Darwin, NT: Destination Guide

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Hot, hot, hot. Darwin enjoys some of the most scorching temperatures in Australia. The city is famous for its laid-back lifestyle and tourists visit in order to get a taste of Outback Australia. The city is one of great historical significance but is also a modern city in its own right.

Read on to discover the natural and cultural attractions Darwin has to offer. Alternatively, find the perfect Darwin holiday accommodation today.

Darwin attractions

For a unique way to get up-close with marine life head to Aquascene, where schools of fish come to the shore at high tide to be fed by hand. Darwin was a city of great significance during WWII so history buffs should head to the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre which houses a collection of wartime aircraft and an exhibition on the bombing of Darwin. Fannie Bay Gaol was a major detention centre until 1979 and is now open to the public as an historical attraction. The kids will love Crocosaurus Cove which provides a unique chance to see massive saltwater crocodiles. For a taste of the local arts visit Museum & Art Gallery of the NT which features exhibitions celebrating the region’s history, arts and culture. While many visitors to Darwin make the trip to Australia’s biggest park, Kakadu.

Darwin events

There are many annual events and festivals that take place in the city of Darwin. Each February, a ceremony takes place at the Cenotaph in Bicentennial Park to commemorate the Bombing of Darwin. The Darwin Show is an agricultural show which runs over the third weekend in July. For a spot of arts and culture, check out when the Darwin Fringe Festival is being held. The Darwin Festival in August exhibits a range of local and international artists. Finally, also in August, the Garma Festival in Gulkula is the premier Aboriginal cultural showcase.

Free things to do in Darwin

There are plenty of ways to explore Darwin on the cheap. For just a gold coin donation you can visit Burnett House heritage precinct and relax in the gardens. In the city’s north, the Dripstone Cliffs offers a prime spot to catch a sunset or take a walk along the beach at Casuarina Coastal Reserve. For breathtaking scenery, take a day trip to Berry Springs Nature Park, a popular swimming and picnic area. Explore one of Australia’s most significant wetlands at the new Charles Darwin National Park which is home to an impressive 36 mangrove species. And if you visit from April to October make your way to the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets held every Thursday and Sunday night offering food, craft and free entertainment.

Family-friendly places to visit in Darwin

  • Charles Darwin National Park: Charles Darwin NT 0820 [FREE]
  • Aquascene: 28 Doctors Gully Rd, Larrakeyah NT 0820
  • Berry Springs Nature Park: Cox Peninsula Rd, Berry Springs NT 0838 [FREE]
  • Crocosaurus Cove: Corner of Mitchell & Peel Streets, Darwin NT 0800
  • Mindil Beach Sunset Markets: Cavanagh Drive, Darwin NT 0800 [FREE]

Darwin weather: when to visit

Darwin weather is characterised by very distinct wet and dry seasons. The temperature is hot all year round, with mean monthly maximum temperatures around 30⁰C. From May to September it is not rare to go for months without seeing rain. However, from November to April the rain can be very heavy at times. Thunderstorms are common from November, sometimes with spectacular displays of lightning. Monsoons generally occur in January and February making it an unsuitable time to visit Darwin. The city is a very popular tourist destination in the dry season and accommodation books out quickly. Check out the mean monthly temperatures and mean monthly rainfalls for Darwin to help you plan your next trip here.

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