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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Where to stay in Darwin

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
4 out of 5
1 Sir Norman Brearley Drive, Eaton, NT, 0812
The price is AU$284 per night from 13 Aug. to 14 Aug.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly hotel in Darwin. Enjoy free parking, 2 restaurants and 2 bars/lounges. Our guests praise the pool and the helpful staff ...
3.9/5 Good! (995 reviews)
"Everything ok except the car parking."

Reviewed on 7 Aug. 2022

Mercure Darwin Airport Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
4 out of 5
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens, NT, 0820
The price is AU$399 per night from 4 Sep. to 5 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star beach hotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 5 restaurants. Our guests praise the pool and the restaurant in their reviews. Popular ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (995 reviews)
"Very friendly staff Good choice of restaurants"

Reviewed on 6 Aug. 2022

Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$343 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,286 reviews)
"Great stay. Rooftop bar was really enjoyable after each days work."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.
Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments
Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments
3.5 out of 5
146 Dick Ward Drive, Coconut Grove, NT, 0810
The price is AU$140 per night from 5 Sep. to 6 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star aparthotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and a garden. Our guests praise the helpful staff and the convenient parking in their ...
3.9/5 Good! (409 reviews)
"The grounds of the resort were lovely. Staff were very friendly and helpful. Special mention to Jennifer who was very nice"

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Coconut Grove Holiday Apartments
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
4 out of 5
6 Carey Street, Darwin, NT, 0800
The price is AU$343 per night from 1 Sep. to 2 Sep.
Stay at this 4-star business-friendly aparthotel in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and breakfast. Our guests praise the breakfast and the pool in their ...
4.3/5 Excellent! (1,286 reviews)
"Great stay. Rooftop bar was really enjoyable after each days work."

Reviewed on 5 Aug. 2022

Ramada Suites by Wyndham Zen Quarter Darwin
Cullen Bay Resort
Cullen Bay Resort
3.5 out of 5
26-32 Marina Boulevard, Cullen Bay, Larrakeyah, NT, 0802
The price is AU$285 per night from 10 Sep. to 11 Sep.
Stay at this 3.5-star business-friendly apartment in Darwin. Enjoy free WiFi, free parking and 3 outdoor pools. Our guests praise the family amenities in their ...
4.1/5 Very Good! (1,073 reviews)
"Was good, a bit dated but that’s fine as it’s reflected in the star rating, only issue we had was some snacks in unopened packaging were thrown away when the room was serviced, so would be good if they took a bit more care with that. By overall a great place to stay."

Reviewed on 3 Aug. 2022

Cullen Bay Resort
Lowest nightly price found within the past 24 hours based on a 1 night stay for 2 adults. Prices and availability subject to change. Additional terms may apply.

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