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Darwin, Australia

Darwin, a small yet cosmopolitan city, is the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory. People from more than 50 nations make up its population. It is located on the Northern Territory coast (in north-central Australia), with the Timor Sea (a branch of the Indian Ocean) to the west, and the Arafura Sea to the north in Indonesian waters.

Darwin has a relaxed lifestyle and unique multiculturalism, where people from over 50 different cultures live and work side by side. The regular Asian-style markets form an intrinsic part of the everyday Darwin landscape, for local residents see food, music, language, and culture from just about every Asian nation, alongside "crocodile hunters", local Aboriginal artists, musicians of every genre, sports fishing operators, sunset sails, and families with children playing on the beach. Darwin's unique cosmopolitan makeup has been recognized... Read more

Darwin, Australia


Darwin, a small yet cosmopolitan city, is the tropical capital city of the Northern Territory. People from more than 50 nations make up its population. It is located on the Northern Territory coast (in north-central Australia), with the Timor Sea (a branch of the Indian Ocean) to the west, and the Arafura Sea to the north in Indonesian waters.

Darwin has a relaxed lifestyle and unique multiculturalism, where people from over 50 different cultures live and work side by side. The regular Asian-style markets form an intrinsic part of the everyday Darwin landscape, for local residents see food, music, language, and culture from just about every Asian nation, alongside "crocodile hunters", local Aboriginal artists, musicians of every genre, sports fishing operators, sunset sails, and families with children playing on the beach. Darwin's unique cosmopolitan makeup has been recognized as a "multicultural icon of national significance" by the Australian National Trust. Darwin's tropical climate has two major seasons: the 'dry', from about May to October, and the 'wet', from November to April. There is also the 'build up', the time from the end of the dry, leading into the wet when the humidity rises, but the rain doesn't fall. The arrival of the wet is always a welcome break from the buildup.
Major cyclones have occurred approximately once every three decades. Much of the city was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. More recent cyclones have not been as dangerous, and building codes and emergency procedures have improved since then.
Darwin is also the only Australian capital city to have come under substantial attack during a war. On 19 February 1942, Japanese planes made two major air raids on Darwin from the aircraft carrier fleet that had attacked Pearl Harbor less than 3 months earlier. These were the first of 64 air attacks sustained by the city during World War II, the last being on 12 November 1943. (Other areas in northern Queensland and northern Western Australia were also bombed by Japanese aircraft.)


Darwin was first named in 1839 by John Lort Stokes during the third voyage of the Beagle. It was named after his former shipmate and famous naturalist Charles Darwin. Darwin's development was accelerated by the discovery of gold at Pine Creek, about 200 km south of the city in 1871. After the gold rush, Darwin's growth slowed mainly due to the harsh, tropical climate, distance and poor communications with other Australian cities. The Second World War put Darwin back on the map when the town became an important base for Allied action against the Japanese in the Pacific. The road south to the railhead at Alice Springs was surfaced, putting the city in direct contact with the rest of the country. Modern Darwin is one of Australia's most cosmopolitan cities, more open to Asia than perhaps any other Australian city. It plays an important role as the door to Australia's northern region. Natural wonders such as Kakadu, Katherine Gorge, and Litchfield are all within driving distance from the city and still contain near pre-colonial populations of crocodiles, goannas, snakes, and wallabies.
Today Darwin is a fast-growing regional center that has a unique history, culture, and adventure.


The Top End, which includes Darwin, Katherine, Kakadu National Park, and Arnhem Land, has a tropical climate. Darwin has an average temperature of 32°C (90°F) all year, with varying humidity.
Darwin is climatically perfect to visit from May to October. There is no need to check the weather forecast as it is nearly always 31°C (89°F) and sunny during the day, with cooler nights.
November and December is the time the build up, or pre-monsoon season, begins and humidity levels start to rise. The summer rains bring the natural landscape to life and deliver the picturesque storms and sunsets the Northern Territory is renowned for. Some people enjoy this aspect of the wet, with the rivers and waterfalls in full glory, and the landscape greener.

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Darwin, Australia: Port Information

Cruise ships dock at Fort Hill Wharf, which is quite close to the Stokes Hill Wharf by water, but it is a 1.5 miles or so by road. It is around 1 km (0.6 mi) to the Esplanade and 2 km (1.2 mi) to downtown.
The terminal is large and modern.
The center of Darwin is within walking distance (about 15 minutes). Taxis are available at the pier. Also, your cruise company can provide a shuttle bus for an extra charge.

