Darwin

Travel Guide
Mindil Beach showing a sunset and a beach as well as a large group of people

Located in the tropical “Top End” of Australia, Darwin is a good base from which to explore the great outdoors and view Aboriginal rock art.

Feed crocodiles, take a cruise on the harbour at sunset, learn about Aboriginal culture, or enjoy a night out in the tropics in Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city.

Darwin was founded in 1869. It was named after the English naturalist Charles Darwin by his fellow explorers, who navigated the Timor Sea aboard The Beagle. The city’s recent past has been tumultuous. Darwin was bombed during World War II, and in 1974 a cyclone destroyed it all over again. About 150,000 people call modern-day Darwin home, including some of the territory’s traditional owners, the Larrakia people.

It’s best to visit Darwin from May to September, when it’s not too hot or too wet for outdoor activities. On a Thursday or a Sunday, visit the Sunset Markets on Mindil Beach. On any day, enjoy a harbour cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf, or a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema.

Although the beaches look tempting, don’t jump in anywhere to cool off: crocodiles are abundant in the area. If you’d like to meet a few, visit Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park. For a safe swim, head to the huge Darwin Wave Lagoon.

Book a tour or rent a four-wheel-drive car and explore the iconic Australian outback in Kakadu, the country’s largest national park. Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot wallabies, swamp birds, reptiles and dingoes. Hike around and find waterfalls to swim under or ancient Aboriginal rock art depicting Dreamtime stories.

Darwin’s turbulent history and dynamic art scene provide plenty to do during the wet season. Get insight into Aboriginal culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. To learn about the 1942 bombings, immerse yourself in the Defence of Darwin Experience or see an American B-52 bomber at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre.

This tropical city is unlike any other city in the world. Come to Darwin to experience the true Australian wilderness and the long, developing story of humankind’s relationship with the Territory’s unique natural environment.

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Darwin City Hotel
Darwin City Hotel
4 out of 5
59 Smith Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$109 per night from 8 Nov. to 8 Nov.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this spa hotel is within a 10-minute walk of The Esplanade, Parliament House and Bicentennial Park. Government House and Darwin ...
4.2/5 Excellent! (264 reviews)
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Darwin City Hotel
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
4 out of 5
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT
The price is AU$254 per night from 1 Nov. to 1 Nov.
Located in The Gardens, this beach hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Mindil Beach, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens and SKYCITY Casino. Museum and Art Gallery ...
4.2/5 Very Good! (984 reviews)
"The two pool area's were great. It was definitely handy having another area if it got busy or noisy especially at the weekend"

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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$163 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Darwin Waterfront. Wave Lagoon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,187 reviews)
"The roof top bar with complimentary nibbles is great. Beautiful swimming pool, not a lot of shade unfortunately."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
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Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$163 per night from 15 Nov. to 15 Nov.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 15-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, Maningrida Arts & Culture and Darwin Waterfront. Wave Lagoon ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,187 reviews)
"The roof top bar with complimentary nibbles is great. Beautiful swimming pool, not a lot of shade unfortunately."

Reviewed on 21 Oct. 2021

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
4 out of 5
105 Mitchell Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$179 per night from 10 Nov. to 10 Nov.
This aparthotel is located in Darwin (Darwin City Centre), close to Darwin Entertainment Centre, Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Also nearby are Darwin ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (543 reviews)
"We only stayed 1 night but the room was lovely and facilities were good"

Reviewed on 24 Aug. 2021

H on Mitchell Apartment Hotel
Argus Apartments Darwin
Argus Apartments Darwin
4.5 out of 5
6 Cardona Court, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$188 per night from 2 Nov. to 2 Nov.
This family-friendly Darwin aparthotel is located near the airport, within a 10-minute walk of Smith Street Mall, The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Brown's ...
4.6/5 Exceptional! (385 reviews)
"extremely helpful staff"

Reviewed on 14 Sep. 2021

Argus Apartments Darwin
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