Today, the city skyline is one of the most modern of any capital city in Australia with the majority of buildings having been built in the last 30 years.
The relaxed outdoor lifestyle and geographical location make Darwin a prime destination for tourists visiting the Top End of Australia and its cosmopolitan ambience, modern attractions and facilities keep them coming back.
Mitchell Street is the main entertainment hub of Darwin and here you will find a large concentration of cafes and restaurants, bars and clubs.
Darwin has a young feel, partly due to city itself and partly due to the amount of backpackers who frequent the city; Mitchell Street is no different.
Party at any number of clubs and enjoy the beauty of a tropical sunset as you find your away from home. Other notable entertainment areas include the vibrant boardwalks of Cullen Bay Marina and Darwin’s Ski and Sailing Clubs.
Darwin’s Casino is another major entertainment attraction and has been operating since 1983. Boasting a range of bars, restaurants, accommodation options, plus plenty of gaming facilities for tourists to try their luck; Darwin Casino is a must when in town.
Shopping is plentiful in Darwin, with the Casuarina Square shopping centre containing more than 200 specialty stores, providing everything you need under one roof. The open air markets on Mindil Beach operate every weekend and are a great place to pick up some local souvenirs, have your palm read or watch buskers perform.
Most people in Darwin take full advantage of the tropical climate and spend as much time as possible outdoors; the Deckchair Cinema is a good example of this. Located on Jervois Road, it’s an open air Cinema regularly showing art house films and less mainstream choices.
The city has an extensive collection of historical sites and attractions for those who are interested in Darwin’s past. Highlights include: the Museum and Art Gallery of Northern Territory and the East Point Military Museum.
Darwin’s parks and gardens are a great way to escape the heat and relax in the shade. The George Brown Darwin Botanical Garden, East Point Reserve, Charles Darwin National Park and the Bicentennial Park are the best to visit.
When dining in Darwin tourists should keep an open mind. Why not try the local delicacies of freshly caught mud crabs or Barramundi? Buffalo, kangaroo and crocodile are also popular and can be found in most good restaurants. Mitchell Street has the majority of dining options with a few cafes and eateries scattered throughout nearby streets.
Accommodation in Darwin ranges from the budget to the expensive and everything in between. Centralised around the esplanade and Mitchell Street, tourists will find a whole range of options ranging from backpackers to hotels, serviced apartments to luxury resorts.
So now that we’ve done all that Darwin has to offer lets have a look at its surrounding attractions.
Located approximately 170 kilometres south east of Darwin, Kakadu National Park is a world heritage listed site that is a stunning combination of Aboriginal history and natural beauty.
Admire artworks of the local tribes, tour the expansive wetlands and discover a range of aquatic animals, birds and crocodiles. Meander through myriad of bushwalks and trails that are scattered throughout the park and experience one of the last great frontiers.
If you want a quick overview why not take a helicopter ride or hot air balloon over the park?
Arnhem Land is located approximately 500 kilometres east from Darwin and is one of the most significant areas to the indigenous tribes of Australia, who still live on the land. It is made up of rocky coastlines, lush rainforests and deserted islands and is one of the last great unspoiled areas in the world, recognised for its extensive displays of authentic Aboriginal art.
Due to its remote location many tourists visiting the area do so by 4WD or fly in. There’s a whole range of camping spots throughout but anyone wishing to visit must obtain a permit through the Northern Land Council.