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Holidays to Darwin

The city of Darwin presides loftily over the top end of Australia. Set on a rocky peninsula that stretches into a beautiful natural harbour, the city is surrounded by water on three sides which provide a cool breeze to counter the hot weather. 

Darwin has survived destruction three times: a cyclone hit the city in 1893; the Japanese then bombed it in 1942 during World War II, and more recently, in 1974, Cyclone Tracy levelled the city on Christmas Eve. Today, it's a buzzing city with heaps of things to see and do. 

The city is compact, and the areas of most interests to tourists are easy to explore on foot. The tropical climate encourages outdoor living, so you can enjoy strolling through the leafy streets, browsing art galleries and enjoying refreshments at sidewalk cafes. You'll find shaded parks behind busy shopping streets with exotic flowering trees like frangipani, banyan and tamarind.

Darwin is a youthful, tropical city, small enough to feel friendly and relaxed, and a great travel hub for exploring the incredible natural wonders on the city's doorstep.

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Top 5 Things to do in Darwin

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory - The Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory is the main museum in the Northern Territory. The museum is located in the inner Darwin suburb of Fannie Bay.
Mindil Beach - Mindil Beach is a beach located near the Darwin's central business district. Mindil Beach holds the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, which runs during the Dry season of every year.
Darwin Military Museum - The Darwin Military Museum was originally established as an artillery museum by the Royal Australian Artillery Association Inc to exhibit photographs and artefacts from Darwin's history during World War II.
Fannie Bay Gaol - Fannie Bay Gaol is a historic gaol in Darwin, Australia. The gaol operated as Her Majesty's Gaol and Labour Prison, from 20 September 1883 until 1 September 1979.
Charles Darwin National Park - Charles Darwin National Park is in the Northern Territory of Australia, 4 km southeast of Darwin. It is notable for its World War II–era concrete bunkers, one of which has been converted.


Darwin Highlights

Katherine Gorge Tour and Cruise

From £149 per adult, £75 per child (4-14)

Enter Katherine Gorge in Nitmiluk National Park., home to 13 stunning gorges where you join a leisurely cruise between the sheer sandstone cliffs of Katherine Gorge and take a refreshing swim in the crocodile-free waters of Leliyn (Edith Falls).

Your coach will pick you up from your hotel for your transfer to 69 Mitchell Street, the departure point of your tour. At 6.30am join your coach to commence a full day Katherine Gorge Cruise and Edith Falls tour.

Depart Darwin and travel south through the tropical country, passing former WWII airstrips en route to Adelaide River. Make a stop at the Adelaide River War Cemetery, a site dedicated to the many men and women who lost their lives in the north of Australia during WWII in the 1940s. This beautiful memorial is surrounded by lush gardens and native plants.

Detailed City Overview

Perth in detail

Perth is characterised by numerous waterways, green parks and a compact central business district. There is plenty to occupy visitors in Perth, including touring the city by tram or bus, enjoying water sports on the Swan River, or just sipping a glass of the famous local wine in Riverside or beachside restaurant. Not far from the city is Western Australia's oldest wine-growing region, Swan Valley, which welcomes tourists to visit the many award-winning family-owned wineries, which offer alfresco and restaurant meals and cellar tastings.

Perth is also the site of the world's oldest operating mint and boasts several museums and art galleries, historic buildings, a casino and a good variety of shopping opportunities. Last, but not least, the city offers more than 50 miles of white sandy beaches. Among the most popular are Cottesloe and Scarborough.

Getting around

Perth has a very efficient and convenient public transport system called Transperth, which operates buses, trains and ferries. Passengers can hop from one to the other on a single ticket, and obtain information on all the services at booths set up for this purpose at strategic points like Plaza Arcade, the railway station and bus stations. Buses in the central area are free, covering a number of colour-coded routes, while suburban bus services and trains link to the outer districts day and night. Ferries operate on the Swan River; fares are based on zones and tickets can be bought from newsagents and vending machines. Metered taxis can be hailed in the street in Perth, found at taxi ranks or booked by telephone. All major car hire companies are represented in Perth and driving in the city poses no problems. Cycling is a popular way to get around, and there are numerous designated cycle routes.

Sightseeing in Perth

Sunbathe, indulge in some wine tasting, shop for pearls, wander the waterfront of Fremantle, or visit the funfair. These are just some of the many diversions that draw people to enjoy a holiday in Perth, Australia's laid-back, remote western city, which is surrounded by some stunning scenery, including lovely, sandy beaches.

Perth is packed with attractions to suit everyone, especially food-lovers, who will find more restaurants here per capita than in any other Australian city. With an abundance of fascinating local wildlife and landscapes on its doorstep, Perth has plenty to offer families travelling with kids.

Pristine sandy beaches mean there's hours of fun in the sun to be had on Perth's family beaches, such as Cottesloe Beach and Leighton Beach, but be sure to pack plenty of sunscreen, as the Australian sun can be ruthless. Another great outdoors option is the Kings Park and Botanic Garden where visitors can hike, bike or just relax in the shade with a picnic.

The Perth Zoo is the perfect place for animal lovers, while the Aquarium of Western Australia is not to be missed either. The Museum of Childhood is great for kids.

The Perth Sightseeing Pass is useful for those planning to do a lot of sightseeing, and parents should grab a copy of The Parent's Paper, free every month, for ideas on attractions and events for kids.

When to Visit

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  • Currency Australian Dollar ($)
  • Flying time from UK The average flight time from the UK to Darwin is 20 hours 45 minutes.
  • Primary Language English
  • Passport & Visas UK nationals must have a passport valid for intended period of stay. A pre-arranged Electronic Travel Authority (ETA) is required for stays of up to three months.