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Darwin is a lively harbour city well-known as Australia’s gateway to world-class nature and cultural activities and experiences. With a population in excess of 130,000, it is a destination renowned for its tropical climate and colourful characters.

Darwin, Australia is the place to visit to see crocodiles in their natural habitat, enjoy fresh seafood, go fishing for the catch of a lifetime, watch the sun set while cruising the Top End, take a dip in the sea, trek the best trails, and party at the lively clubs and bars. There’s so much to do in Darwin. We can’t mention the fun things to do here and not talk about the WWII tourism. East Point Military Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park, Darwin Military Museum and Defence of Darwin Experience and Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility are just some of the locations that played a historic role during WWII.

Darwin Weather

While the seasons of the Top End are generally referred to as the wet and the dry, the traditional Aboriginal people of the area, the Larrakia people, have up to six traditional seasons in Darwin. Their seasons correspond to which bush foods are available at that time.

Gudjewg in January and February makes up the bulk of the Top End’s tropical summer, considered by many as the most beautiful time of year. As the heavy rains begin to ease during Banggerreng, across March and April, rivers subside and the transition from wet to dry begins. Yegge arrives in May with relatively cool weather bringing crisp nights and misty mornings. Wurrgeng from mid June to mid August is ‘cold weather’ time with daytime temperatures of around 30° Celsius. Birds in their millions converge on waterholes and rivers during Gurrung from August to October as the reduction in rainfall forces waterholes to contract, and from October to December, Gunumeleng’s dark threatening clouds roll across the sky, but rarely deliver rain. This is the season of spectacular electrical storms.

The peak visitor time is during the dry season, from May to October, when many festivals and events are held.

Darwin, Australia is no hotter or more humid than Asian destinations such as Bali and Singapore, with year-round temperatures consistently around 32˚ Celsius, ensuring a fabulous outdoor lifestyle.

When in Darwin..

There is plenty to do and see around town or simply relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the holiday atmosphere. There is a huge focus on outdoor activities – eating, drinking, shopping, movie-going, sailing and visiting the markets. You can eat laksa on the beach at the sunset markets, catch a band at one of many live music venues, cruise the harbour at sunset or relax in a deck chair watching a movie on the big screen under a canopy of stars.

With its diverse mixture of more than 60 nationalities Darwin offers year-round dining to suit all tastes and budgets. Choose from fine dining at East Point, one of the many eateries on the Cullen Bay boardwalk, lively Mitchell Street, Darwin Waterfront, the family-friendly Darwin Sailing Club and Darwin Trailer Boat Club at Fannie Bay, Darwin Ski Club or fish and chips on Stokes Hill Wharf... the choice is yours.

Facilities in Darwin

Darwin is a rapidly growing tropical city, with a number of hotels and resorts along the Esplanade and throughout the city. The Darwin Waterfront Precinct, with its safe bathing beach, wave lagoon, hotel and restaurant facilities overlooking the harbour, is a popular attraction for both locals and visitors alike. Many hotels and resorts are located around the Darwin airport or a short ride away. Accommodation can be managed easily using Tourism Top End’s quick and easy online interface.

Darwin Attractions

Whether you are in the city for a short time only, or have plans to explore the Top End at greater length, there is so much of interest to see and do in Darwin.


Discover a range of accommodation in Darwin designed to appeal to the comfort, needs and pockets of all visitors. From backpacker’s accommodation in Darwin to family friendly resorts, private villas and apartments, you’ll be spoilt for choice. Tourism Top End helps you book affordable family accommodation in Darwin.


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