Treat your tastebuds and indulge your sense of fun and adventure in the Northern Territory’s tropical capital city.
From the sparkling harbour and WWII history to the city's Asian-influenced food and tropical outdoor lifestyle, Darwin is an adventurers' paradise.
Food, glorious food
Our close proximity to Asia and ocean of fresh catches combine to make Darwin a modern dining delight.
Savour the flavours at our most superb places to dine out in Darwin. Here, food takes inspiration from our land with local produce such as mud crab, barramundi, Kakadu plum, lemon myrtle and even green ants.
There are plenty of options when dining around Darwin.
Things to see & do in Darwin
Local markets are a big part of Darwin’s personality.
At the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, sample international cuisine from over 60 food stalls, including Indonesian, Malaysian, Sri Lankan, Turkish, Greek, Cambodian, and Japanese just to name a few.
Known as the laksa capital of Australia, you’ll find plenty of food stalls serving up the spicy noodle soup. If you’re looking for Australian fare, look no further than the local barramundi fish or even a crocodile dish.
Enjoy dinner on the beach as you watch the sun setting into the ocean. Darwin is famous for its spectacular orange sunsets over the Arafura Sea.
After dinner, browse the art and craft stalls, then relax with a local ice-cream or mango smoothie as fire twirlers, musicians and street performers entertain the crowds.
Sense of adventure
Step outside your everyday and open your eyes to adventure.
See prehistoric crocodiles as they launch from the water to catch food on a jumping crocodile cruise. Feel how soft crocodile skin really is as you hold a baby crocodile (with its mouth safely closed).
Take a scenic flight and see waterways winding through wetlands. Savour a sunset as you sail on the sparkling blue waters of the Arafura Sea on a harbour cruise. No matter what your pace, Darwin has something for you.
Do I need any passes or permits to visit Darwin?
Visiting Darwin itself doesn't require any special passes or permits.
Recreational fishing in most areas does not require a licence.
You will need a permit while on Aboriginal land in areas outside Darwin such as the Tiwi Islands. For more information, check with the Northern Land Council or the Tiwi Land Council, or at the Tourism Top End Visitor Information Centre in Darwin.
How do I get around Darwin?
The city centre is walkable and well connected with foot and bike paths. You can find Spinway NT bike hire stations at a number of locations around the city.
There are a number of transport hire operators where you can hire cars, campervans, four-wheel drives and more.
How do I get to Darwin?
How far is Darwin from the nearest city or major town?
What are the major attractions in Darwin?
Take a walk through the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets (Thursday and Sunday evenings between April and October), enjoy a dip at the Waterfront Wave Lagoon, learn about the city's fascinating WWII history, take a harbour cruise, enjoy world-class fishing or find out some interesting facts about Australia in Darwin’s museums.
Check out the day trips and guided tours on offer for the chance to explore Darwin with a local.
What day trips can be done from Darwin?
What should I bring with me to Darwin?Darwin is equipped with modern facilities and shopping options, so whatever you need you can find here. Bring some laid-back apparel suitable for warm weather, and make sure you protect yourself against the sun and heat with lightweight clothing, hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. Comfortable walking shoes are a must, and if you're visiting from November to April, you should also bring a light rain jacket.
When is the best time to visit Darwin?
From May to October, the dry season weather is warm and pleasant with sunny days and cooler nights. Visit during the Dry to explore all of the attractions in the surrounding national parks, and experience the buzz of the sunset markets.
From November to April, the wet season is warm and tropical, with stunning summer thunderstorms. Travel in the Wet to experience flowing waterfalls and smaller crowds.
Where should I go next from Darwin?
To the east of Darwin lie Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land with some of the most spectacular landscapes on Earth. To the south, Berry Springs and Litchfield National Park are stunning, as is the township of Katherine and Nitmiluk Gorge. You can explore these regions in a single trip by following the Nature's Way driving route - give yourself at least a week to get the most out of your adventure.