Darwin

Aerial view of Darwin, NT. © Tourism NT

Darwin

Discover Darwin, the relaxed, tropical capital of the Northern Territory.

Plan your Darwin holiday using our three-day itinerary. Visit Darwin’s attractions and Aboriginal art galleries, cruise past crocodiles on the Adelaide River and day trip to Litchfield National Park.
Learn more about the Northern Territory and its many iconic destinations.

From Darwin, it’s a day trip to World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park – a rich tapestry of wetlands, wildlife and Aboriginal rock art galleries. Fly to Australia’s Red Centre, home to the sacred, sandstone monolith of Uluṟu, as well as Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Finke Gorge National Park and the MacDonnell Ranges.

Darwin is also the departure point for unique Australian adventure. Travel across the continent to Adelaide on historic Explorers Highway or the Ghan train trip. You can also arc through Australia’s north-west corner driving the Savannah Way to Broome.

Soak up Darwin’s balmy weather and the melting pot of food and cultures in the city’s many outdoor festivals and markets. Then explore the region’s dramatic history – from World War II air raids to Cyclone Tracey – in the museums and galleries. Sail Darwin harbour at sunset, cruise next to crocodiles and bushwalk through monsoon forest. Swim in the crystal-clear waterholes of Litchfield National Park and visit the colourful communities of the Tiwi Islands. This vibrant, tropical capital has a youthful energy you’ll find hard to resist.

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.

Much of Darwin’s action happens along its revitalised waterfront, which is lined with restaurants, shops, sandy lagoons and parklands. Swim in the lagoon, fish from the wharf, dine alfresco on just-caught seafood and wander past the waterfront mansions. You can also trace the area’s rich history in walking trails and public artworks.

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.

Taste Asian flavours in a tropical setting at Darwin’s Mindil Beach Sunset Market between May and October.
The coconut palms are swaying in the sunset, and the smell of sizzling satay and spicy noodles is in the air. Welcome to Darwin's Mindil Beach Sunset Market – where you can sample flavours of the Asia-Pacific and local art and craft and in a balmy, tropical setting.

For most of the world, winter means layering up and heading indoors. Not in Australia’s Northern Territory, when the dry season from May to October is the perfect time to get outside and celebrate.  Rock out under the stars at Darwin’s Bass in the Grass music festival. Cheer for your favourite camel at the riotous Imparja Camel Cup in Alice Springs. Discover the ancient rhythms of Aboriginal culture at Arnhem Land’s world-renown Garma Festival .

Litchfield National Park, with its lush woodlands, spectacular waterfalls, sparkling plunge pools and tall termite mounds is an increasingly popular trip from Darwin. In Northern Territory terms it’s just a short two-hour drive away. What’s more all the main natural attractions – including Buley Rockhole and the dramatic Florence, Tolmer and Wangi falls - are easily accessible from Litchfield’s main road.

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 art. 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.

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.

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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