Darwin, the capital of the northern territory of Australia, is the gateway for breathtaking natural and manmade attractions. The city is one of the best places in Australia for travelers who want to experience tropical happiness.
If it is your first time traveling to Darwin, the accommodation is no big fuss. You have a lot of selections to choose from like the popular Darwin Central hotel or the accessible Novotel Darwin Airport. For budget-wise stay, you can try Darwin YHA Backpackers Hostel and for a more lavish lodging, then Hilton Hotel Darwin is a great choice.
Darwin is a great vacation spot when traveling with your family. You can visit some of the its family-friendly destinations such as Fish Darwin, Litchfield National Park and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. Take your toddlers for a walk in history through the East Point Military Museum and the Oil Storage Tunnels.
When in Darwin, you can never miss the boat trip to Adelaide River with some saltwater crocodiles surrounding you. And if you are far more adventurous, visit Crocosaurus Cove and swim with the giant crocs in the ‘Cage of Death’.
Then, enjoy the artificial waves in the Wave Lagoon in Darwin Waterfront Precinct. You can also bring your kids in a peaceful and natural retreat in Bicentennial Park. The park will be full of local entertainment and colorful carnivals during the annual Greek Glenti Festival.
Since Darwin is literally a hot destination, watching the famous Darwin sunset in Mindil Beach is on top of your list. Mindil beach is a perfect getaway to cool your senses.
After a day of lively tours, you can retreat on some of Darwin’s best nightlife spots like the bars and pubs on Mitchell Street or the newest hangout in the Waterfront. The bustle of Mitchell Street caters some of the notorious Darwin party strips. And if you want more of soothing night, enjoy one of the best live gigs in Darwin through the Rails.
For your shopping, Darwin will never run out of shops to satisfy your shopping madness. The biggest shopping center of the Northern Territory is located in Casuarina Square. Casuarina Square is a massive shopping complex loaded with 170 mainstream retail outlets, cinemas and food stalls. Or you can also shop till you drop in Mitchell Centre which is shopping hub situated in the central business district of Darwin.
Mindil Beach Sunset Markets is also a haven of local cuisines and souvenir treats. Head on early to the markets with some cash since most of the stalls are on a cash only basis. You have a wide range of food option ranging from Asian and European specialties. Other markets for shopping are the Parap and Nightcliff Markets. The Nightcliff markets are packed with local boutiques full of fashion wares and finest arts.
In conclusion, Darwin is a great destination for couples and families. It is a pulsating and multicultural location in Australia. Darwin is a total package — natural parks, educational museums, underwater adventures, massive shopping districts and stimulating nightlife. However, Darwin is not a cheap city. The accommodation, activities and food may cost you some bucks, but it’s totally worth it.
Save up your money for your next travel destination. You and your family will truly enjoy a vibrant and relaxing trip in Darwin.