Darwin has the fastest growing residential population in Australia and we can see why!
There is always plenty to do, whether it's relaxing down at the weekly Mindil Beach markets to watch the sun go down, or making the most of Darwin's vibrant city life in Mitchell Street. Restaurants, cafes and beautiful marina views are plentyful and there are many touristy places to visit in town or not far out of Darwin.
Our tropical savanna climate gives us distinct wet and dry seasons, the most popular being the dry season as the weather is just perfect!
Our dry season is generally from April or May through til October, with warm sunny days and an average afternoon humidity of around 30%. There is very little rainfall between May and September. This time of the year, Darwin is the place to be and is our peak season, with many backpackers from overseas and around Australia choosing it as their number one destination.
The wet season consists of tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. Most rainfall is between December and March, with thunderstorms and high humidity very common. November is predominantly the hottest month as it is just before the main rainy period of the season.
We have a few of our favourite spots for those who are new to Darwin and would like to know how to get the most out of our beautiful Northern Territory. Mindil Beach Sunset Markets
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Enjoy a beautiful sunset that is different week to week at the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets.
Held every Thursday and Sunday arvo/night during the Dry Season (May to October), the markets were established in 1987 and are renowned for the sensational sunsets over Mindil Beach and the amazing tropical setting. Come along and enjoy live entertainment including local bands, street performers, fire twirling and other cultural shows, as well as an extensive display of handmade artwork, jewellery and indigenous crafts and over 1200 menu items to choose from for dinner! The Mindil Beach Markets are definately not to be missed while you're here! Darwin Ski Club
Bar (from 12 noon) 08 89816630
Office & fax: 08 89810039
Manager: 0488 168 674
The Darwin Ski Club is another hot spot for watching the sun setting over the water of an afternoon. Here you can have a drink, something to eat and relax in front of the water til the sun goes down beyond the horizon. Darwin SkyCity Casino
Gilruth Avenue, Mindil Beach
Ph: 8943 8888
Darwin's SkyCity Casino is full of life with restaurants, bars, gaming, 5 star boutique hotel and magnificent views over Mindil Beach. Just the place to go for a great night out! Crocosaurus Cove
Be daring and go do the "Cage of Death" at Darwin's Crocosaurus Cove located in Mitchell Street. Don't let the name scare you, it's a fantastic experience! Our receptionist took the chance and says if she can do it...anyone can! See the crocs in their underwater enclosure with only a glass box separated you! For those who aren't so keen, there are many other animals to see such as snakes, fish, lizards, turtles and baby crocs.
Ph: 8981 7522 Crocodylus Park Darwin
Something for the kids to enjoy! Crocodylus Park & Zoo is a wildlife research and education centre and is the Top End's larget tourist attraction. See the crocs both big and small close up and also other animals including big cats, monkeys, birds, turtles & reptiles...the list goes on! This is definately a destination to put on the list! Litchfield National Park
Litchfield National Park is a very popular destination for both tourists and locals, displaying stunning tropical waterfalls and fantastic swimming holes. Litchfield is approximately 130km's south of Darwin, near Batchelor and ideal for a fun filled day out. Darwin Wharf Precinct
Darwin's Wharf Precinct is home to the Pearling Exhibition and Pearl Shop, seafood restaurants, Al Fresco dining, the Convention Centre, swimming lagoon and of course the wave pool. It's the perfect place for any occasion to kick back and relax or enjoy a night out with friends.
For more to see and do in and around Darwin see the website links below. Darwin Diary Events What's On in Darwin