Australia's gateway to Asia lies in its Northern Territories, skirting the edge of the Timor Sea. Perfect for those looking for something a little different than sunny Sydney, Darwin makes for an eclectic and refreshing holiday.
Weather in Darwin
You'll get plenty of versatile use out of your umbrella in Darwin, as the summers can bring tropical showers and the winter brings plenty of sunshine to shade yourself from. Situated close to the equator, it's no surprise that all year round the average temperature is rarely below 30 degrees Celsius, with limited variation throughout every season.
What to do in Darwin
Darwin is one of the most important locations for Australian World War II history. Bombed 64 times over the course of the war, beginning on February 19, 1942, Darwin is home to numerous historical sites, attractions and tours. Start your historical adventure by visiting the Defence of Darwin, attached to the Darwin Military Museum just over 10 minutes from the CBD. This insightful and interactive exhibition features a number of multimedia presentations, a space for you to record your own stories to share with the museum and a thrilling multi-sensory experience called The Bombing of Darwin.
Keen historians should also stop by the Australian Aviation Heritage Centre, just next to the airport. Here you can get the best feel for Air Force history in the area, as they have 19 different aircraft to gawk at, as well as 38 other informative displays.
The food of Darwin
To begin a culinary tour of Darwin, make sure to visit the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, open every last Thursday and Sunday of the month from April to October. After you have perused the many local arts, crafts, jewellery, clothing and health stalls, make sure to grab a bite to eat. Hot dogs, Indian food, seafood, noodles, sushi and so much more are regularly on offer here, not to mention the many sweets and drink stalls.
When you want something more substantial, try a range of Darwin's world-class restaurants and takeouts. Ranked the number one Darwin restaurant on Trip Advisor (out of 240), Jetty and the Fish is the city's only fish and chips trailer and can be found selling outstanding-quality food along the Nightcliff beachfront. You should also sample the Indian cuisine of Saffrron, just five kilometres from the city centre. Whether you choose to dine in or takeaway, Saffrron is guaranteed to provide you with an aromatic, colourful and tasty meal to suit both carnivores and vegetarians.
Accommodation in Darwin
Looking for one of the best middle-budget hotels in Darwin? Choose the Novotel Darwin Atrium, perfectly located near the CBD along Darwin's glamorous Esplanade, looking out over Bicentennial Park and beyond. Soak it up in your bathtub, visit the outdoor swimming pool or enjoying some exquisite al fresco contemporary dining at on-site restaurant, Zest. For something more tropical, why not try the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort? Surrounded by lush gardens, enjoy sunbaking by the pool with a cocktail from the pool bar, or head to dinner at Essence Bar and Grill for a contemporary take on the classics. Right across the road you’ll also find the Novotel Darwin Airport, a modern hotel perfect for easy access to the airport, with all the comforts of home.