Get around Darwin, Australia

Driving is the best way to comprehensively see Darwin. Many of the sights are spread out, parking is easy and traffic is usually free-flowing.
There is a public bus service, which is useful for accessing areas close to the city. The services are more frequent closer to the central area where the routes overlap, but you will need to plan according to the timetable to get anywhere else - some services only run a couple of times a day. The buses are air-conditioned.
Walking between attractions or from a bus stop to attractions, even in the inner-city, can be very hot work for those not used to the Darwin climate. Dress to stay cool, and carry water.

Tours are available, and tour coaches are available to some attractions.

  • Buslink, 113 Pruen Rd Berrimah, ☎ +61 8 8947 0577. Buslink is the major private provider of public transport, operating half of the Darwin Bus Network. Buslink also has charters.
  • Darwin Private Hire Cars, 59 May St, Parap, ☎ +61 8 8981 2222. Darwin Private Hire Cars specialize in corporate and leisure transportation, and airport transfers, with fully trained drivers. 

What to see in Darwin, Australia


  • Darwin Wharf Precinct, Darwin Wharf, Darwin, ☎ +61 8 8981 4268. At 9:58 AM on 19 February 1942, the wharf was a target for Japanese bombs, which claimed the lives of many service personnel and waterside workers. Many of the historical landmarks remain and can be explored today.
  • Fannie Bay Gaol

    , East Point Rd, Fannie Bay. 10:30 AM-4 PM. Fannie Bay Gaol operated as Darwin’s major prison for almost 100 years from 1883. Two maximum security wings were added during the 1950s and the gallows were used for executions until 1952. The building’s grim and oppressive history can be felt as you walk through. Free.
  • Burnett House at Myilly Point, Myilly Point, ☎ +61 8 8981 0165. Architect B.C.G. Burnett designed homes adapted to the climatic conditions of the Top End, which included the use of lightweight materials and natural ventilation. It is worth leaving your visit to Myilly Point until Sunday afternoon when you can take High Tea in the shady tropical gardens at Burnett House.
  • Browns Mart, ☎ +61 8 8981 5522. Browns Mart is a stone building that was opened in 1885 as the store ‘Solomon’s Emporium’. It played many roles over the years, but today has become a cultural and historic icon of the city that is regularly used for theatre and performances.
  • Adelaide River War Cemetery. During World War II, Adelaide River township was the site of a large military base. The war cemetery created there is now the final resting place for 434 military personnel and civilians involved in the war effort. The cemetery is set in lush surrounds alongside the Adelaide River with beautifully tended gardens providing a peaceful backdrop for remembering the fallen.
  • Lyons Cottage, ☎ +61 8 8999 8201. Lyons Cottage, overlooking Darwin Harbour on The Esplanade, was built in 1925 to house staff working on the submarine cable that connected Australia with Britain. Also known as British Australia Telegraph (BAT) House, Lyons Cottage survived the Japanese bombing raids of 1942 and 1943 and escaped structural damage from Cyclone Tracy in 1974. The Cottage today houses the local indigenous tourism booking service.
  • The Old Court House and Police. Built in 1884 for the South Australian Government, these colonial style buildings made from local stone have housed criminals, the Navy and today the NT Administrator’s Offices. Restored after damage by Cyclone Tracy, these buildings are a stark reminder of the Darwin of yesteryear.
  • Aviation Heritage Centre, ☎ +61 8 8947 2145. The Aviation Heritage Centre has an impressive collection of aircraft and displays depicting the Territory’s involvement in aviation from the early pioneers to the jet age. The prize exhibit is a B-52 bomber on permanent loan from the United States Air Force, one of only two on public display outside the US. The center is 8 km from Darwin city and is on the site of fierce air combat that took place overhead during World War II.
  • Oil Storage Tunnels, Kitchener Dr (opposite the wharf precinct). Long tunnels bored into the cliff to store oil during WW2. Now they contain historic photos and an eerie atmosphere. 


