All your questions about Darwin answered.
The capital city of Australia’s Northern Territory is set on the picturesque Timor Sea and boasts warm temperatures, eclectic cultural cuisine and fantastic outdoor festivals.
There are things to see and do in abundance in Darwin, so what’s stopping you? Have a few key questions you’d like answered before planning your trip?
Look no further; we’re here to help.
What to know before you go
Does Darwin have daylight saving?
The Northern Territory abandoned daylight saving some time ago. After a three-year trial between 1989 and 1992, a referendum was held on 22 February 1992, following which Darwin withdrew from practising daylight saving.
Is Darwin airport open 24 hours?
Yes. Darwin airport is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, so layovers aren’t an issue.
Does Darwin have an international airport?
Yes. Darwin International Airport is the busiest airport in the Northern Territory. It has an international terminal, a domestic terminal and a cargo terminal.
Is Darwin humid?
Darwin has a tropical climate and so has two distinct seasons. The wet season comes with high humidity levels paired with monsoons and stormy weather conditions. In the dry season there is a substantial drop in humidity levels and a much more settled weather pattern.
Is Darwin expensive?
Compared to the rest of Australia, yes.
Hotel prices are among the most expensive in Australia, and you’ll struggle to find a room for less than $135 per night.
Petrol is also more expensive in the Northern Territory, with some remote stations charging in excess of $2 a litre.
You’ll need to savour your daily java hit too, as local coffee shops charge $4.50 on average for a small white coffee to take away.
Groceries cost more than they do in most other cities, due to the transportation costs.
Dining out? If you shop around, you can find some great places to eat for a reasonable price. If you fancy fine dining and a little more extravagance the price will reflect this.
Questions about safety and health
Is Darwin safe?
Darwin is a safe city, but travellers need to take protective measures against sun damage, road trains and wildlife.
Darwin is a hot city. Drink plenty of water, use a good amount of sunscreen and wear a sunhat.
If you’re driving outside the city centre, be aware that there are vehicles much larger than yours on the road. Some of the road freight trains have as many as 70 wheels and three carriages, so allow appropriate space when you spot one that’s about to switch lanes.
Venomous snakes and spiders, biting ants and mosquitoes, and, of course, crocodiles are all native to Darwin. Be cautious and avoid taking hikes, or swimming, in unknown areas.
Are Darwin’s beaches safe?
During the dry season from May to October, the beaches are safe from jellyfish, and all beaches and creeks are ranger protected and have an abundance of crocodile traps. However, although Darwin beaches are relatively safe, vacationers must always exert caution.
Getting around and things to do
Does Darwin have Uber?
Uber has not yet commenced operation in Darwin. There are local taxis, and public transport is readily available.
Does Darwin have Starbucks?
No. All's not lost, however, as there are some great local coffee shops to get your caffeine or decaf fix.
Does Darwin have a casino?
It certainly does. Darwin is home to a SKYCITY casino, which is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and boasts over 600 gaming machines. Table games are open from 12pm to 4am Thursday to Sunday, and to 6am Friday and Saturday.