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Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory, was first settled in the 1860s. Originally the name of the settlement was Palmerston, its port named Port Darwin. The name Darwin for the town came to be widely used by the inhabitants, and in 1911 that name became official. The average temperature exceeds 30-degrees Celsius every month of the year, and its climate is heavily affected by the monsoon season, with much of the yearly rain falling between November and March, a period in which tropical cyclones are often a threat.

Darwin has, probably more than any Australian city, had its share of calamities over the years. During World War 2, in 1942, it suffered losses of life and property when bombed by the Japanese. Further devastation followed in 1974, when on Christmas Eve Cyclone Tracy almost completely levelled the city. Pioneering spirit though has overcome these events, and the twice-rebuilt city has thrived, now boasting a cosmopolitan population in excess of 87,000 people.

Compact in size, the city is easily navigable by foot, well signposted for those driving, and pleasingly flat for those who cycle. The Tour Tub, an open-air bus, is a fine way of getting a feel of the city and seeing its major attractions, including the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory, the Overland Telegraph Museum, Fannie Bay Gaol, the Botanic Gardens, Indo Pacific Marine, Australian Pearling Exhibition, World War 2 Oil Storage Tunnels, East Point Military Museum and fish feeding.

The main shopping precinct is in the city centre, with Smith Street Mall and Knuckey Street the places to go. All modern wares are to be found there, along with a great range of Top End Aboriginal and Islander artwork. After a day of touring and shopping the Mindil Beach Sunset Market offers a wide array of food and a fine beach on which to relax, have a drink and take in the view.

The city has 3 public golf courses, a motor sports complex and a horseracing track, in addition to facilities for most popular sporting activities. Those looking to swim are well served by public swimming pools, important as the sea is often unsafe, especially between October to May, due to deadly box jellyfish. Checking with a local all-year round is the policy you should follow before swimming in the sea.

Darwin also serves as good base from which to explore some of the spectacular natural attractions of the Top End. The vast Kakadu National Park is 140 kilometres west, the Adelaide River 112 kilometres west, and the Litchfield National Park 170 kilometres south. The flora, fauna and scenery of the region is a must see, and tours for these locations and more can be taken from Darwin.

Darwin: Where To Go / Sightseeing

Viva La Body

Treat your senses to this temple of local loveliness. An olfactory oasis, Viva La Body is a home to the sweet smelling soaps and Skincare range of the same name.

The Delightful products are handmade in Darwin by soapmaker-designer's Jo Dodd and Micko Srbinovski, who founded the business more than ten years ago. The lovely stop there: Viva La Body has branched out in clothing and accessories. The concept store is fitted out in recycled wood, and prettied, wall to wall with dresses, bags, shoes and jewellery, all designed by the founder's Jo and Mick.

The fabulous frocks, all made with fabrics hand-picked by Jo and Mick will make you want to Lindy Hop to the nearest swing dance class. Accessorise with equally colourful earings, necklaces and bangles, then complete your shopping with bags and shoes by Rubber Souls, made from locally collected rubber. Smelling sweet and looking sharp, check out the local artwork for sale including work by Frank Gohier and Chayni Henry.

Shop 9 41 Cavenagh St
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.0K from Darwin

Sue Wah Chin Building

The Sue Wah Chin Building, also known as Stone Houses, was built in 1888 by Kwong Sue Duk (also known as Sun Mow Loong) and featured hipped roofs. It is a single storey building divided into five commercial premises. Each shopfront has an identical pattern of openings with a central door and a window each side. The tenancy at the far left of the building was fortified to protect the opium held there at Kwong Sue Duk's distribution centre. The building is one of only a handful of nineteenth century buildings of any sort that survive in the Darwin city centre and represents a time in the development of the Northern Territory that saw the establishment and expansion of the Chinese population as a significant component of the Darwin community. It has close associations with the well-known Chin family, who owned the building from 1921 until 2008. As for others, this building survived cyclones in 1897, 1937 and 1974 as well as bombing raids during World War II. Following Cyclone Tracy, the badly damaged hipped roofs were replaced with a flat roof. Folklore says the building was in five discrete parts to accommodate Kwong's wives. That was never the case.

33 Cavenagh Street, Darwin,
Lot 2328 Town of Darwin
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.1K from Darwin

Elevated Boutique

Elevate your home, health and heart with a visit to this Darwin favourite where gorgeous gifts, eclectic jewellery and cool Summer fashion go hand in hand with massage, beauty and natural therapies.

Fern lined stairs lead up to a beautiful retail gallery set in the centre of Darwin featuring a large selection of gifts - including tea and homewares, ladies wear - specialising in Australian design and natural fabrics and a large selection of beautiful jewellery from bold funky textured pieces to fine and elegant classics.

Elevated also offers a range of Natural Therapies including Remedial and Relaxation Massage, Bowen Therapy and Ilu Lashes and Makeup.

Allow plenty of time for a full perusal of this unique shopping experience.
The atmosphere is tranquil and relaxing. The service is warm and friendly. Welcome to Elevated.