  • Bicentennial Park

    . This scenic stretch of parkland along The Esplanade overlooks Darwin Harbour. It’s a great place to kick a footy, soak up some rays or have a picnic while watching the sunset.
  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (Geranium St off the Stuart Hwy). 7 AM-7 PM. A stone’s throw from the city center are 42 hectares of gardens that showcase local flora and that of other tropical habitats around the world. Explore monsoon forests, coastal foredunes and open woodlands on a stroll through the botanic gardens. Free.
  • Lake Alexander

    . An ideal spot for swimming all year round, Lake Alexander is popular for picnics and barbecues. Spend the day by the water, have a game of volleyball and tire the kids out on the playground.
  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve. The Reserve encompasses 1500 hectares, including 8 km (5 mi) of sandy beaches bordered by dramatic cliffs. Stretch your legs on one of the walking paths or grab a table and settle in for a barbecue under a shady casuarina tree.
  • Charles Darwin National Park. Shell middens in the area indicate that it has been used by Aboriginal people for thousands of years. The Larrakia people are the traditional owners of the land. During World War II, this area was part of a network of military sites that formed Australia’s front line of defense, and as a result, there are many bunkers and storage facilities remaining.


  • Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) (Bullocky Point (Darwin Harbour), ☎ +61 8 8999 6573, fax: +61 8 8981 7625. M-F 9 AM-5 PM, Sa Su + public holidays 10 AM-4 PM, closed 1 Jan, 25-26 Dec, and Good Friday. - set on a tropical garden on Darwin Harbour is this, the Northern Territory's premier cultural institution. The MAGNT collections place the region's art, history and culture, and natural history in an Australian and international context through research, interpretation and collection development. These collections encompass Aboriginal art and material culture, visual arts, craft, Southeast Asian and Oceanic art, and material culture, maritime archeology, Northern Territory history, and natural sciences. The MAGNT complex consists of five major permanent galleries, a touring gallery, educational facilities for school groups, a theatre, the Museum Shop, and the Cornucopia Museum Cafe. All contribute to providing an entertaining, diverse and educational experience for the local community and visitors to Darwin. Marvel at the 18-foot saltwater crocodile known as "Sweetheart", who was responsible for attacking multiple boats in the 1970s and is now on display in the museum. free admission.
  • Northern Territory Parliament House, State Sq, ☎ +61 8 8947 2145. Northern Territory Parliament House is Australia’s newest. Opened in 1994, it was built on the site of the old Darwin Post and Telegraphic Office, which included the Post Office, the telegraph office, the telephone exchange, cable company offices, stores, staff residences, and staff messes. Public tours are conducted regularly at no charge, although booking is essential. Free entry.
  • Darwin Beer Can Regatta - exactly what it says on the tin (oh wait, can)! Wacky races which happened in the water at Mindil Beach annually in July, if you drink enough VB you could always enter yourself!

What to do in Darwin, Australia


  • East Point reserve. East Point Reserve, just north of the city, is filled with walking trails and cycling paths. The area is also home to Darwin’s East Point Military Museum. Here you can check out WWII relics and watch footage of the Darwin bombing.


  • Berry Springs Nature Park is a popular and picturesque area for picnics and is a great swimming spot. Use goggles to spot native fish and other aquatic life that live in the clear pools. The picnic area is a good base from which to take a walk through the monsoon forest and woodlands. Bring your binoculars if you're keen on bird watching. Around 50 km south of Darwin, reachable in 45 min by car. It has a kiosk. It can be closed for swimming during the wet season.
  • Aquascene, 28 Doctors Gully Rd, ☎ +61 8 8981 7837. You feed the fish by hand and they're not little fishies, so luckily they don't bite hard! Feeding is dependent on the tide, so check the website or call for the schedule. entry fee applies.
  • Crocodylus Park. Only 5 minutes from the airport, the park is home to more than a thousand crocodiles. It also houses exotic birds, primates, big cats and lizards. Children under 4 years have free entry.
  • Adelaide River Jumping Crocodile Cruise to get up close and personal to the crocs. Stop at the Humpty Doo hotel on the way to the Adelaide River and sample the cold beer on offer.
  • Batchelor Butterfly and Petting Farm, 8 Meneling Rd, Batchelor, ☎ +61 8 8976 0199. The Northern Territory's only butterfly farm is in the heart of Batchelor, a gateway to the Litchfield National Park. You can view rare and beautiful butterflies and a diverse range of birds, and there is also a petting farm with lots of rabbits, guinea pigs, turtles, fish, peacocks, and native galah birds. A secure play area for children is provided. There is also a cafe and licensed restaurant on premises. 
  • Territory Wildlife Park, ☎ +61 8 8988 7200. The Territory Wildlife Park is a popular attraction, home to monsoon and paperbark forests and a wetlands walk. You can stand nose-to-nose with a 3.7-meter saltwater crocodile on a walk through the aquarium tunnel. Twice-daily birds of prey show or animal encounters presentation.
  • Crocosaurus Cove, Mitchell St. Crocodiles in the middle of the city.
  • Casuarina Coastal Reserve. Just a 20 min drive from the city, the Casuarina Coastal Reserve comprises sandy beaches fringed by casuarina trees and sandstone cliffs. The Reserve protects areas of cultural significance, including Old Man Rock, a registered Aboriginal sacred site. The Reserve also features a large grassy area with barbeques and tables.


