The capital of the Top End was long considered more of a country town than a vibrant metropolis. Darwin has retained its authentic roots while expanding to accommodate an exciting mix of nature and culture.
What To Do
From history buffs to wildlife lovers and everyone in between – there is something for you in Darwin. Jump right in and enjoy this eclectic and exciting city.
Darwin City Tour
Experience the best of Darwin with a city tour, taking in the highlights of the city. Visit Waterfront Precinct, Darwin Military Museum, Cullen Bay Marina, and Doctors Gully, accompanied by informative commentary by an experienced guide.
Want to get up close (but not too close) to these incredible prehistoric creatures? Crocosaurus Cove is located right in the middle of Mitchell Street and offers visitors the opportunity to swim right beside crocodiles – with a tank wall separation. Adrenaline junkies can choose to be lowered right into a pool with the crocs in the transparent Cage of Death.
World War II Historical Tour
Younger visitors may not realise the important role that Darwin played during WWII. A historical tour allows you to visit some of the crucial sites of the conflict and gain an insight into Darwin’s wartime roles and experience. See the bomb and wreck sites and view military history at the Darwin Military Museum.
Mindil Beach Sunset Market
Showcasing the multicultural nature of the city, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets is a must visit if you’re after a delicious and cheap meal. For less than $10 you can enjoy Chinese, Indian, Thai, Malaysian, Greek, Portuguese, Brazilian and more. Also check out the arts and crafts stores, with souvenirs galore.
If you’re travelling to Darwin, make time to head south to Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park and witness the wonder and majesty of Uluru. This ancient rock is sacred to the Indigenous people of Australia and is an incredible site.
How to Get Here
Located right at the northern tip of Australia, Darwin is easily accessible from all parts of Asia. Domestic airlines also serve the city, with daily flights to all capitals taking between two and four hours.
For an epic travel experience, try taking The Ghan train from Adelaide to Darwin via Alice Springs. The journey through the heart of the country is an unforgettable one, taking two days.
Driving to Darwin is easiest from Queensland, although those with a four-wheel drive can attempt the trip from the northern parts of Western Australia.
When To Go
Unlike most of the country, Darwin has a wet and a dry season rather than four distinct ones. During the summer months, tropical storms are frequent. The dry season runs from May to October and still experiences warm days of 21 to 32 degrees Celsius. Many travellers find this time of year the most comfortable, and it’s the best time for outdoor activities such as bushwalking, camping and cycling.
Things To Know
Plenty of natural beauty awaits outside of the city centre. Make some time to get out of Darwin and experience the wildlife.
Darwin has a thriving nightlife. Take a stroll along Mitchell Street in the city centre and visit one of the many bars, clubs and pubs.
Darwin is home to many native animals, including the famous Top End crocodiles. Always be careful when swimming – you’d much rather see these guys on an organised tour!