Vibe Hotel, Darwin, Northern Territory
By Jennifer Pinkerton
Darwin accommodation tend to fall into three categories: breezy, self-contained spaces with access to swimming pools; historic homes; and brand name hotels with water views. Most of these options are clustered around the city centre, though the suburb of Parap – five minutes drive north – boasts a handful of retro hotels and apartments, and Mindil Beach (also five minutes from the city centre) provides resort-style accommodation at the the huge SKYCITY Casino. If you're getting around on foot, book a city stay. If you're driving, consider basing yourself a little further out to access the excellent food and crafts markets in various suburbs.
Note that the prices below reflect those charged for a double or standard room in the dry season, which is Darwin's high season, in the cooler months of May to September. During shoulder months, from October to April, these prices can drop significantly.