Darwin is the Capital city of the Northern Territory and has a tropical climate. The average temperature all year in Darwin and The Top End is around 32°C. The best time of year to visit depends on you. The climate is perfect between May and October with gorgeous sunny days, getting cooler at night.
But the rainy (monsoon) season fills the rivers and creates stunningly beautiful landscapes.
Darwin Attractions and Activities
- Check out the collection of Aboriginal art and Cyclone Tracy exhibition at The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
- Stroll through the monsoon forest at the George Brown Botanic Gardens
- For history buffs, the Fannie Bay Gaol Museum is now a museum of incarceration and visitors will be glad they can walk out the front gate after seeing the crude facilities and chilling old gallows.
- Lake Alexander is located on the East Point Reserve, a 200-hectare recreation area with natural forest and mangroves. Visitors can enjoy a swim in the safety of this saltwater lake where there are picnic, barbecue and toilet facilities.
Stuff under $20
- Hand-feed hundreds of fish at Aquascene, Doctors Gully
- Dine on barra and chips at Stokes Hill Wharf watching storms roll in over Darwin Harbour
- Sample gastronomic delicacies available at Darwin’s many Asian-style markets. Parap, Nightcliff and Rapid Creek markets run all year round and the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets run from April to October
- The Deckchair Cinema is an alternative cinema experience under the stars. The Deckchair specialises in independent, art house, cult classics and Australian films. Patrons can bring their own dinner and buy a drink from the licensed bar.
- The Wave Pool at the Darwin Waterfront is the city’s newest leisure precinct. Chill out by the Lagoon or jump into the waves with a boogie board.
Stuff over $20
- Enjoy billy tea and damper with the Indigenous women on the Tiwi Islands. Take a day tour from Darwin and explore the art galleries for which these people are known for.
- A must-do for visitors to the Top End, take a half-day, 24 or 48 hour fishing trip with a local operator. You’re sure to have a great day zooming across the water and trying to catch one of the many fish species plentiful in the Darwin harbour.
- Travel on a day tour to Litchfield National Park via the picturesque township of Batchelor that is gateway to the Park. Visit the main falls of Tolmer, Florence and Wangi. Join scenic and interpretive bush and monsoon forest walks. A picnic lunch and plenty of swimming will ensure a fun day.
- Jump into the Cage of Death at Crocosaurus Cove; perfect for adrenaline junkies, you can get up close and personal via a dive encounter with a big saltie!
Darwin Restaurants & Bars:
- Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill – if not for the food and live entertainment, then for the name at least!
- Lizards Bar and Grill – a great tropical setting with a new chef serving top grub.
- The Cav – short for Cavenagh, this popular spot doubles as a backpackers hostel, so plenty of international friends to share a yarn with.
- Parap Markets – a Darwin institution where the locals come to buy their local produce. The laksa and the smoothies are popular.
- Roma Bar – has been serving Darwin’s best coffees for more than 30 years; a great spot for a long brekky.
- Wisdom Café – with a giant tree standing in the middle of the bar, this place is worth a look. Their steak sandwich is outstanding!
- Moorish - As its namesake suggests, Moorish Café, in a quieter street off Darwin’s entertainment strip, offers delicious Moroccan, Spanish and Mediterranean-influenced tapas. Enjoy the salsa and belly dancing on Thursday and Saturday nights with a refreshing glass of house-made sangria from a settee piled high with colourful cushions.
- Deck Bar - offering over 50 beer varieties and cocktails galore, as well as great happy hour prices. Especially busy with the Friday night after-work crowd.
- Monsoons - the original Darwin cinema has been transformed with Moroccan style décor. A great place to hit the dancefloor.
- Kitty O'Sheas Irish Bar & Café - a lively Irish pub on Mitchell Street, attracting all crowds in a great atmosphere with a good mix of people. Also a great venue for watching live sport with a crowd.
- Shenannigans Irish Pub - Enjoy a pint of Irish beer in the friendly atmosphere of Shenannigans. A comfortable place to enjoy the live entertainment and relaxed atmosphere that the pub has to offer.