Australia's capital of outdoor adventure and WWII-era history
Darwin is nirvana for adventurers. Here you'll find a history-drenched harbor landscape, the tropical lifestyle you’d expect of an outdoorsy culture and some of the most awe-inspiring natural treasures you're likely to find.
You can do it all, any way you want to. You can join a fishing charter to experience the Mary River Wetlands, or take a cruise. You can marvel at majestic waterfalls and waterholes, or go on a four-wheel drive with the world’s most beautiful flora as backdrop. Or walk through the incredible Litchfield National Park. Dine like royalty at Hanuman, Pee Wee’s at the Point, Char Restaurant or il lido waterfront kitchen, to name a few.
Things to do
The world’s largest display of Australian reptiles and some of the largest saltwater crocodiles are at Crocosaurus Cove. The reptiles residing here are found primarily in the Top End of Australia. You can swim with the crocs (safely, in an enclosed area!), hold a baby croc, and see the turtle sanctuary and aquariums. Then head for the main attraction: enter the “Cage of Death”, Australia’s only crocodile “dive” with a 5m-long croc.
The Deckchair Cinema, operated by the Darwin Film Society, is open every night from April to November. Watch the latest flicks with the sunset over the sea as backdrop, on a deckchair or straight-back seat. A vast range of foreign films is also screened, as are some classics. The licensed kiosk sells wine, beer, soft drinks, snacks and hot food. Bring a picnic, but you are not allowed to bring your own alcoholic drinks.
Every Thursday and Sunday from the last Thursday in April until the last Sunday in October (5-10pm Thursdays; 4-9pm Sundays), Darwin residents and tourists head to the Mindil Markets on Mindil Beach. Often, there are tables, chairs, rugs and eskies in tow. The star of the show is food: think Thai, Indian, Sri Lankan, Chinese, Malaysian, Brazilian, Greek, Portuguese and more. Enjoy a massage, buy handmade jewelery, experience natural remedies, or just take in the market atmosphere.
On your Way
Why not take your time and travel along the scenic route? Drive from Darwin to Katherine, via Kakadu National Park along Nature’s Way. It’s a 550km journey, which you can do either as a one-way-and-stay or as a longer loop back to Darwin. We recommend you make the trip over a minimum seven-day timeframe, so you can take a dip in waterfalls and rock pools at Litchfield, canoe down the Katherine River and discover Aboriginal rock art at Kakadu. For a suggested itinerary, visit travelnt.com
Up and away
The fastest, yet most relaxing and certainly the most dramatic way to experience the Kakadu National Park, Arnhem Land, Adelaide River and Mary River is by booking a scenic flight from Darwin. You’ll get a different perspective on the flora, lush wetlands and waterways surrounding Darwin. For more information, visit travelnt.com
Travel time 15 minutes
Taxi Approx AUD $30
Shuttle Meets all flights. One-way AUD $16 (adult), AUD $8 (child, 4-12 yrs); return AUD $29 (adult), AUD $14 (child). Discount for two or more passengers.Back to top
When to go
There are only two things you need to know about Darwin weather: the wet season and the dry season. The wet season is from November to April, and is characterised by humidity levels in excess of 80%, followed by monsoonal rains and storms. Temperatures range from 25°C to 33°C.
The dry season is from May to October, and is characterised by warm, dry, sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures range from 21°C to 32°C, and humidity levels are between 60% and 65%.
The dry season is the best time to come to Darwin and try out the activities we’ve recommended below – it offers more opportunity to explore the more remote areas that are often off limits during the wet season.Back to top
Take a Buslink bus, a Coach Charters Australia bus, a Grand Touring coach or a Greyhound Charter. The latter ply routes across Australia. For car rental and other transport options, visit darwinairport.com.au/to-from-airport
Buslink, tel: +61 (8) 8947 0577
Coach Charters Australia, tel: +61 (8) 8988 1447
Grand Touring Coach, tel: 1800 444149
Greyhound Charter, tel: 1800 801 294Back to top