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Holidays to Darwin and Top End

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Holidays to Darwin? Doddle.

A holiday to Darwin and Top End allows you to discover tropical cities, incredible Aboriginal culture and impressive Kakadu – the largest national park in the whole of Australia. 

The capital of the Northern Territory, Darwin sits on the Timor Sea. Depending on when you visit, it’ll either be wet or dry – the two seasons keep things simple weather-wise, and the city certainly makes the most of its sunniest time of the year. There’s a deckchair cinema, and evening markets with a sunset on the side are another dry-season innovation. Darwin is one of Australia’s great seaside cities, and an eco-cruise is the best way to see it. Or you could just have brunch with a view at Cullen Bay Marina. If you want to cool off after a few hot days on your Darwin holiday, make for Lake Alexander and enjoy an afternoon swim. 

Darwin is a great place to see Aboriginal art, thanks to its galleries and museums. But if you want to admire 20,000-year-old rock art in-situ, head to Kakadu National Park. Three hours west of the city, it’s Australia’s largest national park and is just as phenomenal as you’d imagine. Take the Nourlangie Rock Art Walk and learn about the Dreamtime ancestors. Spot saltwater crocodiles in the wild on a Kakadu wetland cruise. Or you can swim under waterfalls, laze on inland beaches, and gaze at the wildlife at Yellow Water Billabong. 

Litchfield is another must-visit on your trip to Top End. This extraordinary national park is so close to the city that it’s practically a Darwin local. Spend the day here and learn about pioneer life at the historic Blyth Homestead, then unwind in a Buley Rockhole natural spa. Walk to Wangi Falls, check out the soaring Cathedral Termite Mound, and visit Bamboo Creek Tin Mine. Or you could just go straight for a helicopter flight and get an overview of Litchfield’s entire sensational spread. 

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Best time to go

Things to do in Darwin and Top End

Darwin and Top End cover a vast area, but many attractions are very accessible and Darwin’s easy to get around too. If you go on holiday during the dry season, you can stroll around Mindil Beach Sunset Market, check out the street food stalls for a taste of Darwin’s Asian influence, and join locals on the beach to watch the sun sink over the Timor Sea. Browse the Museum of the Northern Territory, and then discover more history at Burnett House. Or, for a relaxing evening, catch a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema. 

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Kakadu National Park is a must-do for Aboriginal rock art, waterfall swimming, wildlife watching and wetland cruising. And, closer to Darwin, Litchfield National Park has everything from tin mines and termite mounds to the stunning Lost City and the astonishing twin-torrent Florence Falls. 

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Food in Darwin and Top End

Darwin Waterfront is the place to eat in this city. Friendly cafés with great views are good for breakfast, or you can drop by in the evening to try delicious dishes inspired by tropical Darwin’s close links to Asia. Head to Austin Lane to check out the colourful street art and fantastic Korean restaurants. Or, if you crave sublime seafood, choose Cullen Bay Marina and enjoy inventive recipes made with the catch of the day.

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If you’re a meat-eater, don’t leave Darwin and Top End without trying crocodile. It’s a firm favourite in this part of Northern Territory and you’ll see it on menus everywhere, from snacky bao buns to smoked crocodile salads. Locally caught squid is another popular morsel, along with wild-caught barramundi, enormous prawns, giant-clawed mud crab or reef fish. And if you want to drink local, you can do that, too. This isn’t wine country, but you’ll find that Northern Territory craft breweries more than fill the gap.  

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Days out in Darwin and Top End

Darwin is end-to-end engaging for days out. When the sun’s up, make for Darwin Waterfront where you can lounge on the manmade beach and splash about in the wave pool. Spend an afternoon browsing local galleries like the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery and Provenance Arts. Or pack a picnic and head to the shores of Lake Alexander at East Point Reserve. 

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If you want to extend your horizons, travel east to Mary River National Park and take a wildlife-watching cruise, or travel south to Adelaide River for a jumping crocodile cruise. Alternatively, you can visit Ubirr in Kakadu National Park to see the ancient Aboriginal rock art x-rays, then climb Nadab Lookout to watch the sunset over immense floodplains. Consider taking a 4x4 tour of the Lost City in Litchfield National Park, or head off on a self-guided walk to the Wangi Falls. But, whatever you do, make time for Litchfield’s enchanting butterfly farm – it’s a Northern Territory first. 

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Best time to visit Darwin and Top End

The two seasons in Darwin and Top End are dry and wet. Wet season is from November to April, when temperatures range from 25 - 31°C, humidity is very high and it can be stormy. But that’s not to say you should avoid this time of year. Locals love watching the dazzling storms over the Timor Sea between October and December, and cafés and restaurants along Darwin’s waterfront can be packed for big lightening displays. The rainy season is also good for wildlife watching and seeing national parks in full flourish, particularly in February when afternoon storms are balanced by sunny mornings.  

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If it’s sun you’re after, though, you’ll want to go on holiday to Darwin in the dry season between May and October. Warm, sunny days are mixed with cooler evenings. Day temperatures often reach up to 33°C in the second half of the season, but it can be as cool as 20°C between May and early July. 

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Things to do

Things to do in Darwin and Top End

Darwin and Top End cover a vast area, but many attractions are very accessible and Darwin’s easy to get around too. If you go on holiday during the dry season, you can stroll around Mindil Beach Sunset Market, check out the street food stalls for a taste of Darwin’s Asian influence, and join locals on the beach to watch the sun sink over the Timor Sea. Browse the Museum of the Northern Territory, and then discover more history at Burnett House. Or, for a relaxing evening, catch a movie under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema. 

Show More
Show Less

Kakadu National Park is a must-do for Aboriginal rock art, waterfall swimming, wildlife watching and wetland cruising. And, closer to Darwin, Litchfield National Park has everything from tin mines and termite mounds to the stunning Lost City and the astonishing twin-torrent Florence Falls. 

Show More
Show Less

Food

Food in Darwin and Top End

Darwin Waterfront is the place to eat in this city. Friendly cafés with great views are good for breakfast, or you can drop by in the evening to try delicious dishes inspired by tropical Darwin’s close links to Asia. Head to Austin Lane to check out the colourful street art and fantastic Korean restaurants. Or, if you crave sublime seafood, choose Cullen Bay Marina and enjoy inventive recipes made with the catch of the day.

Show More
Show Less

If you’re a meat-eater, don’t leave Darwin and Top End without trying crocodile. It’s a firm favourite in this part of Northern Territory and you’ll see it on menus everywhere, from snacky bao buns to smoked crocodile salads. Locally caught squid is another popular morsel, along with wild-caught barramundi, enormous prawns, giant-clawed mud crab or reef fish. And if you want to drink local, you can do that, too. This isn’t wine country, but you’ll find that Northern Territory craft breweries more than fill the gap.  

Show More
Show Less

Days out

Days out in Darwin and Top End

Darwin is end-to-end engaging for days out. When the sun’s up, make for Darwin Waterfront where you can lounge on the manmade beach and splash about in the wave pool. Spend an afternoon browsing local galleries like the Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery and Provenance Arts. Or pack a picnic and head to the shores of Lake Alexander at East Point Reserve. 

Show More
Show Less

If you want to extend your horizons, travel east to Mary River National Park and take a wildlife-watching cruise, or travel south to Adelaide River for a jumping crocodile cruise. Alternatively, you can visit Ubirr in Kakadu National Park to see the ancient Aboriginal rock art x-rays, then climb Nadab Lookout to watch the sunset over immense floodplains. Consider taking a 4x4 tour of the Lost City in Litchfield National Park, or head off on a self-guided walk to the Wangi Falls. But, whatever you do, make time for Litchfield’s enchanting butterfly farm – it’s a Northern Territory first. 

Show More
Show Less

Best time to go

Best time to visit Darwin and Top End

The two seasons in Darwin and Top End are dry and wet. Wet season is from November to April, when temperatures range from 25 - 31°C, humidity is very high and it can be stormy. But that’s not to say you should avoid this time of year. Locals love watching the dazzling storms over the Timor Sea between October and December, and cafés and restaurants along Darwin’s waterfront can be packed for big lightening displays. The rainy season is also good for wildlife watching and seeing national parks in full flourish, particularly in February when afternoon storms are balanced by sunny mornings.  

Show More
Show Less

If it’s sun you’re after, though, you’ll want to go on holiday to Darwin in the dry season between May and October. Warm, sunny days are mixed with cooler evenings. Day temperatures often reach up to 33°C in the second half of the season, but it can be as cool as 20°C between May and early July. 

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