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What are the best things to do in Darwin?

Darwin Botanic Gardens

Enjoy a peaceful walk through the Botanic Gardens while holidaying on Darwin accommodation and flight packages. They showcase a variety of local and exotic plants, including tropical orchids, a collection of cycads that have been around since dinosaur times, and an African garden with Madagascan baobab trees. Head to the Visitor Centre to learn about the gardens’ history, then embark on one of the self-guided walks to explore the unique plants of Darwin Botanic Gardens.

Litchfield National Park

Litchfield National Park makes for an excellent day trip while visiting the Northern Territory on Darwin holiday packages. The national park is about 90 minutes from central Darwin by car, and it’s teeming with popular Top End sights like waterfalls and towering cathedral and magnetic termite mounds. There are also several watering holes around the national park that are safe for swimming if you travel on Darwin holiday packages during the dry season. Landmarks to see within Litchfield National Park include Wangi Falls, Florence Falls, and Buley Rockhole.

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

MAGNT operates several museums and attractions around the Northern Territory, and it’s flagship location is in the Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay. Visitors holidaying on Darwin packages can take in an impressive collection of art and cultural artefacts that tell the story of the region. Exhibits touch on a variety of topics, such as Aboriginal art and culture, saltwater crocodiles, and maritime history of the Australian Top End. MAGNT also operates the nearby Fannie Bay Gaol – a historic prison that’s become another famous local landmark for visitors holidaying on Darwin packages.

What are the best places to stay in Darwin?

Darwin CBD

Browse the selection of hotels and accommodation in Darwin’s CBD for easy access to the city’s top attractions. Popular CBD landmarks include Crocosaurus Cove, Bicentennial Park, and Aquascene. The CBD is also home to the Darwin Waterfront Precinct where visitors can escape the heat at the Darwin Wave Pool and a man-made beach that’s safe for swimming. Booking Darwin packages with a hotel in the CBD also means you’ll be within walking distance of a wide variety of shops, restaurants, cafes, and bars, many of which are concentrated along Mitchell Street.

Mindil Beach

Mindil Beach is another neighbourhood to consider when booking Darwin holiday packages. It’s home to the city’s most popular beach as well as the iconic Mindil Beach Market that you can enjoy by booking Darwin packages during the dry season. Travellers looking for a resort stay can book into the Mindil Beach Casino Resort, which is available to reserve through Webjet. The Darwin Botanic Gardens are a quick walk away from Mindil Beach, and the CBD is about five minutes away by car.

Parap

Parap is located directly north of the Darwin Botanic Gardens and about a seven minute drive from the CBD. Consider booking Darwin holiday packages with a hotel in Parap if you’re looking to stay somewhere with a laid-back and local feel. The Parap Village Market is one of the must-visit destinations in the neighbourhood that’s a favourite among locals. Head there on Saturday morning or afternoon to enjoy delicious Asian cuisine and browse a selection of market stalls selling clothing, handmade crafts, and Aboriginal art.

When is the best time to visit Darwin?

Darwin has a tropical climate due to its location in the far north of Australia. Like most tropical destinations, Darwin and the surrounding region have a wet season and a dry season to plan around when booking Darwin accommodation and flight packages.

Wet season lasts from November to April. Come prepared for high humidity and temperatures of about 32° to 34°C when you book Darwin holiday packages during the wet season. There are also regular rain storms and the occasional tropical monsoon. However, there’s an up-side to the extra rain – waterfalls and greenery around the Top End are especially beautiful during the wet season. The wet season is also the quietest season in terms of tourism, so you can find excellent deals on hotels and accommodation in Darwin during this period.

The dry season between May and October sees plenty of sunshine, little to no rain, and low humidity. Temperatures reach about 31°C and cool to around 20°C at night. Consider booking Darwin accommodation and flight packages for a dry season visit if hiking is a priority for you. The slightly cooler temperatures and low humidity make hiking in spots like Litchfield and Kakadu National Parks much more comfortable. You can also visit the city’s famous Mindil Beach Market by travelling on Darwin packages during the dry season. Note that this is the peak travel season, so book hotels and accommodation in Darwin well in advance for the best rates.