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On traditional Larrakia land lies this unique tropical capital filled with endless experiences that’ll make you go “far out!”. From jumping-crocs to luxurious sunset cruises, to undiscovered festivals and events, the activities are as extreme and varied as the weather.
Darwin is wild in more ways than one. Tropical and exotic, Australia’s northernmost capital dances to the beat of its own drum. A melting pot of cultures, indigenous Australians, fly-in fly-out workers and more than a few runaways call this place home. The resulting atmosphere is unique, eclectic and fun.Life in the tropics brings year round warmth, with some periods more humid than others (it’s wise to visit in the dry season, from May to October). Thankfully, there are a wealth of accommodation options with pools, cocktails and icy air conditioning ready to cool visitors down.Ready to book your Darwin adventure, but wondering where to stay? Qantas Hotels allows you to choose from over 200,000 hotel and accommodation options worldwide, with 50 in Darwin alone. You’ll also earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels.So whether it’s your first time to the city or your twentieth, let’s take a look at what you need to know about Darwin and its hotels to make the most of your stay.
Places to see
What is the best area to stay in Darwin?
- The CBD: The centre of town is where you’ll find the bulk of the Darwin action. Mitchell Street is its epicentre, home to tourist attractions, hotels and more than a few watering holes.
- The Gardens: The Gardens is where you’ll find Darwin’s famous Mindil Beach, a gorgeous sandy spot that hosts bi-weekly markets during the dry season. The ideal choice for those looking for a relaxed beachside escape.
- Parap: A tranquil suburb five minutes north of the CBD, in Parap you’ll enjoy all the perks of staying in Darwin, without the hustle and bustle.
- Cullen Bay: Home to Cullen Bay Marina, this is where Darwin’s boating set tend to their vessels. Come for the wealth of dining options and stay for the beautiful bay views.
- Fannie Bay: Fannie Bay is home to the Darwin Racing and Sailing Clubs, with beautiful sunsets, and some of the city’s more private beach spots.
What are Darwin’s must-see attractions?
- Crocosaurus Cove: The quintessential Darwin experience, Crocosaurus Cove is a Mitchell Street staple, exhibiting turtles, reptiles and the eponymous saltwater crocs.
- Mindil Beach Markets: Running through the dry season from April to October, Mindil, Darwin’s most beautiful beach, hosts a bi-weekly sunset market featuring arts, crafts, fashion and delicious food.
- Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory: Looking to digest some culture while you’re in the Top End? This museum and gallery features unique displays, including ancient rock art, fascinating natural science exhibits and an immersive look at local history.
- George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens: Unlike any garden you’ll see in other Australian cities, here you’ll find 42 hectares of tropical beauty, featuring species both native and foreign.
- Sunset Beach at Fannie Bay: The name doesn’t lie - with Darwin enjoying a long west-facing coastline, Sunset Beach at Fannie Bay serves up the most stunning colours at dusk.
Find the right hotel
What are Darwin’s best hotels for solo travellers?Perfectly private and business friendly, these hotels also offer ample opportunities to socialise should you want them. Check out Oaks Elan Darwin, Rydges Darwin Central and Darwin City Hotel if you’re a solo traveller in Darwin (and earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent* with Qantas Hotels while you do it!)
What are Darwin’s best hotels for couples?Are you and your partner ready to use your Qantas Points to book your next getaway with Qantas Hotels? Romantic, secluded and luxurious, couples travelling to Darwin could do far worse than experiencing the hospitality offered up by Mantra Pandanas, Doubletree by Hilton Darwin and Argus Apartments Darwin.
What are Darwin’s best hotels for families?Heading to Darwin with your tribe? Ramada Suites Zen Quarter Darwin, Quest Parap and Metro Advance Apartments and Hotel are self-contained, family-friendly hotels that will ensure you are warmly welcomed and entertained.
What are Darwin’s best hotels?After the best of the best? Luxurious 5-star escapes can be found at Hilton Darwin, Mindil Beach Casino & Resort and Rydges Palmerston.
Location and views
What are Darwin’s best hotels for location and views?Darwin is a gorgeous city, and you can enjoy it in all its glory if you choose to stay at Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, Accommodation at Darwin Waterfront and Adina Apartment Hotel Darwin Waterfront - hotels that boast both an awesome location and stunning views.
What is the best way to get around Darwin?
Public transportThe Darwin public transport system is made up of buses and a couple of daily ferry routes. Paper tickets can be bought on board the services, although the purchase of a Tap and Ride card may be worthwhile if you are in town for a while, and plan to use public transport a lot.
Private transportHiring a car in Darwin is a wise choice. Rideshare apps are also a great option if you don’t feel as though you’ll be travelling around too much; Uber is available in Darwin, or you can use GoCatch or Bolt/Taxify to hail a local cab. Always ensure that taxis are legitimate before hopping in.
Why book with Qantas Hotels?
Earn 3 Qantas Points per $1 spent^, or use points to book**
No booking fees
Frequently Asked Questions
On average a 3-star hotel in Darwin costs $60 per night, a 4-star costs $120 and a 5-star costs $180 (be aware that these prices will be higher on weekends and at times of increased demand).
For lovers of nature, Litchfield National Park is 1.5 hours to the south of Darwin, while Kakadu is just two hours east. For a taste of a different culture, head to the Tiwi Islands, a 2.5 hour ferry ride north of the city.
Peak season is the dry season, between May and October, when the weather is sunny and the humidity is (relatively) low. But if you want to see a different side of the city, the wet season is a fascinating - and tourist-free - time to travel.
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^ Qantas Frequent Flyer members will earn 3 Qantas Points per A$1 spent unless otherwise specified, for hotel stays booked through qantas.com/hotels, except Classic Hotel Rewards and Airbnb bookings. Points Club members will earn 25% more Qantas Points, and Points Club Plus members will earn 50% more Qantas Points. Qantas Points will be credited to your account at least 8 weeks after check-out. Qantas Points can be earned on cash only purchases and the cash component of Points Plus Pay purchases on eligible bookings and will not be earned on cancelled or refunded bookings. Qantas Points may be earned by the member in whose name the booking is made. Members will not be able to earn points on additional charges paid to the accommodation provider for extras (including cots, breakfasts and other incidentals) on check-in or check-out (as applicable). Deposit Pay is available on selected properties that offer a free cancellation window that is 21 days or more in the future from the date of booking. Visit our FAQ page for more. 20% better value is based on the value of a Point when using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings through qantas.com/luxuryholidays as compared to the value of a Point using Points Plus Pay for Qantas Luxury Holidays(stay-only) bookings made prior to 27 April 2023. 20% better value only applies to the points component of the booking and excludes cash payments.
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