Discover Darwin

Experience the dramatic sculptured escarpments, unique wildlife and ancient Aboriginal culture of Kakadu National Park.

Adrenaline enthusiasts are served with adventure galore, leisure seekers are lulled by the Territory’s laid-back atmosphere, nature lovers are romanced by stunning natural environments, and children are entertained with a number of outstanding family-friendly attractions. 

Located in the remote northern-most reaches of the continent, the Northern Territory capital is Australia’s wildest city. A gateway to the adventurous Top End, Darwin is the perfect place to invoke a daredevil spirit and live life to the fullest. 

Swim with crocodiles, eyeballing giant saltwater beasts from the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove.  Join a fishing charter, chasing metre-long silver barramundi.  Enlist on an off-road four-wheel-drive escapade. Or uncover all the action of the Top End from above, on a private helicopter adventure. 

Perched on a peninsula with sea on three sides, and flanked by World Heritage Listed rainforests and park lands, Darwin is an excellent base from which to explore nature.  

Discover the majestic riches of iconic local national parks. Experience the dramatic sculptured escarpments, unique wildlife and ancient aboriginal culture of Kakadu National Park (pictured). Unearth some of Australia’s best swimming spots in Litchfield National Park, where waterholes, rock pools and waterfalls await. Take in breathtakingly beautiful fiery sunsets over Beagle Gulf from Fannie Bay, Mindil Beach Markets or Nightcliff. 

Privy to a warm climate year-round, a cosmopolitan atmosphere, cultural attractions, and innovative modern developments, Darwin is a great setting for a family holiday. 

Take in the sights and the smells of local markets like Paprap, Mindil Beach and Nightcliff. Explore historic buildings like Fannie Bay Gaol, Lyons Cottage, State Square, and Parliament House. Join a harbour cruise. Discover World War II stories in the ruins at the East Point Military Museum and the Oil Storage Tunnels. View a classic film under the stars at the open air cinema on Darwin Harbour. Swim in the Lagoon Pool at Darwin’s Waterfront. Or take the kids on a water adventure at Palmerston or Leanyer Waterpark. 

Plan Your Darwin Discovery 

  • Flights to Darwin: Virgin Australia operates flights to Darwin daily, direct from most mainland Australian capital cities.
  • Darwin Holiday Packages: Virgin Australia Holidays offers great Darwin and Kakadu National Park holiday packages.
  • Darwin Hotels: Establish a great base from which to explore it all, with a wide choice of hotels on offer from our partner Agoda.
  • Darwin Car Hire: Take to the road and discover the splendour of the Top End with great deals on car hire from our partners. 
Words by Alice Nash - Published 27 January 2014
Quick Facts 
Population Approx 112,000
Area 112 km2 (city area)
Time Zone GMT +9.5
Languages English (official)
Currency Australian dollar (AUD)
Electricity 220–240v 50Hz
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