fascinating feats of insect architecture cleverly oriented with the sun to keep the termites cool in baking conditions.
Katherine is where the outback meets the tropics, a region full of gorges, misty waterfalls, thermal springs and ancient cultures.
You’ll be spoilt for choice from driving, fishing, camping, canoeing, kayaking and trekking or jump on board a sunset dinner cruise as you glide through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park. If you’re up for an adventure why not join a helicopter tour and take to the skies for a bird’s eye view of this magnificent gorge.
See the mighty Katherine River flowing through Katherine Gorge (Nitmiluk National Park), or head out for camping and adventure in the Elsey and Gregory National Parks. The Daly River and Gulf Region are renowned as top fishing destinations, and Mataranka is rich in history – the Never Never Museum tells of local Mangarayi and Yangman people and customs, and the more recent settlement of Europeans.
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Darwin has a tropical climate, and has two distinct seasons, the 'wet' and the 'dry'. The 'wet' season (November to April) has increased humidity followed by monsoonal rains and storms. Temperatures range from a minimum of 25°C to a maximum of 33°C. The 'dry’ season (May to October) has warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21°C to 32°C.
From the airport
Darwin airport services domestic and international flights and is located 12.5km from the city centre.
There is a taxi rank and shuttle service located outside the terminal, the shuttle service can transfer you to and from the city centre, picking up and dropping off at local hotels.
In and around the city
Buses, taxis and bike make getting around Darwin easy, but the best way to see the sights is on foot.
There are a number of walks that cover the wharf, esplanade, city and gardens along with other points of interest and historical landmarks.
Darwin car hire
Book car hire with Avis, Budget, Hertz and Thrifty. Qantas Frequent Flyer members could earn Qantas Points^ with Avis and Budget.
Your flight with Qantas
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