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Darwin tours

Aboriginal cultural tours

Discover the nearby Adelaide River wetlands on a cultural tour led by Aboriginal guides. On the two-hour tour you'll have the chance to meet local Aborigines and learn about traditional ochre colours, Dilly Bag (traditional Aboriginal bags) and basket weaving, clap stick and didgeridoos, and enjoy a bush tucker and medicine guided walk and talk. All activities are set beside a billabong.

Tel: +61 8 8984 9282.
Website: http://www.pudakul.com.au

Boat tours

See Darwin's beautiful harbour with Darwin Harbour Cruises. Three-hour sunset cruises (some on a restored traditional pearling lugger) leave Cullen Bay Marina in time for the sunset. Lunch cruises are also available. Another sunset option is a three-hour sail around the harbour on a lovely old sailing boat, the Cape Adieu. It includes a seafood and barbecue banquet with loads of local seafood.

Tel: +61 8 8942 3131; +61 439 893 939.
Website: http://www.darwinharbourcruises.com.au

Darwin excursions

Tiwi Islands

Around 80km (49 miles) north of Darwin lie the beautiful Tiwi Islands featuring tropical rainforests, clay-like cliffs, white-sand beaches, dense jungle and inviting rock pools. It's possible to sail out to the islands from the city. The local indigenous art is legendary and can be seen carved on burial poles and in various art centres. Visitors can meet the artists and watch them paint, weave, sculpt and carve.

Tel: +61 8 8981 2878.
Website: http://www.sealinknt.com.au/ferry

Litchfield National Park

140km (87 miles) south of Darwin, Litchfield National Park is famous for its waterfalls, rainforests, intriguing magnetic termite mounds, weathered sandstone pillars, and cooling lily-clad ponds. Highlights include the plunge pools at Florence and Wangi Falls, the cascades at Buley Rockhole, the sandstone towers of The Lost City and superb hiking territory..

Tel: +61 8 8976 0282.
Website: http://www.parksandwildlife.nt.gov.au/parks/find/litchfield

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Featured Hotels


Value Inn

Don't be put off by the name, all the rooms in this affordable city centre hotel feature queen sized beds, a single bed, air conditioning and en suite facilities. There are also three pools, a licensed bar, and a spa available for guest use at Melaleuca on Mitchell, the award-winning backpackers hangout across the road.

Oaks Elan Darwin

This impressive newbie is a 301-room property with a range of one- and two-bed apartments. It has a decent central location, while the in-house restaurant, O.A.K., is another good reason to visit. Private balconies, air-conditioning and free Wi-Fi are all part of the deal too.

The Cavenagh

This centrally located hotel is a great base from which to explore Darwin's vibrant nightlife. The Cav also delivers a touch of luxury, with a large outdoor swimming pool, TV lounge and free Wi-Fi throughout, in addition to a cozy bar and restaurant.

Skycity Darwin

It's always a gamble staying at a casino, especially if you're open to temptations. This place is a winner, though. It's a casino hotel set among 7 hectares (17 acres) of tropical beachside gardens. There is a selection of dining options on-site as well as a pool. It's also very close to the Mindil Beach Markets.

Mantra Pandanas

Neatly situated in the heart of the city, Mantra Pandanas has 336 hotel rooms as well as one- and two-bedroom apartments, some with private balconies overlooking the harbour and city. Expect a chic tropical style, evident in the modern rooms and down at the pool, which features its own waterfall.

Chillis Backpackers

A lively backpacker joint in peak season, this hostel offers budget rooms in the heart of the city, with a mix of private doubles and shared dormitory accommodation. Facilities include a launderette, a pool, an internet cafe, a sun deck and a kitchen. There are even a couple of (mercifully cool) whirlpool Jacuzzis.