  • Darwin Festival. The Darwin Festival program provides a feast of local, national and international performances to excite, inspire and entertain. The festival includes everything from free outdoor events to theatre, dance, music, cabaret, films, workshops and comedy, not to mention the sensational cuisine. Running for 18 nights, the Darwin Festival reflects the indigenous, Asian and Pacific cultures of the region. August.
  • Aboriginal Art Awards. The Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award is the premier national indigenous event on the arts calendar. The Award attracts a broad range of artistic talent and showcases up-to-date developments in contemporary Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander art. Aug–Oct.
  • Heineken Hottest 7’s in the world. This Rugby 7’s competition is held over two days with local teams competing against the best from overseas, interstate and intrastate. It ranks as the leading prize money 7’s event in Australia with $60,000 up for grabs.
  • BASSINTHEGRASS. Every year, thousands of Darwin locals and visitors flock to the Darwin Amphitheatre to rock to their favorite Australian and International bands. Previous line-ups include Powderfinger, Hilltop Hoods, Wolfmother, Gyroscope, Jet and Eskimo Joe, just to name a few. This is a sell-out event every year, so make sure you get your tickets early. The event is normally held in May.
  • Darwin Cup Carnival. Share in the excitement of Darwin’s premier horse racing calendar. The Darwin Cup Carnival features Ladies Day, where the ladies can show off their finery and enjoy a sumptuous luncheon and a glass of bubbly and culminates in the Darwin Cup race. The picturesque Fannie Bay Racecourse track is one of only a few dirt tracks in operation on the circuit, and the Darwin Cup Day witnesses 19,000 people bursting the rails.
  • Arafura Games. The Arafura Games, held in Darwin, is a sporting event for developing athletes across the Asia Pacific region and beyond. It provides the experience necessary to succeed in the competition of the highest level. This biennial event is a major highlight on the sporting calendar and is recognized throughout the Asia Pacific region as a week-long celebration of sporting competition, cultural diversity, and friendship.
  • Darwin Entertainment Centre, ☎ +61 8 8980 3366. Boasting a recent facelift, the Darwin Entertainment Centre has an unmistakable presence on Mitchell Street. Complete with playhouse, studio theatre and exhibition gallery, the center hosts concerts, dances and performances from Australia and overseas.

What to eat and drink in Darwin, Australia


Darwin’s downtown dining hub encompasses Mitchell and Knuckey Streets and is brimming with restaurants, cafes, and pubs. Dinner in Darwin can be classy or casual but always relaxed. For breakfast, Café Uno serves a tasty toasted avocado, tomato and cheese croissant, and coffee lovers should head to Café 21 in the mall. For something a little different, try the coconut loaf with lemon curd at Roma Bar or French toast with maple syrup and bacon at Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill.

Darwin CBD

Lunch options in the Central Business District are endless. Jump on the sushi train at Go Sushi, people-watch over a Caesar salad at Wisdom Bar & Café or try the crispy roast duck at Roast and Noodle. Enjoy Yum Cha at Tasty House, sample the variety of Tapas at Moorish Café or create your own stir-fry at Magic Wok. There is an array of pubs that serve up fish and chips, burgers and parmas, try Kitty O’Shea’s, Shenannigans or the Fox Ale House. For a juicy steak and fine wine visit Char Restaurant @ Admiralty, head to Hanuman for consistently great curry, get your Italian from Giuseppe’s or try mod oz fare matched with a colorful cocktail at Monsoons.


