Darwin and Surrounds

An Australian capital city with a difference, Darwin boasts an easy-going lifestyle (in the dry season at least) and extends a warm welcome to visitors from the south, eager for a taste of Territory life.

A modern city of over 100,000 people, Darwin is Australia’s most northerly city. Darwin has a tropical climate, and is subjected to tropical thunderstorms and cyclones during the wet season (December to March). Darwin has felt the fury of tropical cyclones or more than one occasion – the first recorded cyclone to hit Darwin was the 1867 cyclone, and much of the city was destroyed by Cyclone Tracy in 1974. It is also the only Australian city to have come under substantial attack during any war: Japanese planes bombed Darwin during the Pacific War.

Modern Darwin has a new, clean feel, no doubt a legacy of Cyclone Tracy Darwin which largely destroyed Darwin on 25th December 1974, killing 50 people and flattened over 70% of the city’s buildings. After the disaster, an airlift evacuated 30,000 people. The town was subsequently rebuilt with newer materials and techniques during the late 1970s by the Darwin Reconstruction Commission. A satellite city of Palmerston was built 20km south of Darwin in the early 1980s.

A milestone in Darwin’s recent history was the completion of the Adelaide – Darwin railway in September 2003, linking the city to the rest of Australia by rail for the first time and offering visitors to the Territory’s capital a new way to experience the vast open spaces of Northern Australia.

How To get There

By road:

drive north from Adelaide to Darwin via the Stuart Highway.

By rail:

Darwin is linked to Adelaide and the rest of Australia’s capital cities via The Ghan.

By air:

Daily flights operate from all Australian capital cities to Darwin.prings airport.

Best Time To Go

Being tropical, Darwin and the rest of The Territory's Top End experiences two seasons - West and Dry. The Wet Season, between December and March, brings heavy rainfall almost daily, high humidity and cyclonic weather.

During The Dry Season - between May and September - there is little rain, the maximum temperature hovers around 30 degrees C. and evenings are balmy. This is the peak tourist season.

September to November is when humidity, air and water temperatures are building up to the start of the wet.

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