Capital of the Northern Territory and gateway to the Top End, Darwin is a lively place with a mixture of western, Asian and aboriginal cultures, as evident in its food, music and style. Come for the Mindil Beach Sunset Market or get out of town and explore Kakadu and Litchfield national parks, keeping an eye out for jumping crocodiles on the Adelaide River.
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Australia’s Top End is where the country’s tropical climate, unique character and diverse culture meet – and Darwin sits squarely at the centre of this fascinating melting pot. Visit the renowned Mindil Beach Sunset Markets to see where Pacific Islander, Asian and Aboriginal food, music and culture come out to play. Tour Kakadu or Litchfield national parks and discover their inimitable landscapes, cascading waterfalls, carnivorous crocs and spiritual significance, and don’t miss the Deckchair Cinema, where you can enjoy a curry and a flick under the stars.
Did you know?
Darwin hosts the annual Darwin Beer Can Regatta, where participants make boats out of beer cans and race them at Mindil Beach.
Darwin was named after Charles Darwin, although between 1869 and 1911 it was known as Palmerston, after the former British Prime Minister.
Darwin was originally inhabited by the Larrakia people, many of whom are still land owners and prominent members of the local community.
With a flight time of just 2½hours, Darwin is nearer to Bali than it is to Sydney, giving rise to its nickname, the Gateway to Asia.
How to get around
Take the bus
Darwin’s sights are reasonably spread out, so it helps to have your own car while in the city. That said, the flatness of the roads means cycling is another possibility, and walking too, although bear in mind it can get pretty hot on foot. If you don’t have a car then the bus is your best bet, with the Darwinbus, which include the bus and the ferry network, a popular method for exploring the city and its surrounding suburbs. Alternatively, sign up to a sightseeing tour or two and let someone else take care of the map reading.