Located in the Top End of the Northern Territory, Darwin is usually the entry point for most holiday makers by air to explore the Northern Territory. Some visitors elect to use Darwin as their base and venture on a four day stay and start with a day tour of the city and then do day trips, such as Darwin to Litchfield National Park, Darwin to Katherine and Darwin to Kakadu National Park
Getting to Darwin
To secure a Darwin holiday package, many people choose to pre-book flights, Darwin accommodation and touring before leaving home, but people taking the plunge to purchase only flights and accommodation can benefit from choosing what they'd like to do when in Darwin, and book tours in Darwin to visit the outlying areas. Rarely will any tour be booked out. Visitors could also hire a car and do it themselves, and after a bit of apprehension, they quickly find what a great and rewarding experience it is to self drive the Top End.
During the wet, people can secure a Darwin holiday package for a fraction of the cost of travelling in the dry and whilst there are less tourists, a lot of the locals will attest they find the wet season (October-April) the best time of year to see the explosion of life and the weather events of living in the Top End. Parap markets and most major tourist attractions, with the exception of Mindall Markets, are still open. Great airfares with Qantas, Virgin Blue, Asia Air and Jetstar are on offer. All major tour companies still operate in the wet to tour Darwin, Kakadu, Litchfield and Katherine.
There certainly is more freedom of choice and individuality to hire a car and do it yourself, and most cultural landmarks and places of significance have great interpretation signage, so one wouldn't miss out too much without the company of a tour guide.
Staying in Darwin
Once you've organised your transportation, there are many Darwin hotels to choose from to suit different budgets.
Crowne Plaza Darwin
For those accustomed to five star service, Crowne Plaza Darwin
is Darwin CBD's only luxury hotel. It has a swimming pool located on the tenth floor, gym, bar, valet parking, wi-fi hotspots, a grand lobby and well appointed rooms with many of them overlooking Darwin harbour.
Holiday Inn Darwin
This hotel was Darwin's first international standard hotel, built in 1974 and in 2010, the hotel was completely refurbished. Located on the Esplanade of Darwin, a short stroll to Mitchell Street and Smith Street mall the hotel has excellent facilities and provides great service.
Next door to Holiday Inn Darwin is Holiday Inn Esplanade Darwin
. This Darwin hotel has 197 rooms and the outdoor swimming pool is amongst the best of any hotel in Darwin, which has a licensed bar. The hotel also features 24 hour reception and room service and faces both The Esplanade and Mitchell Street.
Kakadu is a jewel in the Top End and anyone embarking on a trip to the Darwin or the Top End should visit Kakadu, and at least overnight for one night in Kakadu to take advantage of the sights. We have suggested two, three and four day itineraries on our Kakadu packages
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