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About Darwin

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.

What Not To Miss

  • 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 museums 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.
  • Alternatively, there's a couple of water parks which are ideal for a family day out.
  • Or for an interesting historical experience, take a tour of the beautiful Parliament House and learn about the history of the city.

Our pick of the best places to stay in Darwin offers great facilities and is the ideal base to explore the city from.

The best places to stay in Darwin

To Relax

  • Skycity Darwin has its own beach, and both an infinity pool and a lagoon pool, so it definitely qualifies as a resort. Its luxurious rooms look out over either a calm bay or else the lush hotel gardens and there's a relaxed, tropical vibe in tune with the location.

For an apartment

  • If you'd prefer a self-catering option this holiday - don't hesitate to visit our online partner, for a great selection of properties in the city centre and overlooking the water.

Travel Information

  • Fly to Darwin International Airport located 11.5km (7 miles) from the city, with a range of flights across Australia along with International flights to Singapore and Bali amongst other destinations.
  • Alternatively, catch a train to Darwin with rail links to Adelaide.
  • If you want to rent a car to explore the area, click here for prices and booking with our online partner, Rental Cars.
  • Best time to visit - the winter months from June to August for cooler temperatures and the dry season.

Still not sure?

Best Hotels in Darwin

  • Skycity Darwin Darwin (49137) 152 rooms from £99

    Swimming Pool  -  Infinity edge pool, plus lagoon swimming pool on the beach
    Great walks  -  Good for walkers.
    On the beach  -  In front of the hotel.

    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. See More

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