Welcome to Darwin! You finally made it. If you flew into the Northern Territory you will most likely be arriving at Darwin International Airport and fortunately it is only 15 minutes to the main city center by car and only take 60 minutes with public transport.
Darwin is not only a vibrant city but also the Territory’s capital situated by the Timor Sea. With a population of over 130000, Darwin has great things on offer including its balmy outback weather, wide varieties of food and cultures in the city and lots of outdoor festivals, recreation activities and markets to explore.
Once in the city you will find easy access to taxis and public transport, even the public bus service is fairly frequent and it runs on a Sunday on many of the routes. Getting to many of the attractions on public transport is a breeze as many buses will take you straight there.
Some attractions are even in walking distance and if you prefer to sweat it out a little more you can hire a bike the city as Darwin is quite bike friendly. Taxi’s are also another option to get around with convenience and the two main taxi companies operating in Darwin include Darwin Radio Taxis or City Radio Taxis.
Darwin is known as the gateway to some of the most amazing natural attractions the country has to offer and once you have settled in be sure to check out the following 5 things you can do in Darwin.
Waterfalls of Litchfield National park
Witness the stunning beauty of the Park by walking through pockets of rainforest, swimming in a rock pool at Wangi falls while embracing the serenity of nature’s tropical plants and finally taking in the full force of the water pouring from the Florence falls.
Kakadu National Park
World Heritage listed to preserve the environment and the centuries of evident Aboriginal culture with amazing artwork hidden in caves for centuries. Kakadu National Park is the largest national park in Australia covering almost the size of Fiji. With over 2000 different types of plants and home to 280 different types of birds.
Kakadu is definitely a place to embrace the culture of the Traditional land of the Aborigines as well as take in one of the world’s purest form of nature.
You can get to Katherine a number of ways including driving yourself but if you prefer someone
else do the driving while you taking in the view a Greyhound bus would suit.
For a more scenic route take the once in a lifetime journey from Darwin to Katherine and be consumed by the epic sites of Katherine’s Gorge via the ever popular ‘The Ghan’.
Once here there are many sites not to be missed in and around Katherine, such as Katherine River, Nitmiluk National Park, Cutta Cutta Caves Nature Park. Once you have finished your site seeing for the day remember to relax at the Katherine Hot Springs and enjoy some swimming whilst hearing the birds chirp away and do some wildlife watching.
All the locals and tourist love exploring the ins and out of Darwin’s Waterfront as the precinct comes alive with lines of restaurants, shops and lush parkland. You can dine in some of the best restaurants with freshly just-caught seafood served to you on a platter metres from the water or you can go for a swim in a lagoon, try your luck with fishing by dropping a line off the wharf or even follow one of the many walking trails and discover the precious history of Darwin.
Darwins Art Precincts
Darwin is full of artistic people both historic and up and coming modern contemporary Aboriginal artists.
You can check out the many Parap galleries in town and witness the true sense of Aboriginal art depicting stories of legends and tales. Many of the art pieces use a variety of geometrics and watercolours fused with the century old technique of hand painting to create amazing masterpieces.
Be sure to check out the art Galleries in Stuart Park, where you can wander through 10 rooms filled of Aboriginal arts and craft ranging from glassware to ceramics and jewellery. If this doesn’t satisfy your art fix, then join a tour to the Twi Islands where you’ll find even more rich history of Aboriginal art including pottery and carvings.