Thirsty for adventure? In Darwin you can trek around Kakadu National Park or come face-to-face with crocs. Love shopping? Bet you’ll love it even more at a sunset beach market! Craving culture? Darwin is one of the best places in the country to check out Aboriginal art! And with nightlife, delish food and lovely national parks and gardens thrown in, you can definitely live every lastminute in Australia’s own tropical city. Let our Darwin hotels Dar-WIN you over!
Things to See and Do
Darwin has nature lovers covered. Take a cruise along Darwin Harbour to enjoy the sunset over dinners and drinks. Spend time in the George Brown Botanic Gardens and you’ll be impressed by the range of mangroves, woodlands, forests and foliage, including hundreds of palms and plants from spots like Arnhem Land and the Tiwi Islands.
Kakadu National Park is home to almost 20,000 square kms of rugged wilderness and ancient culture – and it’s less than two hours away from Darwin! Hire a car or take a couch tour to get there and explore wetlands, rivers, sandstone cliffs and waterfalls – plus Aboriginal rock art from over 25,000 years ago! Just 90 minutes south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park has waterfalls tumbling over sandstone plateaus into swimming holes, lush rainforests and possibly the world’s most intriguing termite mounds.
Bit of a daredevil? Make your way to Crocosaurus Cove and tackle “the Cage of Death”. Protected by a transparent cage, you get the terrifying thrill of being lowered into a pit of crocs! If that’s a bit too scary, there’s other stuff you can do, like stand by and watch some of those big boys indulge in feeding time.
Shopping, Dining and Nightlife
You like shopping? How about shopping on a beach as the sun goes down? At Mindil Beach Sunset Market you can wander beneath palm trees and check out stall after stall filled with boutique fashion, handmade jewellery and other goodies to take home. If you’re craving more shopping choice, Casuarina Shopping Centre is the biggest mall in the NT, made up of a shopping square with 165 shops and a cinema, plus a smaller shopping village.
Darwin takes full advantage of being close to the sea with stacks of seafood, as well as other succulent options like steak, noodles, Asian food and healthy organic. Darwin’s hot weather makes al fresco eating an ideal activity too, whether you’re sitting on the footpath outside a coffee shop or enjoying fine food and wine with a view of the ocean.
Darwin’s huge choice of nightlife is its other big attraction. There are Irish-themed pubs, backpacker bars, gay-friendly nightclubs, live music venues, and places with great cocktails. How’s that for choice?
There’s so much to see and do in Darwin and the Top End that you might have trouble fitting it all in. But you can start by bundling your flights to Darwin and Darwin accommodation with us for an adventure you’ll remember long after the dust has settled.
As it's the state capital, you'll have plenty of Darwin hotels to choose between. At the mo, lastminute.com.au features more than 68 places to rest your head.
No matter how you like to roll, there's a room waiting for you in Darwin. For accommodation that's easy on the wallet, check out the Darwin YHA - Melaleuca on Mitchell (52 Mitchell St) or the Frogshollow Backpackers (27 Lindsay Street). Or would you rather spend your holiday in more luxurious surrounds? Get ready to be treated like royalty at the Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites or the Argus Apartments Darwin.
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