While small in size, Darwin is perhaps one of the most culturally diverse cities in Australia. The rich multicultural society of the city combined with the tropical climate of being based in north-central Australia by the Indian Ocean gives the city the ideal beach-meets-cosmopolitan relaxed atmosphere. Along with the cultural beach aspects of the city, there is also a rich history that is sure to fascinate everyone with an interest in war history. It’s not all sunbathing and relaxing though; the action adventure industry is booming in the area, making it a must visit for thrill seekers.
Due to the nature of the vast majority of the road surfaces in Darwin and around the city, a hatchback will provide a comfortable driving experience in all areas of the city.
Driving in Darwin
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Important things to note
There is one major route directed into Darwin – the Stuart Highway – and while it is of good quality, due to the nature of it there can be traffic congestion during rush hours, making it best to avoid the area between 6.30am-9am and 4.30pm-6.30pm.
Many of the main sightseeing attractions are spread across quite a large area, making driving essential for exploring Darwin and its surrounding area.
Much of the parking around the city is either well priced or free of charge, making it useful to familiarise yourself with parking lots to find the best price.
Highlights & Hotspots
Perhaps the most significant historical area in the city is the Darwin Wharf Precinct, which gains the majority of its significance through the 1942 Japanese attack of WWII. The area can almost fully be explored, giving an astounding look back into the destruction of the event.
The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is one of the very best places in the city to appreciate the culture and history of the area in one place. With aboriginal art mixed with art from different areas around the globe, there are also historical, scientific, social, cultural and natural relics on display here.
A fantastic experience can be had by everyone at the Berry Springs Nature Park, a wonderful spot for sunbathing and swimming in clear, beautiful waters. As popular with the locals as it is with the tourists, it’s the perfect spot for a relaxing afternoon with family and friends.
One of the biggest attractions to the area are the crocodiles that inhabit the surrounding area, and there are plenty of opportunities to go croc watching throughout the year. Seeing these reptiles in the flesh is nothing short of astounding for people of all ages.
Darwin International Airport is based 13km north-east of the city centre, making it highly convenient to travel to and from.
The airport is connected well nationally with links to most major Australian airports, with some international flights from Europe and Asia.