Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory and Australia’s only tropical capital city. Founded in 1869, Darwin is just over 1 hour 30 mins from Australia’s largest national park, the Kakadu National Park. Darwin is a vibrant, multicultural city and holds a wonderful balance between city life and the outback. Loved for its lush, colourful surroundings, Darwin is the largest city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory and is full of character, a worthy stop over if you are planning on touring the Northern Territory.
Located in the heart of Darwin’s CBD, you will find the Crocosaurus Cove wildlife park. Here you can get up close and personal with incredible 5m saltwater crocodile by taking a swim in the viewing cage, reassuringly named the Cage of Death. We warn you, this is not for the faint hearted! There are many exhibits to check out with a huge collection of Australia’s many other wonderful reptiles. Parking is free all weekend in Darwin’s CBD although restrictions apply during the weekdays.
Just by Jervois Park, which is a stone’s throw from the CBD, you will find the Deckchair Cinema. Deckchair cinema is an outdoor cinema located under the stars on Darwin’s tropical waterfront. The cinema show a wide range of films in a relaxed outdoor space with sea views, a licenced kiosk and hot food. A great way to unwind for the evening and a must-do if you are in Darwin. Films are shown from April to November.
For the history lovers out there, Darwin has a fantastic Military Museum, which is a short 15 min drive from the CBD. The museum exhibits photographs and artefacts from Darwin’s history during World War II.
Fannie Bay Beach is part of the East Point Reserve and is only 5 km from the CBD. Next to the park the man-made Lake Alexander, a great place for a dip without the fear of encountering jellyfish or crocodiles. There are free BBQ facilities also, as well as playgrounds to keep the little ones entertained, boardwalks, bike/walking tracks and lots of wallabies to spot! Be sure to check opening times ahead of arrival as some parts of the beach/reserve might be shut during wet season.
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is a stunning nature preserve featuring 42 hectares of Australian and tropica plant species. There are many walking trails within the peaceful and lush surroundings of the gardens. You can easily lose yourself in the magic of gardens so we recommend allowing yourself a couple of hours here to really explore. The gardens are located 2 kms north of Darwin city and can easily be combined with a visit to Mindil Beach. Fun fact: the gardens have been in Darwin for over 130 years and have survived World War II and Cyclone Tracy! There is a cafe on site and ample parking.
Just 100 kms south of Darwin is Litchfield National Park. The Litchfield National Park is a must see if you’re in the Northern Territory and is a great place to stop in your camper either before or after you visit Darwin. The park is home to stunning waterfalls, incredible wildlife and weathered sandstone pillars at the Lost City. Swimming under the falls in the waterholes is a favourite pastime for both the locals and tourists and there is plenty to keep you entertained at the park with many walking and hiking trails. There is parking available and many visitors decide to camp in a nearby campground, to allow enough time to really immerse themselves in the beauty of the park.
If you want to visit the largest nature reserve in Australia then the Northern Territory is where you want to be! Located 150 kms from Darwin, the park is almost 20,000 square kilometres and made up of extensive wetland, waterfalls and stunning rock formations. The park is home to over 2,000 plant species and wildlife including saltwater crocodiles, flatback turtles and birds. You can also see some some Aboriginal rock art at the park, the oldest paintings are up to 20,000 years old.
Darwin has a tropical climate and is define by a wet and dry season. The wet season (November to April) in Darwin is known for it’s high humidity, monsoonal rains and storms. Average temperatures range from 24 – 32°C and humidity can push past 80 per cent. The average rainfall during wet season is 1727.3 mm and January is the wettest month. Despite this, January and February is considered by many as the most beautiful time of year due to the sunny days and afternoon storms that refresh the landscape, animals and plants flourish during this time. The dry season (May to October) is characterised by warm, dry sunny days and cool nights. Temperatures typically range from 21 – 31°C and humidity levels are much lower: around 60 – 65 per cent.
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- Darwin FreeSpirit Resort – an idyllic tropical haven 15 mins drive south of the CBD, a favourite amongst families
- Discovery parks Darwin – lush, tropical landscaped gardens and the closest caravan park to Darwin City
- Darwin Boomerang Motel Caravan Park – country lifestyle on the edge of the city located just 20 minutes South of Darwin CBD and only 5 mins to Palmerston’s large shopping centre
- BIG4 Howard Springs Holiday Park – includes three sparkling resort pools and spas, a water splash park, kids playground and free BBQ’s
- Litchfield Tourist Park – a great base for your Litchfield National Park adventure
- PM Eat & Drink – local seafood in a lovely setting with great service
- The Magic Wok Restaurant – a must in Darwin, you choose the ingredients for your meal and they make it. A unique dining experience
- Sari Rasa – tasty Indonesian food that’s big on flavour and low on price
- Amazing Thailand – does what it says on the tin! Amazing Thai food in a cafe style setting
- Moorish Cafe – Mediterranean cuisine with stunning cocktails
- Laneway Specialty Coffee – a great spot to pick up a tasty brunch and excellent coffee