Outdoors and Adventure

Darwin City Guide

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Darwin Overview

Darwin Overview

Darwin is the vibrant, tropical city of Australia's Northern Territory and is renowned for it's laid-back lifestyle and friendly people.

Set on an expansive pristine harbour, Darwin is also well known for fishing, Indigenous and contemporary art galleries, beachside markets and an outdoor lifestyle. Cascading waterfalls and swimmable rock pools are on Darwin's doorstep at Litchfield National Park, and Darwin is the gateway to World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park ' a nature lover's paradise and home to an ancient Aboriginal culture over 50,000 years old.

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Insider's Guide to Darwin

Darwin is home to the youngest population in Australia, which gives the city a distinctly youthful sense of optimism and energy.  Darwin enjoys a year round average temperature of 32 degrees Celsius, which means there is plenty to do outdoors. You can sail, hike, cycle, drive, eat, drink or fly your way around the city and in the evening, kick back, relax and enjoy the spectacular sunsets that the locals are spoilt with all year.

Whether you're coming to fish, explore, relax or just 'see what happens,' check out this Insiders Guide, which will tell you where to stay, where to eat, and what to do.

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Art & Culture

Art & Culture

Darwin is renowned for the Indigenous art and cultural experiences it has on offer. A stroll through an Indigenous art gallery will reveal how strongly art is intertwined with the landscape and culture of Indigenous people. Artists in Arnhem Land, Kakadu, Darwin and the Tiwi Islands have their works displayed in galleries throughout the city and the world. To further develop your understanding of this historic culture, visit some communities outside Darwin to share in knowledge that informs the art of some award winning Indigenous artists.

Cultural events such as the Greek Glenti and Chinese New Year are events for everyone in Darwin. Delicious food and the jumble of customs will open your eyes to the rich heritage that makes Darwin a melting pot of different cultures.  Check out Darwin's Art and Culture '

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Festivals & Events

Festivals & Events

Darwin likes to party, so it's no surprise that there is a wide variety of music, culture, theatre, sport, dance, multimedia and quirky events held in the city throughout the year.

The Darwin Festival is Darwin's largest cultural festival and includes local, national and international performers and artists. Darwin's multicultural personality emerges in the visual arts, theatre, music and traditional song and dance that burst from the hearts of performers and artists when the festival takes place in the dry season. The annual Indigenous Music Festival and the Telstra National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award are aspects of the festival that highlight Indigenous talent in the Territory. Other headline acts have included music artists Kate Miller Heidki and Augie March and Jessica Mauboy.

The Tiwi Islands Football Grand Final and Art Sale is another essential annual cultural highlight that enables you to immerse yourself in Indigenous culture.

For a full list of festivals and events in Darwin, click here'

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Food & Wine

Food & Wine

Darwin's close proximity to South East Asia is no more apparent than in the food that local's love to eat. Outdoor eateries, exotic local produce and bustling outdoor markets add a unique spice to Darwin.

There is a huge array of restaurants and dining options to choose from. Enjoy a relaxed dinner with ocean views and a famous Territory sunset, or join the masses at a beach-side market. Sail away on a harbour dinner cruise, or enjoy one of many food and wine events. 

Cultural cuisines including Mediterranean, Indian and South East Asian flavours infiltrate markets and city dining, just to name a few. At Parap markets fresh fruit and vegetables, juices, spices and chilli fill cater for local's pantries.

Indigenous bush tucker is a whole other category of Territory dining. Get out and experience traditional food and drink, an intriguing aspect of Aboriginal culture.

Check out food and wine in Darwin '

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Outdoor Lifestyle

Outdoor Lifestyle

With 30 degrees Celsius temperatures all year round, Darwin is the great outdoors and the adventures are endless.

Try your luck tackling a world-famous barramundi on a fishing charter or go walking through Darwin's beautiful natural scenery and historic locations.

Cycling or walking along the cliffs at East Point Reserve gives you the chance to spot wildlife, including wallabies. Otherwise, explore the World War II relics that characterise the reserve.

During the dry season, don't miss a movie at the outdoor Deckchair Cinema, with views of the harbour and a glass of wine.

Relax in a natural waterhole in nearby Berry Springs and Litchfield National Park, and make sure you don't leave Darwin without visiting World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park.

For more outdoor adventure ideas, click here '

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Darwin Region

Darwin Region

Sitting underneath torrents of spring water gushing from Wangi and Florence Falls will revitalise your soul.  Both are located in Litchfield National Park, a lush local hideaway offering camping, swimming and hiking around natural springs, waterfalls and creeks.

Wildlife thrives in Mary River National Park, just over an hour drive from Darwin. Saltwater crocodiles and a range of birds can be seen at Shady Camp. Other animals, including wallabies, crocodiles and thousands of migratory birds can be spotted at Mistake Billabong, which becomes one of the few permanent sources of water in the park until the rains begin.

The Tiwi Islands are a short flight or cruise from Darwin and is acclaimed for its Aboriginal culture and warm hospitality.  The contrasting beaches, rock pools and rainforests make the Tiwi Islands a real adventure.

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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Further Afield: The Red Centre

Further Afield: The Red Centre

The Northern Territory's Red Centre is the heart of Australia's Outback and home to Australia's most recognisable icon, Uluru (Ayers Rock). World Heritage listed Uluru-Kata Tjuta National Park is distinguished by both its cultural importance to the Anangu traditional landowners and its natural magnificence. There are many ways to experience the wonder of Uluru. Take a guided cultural walking tour of its perimeter to learn about its cultural significance or a scenic helicopter flight over the top of it to appreciate its enormity.

Alice Springs spills heritage and history out into the surrounding Simpson Desert, exposing a meeting place for the quirky and unusual.  From Alice Springs you can journey to and trek the Larapinta trail, explore the MacDonnell Ranges, swim through isolated rock pools and four-wheel drive.

Whatever you do in the Red Centre, it will be a journey of self discovery. The Red Centre is all about discarding the everyday and re-awakening your senses to the beauty and grandeur of its desert landscapes. Get CeNTred'

Darwin Overview | Insider's Guide to Darwin | Art & Culture | Food & Wine | Outdoor Lifestyle | Festivals & Extras | Darwin Region | Further Afield: The Red Centre

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