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.
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.