Cnr Knuckey and Cavenagh St,
Entrance Upstiars on Cavenagh,
Darwin City
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.1K from Darwin

Paul Arnold Gallery

Visit Paul Arnold's gallery and be amazed by his photographs that capture the Territory in all its natural beauty.

There is a large selection of photographs (framed or unframed), books and calendars which showcase his stunning collection and make the perfect gift for friends and family, or as a special treat for yourself. This exclusive range of gifts suits all budgets and occasions, plus they can print in store and ship all over the world.

Paul Arnold's photographs are the perfect souvenir and capture your own love of the Northern Territory.

2015 AIPP NT Professional Photographer of the Year
2015 AIPP NT Landscape Photographer of the Year

6/56 Smith St
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.1K from Darwin

Breakout NT Escape Rooms

Our unique, individually crafted, themed rooms are designed to challenge players with physical and mental puzzles that have to be solved within 60 minutes.

Each room comes with its own story line, puzzles and tasks to challenge players' creative and lateral thinking abilities.

All of our rooms have local, Territory content incorporated into the themes and puzzles. Choose from Crocodile Capers, our sporting clubhouse rescue, A Thirst for Murder, featuring a mad scientists laboratory, or What's Yours is Mine, where detonation is imminent!

Do you have what it takes to beat the clock?

Breakout NT also delivers innovative school incursion and corporate team building activities.

Think outside the box!

29 Cavenagh Street,
Unit 1
Darwin City, NT, 0800

Located 0.1K from Darwin

Harmony Day Spa Darwin and Anti Aging Clinic

Blending beauty and wellness treatments ensures a holistic approach to not only looking good, but feeling great at any age.

The Harmony Darwin Day Spa creates a safe haven for time out and respite for body, mind and spirit.

Services and products are designed to be relaxing, therapeutic, youth restoring and most importantly, simple enough to continue at home.

Remember to discuss your needs with your therapist during your spa
experience, so you receive the quality of care you deserve.

Level 6,
Mantra Pandanas,
43 Knuckey Street
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.2K from Darwin

Em Bella

Drift into this newcomer in the Star Village Arcade to discover dreamy locally designed jewellery and a range of light and summery clothing perfect for Darwin climes. Em Bella's creators have spent years travelling Australia and have brought to Darwin clothes, art and accessories from all over the country, as well as their own range of handmade jewellery. Delicate anklets and bracelets, striking rings, and intricate earrings and necklaces are designed and crafted here - sometimes in store - with hilltribe silver, leather and turquoise, amber, tigers eye and other semi-precious stones.
Find light layers of clothes made from Byron Bay bamboo and Broome plant-dyed cloth along with silk kimonos, summer dresses and fair-trade label Buddhaware along the shop's racks. Around the store peruse hemp woven rugs, leatherwork purses and bags, prints and paintings by local artists as well as handmade local skincare range Natural Wonders, from Howard Springs.

shop 7 Star Village Arcade,
32 smith street vmall
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.2K from Darwin

Readback Book Exchange and Aboriginal Art Gallery

A hidden treasure on the Smith Street mall, this book exchange and Aboriginal art gallery is an unlikely find. The gallery specialises in affordable, good-quality fine art on canvas from all over the Northern Territory: Central Desert, Western Desert, Alice Springs, Arnhem Land and the Darwin region, with most works supplied by Darwin-based artists: the Numina sisters, Barbara Price, Eddie Blitner, Les Huddleston and Miriam Ashley, to name a few. The gallery is a work space and hub for artists, who are frequent visitors. Upstairs, canvasses in an enormous range of sizes and prices are spread along the walls and across the floor for ease of perusal. (All come with a certificate of authentication with details about the artist and piece.) Downstairs, canvasses line the walls of the book shop and exchange, which holds an eclectic and useful mix of pre-loved books and maps. The staff here are super-friendly, frequently going above and beyond to help with art and book queries.

32 Smith Street Mall
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.2K from Darwin

Darwin Cenotaph War Memorial

The Darwin Cenotaph commemorates Australian men and women who have served in conflicts in which Australia has been involved.

The memorial was originally erected outside Government House in 1921 to commemorate those who had served in World War One. It was relocated to the Civic Centre in 1970 and then to its present location in Bicentennial Park in 1992.

The Esplanade,
Bicentennial Park
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.2K from Darwin

Darwin: Events

Darwin International Film Festival

The Darwin International Film Festival, or DIFF, brings the latest in international films to Darwin over 8 luscious Top End nights and 12 screenings.
DIFF is held at Deckchair Cinema, Darwin's premier outdoor cinema and a quintessential Territory experience. Waterfront views on Darwin Harbour tropical sunsets are the perfect beginning to a night of film under the stars, and the ideal place to soak up the selection of alternative films from all over the world.
DIFF also includes a series of workshops, screen culture talks and pop up screenings around Darwin city.
The Festival is operated by the Darwin Film Society (DFS) whose mission is to provide alternative film experiences not normally available to Darwin locals and visitors. DFS is a not-for-profit organisation that has been screening programs in the NT since 1974 and successfully operating Deckchair Cinema since 1994.

Event Dates
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Jervois Road, Darwin Waterfront
Darwin, NT, 0800

Located 0.2K from Darwin

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