Destination Guide - Darwin

Many visitors to Darwin pause only for a moment before beginning their journey to the Top End’s famous national parks, but there are plenty of reasons to stay and play in this dynamic part of the Northern Territory. It’s easy to become immersed in the environment because so much activity takes place outdoors: dine al fresco at Cullen Bay Marina, visit the Mindil Beach Markets at twilight, see the sun set while mixing with the locals, or get soaked after a session of lightning spotting during the wet season.

The Basics

Currency: Australian Dollar ($A)
Population: 117,000
Language: English
Time zone: +9.5
Daylight savings: N/A
Country code: +61
Area code: 08
Electricity voltage: 220-240V
Electricity hz: 50Hz
Electrical plugs: Australian-style plug with two flat angled blades and one vertical grounding blade
Mobile network: GSM, CDMA


  • Cullen Bay Marina
  • Kakadu National Park
  • Mindil Beach Markets


  • 26 January
    Australia Day


Dry season (April to October) temperatures average around 30°C while the wet season (December to March) is humid and, well, wet; however, temperatures remain around 30-35°C.

Getting there and around

Hiring a car is economical and a great way to explore the greater area. There are also bus and taxi services available.

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Darwin: Singing in the rain

A new Darwin dawns as the Top End city whets more than merely appetites for the deluge of wet season tourists.

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Kakadu National Park
Kakadu: Living the dreamtime

Celebrating 30 years as a national park this month and renowned for its ancient rock art and some of the most diverse flora and fauna on the planet, the best way to see Kakadu is with its indigenous owners.

Further reading

Here are some suggestions for other travel destinations and experiences around the Northern Territory.


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  • There is no CDMA (which was Telstra's) in Darwin (or Australia for that matter). Telstra's 3G network has replaced CDMA and it is available in Darwin.
  • Looking to travel with husband from Sydney July/ August 2014, spending 4 days Darwin , hireing a car or doing day tours with maybe a 3 day organized at end before returning to Darwin for 2 nights & flying home . Any suggestions ? Pamela
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    • Hi Pamela. Lovely to hear from you - sounds like a beautiful trip you've got planned. Our One Perfect Day: Darwin guide might be a good help when it comes to planning things to do in the area. Find it at: Happy travels.

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