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Darwin is located in Australia's top end, with a tropical climate and a distinctive wet and dry season. Having grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's modern and multicultural state capitals, there is plenty of fascinating history to discover in Darwin.
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Darwin is located in the tropical region of Australia, meaning that it has two distinct seasons. The dry season (April to October) is considered to be the best time to visit the city since the temperatures a milder, the days are sunny and there is minimal rainfall.
During the wet season rainfall and humidity increase, and the area is at risk of tropical cyclones. Some regions in the Northern Territory are difficult to access at this time of year. The wet season runs from November to March, with most of the rain falling from January to March.
If you have never travelled to the Northern Territory before, it is a good idea to familiarize yourself with the traffic regulations in the area. Click here for more information. It is also advisable to check the weather in Darwin here so you can plan your trip better.
Because of the landscape of the area surrounding Darwin, you may find that your rental car has restrictions as to where you can drive it. In most cases you will have a limit on the amount of kilometres you can travel per day, and you may not be allowed to travel on certain roads. Check the terms and conditions of your rental before you sign your contract.
Darwin Convention Centre
Darwin would be complete without experiencing the famous fish feeding at Aquascene where hundreds of fish come to shore at high tide to be fed by hand. Milkfish, mullet, catfish, barramundi, rays and others can be seen close enough to touch as they compete with each other for food. From its beginnings over 40 years ago this daily feeding ritual has grown to the amazing spectacle it is today, attracting thousands of visitors each year. Access is easy and you can choose to participate in the hand feeding or just sit and watch the spectacle - either way it is a unique and memorable experience! Aquascene is within walking distance of major hotels and the city centre. As feeding times change daily with the tides please check their website for opening times, or call the fish feeding hotline. Bookings are not necessary, but group discounts do apply for 10 people.
The Mindil Sunset Beach Markets
The Mindil Sunset Beach Markets is where you can get up, close and personal with the locals. Because Darwin is very humid, the markets are open in the winter months - April to October each year. There is ample parking spots to park your hire car, so you can shop all night without worrying about how to get it home.
The Berry Springs Nature Park
The Butterfly Gorge Nature Park
Address: Douglas-Daly NT 0822
The Casuarina Coastal Reserve
The Deckchair Cinema
Address: Jervois Rd, Darwin City NT 0800
Darwin's Natural Springs
Leanyer Recreational Park
Address: 215 Vanderlin Dr, Leanyer NT 0812
Address: 58 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
Hidden Valley Holiday Park
Situated just 10 minutes drive south of the Darwin CBD via rental car, this locally owned friendly boutique holiday park provide a wide range of accommodation for your stay, including modern two bedroom villas, family cabins and open plan units, which are all air conditioned, self contained and most with a private patio. It also has perfect lodge style accommodation for up to two people, best suited for workers, groups for short or long periods, or for those looking for a quick getaway or night at Hidden Valley Race Track. Book now if you want to experience Hidden Valley Holiday Park and discover everything the spectacular Top End has to offer. From unwinding to taking a sunset cruise to grabbing a bargain at the famous Mindil Beach markets to seeing a crocodile, or taking in a tour of Kakadu or Litchfield National Park - enjoy a relaxed, peaceful holiday in Australia's Top End with Hidden Valley Holiday Park.
Address: 50 Mitchell St, Darwin City NT 0800
Restaurants & Bars
The Daly Waters Pub
Address: 16 Stuart St, Daly Waters NT 0852
The multi-award winning Daly Waters Pub offers a great outback experience. It is an iconic part of the territory's diverse and colourful history. Built in 1930, it is steeped in history and wild stories from the past. We pride ourselves in offering great service, food, and icy cold beer. The pub has a variety of accommodation styles from two bedroom deluxe cabins to budget pub rooms. There is a caravan park as well as 2 crystal clear pools to escape the heat. Free entertainment nightly throughout the dry season. During your stay make sure you try our world-famous Beef & Barra (wild caught Territory Barra & premium scotch fillet) served with fresh salads & hot damper bread. Extensive wine list available. An experience not to be missed where happy memories are made and new friendships started.