Beginners Guide to Darwin

The Top End of Australia is a place of open spaces and natural beauty. You can also experience an authenticity of the oldest Indigenous culture in the world. Australia has opened up a travel triangle between South Australia, Queensland and the Northern Territory which makes Darwin the perfect destination to add to your post COVID-19 travel list.

Getting There

Australia’s two main airlines, Qantas and Virgin Australia, fly to Darwin several times a week. In the current climate, be sure to check with each airline before you book to ensure they will fly on your chosen date.

Accommodation

Darwin has accommodation options to suit all budgets ranging from resorts, hotels, apartments and hotels. A centrally located, budget resort hotel is the Palms City Resort positioned conveniently on the Esplanade. Prices can start for as low as $100 a night, dependent on the month you choose to stay.

Eating Out

It may be a small city, but Darwin is an international gateway to world cuisine. For those who miss travelling, you can explore the world through your tastebuds. In Darwin you will find restaurants and cafes serving flavours from not only our South East Asian neighbours but Europe, Africa, Russia, the Middle East, South America and of course Australia.

For dining out with a view, the Waterfront Precinct has a number of options to choose from including:

    Hot Tamale: serving delicious Mexican food and sangria with cool Latin beats to transport you to Mexico for the afternoon.
    Snapper Rocks: casual all day dining but perfect for breakfast as you relax and enjoy the coastal views of the Waterfront before the crowds arrive.
    Wharf One Food and Wine: a destination in itself with a variety of small pop up cafes with al fresco seating. If you look closely out at the horizon, you may just see Indonesia wave hello.
  • Things to Do

    Mindful Beach is the place to watch Darwin’s best sunset. Once the sun goes down, spend some time wandering through the night markets open between April and October. However, it does gets crowded but the views are worth it.

    The Darwin Waterfront Precinct is the heart of the city’s entertainment. During the day you can enjoy the green park and water activities; including a wave pool for the children. At night, their a number of restaurants, bars and entertainment to explore.

    Explore the wide open spaces of Bicentennial Park including its gardens and memorials such as the USS Peary which was sunk 19 February 1942 during WWII when Japan invaded Darwin.

    Explore more of the city’s history with a visit to the WWII Oil Storage Tunnels and walk in the footsteps of those who worked there.

    Darwin’s Smith Street is a 4.5 km shopping strip leading all the way up to the Esplanade. Shop to your heart’s content in a variety of speciality and souvenir stores.

    Take home a piece of handmade Aboriginal art at the Mason Gallery on Cavanagh Street. All art is made authentically by local artists so you can be assured that your money is going back to the artists themselves.

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