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Feed crocodiles, take a cruise on the harbor at sunset, learn about Aboriginal culture, or enjoy a night out in the tropics in Darwin, the Northern Territory’s capital city.
Darwin was founded in 1869. It was named after the English naturalist Charles Darwin by his fellow explorers, who navigated the Timor Sea aboard The Beagle. The city’s recent past has been tumultuous. Darwin was bombed during World War II, and in 1974 a cyclone destroyed it all over again. About 150,000 people call modern-day Darwin home, including some of the territory’s traditional owners, the Larrakia people.
It’s best to visit Darwin from May to September, when it’s not too hot or too wet for outdoor activities. On a Thursday or a Sunday, visit the Sunset Markets on Mindil Beach. On any day, enjoy a harbor cruise from Stokes Hill Wharf, or a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema.
Although the beaches look tempting, don’t jump in anywhere to cool off: crocodiles are abundant in the area. If you’d like to meet a few, visit Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park. For a safe swim, head to the huge Darwin Wave Lagoon.
Book a tour or rent a four-wheel-drive car and explore the iconic Australian outback in Kakadu, the country’s largest national park. Be sure to bring your binoculars to spot wallabies, swamp birds, reptiles and dingoes. Hike around and find waterfalls to swim under or ancient Aboriginal rock art depicting Dreamtime stories.
Darwin’s turbulent history and dynamic art scene provide plenty to do during the wet season. Get insight into Aboriginal culture at the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. To learn about the 1942 bombings, immerse yourself in the Defence of Darwin Experience or see an American B-52 bomber at the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre.
This tropical city is unlike any other city in the world. Come to Darwin to experience the true Australian wilderness and the long, developing story of humankind’s relationship with the Territory’s unique natural environment.
Situated near the airport, this romantic hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Marrara Sports Complex and 2.9 mi (4.7 km) from Charles Darwin University. TIO Stadium and Casuarina Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).
Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is within a 10-minute walk of Chung Wah Temple, Smith Street Mall, and Brown's Mart Theatre. Maningrida Arts & Culture and Parliament House are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this luxury apartment is steps from Bicentennial Park and Crocosaurus Cove. Darwin Entertainment Centre and Maningrida Arts & Culture are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this motel is steps from Darwin War Memorial and Maningrida Arts & Culture. Darwin Deckchair Cinema and Parliament House are also within 5 minutes.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this hotel is steps from Smith Street Mall and Maningrida Arts & Culture. Crocosaurus Cove and Brown's Mart Theatre are also within 10 minutes.
This family-friendly Darwin hotel is located in the entertainment district, within a 10-minute walk of St Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Cathedral, Crocosaurus Cove, and Smith Street Mall. Darwin Entertainment Centre and Maningrida Arts & Culture are also within 10 minutes.
Located in Darwin City Centre, this luxury hotel is steps from Crocosaurus Cove and Bicentennial Park. Darwin Entertainment Centre and Maningrida Arts & Culture are also within 10 minutes.
Situated near the airport, this hotel is 0.8 mi (1.3 km) from Marrara Sports Complex and 3 mi (4.8 km) from Charles Darwin University. TIO Stadium and Casuarina Square are also within 3 mi (5 km).