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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Darwin is a cosmopolitan yet casual city, named after the naturalist Charles Darwin. East of Darwin, the Kakadu National Park is famous for its stunning Aboriginal rock art and its abundance of bush wildlife.

Darwin's parks, harbor, and tropical climate make it lovely for strolling during the Dry. The city heart is the Smith Street pedestrian mall. One street over is the Mitchell Street Tourist Precinct, with backpacker lodges, cheap eateries, and souvenir stores. Two streets away is the harbor front Esplanade. In the old Wharf area, a walk from town, are a couple of tourist attractions, a jetty popular with fishermen, and a working dock. Cullen Bay Marina is a hub for restaurants, cafes, and expensive boats; it's about a 25-minute walk northwest of town. Northwest of town is Fannie Bay, where you'll find the Botanic Gardens, sailing club, golf course, museum and art gallery, and casino.

Things to See and Do

  • Darwin Beaches
  • Territory Wildlife Park
  • Indo-Pacific Marine & Australian Pearling Exhibition
  • Mindil Beach Market
  • Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
  • Crocodylus Park

General Information

Cruise Season
Jan - Dec
Australian Dollar (AUD$)
Land Area
112.1 square kilometers
2 angled pins and 1 flat pin centred below Australian style
GMT plus nine and a half hours
International Country Telephone Code

Port Location - The Darwin wharf precinct is located only 5 minutes drive from the Darwin CBD.

Transport Links - Flights are available to and from most state capitals. There are also direct flights to Darwin from Asia. Greyhound Australia makes a daily coach run from Alice Springs. The Great Southern Railway's Ghan makes a weekly round trip from Alice Springs to Darwin.

Rental cars, taxis and buses are available for getting around the city.

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