The tropical city of Darwin located in the lush and verdant far north of the country’s Northern Territory is actually closer to Bali than it is to Sydney. But despite the distanceit still remains very much an Australian city small yet cultured looking out over the Timor Sea and with great leisure options. It’s a very relaxed and multicultural place with great eating options and access to some of the country’s most magnificent national parks and wilderness. It gets hot and steamy in the summer months and is dry throughout the winter but the tropical weather brings beautiful trees and flowers on the city’s streets. It’s a thriving little city making the very best of its geographical location and serving as a gateway to all the varied treasures of the north.
Areas & Neighbourhoods in Darwin
Darwin Wharf - The main historical part of town and the only city in Australia to have ever been attacked in a war when Japanese bombers raided in WW2.
The Top End - The vast region that surrounds the city where you can find Kakadu National Park Arnhem Land and Katherine.
The Waterfront - Many of the city’s best attractions are located along the regenerated Waterfront area. Follow walking trails or dine alfresco on freshly caught seafood.
Downtown - The main hub of the city based around Mitchell and Knuckey Streets. You’ll find plenty of bars and restaurants where you can grab food from all over the world.
Bicentennial Park - A scenic stretch of parkland found along the Esplanade and overlooking the harbour. A top place for some leisure activities or simply to soak up some sun.
Things to See in Darwin
Discover the historical side of Darwin at attractions like the Fannie Bay Gaol which operated as the city’s major prison for more than 100 years. Visit the Browns Mart a stone building that has become a cultural hub hosting theatre performances or wander the Adelaide War Cemetery along the river. The Aviation Heritage Centre houses an impressive selection of aircraft. Of course with a name like Darwin it’s not surprising that it’s the natural attractions that really stand out. The Botanic Gardens and Lake Alexander are simply beautiful and the nearby Casuarina Coastal Reserve has some walking paths to explore.
Things to Do in Darwin
The city is surrounded by stunning national parks including Litchfield and the Tiwi Islands. Lying about 60 miles off the coast the ‘islands of smiles’ are well worth a visit on a boat trip. Come face-to-face with giants at the Crocosaurus Cove where you can feed some of the biggest saltwater crocodiles in the world. Discover more incredible wildlife at Berry Springs including a monsoon forest walk. Cruise the Mary River Wetlands go bird watching in the mangrove swamps around the city or stay a bit closer to home on a boat trip around the harbour.