Charming DarwinThe Top End of the Northern Territory is one of the last remaining genuine Outback regions. From its tropical capital Darwin, visitors have access to some of the Northern Territory’s most famous attractions. The World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park with its internationally recognised wetlands, wildlife and Aboriginal art sites is just three hours drive east. Even closer is the fishing mecca of the Mary River Wetlands, and Litchfield National Park with its rainforest, plunge pools and termite mounds.

To the north are Bathurst and Melville Islands, home to the Tiwi people who will share their elaborate religion, culture and art with visitors. Arnhem Land, owned by the Territory’s indigenous people, is an untamed wilderness occupying over half the region. Independent travellers should use the Explorer Highway and Nature's Way roads which have information stands at roadside stops.


Geographic Location

Darwin is a city of wide tree-lined streets with long stretches of beach frontage. Its suburbs surround the extensive airport facilities, and its bays border the Timor Sea.

Population

100,000

Climate

There are two seasons. The dry season is from May to October and average temperatures range from 19-30ºC with clear sunny days and balmy nights. The wet season is from November to April, with average temperatures ranging from 23-34ºC with spectacular thunderstorms during the monsoonal months.

Major Attractions

Darwin Harbour, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (April – Oct), East Point Reserve, Darwin Botanic Gardens, Aquascene, Darwin Crocodile Farm.