Darwin, Northern Territory
Guide to Darwin
Aboriginal name: Gulumerrdgen (pronounced Golom-merrd-gen)
- Getting to Darwin
- When to visit
With everything from Asian food markets and crocodile encounters to open-air movies and sunset cruises, Darwin is as easy going as it is exciting.
If balmy nights, colourful characters and outdoor adventures are on your bucket list, you'll want to visit Darwin, located in the Northern Territory. Along with its crocodiles and cruises, you'll find rich Aboriginal cultures here, evident through the vibrant Aboriginal art that fills the city's galleries, museums and streetscapes. The city's proximity to Asia means you'll also find strong Asian influences, especially in the energetic food scene and buzzing night markets.
The Larrakia people are the Traditional Custodians of Darwin/Gulumerrdgen. The Larrakia people observe seven seasons throughout the year, and each season brings changes in weather, plants and animals. You can connect with First Nations culture, art and food on a range of Aboriginal experiences in Darwin.
- Traditional name: Gulumerrdgen (pronounced Golom-merrd-gen)
- Indigenous Peoples: Larrakia people
- Traditional languages: Larrakia language
- How to say g’day in Larrakia: Darrandirra (Durran-dirra), Miledma (Mil-ed-ma) or Batji-way (Barchi-way)
Fly into Darwin International Airport on either an international flight, or from any Australian state or territory.
- Darwin International Airport (DRW) is 7km (4.5mi) from the city and services international and domestic arrivals
- Darwin is home to great road trips, but given its distance from other major cities, it may be best to hire a car after arriving on a flight
- Hire cars, taxis, rideshares and shuttle services are available at Darwin Airport
Getting around Darwin is a breeze as it’s the smallest of Australia’s capital cities. With easy walking and cycling paths, many of Darwin’s attractions can be reached on foot. Darwin also has clean and reliable buses that stop at popular tourist spots.
There are two distinct seasons in Darwin. The dry season is the most popular time to visit, with many of the city’s events and festivals happening during this time. During the wet season, you will witness lush greenery and spectacular evening storms, and you’ll avoid the crowds at the city’s many attractions.
It's important to note that some tours do not operate during the wet season, so be sure to check in advance if you're planning to come at this time.
- High season: Dry season (May to October)
- Low season: Wet season (November to July)
- Don’t miss: Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (April to October)
Darwin is home to a host of accessible experiences and accommodation options.
- Arrival: Accessible assistance is available at Darwin Airport for those needing baggage or movement support throughout the airport.
- Getting around: Public buses in Darwin have low floors and extendable ramps for passengers with limited mobility.
- Accessible experience highlights: Darwin has a rich and diverse history, so be sure to visit the city’s accessible museums and galleries. If you’re looking for more of a thrill, try your hand at wheelchair-friendly barramundi fishing.
- Helpful resources: Search for accommodation and explore itineraries on this guide to accessible travel in the Northern Territory.