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Darwin

Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city.

Darwin is world famous for its fabulous food, colourful outdoor markets and a diverse range of adventure activities. From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city's Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers' paradise.

Magical markets

Local markets are a big part of Darwin’s personality.

At the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, sample international cuisine from some 60 food stalls, including Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Greek, Cambodian, and Japanese just to name a few.

Known as the laksa capital of Australia, you’ll find a myriad of food stalls serving up the spicy noodle soup, but if you’re looking for an Australian dish, look no further than the local barramundi fish or a crocodile dish.

For budget travellers, you can simply walk the markets or bring your own picnic dinner to eat on the beach as you watch the sun setting into the ocean. Darwin is famous for its spectacular orange sunsets over the Arafura Sea.

After dinner, find the perfect gift among the art and craft stalls, then relax with a local ice-cream or mango smoothie as fire twirlers, musicians and street performers entertain the crowds.

Food, glorious food

Blending our close proximity to Asia with an ocean of fresh catches, Darwin has the ideal ingredients which make it a modern dining delight.

Savour the flavors at some of our most superb places to dine out in Darwin. Here food takes inspiration from our land incorporating fresh local produce such as mud crab, barramundi, Kakadu plum, lemon myrtle and even green ants.

There are plenty of options to suit everyone when dining out around Darwin

Sense of adventure

Step outside your everyday and open your eyes to adventure.

See prehistoric crocodiles as they launch from the water to catch food, feel how incredibly soft crocodile skin really is as you hold a baby crocodile (with its mouth safely closed).

Soar through the sky as you fly over wetlands and see winding waterways make their way through wetlands. And savour a sunset as you sail on the sparkling blue waters of the Arafura Sea on a harbour cruise. No matter what your pace Darwin has something for you.

Rich in history

Immerse yourself in the history of Darwin. From ancient Aboriginal Dreamtime stories and the pioneering spirit of the early settlers, to survival stories of WWII, the bombing of Darwin and Cyclone Tracy. Darwin’s history and heritage is vast, diverse and captivating in every way.


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    Do I need any passes or permits to visit Darwin?

    Visiting Darwin itself doesn't require any special passes or permits.

    Recreational fishing in most areas does not require a licence.

    You will need a permit while on Aboriginal land in areas outside Darwin such as the Tiwi Islands. For more information, check with the Northern Land Council or the Tiwi Land Council, or at the Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre in Darwin.

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    How do I get around Darwin?

    The city centre is walkable and well connected with foot and bike paths. You can find Spinway NT bike hire stations at a number of locations around the city.

    There are a number of transport hire operators where you can hire cars, campervans, four-wheel drives and more.

    For public transport, a bus network runs throughout the city and suburbs connecting to popular destinations. Taxis and ride-share company, Hi Oscar, are also convenient ways to get around Darwin.

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    How do I get to Darwin?

    All major airlines operate short daily flights into Darwin International Airport from Australia's capital cities. International flights arrive from Singapore, Philippines and Indonesia. Alternatively, you can take the Ghan train journey, or drive north from Adelaide along the famous Explorers Way.

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    How far is Darwin from the nearest city or major town?

    The drive from Darwin to Jabiru – the heart of Kakadu National Park – takes around three hours, as will a trip south to Katherine.

    If you want to head into the Red Centre, Alice Springs is just a couple of hours' flight south, or take some time to drive the 1500 kms to Alice Springs via the famous Explorers Way.

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    What are the major attractions in Darwin?

    Take a walk through the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursday and Sunday evenings between April and October), enjoy a dip at the Waterfront Wave Lagoon, learn about the city's fascinating WWII history, take a harbour cruise, enjoy world-class fishing or find out some interesting facts about Australia in Darwin’s museums.

    Check out the day trips and guided tours on offer for the chance to explore Darwin with a local.

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    What day trips can be done from Darwin?

    Darwin is the perfect base for day trips to Litchfield National Park, Berry Springs, Adelaide River, Mary River, Lake Bennett and the Tiwi Islands. Popular activities are fishing trips, harbour cruises, scenic flights, cultural experiences, historical tours, walking tracks, and swimming.

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    What should I bring with me to Darwin?

    Darwin is equipped with modern facilities and shopping options, so whatever you need you can find here. Bring some laid-back apparel suitable for warm weather, and make sure you protect yourself against the sun and heat with lightweight clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and if you're visiting from November to April, you should also bring a light rain jacket. read more

    When is the best time to visit Darwin?

    From May to October, the dry season weather is warm and pleasant with sunny days and cooler nights. Visit during the Dry to explore all of the attractions in the surrounding national parks, and experience the buzz of the sunset markets.

    From November to April, the wet season is warm and tropical, with stunning summer thunderstorms. Travel in the Wet to experience flowing waterfalls and smaller crowds.

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    Where should I go next from Darwin?

    To the east of Darwin lie Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land with some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. To the south, Berry Springs and Litchfield National Park are stunning, as is the township of Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge. You can explore these regions in a single trip by following the Nature's Way driving route - give yourself at least a week to get the most out of your adventure.

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