Backpacking Darwin

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    VERY POPULAR BACKPACKER DESTINATION WITH PLENTY OF FUN THINGS TO DO: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    IF YOU ARE HERE IN JULY HEAD OFF TO PARTY AT THE BEER CAN REGATTA: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    TAKE A TOUR TO THE TIWI ISLANDS TO EXPERIENCE RICH ABORIGINAL CULTURE: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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    GREAT BASE TO EXPLORE NEARBY NATIONAL PARKS, SUCH AS KAKADU AND LITHCFIELD: Photo courtesy Tourism NT
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Darwin Highlights

  • Darwin is a lively, modern city with a young population, an easygoing lifestyle and is a very popular backpacker destination.

  • Great base to explore some of Australia's best natural attractions, such as the Tiwi Islands, Litchfield National Park, World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

  • Has a happening nightlife, where you can go out any night of the week for some fun at one of the great pubs or nightclubs.

  • Visit Mindil Beach markets held every Thursday and Sunday afternoon and evenings from the end of April until October. You will find an excellent variety of food stalls, along with various arts, crafts and fashions.

  • Explore the Darwin Wharf precinct for a variety of eating options, a pearling exhibition, cruises to explore the harbour or a fishing charter, a unique deckchair cinema or the nearby wave pool and World War II Storage Tanks.

  • Check out some of the ferocious looking crocodiles at Crocosaurus Cove and Crocodylus Park, or take a cruise at nearby Adelaide River and see them jump out of the water for food.

  • Learn about the regions fascinating history at one of the excellent museums.

  • Take an organised tour to see some of Australia's outback and nearby spectacular natural attractions.

  • Experience some of the unique fun events during the year like the Beer Can Regatta in July.

About Darwin

Population 110,000

The city of Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory. It is a lively, modern city with a young population, an easygoing lifestyle and because of Darwin's huge attraction for tourists and backpackers in particular, the city has a very transient population.

The city's location at the "Top End" of Australia allows for a blend of traditional and modern Australia and a strong cultural influence from our Asian neighbours to the north.           

Darwin is an excellent base to explore nearby natural attractions, such as the Tiwi Islands, Litchfield National Park, World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

Darwin is an easy place to get around. The city centre is relatively small and compact and can be explored on foot. Other nearby attractions can be easily reached by bus or bike.

Being a popular city for travellers, the nightlife is pretty good here. Most places are around Mitchell Street and you can go out any night of the week for some fun at one of the great pubs or nightclubs.

You'll find some good markets here at Parap, Nightcliff and Mindil Beach. The Mindil Beach markets are probably the best. Held every Thursday and Sunday afternoon and evenings. They start at the end of April and go until October. You will find an excellent variety of food stalls along with various arts, crafts and fashions.

Darwin is also very popular with fisherman from around the country and around the world because of the great fishing opportunities in the harbour and waterways that surround the city.

Darwin's climate is vastly different to the central and southern parts of the Northern Territory. In summer, the temperatures reach around mid 30 degrees Celsius and is very tropical and humid. This is the wet season and tourism slows down during this part of the year. The winter months are the tourism draw card. Temperatures are usually around about 30 degrees Celsius, but much less humidity and wet weather. This is the best time of the year to visit.

The city has an interesting history. It was attacked by the Japanese in World War II, as you may have seen in the movie 'Australia'. Also, on Christmas day 1974, Cyclone Tracy swept through Darwin and completely flattened the city. As a result, the new city, which has been built in its place, is modern and well planned.

Darwin is a great place to visit and use as a base to explore some of Australia's best natural attractions and most people have a fun time when they visit here.

Orientation Map for Darwin


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Darwin Visitor Information Centre

Corner of Smith & Bennett Street
Darwin, Northern territory
Phone 1300 138 886
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