  • Amma's Cafe, Vic Arcade, 27 Smith Street Mall. fantastic Sri Lankan food
  • Shennanigan's. At Mitchell St and Peel St, for pub-style food and live music
  • Hanuman Restaurant, 93 Mitchell St, ☎ +61 8 8941 3500. Th-Su 9 AM-4 PM (for breakfast & lunch), Fr Sa 6 PM-late (for dinner). Thai, Indian and Malaysian dishes with local ingredients.
  • The Tap. In the middle of Mitchell St. Sit down and relax and watch the world walk by.
  • Ducks Nuts, Mitchell St.
  • Wisdom, Mitchell St. Try the 50 beers on their "Enlightenment through beer" wall, and join a list of esteemed tourists and locals alike.
  • Kozy Cafe, Mitchell St.
  • Energy2Go, for healthy fast food
  • Tim's Surf & Turf located on Litchfield St has good value meals which will no dint your wallet.


  • Lewinsky's, 28 Mitchell St, ☎ +61 8 8941 8666. Specializes in seafood. Wine collection designed to suit a range of tastes and budgets. Award winning, fully licensed restaurant also offers private dining rooms. Recently opened the Showcase wine bar.
  • East West Restaurant, 43 Knuckey St, ☎ +61 8 8941 6911. The menu is influenced both by the exotic, aromatic spices of Asia infused with salty, bitter and sweet flavors, whilst western influences are seen in variations of grills, pastas, salad mixes, and gourmet sauces. Extensive wine and cocktail list and your choice of al fresco or air-conditioned dining.
  • Char Restaurant at Admiralty, 70 The Esplanade, ☎ +61 8 8981 4544. Local produce, international and local wines with innovative cuisine and good service.


  • Essence Restaurant, 1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Marrara (within the Darwin Airport Resort), ☎ +61 8 8920 3333. Influences of both the Asia and Pacific regions. Incorporating Australian 'bush foods' with modern Western ingredients. Fully licensed and offers an extensive wine list.
  • Evoo Restaurant, Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Ave, ☎ +61 8 8943 8940. Australian and Mediterranean cuisine in an intimate setting with ocean views. Licensed with an extensive Australian and French wine list, as well as a cellar list of Australian vintage wines.
  • Dragon Court Restaurant, Skycity Darwin, Gilruth Ave (Skycity Darwin), ☎ +61 8 8943 8888. Chinese dining prepared by Chinese chefs. Good service, elegant decor, a fully licensed bar, and an extensive wine list.
  • Redsalt Bar and Grill, Crowne Plaza Darwin, 32 Mitchell St (Lobby level), ☎ +61 8 8982 4992. Fully licensed contemporary restaurant, in light and airy surroundings. Informal, relaxed dining. The Australian cuisine menu features premium steak dishes and seafood including barramundi, as well as a range of vegetarian dishes. Groups are welcomed and reservations are recommended.

Stokes Hill Wharf

Stokes Hill Wharf Watch the barges, sailboats, and tinnies out on the harbor or peer over the edge to see moon fish getting their feed from chips dropped by diners. Most of the food served here is picnic style take away. Stir-fried noodles, beer battered barramundi, crumbed calamari, and other choices are presented on plastic plates. Make sure you visit the ice cream shop and refresh your palate with a scoop of butterscotch or mint choc chip. There is also a more upmarket seafood restaurant on site.


Well known for its markets, but also has a diversity of lesser-known restaurants. Try sizzling Mongolian beef at The Happy Garden Chinese Restaurant or steaming hot tamales from Prickles then move on to coffee and cake at The Cyclone Café or Paraparazzi. If you want to stock up on gourmet goodies, head to Parap Fine Foods, they’ve got a great deli and stock French home-style bread.


  • Parap Markets, Parap Shopping Village, Parap Place, Parap, ☎ +61 8 8942 0805. Sa 8 AM-2 PM. A mixture of Asian cuisine and the aroma of fresh coffee. Great place to shop and a favorite among locals and visitors. Browse the markets, winding through stalls of local produce, local arts and crafts, entertainment and delicious cuisine from around the world. This Saturday morning market has become an institution and ritual among locals who just couldn’t survive a weekend without their Saturday morning laksa, satay prawns or fresh tropical smoothie.


  • Saffrron Restaurant, Shop 14, 34 Parap Rd, Parap (Cnr of Gregory St and Vimy Ln), ☎ +61 8 8981 2383. A self-serve, fully licensed restaurant with a relaxed, casual dining in a tropical atmosphere. Indian cuisine including traditional Tandoori, North and South Indian dishes.


