Darwin is an adventurer’s paradise with some of the world's most impressive natural wonders within arm’s reach. Darwin on the Timor Sea is the largest city in the Northern Territory and is a vibrant and eclectic place steeped in wartime history. Explore the outdoor lifestyle and beauty of Darwin’s rich heritage, indigenous culture and food with a stay in one of our Darwin hotels.
Much of the action in Darwin goes down along the revitalised waterfront lined with a fabulous array of Asian inspired restaurants, cute boutique shops, parklands, sandy lagoons and walking trails.
Immerse yourself in the story and history of Darwin, which is often described as ‘Australia’s Pearl Harbour’, by exploring Darwin’s WWII sites which are scattered throughout the city. Check out original B52 bomber planes at the Aviation Heritage Museum, and visit ammunition bunkers or the remains of the military camp which were part of Australian’s northern defence in Charles Darwin National Park. You can also take a self drive trip along the Stuart Highway and to military airstrips, and enjoy a cold beer with the locals in Larrimah and Daly who like to swap wartime stories.
Darwin is home to an abundant art scene with many inner city contemporary Aboriginal galleries and exciting arts spaces, which showcase both emerging and established artists. Browse Aboriginal art from across the Northern Territory and view cutting-edge contemporary works, from audio installations to photography.
When you’re ready to take a breather, set sail and cruise along Darwin’s sparkling blue harbour at sunset and dine alfresco on fresh local seafood. However, if you prefer your seafood with an Asian twist, make your way to Parap for some of the most incredible Asian-infused cuisine and wash it down with a heady espresso or some green tea.
If you’re after some retail therapy stop by the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, open between May and October where you can meander through collections of local and international art and craft and sample fresh produce beneath a canopy of coconut palms.
If you’re in Darwin on Saturday, do what the locals do and stop by the Parap markets, a local institution where you’ll unearth some local treasures while your tastebuds drool over an amazing laksa or prawn satay.
Further afield you can visit the beautiful Tiwi Islands, Litchfield National Park or the Adelaide and Mary River Wetlands on your journey to the heritage listed Kakadu National Park.
Explore Litchfield National Park, with its lush woodlands, spectacular waterfalls, sparkling plunge pools and tall termite mounds only two hours from Darwin. Even better, all the main natural attractions – including Buley Rockhole and the striking Florence, Tolmer and Wangi Falls are easily accessible from Litchfield’s main road, so you don’t even need a tour guide, just a good 4WD.
Only three hours from Darwin, take the drive along Nature’s Way into Kakadu National Park between May and October. Here you can bushwalk through rugged escarpments and lush rainforest, enjoy the splendour of Jim Jim Falls, and head to Gunlom Falls at the southern end of the park where you’ll feel like you’re standing on the edge of the world. Take a cultural cruise on East Alligator River, bird watch at Mardugal Billabong or go searching for some Aboriginal rock art.
If you have plenty of time you can travel from South Australia to the Top End via the Ghan, considered to be one of Australia’s most incredible train journeys, and watch the scenery change from rolling green hills to rustic red earth and tropical wetlands that typifies the Northern Territory. On your way you can stop off in Katherine for a cruise or Kayak, or take a scenic flight over the Bungle Bungles.
You can also catch a flight from any capital city direct to Darwin and hire a car from there.
There is so much to see and do in Darwin and the Top End that you may have trouble fitting it all in! Start by checking out our Darwin accommodation for an adventure you’ll remember long after the dust has settled.