Destination Guide: Darwin

Darwin Travel Tips

Things to do in Darwin

THINGS TO DO IN DARWIN

Balmy nights, tropical waters and a multicultural atmosphere make Darwin a perfect holiday spot.

Tours & Experiences

Get up close and personal with crocodiles and swim in sparkling waterholes under cascading waterfalls in the Top End!

 

Litchfield National Park Day Tour from Darwin

from $129

Features
  • Return transfers from Darwin
  • See the amazing Magnetic and Cathedral Termite Mounds
  • BBQ lunch included
 

3 Day Kakadu & Litchfield National Park Tour from Darwin

from $625

Features
  • Return transfers from Darwin
  • Explore Kakadu & Litchfield National Parks
  • Meals & camping equipment included

Places to visit in Darwin

Crocosaurus Cove

Come face-to-face with saltwater crocodiles when you enter the notorious Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove, the ultimate urban wildlife experience. One of their crocs even starred in ‘Crocodile Dundee’!

Mindil Beach Sunset Markets

Enjoy the tropical night air at these markets every Thursday and Sunday evening between April and October, with international cuisine, talented street performers and an electric atmosphere.

Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory

Set in a scenic location on Larrakia Land at Bullocky Point, the MAGNT is the Northern Territory’s premier cultural institution, with excellent exhibitions, talks, workshops and more.

Darwin Aviation Museum

A massive B-52 bomber (one of only two on display outside the US) highlights this museum, which also features the wreckage of a Japanese Zero fighter jet shot down over Darwin in World War II.

Accommodation in Darwin

Our buses are just the beginning. We’ve teamed up with the best hostel providers in Australia to offer flexible passes and packages that make it a breeze to secure quality accommodation that won’t break the bank, no matter where your journey takes you!

YHA is a popular accommodation option in Darwin. Bookings can be made directly on their website.

YHA Dreamcatcher Pass

Available from 7 to 28 nights, the YHA Dreamcatcher Pass allows you to pre-purchase your accommodation without locking in the dates. It can be used to book dorm-style accommodation at the Melaleuca on Mitchell and more than 70 other YHA hostels around Australia.

Melaleuca on Mitchell
52 Mitchell St,
Darwin City NT 0800

 

Travel & Accommodation Packages

Want more travel and accommodation options? Packaging our Whimit Travel Pass with two of the best hostel providers in Australia, we’ve created the perfect Travel & Accommodation Packages for any traveller!

 

How to get to Darwin

With more than 180 stops across the country and services in all mainland states and territories, Greyhound is Australia’s largest coach network. Here are our most popular routes to Darwin!

How to get around Darwin

Once your Greyhound bus to Darwin arrives at the Darwin Bus Interchange on Harry Chan Avenue, you’ll find that even though Darwin is the smallest of Australia’s major cities, it still has a convenient transport network to help you get around.

Because Darwin is not a particularly large city, it’s easy to explore it on foot. Head to the Northern Territory Tourist Information Centre (on the corner of Knuckey Street and Mitchell Street) to pick up a map and start your self-guided walking tour!

Darwin is mostly flat, and has a number of cycling paths. If you want to ride a bike around Darwin, many of the local hostels and hotels have bikes available for hire.

Buses are the main mode of public transport in Darwin. They connect all the major attractions of Darwin, as well as the Palmerston and Casuarina suburbs. The most useful bus for visitors is the Route 4 bus, which runs every 10-35 minutes through the day. It travels from Darwin Bus Interchange to Casuarina Bus Interchange via the waterfront and stops at popular attractions like Crocosaurus Cove, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, Museum and Art Gallery Northern Territory and Fannie Bay Gaol.

To use the Darwin public bus network, you can buy single tickets on board (for three hours or a day) or purchase a Tap and Ride card. The Tap and Ride card is available from bus interchanges and the Northern Territory Tourist Information Centre. To plan your trip around Darwin on public transport, use the Journey Planner.

A number of taxi services operate within Darwin. Taxis can be hailed on the street or at taxi ranks, and can be pre-booked online or over the phone.

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