Fannie Bay

Best known for its views and pricey real estate, the assortment of dining in Fannie Bay is considerably less expensive than the housing. You can drink a glass of sparkling with breakfast at Cornucopia Museum Café, but be sure to book, as it is always busy. Across the road is the Darwin Ski Club, where the food is pub-style with harbor views. Try The Cool Spot Cafe, a trendy hangout that offers great light meals and snacks. The seafood dishes are a highlight at Pee Wee’s at The Point, especially the soft shell mud crab.



  • Cornucopia Museum Cafe, Conacher St, Fannie Bay, ☎ +61 8 8981 1002. Fully licensed cafe is located adjacent to the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory in Fannie Bay, harborside overlooking the tropical museum gardens and the Timor Sea.


  • Pee Wee's at the Point, Alec Fong Lim Dr, East Point Reserve, Fannie Bay, ☎ +61 8 8981 6868. Amongst tropical palms with a quiet natural ambiance. Fresh local produce and ingredients including local saltwater barramundi, tiger prawns, tropical fruit and locally grown Asian vegetables. Dine al fresco on the patio and take in the sunset views across Fannie Bay or inside in the fully licensed restaurant.

Cullen Bay

Offers an abundance of seafood choices and expansive harbor views, but you’ll also find Italian, Thai, Greek and French cuisine. Freshly shucked oysters are a specialty at Yots Greek Taverna, try the barramundi at La Beach, succulent battered bug tails from the takeaway fish and chip shop or settle with a glass of sparkling at Buzz Café. There is a large variety of restaurants along the boardwalk overlooking the marina, so you won’t be starved for choice.


  • Buzz Cafe, 48 Marina Blvd, Cullen Bay, ☎ +61 8 8941 1141. Fully licensed and located at Cullen Bay, offers al fresco dining with modern Australian cuisine. Individually hand painted tables are shaped to ensure waterfront views for everyone. The restaurant has some eclectic design features.


Darwin has numerous clubs and bars. Also, you can check out some local music at Brown’s Mart.

  • Endless Summer Party Cruise, 3/29 Stuart Hwy, Stuart Park, ☎ +61 8 8941 2434. Games, prize giveaways and heaps of fun.
  • Humpty Doo Tavern, Humpty Doo Shopping Centre (Cnr of Freds Pass Rd and Challenor Circuit, Humpty Doo), ☎ +61 8 8988 2550. On the edge of the agricultural area surrounding Darwin, 47 km and approximately a 30-min drive from the city. The township of Humpty Doo has attracted people who want to live beyond the city limits but within easy commuting distance. A favorite stop for both locals and travelers on their way to Kakadu or visiting Fogg Dam, popular for bird watching. Mangrove Jack’s Bar provides airconditioned comfort, or you can enjoy a light ale in the tropical outdoor beer garden. There’s live entertainment, and lunch and dinner are served daily.
  • Sirocco Restaurant and Bar, 116 The Esplanade (Holiday Inn Esplanade), ☎ +61 8 8980 0800. Relax and enjoy a pre-dinner drink or refreshing cocktail at the fully licensed restaurant and bar, a tranquil spot overlooking an azure blue pool.
  • Top End Hotel, Mitchell St.
  • Turtles Bar and Bistro, 342 Casuarina Dr, Rapid Creek (Within the Beachfront Hotel), ☎ +61 8 8985 3000. From Th-Su. Live entertainment including local bands and entertainers. Savor one of the cold tap beers as the sun sets, relaxing at the bar inside or kick back on the deck.
  • Victoria Hotel, In the Smith Street Mall.

Shopping in Darwin, Australia

Automatic Teller Machines are available extensively. Foreign exchange is available at most banks.


Visiting the local markets is a must-do Darwin experience.

