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Darwin

Soak up Darwin’s balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the city’s many outdoor festivals and markets. 


Enjoy Darwin's balmy weather and eclectic food and culture at outdoor festivals, waterfront restaurants, tropical parklands and art precincts.  Get a taste of Darwin at Mindil Beach Markets, sail Darwin Harbour and trace the region's dramatic history at museums. Darwin is gateway to Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, Kakadu and Arnhem Land as well as cross-continent journeys like the Ghan, Explorers Highway and Savannah Way.

What you can see in Darwin

Enjoy the warm relaxed streets of Darwin, find action on the waterfront, eat at the night markets and explore galleries that depict the city's history.

Top 10 Things to do in Darwin and the Top End...

Top 10 Things to do in Darwin and the Top End

Get ready for adventure in the Northern Territory's capital. An exciting and unique part of the world, the Top End is rich in Indigenous culture and natural beauty. Not only does the Territory boast some of the planet's most incredible wildlife, but the “tamed” parts of the city also offer superb restaurants, classy bars and luxe accommodation.

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The Ghan

The Ghan

Travel from Australia's south to north on one of the world's greatest train journeys. Board in Adelaide and watch South Australia's rolling green hills make way for desert, the rusty Red Centre and finally the tropical splendour of the Top End. Or get on in Darwin and see the landscapes dance in the opposite direction. Explore the famous outback towns of Alice Springs and Katherine on a whistle stop tour. Visit sacred Aboriginal sites around Alice Springs or take a scenic helicopter flight over Simpsons Gap. Cruise down the Katherine Gorge, canoe down Katherine River or choose from other tailored Ghan adventures.

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Weather in Darwin

Weather in Darwin

Darwin in the Top End of the Northern Territory has two distinct seasons, the 'wet' and the 'dry'. Plan ahead with this information on temperature and rainfall.

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Nature's Way

Nature's Way

Wind through the Adelaide and Mary River wetlands to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park. Here you can bushwalk through rugged escarpments and lush rainforest and discover a treasure trove of Aboriginal rock ark. Learn about the Territory's pioneering history in Pine Creek and swim in crystal-clear waterholes in the tarzan landscape of Litchfield National Park. You can do this dream drive on a fully sealed road in a two-wheel-drive vehicle.

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Guide to Litchfield National Park

Guide to Litchfield National Park

Stunning waterfalls, natural pools and a dramatic landscape lure visitors to Litchfield National Park.

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Guide to Tiwi Islands

Guide to Tiwi Islands

With a thriving indigenous arts culture, secluded fishing lodges and a passion for football, the Tiwi Islands promise a holiday like no other.

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Mindil Beach Markets

Mindil Beach Markets

Taste Asian flavours in a tropical setting at Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Market between May and October.

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Three Great Days in Darwin

Three Great Days in Darwin

Discover the best of balmy Darwin, which sits on a huge harbour on the Timor Sea. Swap your city suit for the uniform of the tropics - T-shirt and shorts - and get out and explore this vibrant, multicultural city. Walk or bike ride through the tropical parklands, see Aboriginal art in the museum and taste the city's multicultural mix at Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Visit chic Cullen Bay Marina and take a heritage walk round the wharf. Beyond Darwin's compact CBD, you can cruise next to acrobatic crocodiles on the Adelaide River and swim beneath waterfalls in the tangled green jungle of Litchfield National Park.

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Guide to Arnhem Land

Guide to Arnhem Land

Bordered by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria, Arnhem Land is a vast, unspoiled wilderness area of more than 97,000 square kilometres (37,452 square miles). Rich in Aboriginal culture, Arnhem Land offers unique indigenous experiences, rock art and some of the best fishing in the world.

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Guide to Darwin's Historical Attractions

Guide to Darwin's Historical Attractions

Australia's shores were touched by World War II, a story that Darwin's historical attractions are waiting to share with you.

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Savannah Way, Western Australia

Savannah Way, Western Australia

Cut a line between the desert and tropics on this rugged outback adventure between Darwin and Broome. You'll see palms sprouting from rust-red cliffs, crocodiles baking in gorges and boab trees bursting with fruit. Cruise through Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park and see Aboriginal rock art in Keep River National Park. Canoe down Ord River and huge, man-made Lake Argyle. Explore the Bungle Bungle Range in Purnululu National Park, bushwalk to Mitchell Falls and visit the Argyle Diamond Mine. See the bulbous Boab Prison Tree near Derby and swim from Broome's Cable Beach, with its warm waters and soft dreamlike sand. The Savannah Way also has many bird watching opportunities, so pack binoculars and a field guide.

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Guide to Darwin's Waterfront

Guide to Darwin's Waterfront

Catch one of Darwin's famous sunsets as you dine on fresh seafood and soak up the city's tropical waterfront lifestyle.

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Katherine

Katherine

The Northern Territory's Katherine region stretches from Dunmarra in the south to the Daly River region in the north. In total it covers an incredible 480,000 sq kilometres. From east to west it touches both the Queensland and West Australian borders. Katherine and its surrounds are the place to go for true outback adventure and indigenous experiences.

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Guide to Northern Territory Tropical Summer

Guide to Northern Territory Tropical Summer

Visit the Top End during the wet season to see cascading waterfalls, spectacular lightning storms and the wildflowers in bloom.

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Three Weeks from Darwin

Three Weeks from Darwin

From Darwin, cut a straight line across Australia to Alice Springs and Adelaide. Or arc through Australia's north-west corner driving the Savannah Way to Broome. Canoe down Katherine Gorge and fly over the beehive-shaped Bungle Bungles in Western Australia's wild Kimberley region along the way. From Darwin, drive the Nature's Way to Kakadu National Park, World Heritage-listed for both its cultural and natural significance. See Uluru, Kings Canyon and other Red Centre attractions from the outback hub of Alice Springs. Elegant Adelaide is your base for exploring the Barossa Valley, Flinders Ranges, the Fleurieu Peninsula and the wildlife wonderland of Kangaroo Island.

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Darwin's Arts Precincts

Darwin's Arts Precincts

Art is everywhere in Darwin, with inner-city Parap fast becoming a hub for contemporary and Aboriginal galleries. See the future of Darwin art in these exciting arts spaces, which showcase both emerging and established artists. Browse Aboriginal art from across the Northern Territory and view cutting-edge contemporary works, from audio installations to photography. Afterwards, check out Darwin's other galleries or join a tour to discover the colourful art and craft of the Tiwi Islands.

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What you can see near Darwin

Its Just three hours to Kakadu and Arnhem Land. Drive the Explorers Highy, take the Ghan or fly to Alice Springs to explore Australia's Red Centre.

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