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DarwinAustralia

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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Top hotels in Darwin

Estimated price for 1 night / 2 adults
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
4 out of 5
31 Woods Street, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$118 per night

Located in Darwin City Centre, this aparthotel is within a 10-minute walk of Smith Street Mall and Darwin Waterfront. Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina are ...

4.1/5Very Good! (727 reviews)

"Friendly service. Large, clean room with a fabulous view. Amazing value for money in Darwin CBD. Huge breakfast."…"

Reviewed on 28 Jun. 2020

Oaks Darwin Elan Hotel
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
4 out of 5
1 Sir Norman Brearley Drive, Eaton, NT
The price is AU$134 per night

Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Marrara Sports Complex and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Casuarina Beach. TIO Stadium and Casuarina ...

3.9/5Very Good! (990 reviews)
Clean and tidy but.....

"The room was clean and neat there was a couple of things the cold water pressure in my room was just a dribble and the wifi signal was very weak had to hotspot."…"

Reviewed on 9 Apr. 2020

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
Novotel Darwin CBD
Novotel Darwin CBD
4 out of 5
100 The Esplanade, Darwin, NT
The price is AU$125 per night

Located in Darwin City Centre, this beach hotel is within 1 mile (2 km) of The Esplanade and Darwin Waterfront. Mindil Beach and Cullen Bay Marina are also within ...

4/5Very Good! (989 reviews)

"It's a nice location, it's a walking distance to the playground. The kids love the place😊❤️"…"

Reviewed on 2 Jul. 2020

Novotel Darwin CBD

Popular places to visit in Darwin

Darwin Waterfront
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Darwin Waterfront

4.5/5(798 reviews)

Explore Darwin’s scenic waterfront, where you can swim in the wave pool, see turtles up close and dine in restaurants overlooking the sea. 

Mindil Beach
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Mindil Beach

4.5/5(507 reviews)

Explore one of Australia’s best beaches by day or visit by evening to enjoy Asian food, a massage, live music and indigenous crafts at Darwin’s sunset markets.

Crocosaurus Cove
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Crocosaurus Cove

4/5(216 reviews)

This wildlife park offers the chance to admire a number of local species, as well as the safest encounter you can have with a saltwater crocodile.

Top activities in Darwin

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin
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Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

AU$139
Per adult
94% of travellers recommend
Cage of Death Experience
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Cage of Death Experience

AU$135
Per adult
96% of travellers recommend
Full Day Cruise to Crab Claw Island with Seafood Buffet
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Full Day Cruise to Crab Claw Island with Seafood Buffet

AU$155
Per adult
Ferry Cruise from Darwin Harbour to the Tiwi Islands
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Ferry Cruise from Darwin Harbour to the Tiwi Islands

AU$120
Per adult
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility
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The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility

AU$28
Per adult
100% of travellers recommend
Full-Day Ferry Cruise & Cultural Immersion in the Tiwi Islands
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Full-Day Ferry Cruise & Cultural Immersion in the Tiwi Islands

AU$349
Per adult

Reviews of Darwin

4.3

Top Destination

5 - Excellent
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3 - Okay 7.72093023255814%
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4/5 - Good

Sye

4 May 2020

Short walk to Dukes for great coffee and deli on knuckey st.

4/5 - Good

Verified traveller

12 Mar. 2020

Would love to visit in the dry!

4/5 - Good

Rosanne

8 Mar. 2020

Lovely city. Road systems and conditions excellent. So easy to get around. Due to season weren’t able to get into some places but what we did was great.

3/5 - Okay

Verified traveller

22 Feb. 2020

Lots of social issues and generally the CBD is quite dirty looking. There are way too many drunks just hanging around and bugging people. I wouldn't go as far as saying I felt unsafe but I was very aware & made sure I was alert when walking around.

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

21 Feb. 2020

Greatly improved since our last visit very impressed Needs a Dan Murphy outlet

5/5 - Excellent

Verified traveller

4 Feb. 2020

Absolutely loved the place and nothing like I expected it would be like!

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