Population: Approx 107,000
Darwin, the Northern Territory's capital city, is well known as Australia's gateway to world class nature and cultural activities and experiences. Darwin is a vibrant destination renowned for its tropical climate and colourful characters. It's a lively harbour city where the focus is on outdoor activities - eating, drinking, visiting the markets and sunset cruises on the harbour.
It's the perfect place to simply relax, recharge the batteries and enjoy the relaxed laidback lifestyle with a multicultural twist!
Climate: Darwin enjoys a warm climate year round, with temperatures averaging around 32 degrees year round. Between October and May a tropical summer is experienced, with higher humidity and rainfall. Cyclones can occur between November and May. It is important to pay attention to weather forecasts and heed all warnings. For more information, call NT Tropical Cyclone Warning Service on 1300 659 211 or visit www.bom.gov/au.
Natural Hazards: Saltwater Crocodiles are protected by law and abound in most NT waterways including Darwin Harbour. Please take care and heed warning signs when swimming or wading in any Territory waterways, especially at night.
Box Jellyfish are found in Top End waters from October to May. It is recommeded that you do not swim in the ocean during this time, as these jellyfish deliver a painful, sometimes fatal sting. Vinegar neutralises tentacles still attached to the sting victim and should be carried at all times.
Distances from Darwin: Katherine 317km, Kununurra 830km, Alice Springs 1498k. Litchfield National Park is approx 1.5 hours drive from Darwin, and Kakadu National Park will take approx 3 hours.