Darwin sprawls in its humidity, an extremely laid-back city, despite the fact that it's surrounded by some of Australia's most dramatic landscape and dangerous beasts. A gateway to the spectacular Northern Territory, with its red deserts, lush floodplains, mangrove forests and ancient culture, Darwin is truly tropical, and closer to its island neighbours than to the rest of Australia. Many of the best places to stay in Darwin feel more like tropical island resorts than hotels.
Darwin's beaches are beautiful, but of course you can't swim for fear of the box jellyfish, and its creeks and waterways are inviting, but you have to watch out for the crocodiles. You also need to check your shoes for Redback spiders, and the path in front of you for snakes, but your proximity to exciting critters should be another reason to visit rather than a deterrent.
In the dry season Darwin is hot, and in the wet season it's almost impossibly sticky, punctuated by dramatic electrical storms. But there's plenty of air conditioning, and Darwin's pace of life abhors unnecessary exertions, so you'll soon find yourself falling into step.
Darwin provides plenty of space for relaxation, in the pavement cafes and bars, the fantastically diverse covered markets and in the lush shady, bougainvillea and frangipani scented parks.
Despite being a long way from anywhere, Darwin is a cosmopolitan city, called home by people from around 50 different countries. This adds energy to the arts scene, and Darwin has some fantastic little museum and a surprisingly exuberant arts scene.
Go fishing, take a day trip out to the Tiwi Islands, or Litchfield or Kakadu, take a cruise and of course see as many crocodiles as you can fit in.
Our pick of the best places to stay in Darwin offers great facilities and is the ideal base to explore the city from.
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With its own private beach area, an infinity and lagoon pool, this is the ultimate chill out resort. Luxurious rooms look out on to the bay and the beachside garden, with the decor matching the tropical location.