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Darwin, one of the most isolated cities in Australia, is also one of its most intriguing. With a tropical climate, and the sense of encroaching wilderness just on the outskirts of the city limits, Darwin truly feels like an oasis. With all the charm of a small town but with the convenience of a city, visitors to Darwin will enjoy the restaurant and bar scene, the nightlife, the beautiful beaches, and the quirky personality of this unusual settlement.

Get to know this town, by seeing its best attractions: visit the Mindil Beach Markets, see the East Point Military Museum and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory to slake any cultural thirst. For naturalists, there is Crocosaurus Cove, or the wonderful outdoor attractions such as Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands, and Nature’s Way. If you’re feeling really adventurous however, you can pack your bags and head to Katherine for a real Australian outback experience.

Where should you stay in Darwin?

City Centre

Darwin is small, and so the main area for activity, tourism and culture all centres around the CBD, and it is here that where you should consider booking a stay. You can find accommodation options of all kinds, from hostels, to moderately priced guesthouses and luxury resort hotels with all the plush amenities you could expect from 5 star offerings. It is generally advised that you book ahead for a stay in Darwin, as there aren’t an exhaustive list of hotels in this town, especially in the high season of May through September when you will be hard pressed to find a room last minute.

The Waterfront

The waterfront is but a stone’s throw from the CBD, but it is a popular place to stay, not least because of the wonderful seafood restaurants and shops that line it. You can swim in the lagoon here, and even fish within the wharf. Stroll along the Cullen Bay Marina and go on the heritage walk, and learn about Darwin as you take in the city’s young vibrancy. Expect the accommodation here to be pricier than the options further inland, but for the views of the lovely Timor Bay, it might just be worth it.

Transport in Darwin

Darwinbus is the main public transportation in the city, and operates services within Darwin and the greater city as well as Palmerston and Casuarina. The service is fairly good, and not terribly expensive, though most choose to hire a car so they can explore the natural sites outside of the city. You can research and book a car easily using our handy car hire tool