  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets. Immensely popular, are by far the largest in the NT and runs from May to October on Thursday and Sunday. They cause the largest traffic snarls and most parking hassle you are likely to encounter in Darwin. Bring a bottle of wine and blanket, find a spot on the sand and watch a famous Darwin sunset. For a sweet fix, try chocolate-filled churros, or a flame-grilled Malaysian satay stick for something savoury. Vegetarians should try the Lucky Cow’s felafel wrap. There are many stalls, heaps of food choices, and even avid market haters will like these markets.
  • Enjoy exotic cuisine, local art, craft, and live music. No visit to the Saturday morning Parap Village Markets is complete without a bowl of Mary’s famous laksa, a curry-filled roti wrap or freshly blended fruit juice.
  • On Sunday visit the Nightcliff Markets, start with a visit to the crepe stand for a strawberry and Nutella breakfast, while listening to the beat of live music. There are some interesting stalls offering eco-friendly soaps, hemp products, and locally designed clothing.
  • Rapid Creek Sunday Market is great for locally grown fruit and vegetables, particularly Asian herbs. Here you can get a Thai massage, or pick up homemade mango chutney and jams. It operates all year round on Sunday morning.
  • Big Flea Market Rapid Creek, Rapid Creek Shopping Centre, Trower Rd, Rapid Creek (Buses from Darwin city and Casuarina stop by the market on a regular basis), ☎ +61 8 8948-4866. Su 7 AM-1 PM. Relax and enjoy a stress-relieving massage or cool tropical juice. Darwin's oldest market is situated only 20min from Darwin city, in the Rapid Creek Business Village. Good location for a relaxing Sunday brunch or browsing the stalls for fresh organic produce. Asian fruits, vegetables, herbs and spices, exotic plants, flowers, and seafood are available. You’ll also find a range of local handmade crafts. Free entry.


Start at Smith Street Mall in the city center then branch out into the surrounding streets. Travelers will find a range of shopping experiences including local galleries specializing in Aboriginal art or specialty shops selling world-class pearls and crocodile-skin products.

  • Tiwi Art Network (3 / 3 Vickers St, Parap).
  • Nomad Art (1/3 Vickers St, Parap). Specialists in Aboriginal art from the Northern Territory, with an emphasis on works on paper. Nomad Art also runs a gallery in Manuka, Canberra.
  • Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery (1F, Cnr Mitchell and Knuckey Sts).
  • Top End Gold Honey - local honey from around the Northern Territory. The flavors vary according to the seasons with a unique taste at every time of year.
  • Casuarina Square, 247 Trower Rd, Casuarina, ☎ +61 8 8920 2345. Casuarina Square is the largest shopping complex in Darwin, offering a wide range of specialty stores, a food court, and a seven-screen cinema complex. Browse the stores, treat yourself to a movie or sit down and relax with a coffee. There is a public bus station at the center, which also runs its own free shuttle from leading hotels between April and September. Casuarina Square is a popular spot for locals and travelers looking to enjoy retail and entertainment. 
  • Kunwinjku Aboriginal Art (Artist Leslie Nawirridj). Leslie is a traditional owner of Mand-dedj-ka-djang outstation on the Liverpool River. He paints in the way of his ancestors whose original work is the rock art of Western Arnhem Land. Leslie has perfected the technique called rarrk, or fine-line cross-hatching, to present the traditional "x-ray" style of painting. You can find him at the markets at Mindil Beach, on Thursdays, and Parap with his original paintings and prints.

Safety in Darwin, Australia

In an Emergency dial 000 for ambulance, fire or police.

  1. Dial 000 and request the service that you need
  2. Remember to remain as calm as you can and give a clear description of your location
  3. Speak clearly and give the details as requested

Drink plenty of water; at least 1 liter of water for every hour of walking in very warm weather. Ensure you have an adequate fitness level for the bushwalk you plan to undertake.
Avoid walking in the hottest part of the day or walking alone. Carry a map of the area you're walking/camping in and know how to read it, tell someone your plan and when you expect to return. Carry a mobile telephone if in a potential coverage area but do not expect coverage anywhere other than very built up areas with good line of sight to a transponder tower. Under no circumstances should you rely on mobile telephony for essential communications unless within the city area. Ensure you are using a mobile telephone service that provides usable coverage in the Northern Territory. Not all of the service providers give even faintly adequate coverage throughout the Darwin area and much less so outside the immediate city and suburban area. Even locations very nearby to the city can present serious challenges and concerns unless properly skilled and prepared for the conditions. The effects of hot weather and exhaustion can set in quickly if you encounter difficulties. Even if you are successful in raising an alarm for assistance it may still be a long wait before it can arrive.
Malaria does not exist in or around Darwin and during the peak of the dry season (the preferred traveling season) Mosquitoes are still present though in areas where there is water. Bring a DEET based repellent, as this will also work on sandflys. Risks arising from Dengue fever should be considered.
The dreaded Box Jellyfish is a potentially deadly beach hazard between the months of October and May, but less so during the peak travel season. When swimming at local beaches, even in the 'safe' season of June to September, bring vinegar and pour it over the wound if stung. Transport to hospital is a must as the venom of the Box Jellyfish can be deadly - remember CPR.
Crocodiles are very common in waterways but are only occasionally found on public beaches. The local newspaper loves a good crocodile story. If a crocodile is nearby to a public place it will often feature in the local media.
There are safe swimming areas in and around Darwin, but caution should always be practiced - if you are even the slightest bit unsure about an area do not swim. A 6 m crocodile can lie completely invisible for more than 2h in less than 1 m (3 ft) of water, so unless an area has been deemed safe by the local wildlife management, you'd be best to leave it alone. A check with the NT Parks and Wildlife Service will reveal which parks are open, and which are open with swimming prohibited.
Snakes inhabit most areas of the Territory, so be cautious when walking through long grass.

