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Why fly to Darwin?
It's a tropical city in a country known more for its ruggedness. Beautiful, lush Darwin, located in Australia's Northern Territory, will surprise you with its island vibe and laidback lifestyle sitting in a very modern city.
The city sits on the Timor Sea and boasts a large harbor, which has given it the 'gateway to Asia' moniker. The tropical city has miles of sandy beaches with Mindil Beach and Casuarina Beach being the largest. You can enjoy sunbathing or head out for some snorkelling or swimming. Take note that Casuarina Beach is also a nudist beach.
Darwin has several markets and one of the favorites sits on Mindil Beach. A visit to Mindil Beach Sunset Market will give you a taste of the truly multicultural nature of the city. You will find food stalls serving savoury dishes from India to South America and beyond. It is also a great opportunity to pick up handmade goods as souvenirs or take in some local performance art. Besides all of that you will also be treated to a gorgeous sunset on Mindil Beach.
Darwin is dotted with parks and park planning has kept families in mind so most of the parks you visit will have a children's play area in addition to lovely benches that are great for an afternoon picnic. You can head to Charles Darwin National Park, which is located on Darwin harbor. Here you will see see pieces of history from WWII as well as the very interesting mangroves along the water.
The city hosts several big events throught the year including the large Darwin Festival which is a display of the city's cultural wealth in the music and arts. The city's beer-can regatta is also a faorite with competitiors heading into the waters in boats made of beer.
Due to the city's location so close to Asia, there has been quite a bit of immigration which means the restaurant scene is quite varied. You can find delicious Thai and Indian restaurants as well as Greek and Italian.
Darwin has a ton to offer the visitor and its mix of small-town feel, tropical lushness and modern city makes it a truly unique traveling experience.
Darwin is warm to hot year-round. The summer season runs from December to March and highs are in the low 30s. This is also when the city receies the most amount of rainfall. January through to March the city is pounded by rain and there is a tropical cyclone risk. The city is also prone to major lightening shows. The winter temperaturers hover between the high teens and low 30s.
When to fly to Darwin
Winter is a popular time to visit the city as the weather is warm and certainly much drier than in the summer months. Flight ticket prices are particularly high during the months of July and August.
The heavy rains in the summer months tend to keep visitors away, which means you will find some flight ticket deals at this time.
Getting into Darwin
Your gateway into the city of Darwin opens up at the Darwin Airport, which is located approximately 15 minutes outside of the city. You can use the airport's handy shuttle service to get to your destination, you can find the shuttle stop just outside the terminal. Also, note that if you want to take the shuttle on your flight out you will have to book with the shuttle service. If you are heading into the northern suburbs you can catch a public bus. There are also taxis at the front of the terminal as well as private cars for hire - the private cars will charge you a flat fee that you and the driver agree upon.
Getting around Darwin
Your public transport choices in Darwin are limited to bus service, which means you want to think about booking a rental car. Taxi services are available, but are not logical if you are going to be traveling any length of distance. If you want to head to the nearby islands, there are ferries that can take you there.
- If you are in the city during the fall or winter, you are in for a for a treat. It's called Deckchair Cinema. Deckchairs and cushions are set up next to the harbor, so picture a tropical setting with a backdrop of the beautiful blue waters. Prior to the projectors rolling, you can grab a nice dinner, which can range in selection from Indian to Thai to traditional BBQ but the selections change daily. There is also a licensed bar on site. Deskchair Cinema is located on Jervais Road.
- The waters in the area are inhabited by crocodiles and you can take one of the tours offered by numerous companies
- Visit Indo Pacific Marine and learn about the marine habitat. The numerous exhibits are entertaining and educational, making them great for kids. The center also offers an evening program where you can enjoy dinner and then take a tour of the coral
- reef systems by dark.
- Darwin is a few hours north of Kakadu National Park, which is a UNESCO World Heritage Site with numerous Aboriginal archealogical sites located on the massive spanse of land. The park is home to hundreds of species of flora and fauna and four major river systems run through it. There are several areas where you can camp.
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