Darwin is small enough to navigate on foot, with a dedicated walkway linking the waterfront to the city center. Visitors can also take the public bus Route 4, which stops at popular attractions in the city including Crocosaurus Cove, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets and Fannie Bay Gaol, and further afield.
Darwin’s waterfront is rich in history; it was home to the Larrakia people, the site of the early Malay and Chinese settlements, and was bombed during World War II. Follow the Heritage and Cultural Trail that weaves along the promenade to learn more about the area’s historical significance.
Darwin’s annual Street Art Festival, held in September, brings artists from all over Australia to paint the city’s walls in color. If you can’t make the event itself, download the walking map to see multistory murals from previous years.
Located in the heritage listed Admiralty House, Char is renowned for being the best steak house in the city.
A celebrated Korean BBQ restaurant with an edgy, industrial vibe headed up by celebrity chef Chung Jae Lee.
Darwin institution Pee Wee’s offers relaxed fine dining and local produce – think saltwater barramundi, tiger prawns and tropical fruit – with views across Fannie Bay.
This modern hotel is just steps from the public lagoon, and some of the city’s best dining and shopping.
Located in the heart of the city, each room at Oaks Elan comes with uninterrupted views of Darwin Harbour and Frances Bay.
Set among 29 acres of lush tropical gardens, this is Darwin’s only beachfront resort. It has eight restaurants and bars and an onsite spa.
Recline on a deckchair and watch a film under the stars, with a different screening every night during the dry season.
Just 1.2 miles north of Darwin, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens are spread over 103 acres and home to a magnificent display of tropical, primitive and native plant species, as well as a lovely café.
Travel a little further (three hours) to explore the rugged and remote beauty and ancient Aboriginal rock art sites of Kakadu National Park.
The arts and cultural bonanza that is Darwin Festival brings an action-packed 18-day program of theater, dance, visual arts, outdoor concerts and more to this tropical city. Staged annually in August.
Home to huge saltwater crocodiles, this city enclosure is the ultimate urban wildlife experience. If you’re feeling brave, take a dip with a real croc in the Cage of Death!
This huge, lifeguard-supervised lagoon, with its own swell simulator, is the perfect way to keep cool in Darwin. Boogie boards and inflatable tubes are available for use.
Take in Darwin’s famous harbor and learn about its history on a one-hour interactive cruise with Sea Darwin. You might spot a dolphin and other marine life if you’re lucky!