Darwin is a natural wonderland, a tropical cityscape surrounded by incredible national parks and unique wildlife.

Kakadu Sunset

Many tourists visit Darwin as a launchpad for heading out to the Kakadu and Litchfield national parks, but this little gem of a town has plenty to offer on its own!

From lush gardens to the city’s world famous markets, a thriving arts scene and Indigenous history, Darwin has made its claim as a city with its own distinctive charms.

Three days is the ideal amount of time to spend in Darwin, as this allows you to experience the city as well as the surreal Kakadu National Park.

Let’s look into why tourists find so much to love about Darwin in between national park visits.

  • Eat & shop at the famous markets

    It’s no secret that Darwin has some pretty awesome markets. Whatever you’re looking for: delicious food, arts and crafts, a chilled vibe with live music – Darwin has you covered. From the scrumptious offerings and stunning backdrop of Mindil Beach Sunset Market, to the smaller local offerings at Nightcliff, Rapid Creek, Palmerston and Parap, there is always good food, cool goodies and some good music to enjoy at a Darwin market.

  • Grab a cold & a dip at the Darwin Waterfront Precinct

    Darwin can be stinking hot, like, step outside and immediately seek out the nearest shade hot. So, one of the best ways to cool down and refresh in this toasty town is to kick back at the waterfront precinct. This snazzy part of town is complete with breezy bars, wave pools and a gorgeous lagoon for swimming. There are also shaded gardens to satisfy that need to get some respite from the heat.

  • Your trip to Kakadu

    This is what you’ve come to Darwin to see, right? If so, you’re in for one of the most memorable experiences of your life. From saltwater croc spotting to ancient Indigenous shelters, to the incredible waterfalls and refreshing swimming holes, Kakadu National Park rightfully holds a place as one of the world’s best natural wonders.

  • Enjoy this wonderful town

    It’s easy to see why Darwin has become such a popular tourist destination in its own right. With so much to see and do in the city itself, as well as the sprawling Kakadu National Park just an hour and a half away, you might even find yourself wishing you had a few more days in this vibrant town.

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