As Australia’s only tropical capital city, it’s easy to see why Darwin prevails as a hot spot for holidaymakers, with lush parklands and waterfront restaurants blending with outdoor markets and galleries and museums steeped in a rich history.
Overlooking the Darwin Harbour, the city is also a hub for business, shopping and dining, home to Smith Street Mall, which boasts a diverse collection of shops interspersed with charming alfresco cafes, plus the Darwin Entertainment Centre and famous Crocosaurus Cove, where visitors can get up close and personal with Australia’s iconic saltwater crocodiles in the ultimate wildlife experience.
Darwin also boasts a line up of not to be missed events and festivals for locals and tourists to enjoy, from indigenous celebrations honouring Darwin’s unique Aboriginal culture, major sporting events such as the V8 Supercars Championship Series and Darwin Cup Carnival, and various outdoor festivals, including the 18-day long Darwin Festival – a spectacle of music, dance, theatre, food and arts. The new Darwin Waterfront Precinct is also an experience not to be missed when visiting the Northern Territory, presenting as the ideal destination to cool off with a swim at the Wave Lagoon or patrolled Recreation Lagoon, relax with coffee in hand, enjoy a seafood picnic or throw in a fishing line.
Mindil Beach is also a popular beach break for swimming and water-based activities by day then, as the sun dips, transforms into a sunset marketplace, with hundreds of food, fashion, beauty and home-wares stalls lining the sand. The Mindil Beach Sunset Market occurs every Thursday and Sunday night from April to October. And for those seeking adventure, Darwin is also the gateway to some of the Top End’s most unique destinations and experiences, including Kakadu National Park and Litchfield National Park – home to one of the region’s most spectacular natural swimming pools.