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Darwin at a Glance

Darwin sticks out off the top of Australia into the Timor Sea and is the hub of the region known as the Top End. This cosmopolitan city is home to a mixture of Australians, Aboriginals and people of southeast Asian descent. In this tropical city you'll find giant crocodiles, beaches, museums and food from all over the world. 

Darwin has a wide range of tourist activities. Head out to sea for the chance to catch a barramundi or lounge on the beach enjoying the warm temperatures. Visit historic sites from Australia's oldest Aboriginal cultures, shop at local markets and visit art galleries. WWII history buffs can learn about Japanese attacks on Darwin as well as Darwin's key role in the defense of Australia. 

Darwin is also an important jumping-off point to the Top End's national parks. Kakadu National Park is Australia's largest park and is a treasure-trove of Aboriginal rock art. 

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May - September
Low Season
October - April
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      • Major Airport Darwin International Airport

      Passport / Visa Requirements

      All tourists need a visa to visit Australia with the exception of New Zealand nationals. Contact the Australian Consulate for more information. The U.S State Department website has information to help guide American citizens. 

      Need to Know

      Severe Weather Tornadoes, tropical cyclones, flooding do occur in Darwin. Wet season runs from November to April and the rain can be very heavy. Dry season is a more popular time to visit. 

      Safety Concerns Stay alert while Darwin. Pick-pocketing, theft, car break-ins and other crimes can occur. Don't accept drinks from strangers and don't set yours down anywhere. On the beach, obey all posted warnings and keep in mind that dangerous rip-tides and currents do occur. 

      Health Concerns Ticks, snakes and mosquitoes spread diseases and infections. When spending time outdoors, protect yourself by wearing sturdy shoes and covering your skin. Check for ticks a few times a day if you are hiking. Get immediate medical attention if you receive a snake bite. For travel in remote areas, consider taking a wilderness first aid course. Whenever you are outdoors in a hot climate take steps to prevent heat-related problems by staying cool and well hydrated.