Darwin just got closer
For the first time you can enjoy direct access to Australia’s wildest capital city, Darwin, with Virgin Australia’s new direct services from Sydney which complements the existing network of direct routes from Brisbane, Melbourne and Perth.
As the gateway to the adventurous Top End, Darwin is the perfect place to discover majestic rainforests, unique wildlife, fiery sunsets and laid back city life. Little wonder Lonely Planet named Darwin in their top 10 cities to visit in 2012.
Darwin has a relaxed outdoor lifestyle and enjoys warm weather all year round. Perched on a peninsula with sea on three sides, Darwin is an excellent base to explore the natural attractions of World Heritage listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield and Nitmiluk National Parks, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land.
On your holiday to the Northern Territory, you must experience:
1. Tropical markets
Darwin is a vibrant mix of cultures, and every one of them has a stall at the open air markets. Get to Mindil Beach in time for sunset (Thursdays and Sundays, March to November) grab something tasty, stare out to sea and you’ll sense Asia just over the horizon.
2. Litchfield national park
Litchfield National Park is only an hour’s drive from the city. Crystal-clear waterfalls, swimming holes, four-wheel driving and easy-going bushwalks are just the start.
3. Festivals and events
In August, Darwin Festival ignites the city with local and international performances. Don’t miss the Beer Can Regatta, Darwin Blues Festival and Darwin Fridge Festival.
4. Famous Darwin sunsets
A trip on the calm waters enjoying the tropical breeze is a must-do for any visit.
5. Eyeball a giant croc
Adelaide River, 70km drive from the city centre, is perfect habitat for Salties. Seeing one of these 4.5m giants jumping from the water right next to your boat is something else. So is swimming in the ‘Cage of Death’ in Darwin’s CBD. Or for the faint-hearted, meet Sweetheart - 5m long and safely stuffed - at the Museum and Art Gallery of the NT.
6. Deckchair outdoor cinema
It’s been a Darwin tradition since the 1920s but now the secret’s out. Every evening from April to November, locals gather by the shores of Darwin Harbour to lounge in deckchairs and watch flicks under the stars.
7. Barra fishing
A metre-long slab of silver haunts every fisho’s dreams. And in Darwin, dreams come true - on tours, in your own chartered boat and even off the shoreline or jetty.
8. The waterfront
Darwin’s newest hang-out is the Waterfront precinct, in the heart of the city. The wave pool and swimming lagoon are surrounded by chilled-out cafés, bars, shops and restaurants.
9. Indigenous art
Sculpture, weaving, prints, paintings - all are on show. And on sale, at prices you won’t find elsewhere.
10. War relics
On 19 February 1942 an unprepared Darwin was devastated by Japanese bombing. Discover WWII stories in the ruins at the East Point Military Museum and the Oil Storage Tunnels.
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