Darwin Destination Guide
Located at the Top End of Australia, the multicultural city of Darwin has long enticed travellers for its promise of the real outback, larrikin humour and laidback lifestyle. When it comes to Darwin's weather, the tropical capital only really has two seasons – the dry and the wet. Though for the most part, Darwin is a wet city no matter what the time of year with swimming holes, rivers, beaches and a waterfront precincts keeping residents cool during the consistently 30 degree days. If you do take a dip, just remember to never smile at a crocodile. Darwin has a healthy population of salt and fresh water crocodiles.
- Country: Australia
- Currency: Australian Dollar (AUD)
- Offical Language: English
- Visas: International visitors need a visa to enter Australia and different types apply depending on country of origin, your travel agent can advise
- Tipping: Voluntary, tips of around 10 per cent are optional for good service
- Electricity: Australian outlets run on an average 230 volts and use Type I plugs
Temperature (max C)
J 32, F 31, M 32, A 33, M 32, J 31, J 31, A 31, S 33, O 33, N 33, D 32
Rainfall (max mm)
J 427, F 374, M 318, A 102, M 21, J 2, J 1, A 5, S 15, O 70, N 142, D 249
With stunning natural landscapes, fascinating Aboriginal culture and croc or two this tropical Top End capital has no shortage of things to see and do.
Smile at a crocodile by visiting...
- Spectacular Jumping Croc Cruise
- Crocosaurus Cove
- Kakadu National Park
Given the Top End’s proximity to Asia, it is no surprise that Indian, Malaysian, Thai and other Asian foods dominate the market food scene, and are well represented in restaurant choices. From modern Australian meals to sensational Asian dishes and pop-up cafes and market food, Darwin has something delicious to tantalise every tastebud.
Backpackers and the budget-conscious can choose from an array of hostels and motels, many in the heart of the CBD and within strolling distance of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The city centre also has a variety of mid-range hotel chains that promise comfort but leave you with enough change to enjoy yourself.
While you probably wouldn’t choose Darwin over London, Paris or New York as a shopping destination, you will almost definitely find yourself in need of extra luggage space after a shopping expedition in the Top End’s capital. You’ll find souvenirs, clothing, homewares and artworks with an authentic, and invariably Australian, difference.
Darwin like a Local
If you’re wondering how the locals cool down and unwind, go no further than Buley Rockhole at Litchfield National Park, where you’ll find crystal-clear water bubbling over smooth red boulders and surrounded by native bushland. Remember the Top End is home to saltwater crocs, so please pay attention to Designated Swimming Area signs. In the wet season check it’s open before heading there.
1. Slip and slide for free: The great thing about the weather in Darwin is that it’s hot enough all year round to get wet and wild at a water slide park. Even better? In Darwin the YMCA provides two free water parks: one at Leanyer and the other a little further out at Palmerston.
2. Pop out for a pop-up: Arm yourself with a picnic rug or folding chairs and something to drink, and make your way down to the Nightcliff foreshore (Seabreeze Carpark, Chapman Road). Here you can enjoy a takeaway meal while watching the sky change colour as the sun slips into the water.
Take a day trip from Darwin to...
- The Tiwi Islands
- Litchfield National Park
- Katherine Gorge
Did you know...? The Northern Territory is a vast geographical area, taking up one-sixth of the land area of Australia. With the territory’s population sitting at 130,000 (made up of more than 50 nationalities, including Darwin’s traditional owners, the Larrakia people), that equals a population density of just 0.1 person per square kilometre.