A Darwin Events Escape
Located centrally in Darwin you will have the perfect base for exploring the city’s attractions with Big Bus Darwin and discovering some of Darwin’s extensive history at the Royal Flying Doctor Service Tourist Facility Darwin including the interactive Bombing of Darwin exhibition. Your included meals at Hotel Darwin and Stokes Hill Wharf, both popular with the locals, are also within walking distance making this an enjoyable, stress-free holiday. Why not time your stay with one of the Top End's exciting events like the Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA), Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta, Mango Madness Festival, Darwin International Laksa Festival or Million Dollar Fish!
- 7 night stay in Darwin at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade in a guest room including daily breakfast, a DoubleTree cookie per person on arrival, 15% off Food & Beverage at Aqua restaurant, WiFI, parking & late checkout to 1pm.
- Dinner at the iconic Hotel Darwin with a glass of beer, wine or soft drink
- Lunch or dinner at the historic Stokes Hill Wharf offering a relaxed and friendly atmosphere
- Big Bus Darwin 24 hour Hop-on Hop-off pass with detailed commentary
- Entrance to the Royal Flying Doctor Service facility, including the Bombing of Darwin exhibition
Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA)
7 August 2021 - 6 February 2022, Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory
The Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards aims to showcase the very best Australian Aboriginal art from around the country. The award demonstrates the richness and diversity of current contemporary Aboriginal artistic practice and the strength of this voice within the visual arts. Look at work from emerging and established artists on all mediums including bark, paper, canvas and multimedia and choose your favourite in the People’s Choice Award. 7 nights from $1,099 per person twin-share
Darwin Lions Beer Can Regatta
5 September 2021, The Gardens, Darwin
Darwin’s annual Lions Beer Can Regatta is an iconic event not be missed as floating vessels are created from cans, plastic bottles and cartons and set sail from Darwin’s Mindil Beach, with many other fun activities included. 7 nights from $1,199 per person twin-share
Mango Madness Festival
24 October 2021, Darwin Waterfront
The Mango Madness Festival is an annual family friendly event, held at the scenic Darwin Waterfront. A celebration of this delicious fruit, the event includes food stalls showcasing mango inspired food and drinks, free tastings, loads of exciting activities and competitions, family friendly fun, entertainment and educational displays and workshops that the whole family can enjoy. 7 nights from $799 per person twin-share
Darwin International Laksa Festival
1-28 November 2021, Darwin City
Now in its third year, the Darwin International Laksa Festival celebrates the Top End's multicultural community and love of laksa. Territorians and visitors alike will follow the Laksa Trail, experiencing different Laksas from restaurants, market stalls and eateries, as they vie for the title of 2021 People's Choice. The four-week long trail will culminate at the Darwin International Laksa Festival where we will celebrate the cultural melting pot that is Darwin and award the 'Golden Bowl' to the best Laksa in the Top End. 7 nights from $799 per person twin-share
Million Dollar Fish
1 October 2021 - 31 March 2022
Famous for barramundi, the Northern Territory is widely known as Australia’s top fishing destination. The Million Dollar Fish competition started in 2015 to encourage visitation and to give one lucky fisho the chance to reel in a million bucks. Now a staple on the Top End’s calendar of events, Million Dollar Fish continues to grow with more prize-tagged fish released every year. Barramundi are tagged and secretly released right across the Territory in five main fishing regions: Darwin, Kakadu, Arnhem Land, Katherine and Tiwi. Since the competition launched, over 45 fishos from around Australia have reeled in tagged barramundi, and hundreds more have won epic prizes from our partners. Why not add a fishing trip to your package? 7 nights from $799 per person twin-share
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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is centrally located next to the Darwin Entertainment Centre and overlooks the palm-lined esplanade, with stunning ocean views also available from select rooms. All rooms have been newly refurbished, and the hotel also boasts the largest outdoor swimming pool in Darwin, as well as free WiFi, a fitness room and beauty salon. While being located on the esplanade, the DoubleTree is also within walking distance of many Darwin hotspots, eateries and shopping areas. A later check out time of 1pm will also mean a relaxing end to your stay in Darwin.
The Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront provides modern accommodation right next to the Darwin Wave Pool and Beach Lagoon, a lush grassy area to relax on, walking distance to the popular Stokes Hill Wharf and the dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade. The hotel provides 24-hour reception, a gym, free WiFi, a spa and 24-hour room service. Downstairs you’ll find plenty of eateries at your doorstop such as Curve Café & Bar, The Precinct and many more if you have a stroll around the relaxing waterfront area.
Where to eat:
You’ll find yourself dining at the iconic Hotel Darwin which dates back to 1940 and has been a long-running watering-hole for the city’s locals. This is the place to try a variety of local produce including fresh barramundi, thick rump steak and even kangaroo pie.
Another historic Darwin food lover's-destination is the Stokes Hill Wharf. Here you can enjoy fresh fish and chips from a choice of eateries while taking in the panoramic ocean views and the famed Darwin sunsets.
What to do:
The Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility details two key elements within the Northern Territory’s extensive history. Founded in 1939 by Reverend John Flynn, the RFDS has a rich history of heroic tales from the pilots, doctors, nurses and patients that can experienced through life-size holograms, interactive storytelling, touch screen portals and even a decommissioned RFDS Pilatus PC 12 aircraft that you can venture into. Relive the iconic wartime experience through the immersive Virtual Reality of the Bombing of Darwin Harbour 1942 – a movie production whose magnitude has never been seen before in VR.
Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Big Bus Darwin Hop on Hop off sightseeing tour which will allow you to customise your Darwin experience while also learning interesting facts via the entertaining audio commentary provided on the bus. The popular drop-off spots include the beautiful George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens, Crocosaurus Cove, