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Darwin
As the Northern Territory’s thriving capital, Darwin attracts travellers from all around the globe for its outdoor, tropical lifestyle. With waterfront dining, crocodile adventures, rich historical experiences and access to the Tiwi Islands all within a few minutes of the city centre, there’s enough to do to fill a weekend or a week.

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Defence of Darwin Experience
Defence of Darwin Experience
Owner description: The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World... more Owner description: The Defence of Darwin Experience is managed by Darwin Military Museum on behalf of the Northern Territory Government. It was established to tell a story of Darwin's role in World War II and is dedicated to the period 1932 to 1945 - a very important time in Territory history. The Defence of Darwin Experience opened on 18 February 2012, which was in time to commemorate the 70th Anniversary of the Bombing of Darwin. Defence of Darwin Experience is the first facility in Australia to provide visitor with an immersive, interactive, multimedia experience which extends beyond the physical walls of the precinct 'hub'. The Defence of Darwin Experience is fully airconditioned inlcuding a gift shop and cafe. The Darwin Military Museum is only a step outside of the Defence of Darwin Experience, providing visitors with a different experience: artillery pieces; vehicles, uniforms, firearms, models and paintings and much more. The Darwin Military Museum is the original military museum which was established from the 1960s by the Royal Australian Association of the Northern Territory. The Darwin Military Museum is continuing to expand by adding more exhibitions to further educate visitors of Northern Australia involvement in WWII. Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum has formed a large World War II precinct at East Point. Visitors can move through the precinct and view the displays and exhibitions offered by both facilities. less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
Owner description: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the NT's premier cultural institution. Enjoy permanent exhibition highlights such as Cyclone Tracy, Natural History... more Owner description: The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory (MAGNT) is the NT's premier cultural institution. Enjoy permanent exhibition highlights such as Cyclone Tracy, Natural History and Sweetheart, a famous croc as well as exciting temporary exhibitions. Enjoy a meal at the picturesque Cornucopia cafe overlooking the sea or purchase a book or gift at the Store at the Museum. Entry is free. MAGNT runs an engaging series of talks, public programs, workshops and school holiday programs. Check out the website for details less
Attraction type: Speciality Museums
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RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
RFDS Darwin Tourist Facility
Owner description: The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility is a new and exciting development on the Stokes Hill Wharf that bring to life two iconic Australian stories. The first... more Owner description: The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility is a new and exciting development on the Stokes Hill Wharf that bring to life two iconic Australian stories. The first iconic story is the Royal Flying Doctor Service, affectionately known throughout Australia as the RFDS. Founded by the Reverend John Flynn, it began its aero medical operations in the Northern Territory in 1939. The second iconic story featured is the Bombing of Darwin Harbour on 19th February 1942. The bombing of the harbour brought destruction to the city of Darwin, and many of the experiences and stories of what happened that day through the most modern and exciting technology. less
Attraction type: History Museums
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Mindil Beach
Mindil Beach
Attraction type: Beaches
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Wave Lagoon
Wave Lagoon
Owner description: One of the Waterfront's coolest attractions is the Wave Lagoon: a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the waves roll in... more Owner description: One of the Waterfront's coolest attractions is the Wave Lagoon: a palm-fringed swimming pool that turns into a tube-riding, boogie-boarding bucket of fun when the waves roll in every 20 minutes. The fully patrolled Wave Lagoon is two metres at its deepest point and slopes to a shallow area of still water, perfect for families. Bring your book: there are plenty of banana lounges, beach umbrellas and shady patches of lawn. Aqua Zumba classes every Sunday from 9am are a HUGE hit with tourists and locals alike. less
Attraction type: Water Parks
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All places to eat » Places to eat

Laneway Specialty Coffee
Laneway Specialty Coffee
Ranked #1 of 394 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: US$ 6 - US$ 17
Cuisines: Australian, Cafe
Good for: Local cuisine, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Brunch, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Free Wifi, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Seating, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
Pee Wee's At The Point
Pee Wee's At The Point
Ranked #2 of 394 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: US$ 19 - US$ 50
Cuisines: Australian
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, View
Dining options: After-hours, Dinner, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible
The Pearl
The Pearl
Ranked #3 of 394 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: US$ 9 - US$ 31
Cuisines: French, Australian
Good for: Bar Scene, Romantic, Local cuisine, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings
Dining options: Brunch, Dinner, Breakfast, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Hanuman Restaurant
Hanuman Restaurant
Ranked #4 of 394 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: US$ 17 - US$ 70
Cuisines: Indian, Thai, Singaporean, Sri Lankan
Good for: Romantic, Local cuisine, Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Business meetings, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Accepts Credit Cards, Accepts Mastercard, Accepts Visa, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Parking Available, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Street Parking, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible, Wine and Beer
Chow! A Taste of South East Asia
Chow! A Taste of South East Asia
Ranked #5 of 394 Restaurants in Darwin
Price: US$ 6 - US$ 23
Cuisines: Chinese, Asian, Vietnamese, Malaysian
Good for: Groups, Special Occasion Dining, Child-friendly, Kids
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Accepts American Express, Full Bar, Highchairs Available, Outdoor Seating, Reservations, Seating, Serves Alcohol, Takeout, Waitstaff, Wheelchair Accessible

All accommodation » Where to stay - Budget

Palms City Resort
3.5 of 5
Palms City Resort
US$ 60 - US$ 150 (A$ 77 - A$ 191)
Ranked #2 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
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Oaks Elan Darwin
4.0 of 5
Oaks Elan Darwin
US$ 68 - US$ 251
Ranked #5 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
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Argus Hotel Darwin
3.5 of 5
Argus Hotel Darwin
US$ 67 - US$ 131
Ranked #11 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Midrange

Quest Parap
4.5 of 5
Quest Parap
US$ 99 - US$ 233 (A$ 126 - A$ 297)
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Quest Berrimah
4.0 of 5
Quest Berrimah
US$ 103 - US$ 165
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Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel Darwin
4.0 of 5
Metro Advance Apartments & Hotel Darwin
US$ 76 - US$ 195 (A$ 97 - A$ 249)
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All accommodation » Where to stay - Luxury

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
4.5 of 5
Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
US$ 151 - US$ 644 (A$ 193 - A$ 821)
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Argus Apartments Darwin
4.5 of 5
Argus Apartments Darwin
US$ 123 - US$ 291 (A$ 157 - A$ 371)
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Darwin Central Hotel
4.0 of 5
Darwin Central Hotel
US$ 77 - US$ 228 (A$ 98 - A$ 291)
Ranked #1 of 36 Hotels in Darwin
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Note: This information was accurate when it was published, but can change without notice. Please be sure to confirm all rates and details directly with the companies in question before planning your trip.