Darwin On a Budget
Darwin serves as a hub for trips to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. Tourism is the largest industry in the city and amenities for tourists are plentiful.
Because Darwin is set in a tropical climate, you'll find it has two seasons, a dry season between May and October, and a wet season between November and April. While rare, the city is occasionally struck by cyclones. Most visitors go to Darwin during the cooler dry season between the months of April and September. Temperatures are typically in the high 80s Fahrenheit and nights are cooler.
SightsDarwin has many sights for visitors including cultural sights, historical landmarks, and natural settings. There are many parks both in and near the city. There are also several great museums and several historical attractions.
Some of the most popular places to visit in Darwin include the Darwin Wharf Precinct, Fannie Bay Gaol, Burnett House at Myilly Point, and Adelaide River War Cemetery. Also be sure and visit Bicentennial Park, George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Lake Alexander, the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, and Northern Territory Parliament House. There are some truly fascinating natural settings around the city and it's recommended, if you have access to a car, to take some day trips from town and explore the nearby parks and reserves. After all, much of the appeal of Australia is the country's unique environment and nature.
NeighborhoodsDarwin can be separated into the central business district and the newer northern suburbs. The central business district is bounded by Daly Street to the northwest, McMinn Street to the northeast, Mitchell Street to the southwest and Bennett Street to the southeast. Within the central business district, Stokes Hill wharf waterfront area has been the focus of much redevelopment. The city's industrial areas are along Stuart Highway toward Palmerston. Casuarina Square is the shopping precinct. Expensive residential areas are along the coast and include Larrakeyah and Brinkin.
ActivitiesPopular parks and nature areas near Darwin include Berry Springs Nature Park, Casuarina Coastal Reserve, Aquascene, Crocodylus Park, and the Territory Wildlife Park. Because Darwin is a gateway to the Northern Territory, many people also use it as a base to explore Kakadu National Park, Katherine, Litchfield National Park, and Tiwi Islands.
Because of the area's great multicultural heritage, there are some really wonderful markets where you can buy some locally made handicrafts. This is a great city to pick up some aboriginal souvenirs or one-of-a-kind works of art. Even if you're not shopping for something to buy, many of the markets are worth taking a stroll through just to look. Some of the more popular markets include the Tiwi Art Network, Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, and Casuarina Square.