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Darwin, the Northern Territory’s vibrant capital city, enjoys a relaxed tropical lifestyle. This multicultural destination is closer to Jakarta than it is to Canberra, and is strongly influenced by its Asian neighbours.

The people of Darwin enjoy a laidback lifestyle, enhanced by the warm tropical climate. The city is green and lush with palms and the perfume of frangipanis.

Darwin is a great base from which to explore the surrounding region and the World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, which is located 250 kilometres from Darwin.

Try a delicious jackfruit curry, sip a fresh mango smoothie, or sample some crocodile jerky at one of Darwin’s bustling weekend markets. Regular markets are located throughout the city, but the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets are perhaps the best known. There are performances of local music, stalls selling local handicrafts, and an irresistible mix of international flavours set against the backdrop of a spectacular Northern Territory sunset.

Local restaurants also offer delicious cuisine – sit back and enjoy local favourites, like succulent mud crabs or barramundi. Fishing for ‘barra’ is a fantastic way to get acquainted with Darwin Harbour. Alternatively, board a sunset cruise and drift by the scenic foreshore.

There are many attractions within easy reach. Browse the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, where you can explore the effects of Cyclone Tracy or view Sweetheart the crocodile, hand-feed barramundi at Aquascene in Doctors Gully, see hundreds of crocodiles at Crocodylus Park, or stroll along the historic city walk to see many of Darwin’s historically significant sites.

Catch The Ghan, Australia’s great southern railway from Adelaide to Darwin and experience the great outback.

Activites and Experiences at Darwin

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • Barbecue
  • Motorcycling
  • Quad Bike Riding
  • Birdwatching
  • Bushwalking
  • Camping
  • City Sightseeing
  • Crabbing
  • Cruising
  • Cycling
  • Scuba-Diving
  • Driving
  • Fishing – Beach
  • Fishing – Game
  • Exercising
  • Flora
  • Gambling
  • Golfing
  • Mini Golf/Putt Putt
  • Horseriding
  • Industrial
  • Learning/Lessons/Tuition
  • Motor racing
  • Para-Sailing/Para-Flying
  • Photography
  • Sailing
  • Scenic Flight
  • Shopping
  • Sightseeing
  • Skydiving
  • Sports Participate
  • Sports Viewing
  • Swimming
  • Tennis
  • Bush Tucker
  • Animal Viewing
  • Walking
  • Water-based
  • Accommodation
  • Airport
  • Ambulance
  • Automatic Teller Machine
  • Banking Facilities
  • Beach
  • Boat Ramp
  • Bottled Gas
  • Chemist
  • Cinema/Theatre
  • Licensed Club
  • Service Club
  • Coach Stop
  • Currency Exchange
  • Dentist
  • Electronic Funds Transfer at Point Of Sale
  • Fuel
  • Golf
  • Hospital
  • Public Bar
  • Jetty
  • Dog Kennels/Catteries
  • Mechanical Services
  • Medical Facilities
  • National Park
  • Newsagent
  • Police
  • Post Office
  • Public Telephone
  • Restaurant
  • Sporting Facilities
  • Supermarket
  • Swimming Pool
  • Takeaway Food
  • Tennis Court
  • Visitor Centres
  • Places of Worship
  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander
  • The Arts
  • Aussie Lifestyle
  • Beach
  • Caravan and Camping
  • City
  • Cruise
  • Cultural
  • Fishing
  • Flora and Fauna
  • Food and Wine
  • Gambling
  • Golf
  • Historic/Heritage
  • Industry/Mining, Agriculture
  • National Park
  • Nature based
  • Outback
  • Shopping
  • Sport
  • Wildlife

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