Virgin Australia operates flights to Darwin every day, from Sydney, Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
Darwin Airport Information
Darwin Airport is located in Marrara, 13km north-east of Darwin City, and can be accessed by various transport options, including:
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- Taxi: Taxis are available from the taxi rank, located directly in front of the terminal. Taxis have metres, and cost approx. $25 to $30 between the Airport and the CBD. A $3.00 exit toll is payable leaving the airport.
- Bus: A public bus service operates from the Casuarina Interchange (Northern suburbs of Darwin).
Both domestic and international flights leave from the same building.
Things to do in Darwin
Darwin is a small city with a huge history. Its glistening harbours were strong holds for allied troops during World War Two. Gold was found at nearby Pine Creek in the late 19th century. Paul Hogan shone a global spotlight Down Under when he traversed its surrounding regions for crocodiles. While Cyclone Tracy also made worldwide headlines, devastating lives and homes in the mid-1970s. As Australia’s gateway to Asia and the outback, Darwin is melting pot of people and traditions. Indigenous culture, natural treasures, tropical weather and a laid-back lifestyle attract thousands of visitors every year, looking to explore Australia’s vast and majestic Top End.
The Northern Territory is an incredible mosaic of culture, tradition and natural splendour. At the helm of the region sits Darwin, an iconic and historically rich city, famous for its laid-back lifestyle and tropical climate. The dry season, is the most idyllic time to visit the Top End. Clear skies, balmy nights and warm days see flowers bloom, dragonflies buzz, animals return to view, and locals converge in outdoor spaces. Day trip to Litchfield National Park to witness impressive waterfalls and swim in unique rock holes. Discover the famous and vast Kakadu National Park from air with a scenic flight. Or board a crocodile cruise on Adelaide River to experience some of the world’s oldest and mightiest animals in their natural habitat. A crucial defence hold for Australian and allied troops in World War Two, Darwin is also a moving city in which to celebrate Anzac Day.
Darwin and the Top End offer unique shopping opportunities. Original Aboriginal art, hand-crafted jewellery, kitsch souvenirs and quality goods – the region has it all. Smith Street Mall in the heart of the CBD is Darwin’s major shopping precinct, populated by over 200 stores. Shopping facilities can also be found away from the city centre in the suburbs. Karama Shopping Plaza has all the mod-cons of a regional retail centre. Palmerston features two major shopping centres. While Casuarina, is a favourite amongst serious shoppers. Make the most of Darwin’s balmy climate, shop at one of several of the region’s outdoors markets, like the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, the Parap Village Market, the Rapid Creek Markets (Darwin's oldest market), or the Nightcliff Markets.
Perched on the peninsula, with a year-round average temperature of 30°C, Darwin is a tourist hotspot with a premier dining scene. Surrounded by ports, marinas and bays, Darwin’s dining experience is mainly concentrated on the waterfront – celebrating seasonal ingredients with spectacular vistas of the harbour and horizon. Cullen Bay has a reputation for being the Top End’s premier dining precinct, with a marina that hosts several acclaimed eateries. Located closer to South East Asia than the rest of Australia, Darwin is a great place to indulge in a food from a variety of Asian countries. Weekend markets – such as the ones at Parap, Nightcliff, Rapid Creek – are the best way to tap into Darwin's vibrant multiculturalism, with rows upon rows of food stalls serving delicious (and cheap) Asian eats, such as laksas, pho, Javanese satays and fresh Thai salads.
Relaxation is a way of life in Darwin – as locals never miss an opportunity to meet up at pubs to unwind after a long day. Swing by Mitchell Street, to sip on an ice-cold beer and watch the world walk by in the middle of Darwin's tourism precinct. The Fox Ale House is the street’s cosiest retreat, offering old-fashioned pub dining with a lively and welcoming ambience. The Tap on Mitchell offers great alfresco dining amid one of the city’s most popular beer gardens. While Darwin landmark, the Top End Hotel has seen many changes over years, but remains one of the region's most respected and frequented pubs.
Darwin Holiday Packages
Experience all that Darwin has to offer, our holiday partner Virgin Australia Holidays has a great array of Darwin holiday packages and Kakadu National Park holiday packages. Packages include flights, accommodation and a great variety of extras.