Language spoken in Darwin, Australia

Expect everyone you interact with in Australia to be able to speak English, whether it is their first language or not. Locals and more recent arrivals of all ages and backgrounds are expected to and usually do speak at least basic English, as well as the majority of tourists. As Australia is a multicultural society, you will notice the presence of many other languages and accents. Australians who were born in Australia or immigrated as children will speak English with the Australian accent. Australians who immigrated to Australia as adults generally will not have the Australian accent.


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Mindil Beach, Darwin, Australia
Average: 10 (10 votes)

Mindil Beach is a beach located near the Darwin's central business district. Mindil Beach holds the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, which runs during the Dry season (from May until October) of every year. These markets are popular with both the locals and tourists alike and can attract thousands of people. History When Goyder surveyed the town of...
Parliament House, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.5 (10 votes)

Parliament House in Darwin is Australia's newest Parliament Building, it has been the seat of the Northern Territory Legislative Assembly since 1994. Parliament House is located on State Square in the centre of Darwin, which is also the administrative centre of the Northern Territory law and government. It features Post modern features. The...
Litchfield National Park, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.9 (10 votes)

Litchfield National Park, covering approximately 1500 km2, is near the township of Batchelor, 100 km south-west of Darwin, in the Northern Territory of Australia. Each year the park attracts over 260,000 visitors. Proclaimed a national park in 1986, it is named after Frederick Henry Litchfield, a Territory pioneer, who explored areas of the...
Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.4 (10 votes)

Charles Darwin University (CDU) is an Australian public university with about 22,083 students as of 2011. It was established in 2003 after the merger of Northern Territory University (NTU) of Darwin, the Menzies School of Health Research and Centralian College of Alice Springs and it was named after Charles Darwin, the celebrated English...
Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.8 (10 votes)

The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the main museum in the Northern Territory. The museum is located in the inner Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay. On 1 July 2014, the MAGNT became an independent stautory body. The MAGNT is now governed by the Board of the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory and is supported by...
Alligator Rivers, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.3 (10 votes)

The Alligator Rivers is the name of an area in the Arnhem Land region of the Northern Territory of Australia, containing three rivers the East, West and South Alligator River. It is regarded as one of the richest biological regions in Australia, with part of the region in the Kakadu National Park. It is an Important Bird Area (IBA), lying to the...
Charles Darwin National Park, Australia
Average: 9.7 (10 votes)

Charles Darwin National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 4 km southeast of Darwin. It is notable for its World War II–era concrete bunkers, one of which has been converted into a visitors centre and display of World War II memorabilia. It also has lookouts towards the city of Darwin. It contains middens used by the Larrakia...
Darwin Military Museum, Australia
Average: 9.2 (10 votes)

The Darwin Military Museum was originally established as an artillery museum by the Royal Australian Artillery Association (NT) Inc (RAAA) to exhibit photographs and artefacts from Darwin's history during World War II. The Museum now has a large exhibit of items from the war, including Navy, Army and Air Force items from Australian, US and other...
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Australia
Average: 9.5 (11 votes)

The George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are botanical gardens located 2 km North of the CBD of Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The gardens cover 42 hectares and are noted for their collections of north Australian and other tropical species. History The gardens were established on their present site in 1886; this was the third attempt by...
Hidden Valley Raceway, Darwin, Australia
Average: 9.2 (10 votes)

Hidden Valley Raceway is part of the Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex, 10 kilometres (6.2 mi) from Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia. The Hidden Valley Motorsports Complex includes a 1 km drag racing track (which runs alongside the main straight of the raceway circuit), the 400 m long Northline Speedway, a mud racing circuit, motorcross...

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The Australian City Of Darwin

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