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Darwin

Darwin Holidays

Introduction

Australia's northernmost state capital, Darwin, is well known as the gateway to the Top End's national parks, but there's plenty to do in the city itself, and even more in its immediate surroundings. Museums and galleries shed light on Darwin's fascinating history, while colourful weekend markets provide endless hours of shopping and snacking. The nearby wetlands and monsoon forests are great for spotting crocs, and many of the locals consider Litchfield National Park to have just as much to offer as the more famous Kakadu.

You might not expect to find a cosmopolitan and vibrant city in such a remote corner of Australia, but Darwin is just that. More than 50 nationalities - including the area's traditional custodians, the Larrakia Aboriginal people - are represented in a city that exudes a confident and relaxed air. Founded in the 19th century when gold was discovered at nearby Pine Creek, Darwin has bounced back from both Japanese bombing during the Second World War and almost total devastation at the hands of Cyclone Tracey in 1974. Yet projects like the multi-million-dollar waterfront development at Darwin Harbour and a huge number of parks, markets, museums and galleries are testament to the city's revival.

Try a jackfruit curry or sample crocodile jerky at the much-loved Mindil Beach Sunset Market from May to October. Catch a film beneath the stars with a drink from the bar at the Deckchair Cinema from April to November. Dine beside the harbour at Cullen Bay Marina. Or charter your own yacht and see the city from the water.

Litchfield National Park, traditionally home to the Wagait Aboriginal people, is the closest national park to Darwin and is easily accessible from the city. Monsoon forests, towering termite mounds and unusual rock formations are typical sights in a park that encloses much of the spectacular Tabletop Range, a wide sandstone plateau fringed by cliffs. Powerful waterfalls cascade off the plateau during the wet season, forming crystal-clear rock pools perfect for swimming.

The Mary River Region is a wetland habitat full of birds and other wildlife is another popular and easy excursion from Darwin, an hour's drive away. Saltwater crocodiles and other flora and fauna can be seen on scenic cruises through the billabongs, but it's the world-class fishing that the Mary River floodplain is really best known for, with a wide range of charters offering anglers the chance to catch barramundi and other tropical species.

Special offers in Darwin

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

12-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,965 pp incl. flights

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offer

Free Singapore stopover

Early Bird Offer – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 30 April 2019

Marry one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

Singapore To Sydney on Silver Muse

21-day cruise from £6,600 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Save 10% and 25% Solo Fares
Book by: 03 January 2019

Departing from one of the most progressive cities in the world, set sail for 18 days of adventure and discovery. This voyage is a tapestry of blue; from sea to sky imbibe in a palette of colour as never seen before.

Aussie Discovery on Seven Seas Mariner

20-day cruise from £11,315 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Receive $500 shipboard credit per suite plus free land tour
Book by: 31 March 2019

Guests in all suite categories can enjoy a FREE 3-Night Sydney and Beyond pre-cruise land program or FREE 3-Night Sampling Singapore post-cruise land program on this voyage.

The Greatness Of Australia on Seven Seas Voyager

21-day luxury cruise from £10,925 pp incl. flights

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cruise offer

Receive $500 shipboard credit per suite plus free land tour
Book by: 31 March 2019

Cruise in ultra-luxury style on this three-week voyage, which perfectly pairs the tropical beauty of Indonesia and northern Australia with such city greats as Singapore, Brisbane and Sydney.

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Top itineraries in Darwin

The Ghan Expedition: wilderness to wines

15-day tailor-made luxury rail journey from £6,360 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Either side of this all-inclusive rail journey through the Outback, you’ll sample the wines of the Barossa Valley and enjoy a luxury safari in the wilds of Australia's Top End.

Australia’s North West & Top End

13-day tailor-made journey from £3,655 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Explore Australia’s natural landscapes as you uncover ancient Aboriginal lands, yawning gorges, lush rainforests, sweeping beaches and billabongs.

Highlights of the Top End and Red Centre

13-day tailor-made journey from £2,975 pp incl. flights

Free Singapore stopover

Contrast the wildlife-filled seaside and wetlands of Australia’s north with the frontier towns, indigenous culture and iconic rock formations of its heartlands.

The Ghan & Kangaroo Island

12-day tailor-made rail & stay journey from £3,965 pp incl. flights

Special
offer

Free Singapore stopover

Early Bird Offer – Save up to £250 pp
Book by: 30 April 2019

Marry one of the world’s greatest rail journeys with tropical Darwin, Adelaide’s heritage and the wildlife of Kangaroo Island.

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Top places to stay in Darwin

Oaks Elan Darwin, Darwin

Contemporary hotel

The Oaks Elan Darwin soars 27 floors above the harbour and offers a choice of hotel rooms or apartments in a great location.

Adina Apartment Hotel, Darwin Waterfront

Contemporary hotel

Enjoy waterfront living in the midst of Darwin’s Waterfront area offering easy access to the swimming and boating lagoon and wave pool plus a wide choice of cafes, restaurants and bars.

The Ghan

Luxury train

Regarded as one of the world's greatest rail journeys, The Ghan takes you on an unforgettable three-day, two-night trip through the heart of Australia.

Bamurru Plains Lodge, Kakadu

Traditional safari lodge

Bamurru Plains is an ecologically sensitive camp in the midst of the Mary River floodplains, an area rich in bird and wildlife and where you can explore the magnificent landscape in the company of expert guides and hosts.

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Darwin articles

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