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Pocket Guide: Darwin

Darwin sits at the very tip of Australia’s Northern Territory, and it serves as one of the most cosmopolitan centres of the country. Locals in the area come from more than 60 nations, and cultural festivals are no stranger to the city. There is a higher concentration of saltwater and freshwater crocodiles in the Northern Territory than anywhere in the world, and you can get up close and personal with these creatures at Crocosaurus Cove. Cruise the Mary River Wetlands, take a boat tour of Darwin Harbour, and visit the Mindil Beach Market on a Thursday or Sunday evening.

Places to see in Darwin

A world of wonder awaits you in Darwin, where indigenous culture and incredible animals are all well within reach. The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory can provide you with an in-depth understanding of the region’s rich history, while Crocosaurus Cove offers a firsthand look at some of the sea’s roughest reptiles. If history is your area of interest, be sure to check out the magnificent multimedia show at the Defence of Darwin Experience. It’s here where you’ll have the opportunity to hear first-person accounts from individuals who took part in protecting their country during the dark times of World War II.

For those who fancy flowers, the George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is a sprawling, 42-hectare slice of land that serves to display flora that grows locally, as well as from faraway lands. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market marks the ideal spot to stock up on souvenirs or treat your palate to the local cuisine. To top off your adventure, spend some time exploring the local parks. Head to Bicentennial Park, and then don’t miss out on the chance to romp around the ever popular Charles Darwin National Park.


Due to its tropical savanna climate, Darwin is home to only two separate seasons each year, but the median temperature remains relatively consistent from one year to the other. The city’s dry season, which spans from May until September, offers idyllic, sunshiny days and infrequent instances of precipitation. Meanwhile, the wet season welcomes monsoonal storms and even the occasional cyclone under near-constant cloud cover. This area also receives more lightning storms than nearly any other area of the continent. During the wintertime, most thermometers in Darwin read between 19 and 25 degrees Celsius, while the steamier summers rarely stray outside of the range from the mid-20s to the low-30s.

Where to Stay in Darwin

Darwin accommodation includes budget hotels, backpacker hostels, private apartment rentals, luxury resorts, and much more. You can even stay at a wilderness retreat in a safari suite and take in all that the local bush landscape has to offer. Whether you are watching your budget on holiday or want to indulge in the finest accommodation, the Darwin hotels found on can meet your needs and keep you comfortable.

Travel Basics

You can arrive in Darwin via the Darwin International Airport (DRW), by car, or using train service. Once you get here, car hire is available; save time and money by booking both your car rental and hotel here on The mean temperature in Darwin is consistent throughout the year, generally hovering between 30 and 32 degrees Celsius. If you want to avoid rainfall, visit between June and August.

Darwin is teeming with fresh produce and seafood, so don’t leave without enjoying the local fare. Dine by the harbour or near the beach to get the freshest catch and combine your dinner with a spectacular view.

Whether you are off on an adventure to meet some crocs, want to have a quiet retreat by the water, or can’t wait to go bird watching in a monsoon forest, Darwin won’t disappoint. From incredible dining to comfortable accommodation, you can find every ingredient to a successful holiday in Darwin. Search for hotels in Darwin right here on Narrow down your options by hotel theme, type, and location, and book your next holiday in just minutes.