Visit Australia’s smallest capital city, where the living couldn’t be bigger. Closer to Singapore than Sydney, more than 60 nationalities from 70 different ethnic backgrounds contribute to Darwin’s unique outback-Asian vibe. You’ll find a way of life far removed from the east coast cities of Australia. Outdoor cinemas, sunset beach markets, indigenous-Asian fusion cuisine – you can’t top the Top End for a great holiday. Book your flight to Darwin Airport, now featuring our new and upgraded Darwin Club.
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14°C in July while the wet season (December to March) is humid at more than 70% humidity and wet, although temperatures remain around 30-35°C. The hottest month is November. The wet season is dramatic, with lightning, monsoon rains, tropical cyclones and hurricanes.
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. For the perfect day trip just outside of Darwin drive 1.5 hours to the popular Litchfield National Park. This park with various waterfalls and waterholes that is very popular with the locals. Extend your stay and continue to explore the Top End of Australia Katherine is located 3 hours from Darwin and is where the outback meets the tropics, known for Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park where you can canoe, kayak, walk, join a helicopter tour for a bird’s eye view of the falls or even jump on board a sunset dinner cruise.
Located in the opposite direction is Kakadu National Park, only a 3 hour drive from Darwin, which is filled with cascading waterfalls, rugged escarpments, aboriginal rock art, giant crocodiles and exotic wildlife.
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 pretty 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 the 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.
Only 3km from the CBD on Fannie Bay and adjacent to the Botanic Gardens, Minil beach is 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.
East Point Reserve
North of Fannie Bay, East Point Reserve is a beautiful natural area close to the city centre – there are large groups of wallabies and great views of Darwin’s city lights across the water.
A satellite city 20km south of the CBD, Palmerston has new residential suburbs that are a showcase for the best contemporary tropical design. Further out are settlements such as Howard Springs, Berry Springs and Humpty Doo.
Kakadu and Arnhem Land
One of the main attractions of the NT – the 20,000sqkm 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.
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.
- Wander through the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
- Enjoy a Darwin harbour sunset cruise with a glass of champagne in hand
- Dining on the Darwin waterfront
- Mary River National Park
- Explore the many waterfalls and swimming spots located within Litchfield national park
- Join a jumping crocodile cruise
- Wander through the beautiful Darwin botanic gardens
- 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
- Ride the swell at the man-made wave pool at the Darwin Waterfront
Best selling tours in Darwin and the Top End at qantas.com right now
- 3-Day 4WD Small-Group Litchfield and Kakadu Camping Adventure
- Kakadu, Nourlangie and Yellow Waters Tour with Optional Return Flight to Darwin
- Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin
- WWII Historical Tour of Darwin Including Harbor Cruise
- Darwin Sunset Dinner Cruise Aboard a Traditional Ketch
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Domestic and international flights arrive at the Darwin International Airport. Get into Darwin in a taxi, on a bus or with your own car hire, an economical and easy way to explore the greater area.
Due to the great number of travellers that visit Darwin and its surrounds, there are a huge number of tours pitched at all types of travellers. Check out our full range of tours in the NT. There’s also the iconic Australian tourist train, The Ghan, which runs from Darwin to Adelaide twice per week.
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