Is Darwin worth visiting?

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1. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!


I would like to spend a month in Australia after my college graduation in 2008. I should have a good deal of money to use for my trip and I am planning on flying between cities via Virgin Blue/Jetstar/Qantas. Soooo...would you recommend Darwin as a visit? I would fly Cairns to Darwin, then Darwin to Broome. Thanks.


2. Posted by Del007 (Budding Member 38 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Hey Rob

that is going to depend a lot on what you want to do. Darwin is a gorgeous area, though the city its self isn't necessarily worth it. Its Kakadu National Park and the surrounding sites that make it worth your while.

So basically, if you want a party, just head to Cairns, but if your looking to see some more of the country's sites, then definitely do Darwin.

3. Posted by magdabis (Full Member 26 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Darwin itself is pretty boring. There is really not much you can do over there. but it is a good place to get on the Kakadu National Park trip. If you don't plan to visit Kakadu I wouldn't bother visit Darwin

4. Posted by bex76 (Moderator 3932 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Kakadu is fantastic - worth at least 2 days. Lichfield National Park is also stunning and is well worth a visit. There are tours available which combine the 2, taking several days. so i'd say Darwin is definitely worth a visit just so you can use it as a base to visit these two national parks.

[ Edit: Edited on Apr 22, 2007, at 5:42 AM by bex76 ]

5. Posted by wayfarer (Budding Member 5 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Darwin is exceptionally lovely in late June and July. It is cool and dry. I found the sunsets stunning, over looking the beaches. It has enough of the amenities of a city to be a great base "camp" for outlying tours, a fantastic mall, good eating establishments and places to stay. I stayed with dear friends who lived near there for 3 weeks and found it great. Good early morning walks while being seranaded by Cockatoos and brilliant parrots. Stunning ocean views. Marvelous zoological park. And an occasional 'roo. It is quite tropical and they even throw in a giant fruit bat or two to make your evening outings more interesting!

If you are interested in WWII History there are things to see, as well as the port of Darwin which hosts some magnificent Naval vessels and seafood eateries along the wharf!


6. Posted by rborzillo (Budding Member 84 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

Thanks to everyone for replying! I didnt mean to make the topic condesending to the city of Dariwn. Is Kakadu easily accessable from Darwin? Are there tours or is personal transportation required? Thanks again!

7. Posted by LadyIce70 (Budding Member 11 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

You need not to worry, there are plenty of tours you can book from Darwin to either Kakadu or Litchfield N.P.! You can do one day tours or longer tours and choose between various types of accommodation.

8. Posted by fimbria25 (Full Member 120 posts) 11y Star this if you like it!

To be honest, unless you are planning to visit, say 'Kakadu National Park', i would not bother with Darwin, i spent a week there and was bored.

If you are planning to do the 'Ghan' train to Alice Springs' i would recomend going to Darwin.