Darwin travel guide

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You're Going to Love Darwin

Darwin is the capital of Australia's Northern Territory and the only capital in the tropics. It's a city of sidewalk cafes, excellent museums and galleries, and stunning natural landscapes. It's also a haven for lovers of adventure sports.

Top 5 Reasons to Visit Darwin

1. Natural Wonders

You can't come to Darwin without exploring the great outdoors. Lake Alexander, Charles Darwin National Park, and Casuarina Coastal Reserve are just some of the highlights.

2. Culture

The city is packed with museums and galleries, such as the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, which reflect local Aboriginal culture and has wider international exhibits.

3. Deckchair Cinema

The Deckchair Cinema at the Waterfront Precinct screens films outdoors from April to November. A Darwin institution not to be missed.

4. Nightlife

Darwin has a youthful population and this is reflected in the number of clubs and cocktail bars.

5. Food

There are more than 50 nationalities making Darwin their home and this is reflected in the stunning variety of Pan-Asian food in the markets and restaurants.

Where to Eat in Darwin

Hanuman Restaurant on Mitchell Street has good Indian, Malaysian, and Thai food from AU$22. Lewinsky's is also on Mitchell Street and serves excellent seafood from AU$30.

When to visit Darwin

Darwin in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 102
1 night at 3-star hotel
Darwin in February
Estimated hotel price
C$ 102
1 night at 3-star hotel

Darwin has a tropical climate with temperatures around 90 all year. May to October is drier.

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How to Get to Darwin

Plane

Darwin International Airport (DRW) has flights to other Australian cities and international connections from Asia and Europe. The airport shuttle bus will take you into town for AU$18. A taxi costs AU$30.

Train

The Ghan train service runs twice a week from Adelaide to Darwin. Fares vary depending on season but a single fare can be from AU$2,199.

Car

The only highway into Darwin is the Stuart Highway, which runs from Alice Springs and Adelaide. Remember that distances are long. The trip from Sydney is 2,500 miles.

Bus

Darwin has regular bus services from most Australian cities. The trip from Sydney takes almost three days and costs AU$469.

Airports near Darwin

Airlines serving Darwin

Lufthansa
Good (1,078 reviews)
United Airlines
Good (2,334 reviews)
American Airlines
Good (3,785 reviews)
KLM
Good (264 reviews)
Air France
Good (271 reviews)
SWISS
Excellent (304 reviews)
Emirates
Excellent (584 reviews)
Finnair
Good (353 reviews)
Etihad Airways
Good (175 reviews)
LATAM Airlines
Good (562 reviews)
Singapore Airlines
Excellent (120 reviews)
SriLankan Airlines
Okay (7 reviews)
Qantas Airways
Good (79 reviews)
Cathay Pacific
Excellent (20 reviews)
Vistara
Good (42 reviews)
Air New Zealand
Excellent (32 reviews)
Jetstar
Good (40 reviews)
Virgin Australia
Excellent (54 reviews)
Jetstar Asia
Good (7 reviews)
Fiji Airways
Excellent (11 reviews)
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Where to stay in Darwin

Ashton Lodge on Mitchell Street has affordable rooms in the center of town, while Skycity on Gilruth Avenue is a 5-star boutique hotel minutes from Downtown.

Popular neighbourhoods in Darwin

Cullen Bay - this is an attractive area centered on the marina. Restaurants and bars are plentiful and there are charter boats in the harbor.

Darwin Wharf - this area has been extensively redeveloped, with a cruise ship terminal, wave pool, and lots of hotels.

Nightcliff - this is one of the oldest districts of the city, surrounded by the sea on three sides. It has good walking trails and a popular jetty.

Where to stay in popular areas of Darwin

Most booked hotels in Darwin

Palms City Resort
Excellent (8.5, Excellent reviews)
C$ 217+
Argus Hotel Darwin
Excellent (8.4, Excellent reviews)
C$ 168+
Travelodge Resort Darwin
Excellent (8.1, Excellent reviews)
C$ 218+
H On Smith Hotel
Excellent (8, Excellent reviews)
C$ 140+
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Good (7.8, Good reviews)
C$ 312+
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How to Get Around Darwin

Public Transportation

Darwin has a public bus service serving the city center. Tickets are from AU$3 or AU$7 for a day pass.

Taxi

Taxis are widely available. Meter drop is AU$4.40 and you will then pay AU$2.50 per mile.

Car

Driving is the easiest way to get around. Traffic is light and parking is plentiful and car rental is available from AU$50.

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The Cost of Living in Darwin

Shopping Streets

The Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are great for finding tasty local foods. Smith Street is the center of the mainstream shopping area and also specializes in the famous local pearls and Aboriginal crafts.

Groceries and Other

A quart of milk in Darwin will cost AU$1.41 and a dozen eggs is AU$4.52.

Cheap meal
C$ 24.57
A pair of jeans
C$ 88.23
Single public transport ticket
C$ 2.96
Cappuccino
C$ 4.71