Australia’s northern tropical city, “the colourful city”, Darwin is where multicultural immersion pervades with a calm and laid-back lifestyle. With a local community of more than 60 nationalities, your tastebuds will be tantalised by the aromas and cuisines of excellent local Darwin restaurants available at your fingertips. From the bustling night street markets reminiscent of Asian flavours and cultural arts and social entertainment, Darwin promises a unique sense of discovery and a memorable cultural experience. Be sure to visit Mindil Beach Sunset markets available during the dry season months every Thursday and Sunday and only 7 minutes from the city’s 5-star hotels. A visit to Darwin cannot be without an Aboriginal culture tour to learn about the history of the land, the great Australian outback or exploring at least 1 of Australia’s famous national parks. Whether waterfall watching at Australia’s biggest national park, Kakadu or seeking out a spot for relaxation at the thermal pools at Mataranka, south of Katherine. These destinations are great for full-day trips so you can return back to your luxury hotel and overlook the harbour while winding down. Ready for the great outdoors? Ready to say g’day to a crocodile?
Darwin is not so much a travel destination, but a state of mind. Famed for its wonderful weather, rich multicultural mix of food, vibrant outdoor markets, massive harbour and a plethora of waterside attractions, the capital city of the Top End is a place like no other. So why not treat yourself to a short break, in a luxury hotel in Darwin, and see for yourself what makes this city so great.
Darwin is well known for its incredible sunsets and one of the best ways to see them is on a cruise around the harbour. There are a host of tours you can book, most of which also provide fabulous three course dinners. But if you would rather savour the experience away from others why not do it in style and hire a luxury yacht? Sitting on a private deck with a beer or a wine, watching the fiery sun drop below the horizon, is one of the most serene experiences you could ever wish to have.
If you are a bit of a thrill seeker you should definitely take the opportunity to go skydiving. Especially when you will get to land on a beach. Top End Tandems run a series of jumps throughout the day with highly skilled instructors, which land on Nightcliff beach. A fantastic experience, the unique views you will get of Darwin, the harbour and the surrounding city will stay with you for the rest of your days.
You may have seen footage of them whizzing around the Everglades in Florida, but did you know you can ride an airboat in Darwin too? Departing from Stokes Hill these thrilling airboat tours will cruise you through crocodile infested mangroves, which provide fantastic views of Darwin Harbour along the way. Then when you reach clearer waters you will zoom along at high speed along the surface. The sound of the V8 aircraft engine is deafening, so you will be given ear-plugs to drown it out, but the joy you will experience will leave you grinning from ear-to-ear.
Bird’s have always had the right idea when it comes to taking in the views of Darwin. So why not see what they see and enjoy a helicopter ride around the city? Various tours of 30 mins to 45 mins will take you over Darwin. Showcasing its stunning monsoon forests, bays, mangroves and wilderness, as well as its vibrant city centre. You will also see the cliffs of Nightcliff, Hope Inlet and Casuarina Beach on this unforgettable aerial experience.
Even when compared to the multi-ethnic nature of Darwin, the fantastic Tiwi Islands offer a cultural experience like no other. Home to the Tiwi people, the islands feature the only aboriginal community in Australia you don’t require a permit to visit. The locals are renowned for their congeniality and love of AFL and the island itself is beautiful. Located about a 2.5-hour boat ride from Darwin, it is an easy day trip to do, either as part of a full-day organized tour, or simply by yourself.
Take a day out from Darwin to explore the wonderful Kakadu National Park. This UNESCO World Heritage-listed park is rich in Aboriginal heritage. On a full-day tour from Darwin you will be taken to a plethora of incredible historical sights, like the ancient rock art of Ubirr Rock. You will also embark upon a Guluyambi cultural cruise along the East Alligator River, with an indigenous guide who proudly explains the history of the Arnhem Land. A delicious lunch will also be provided.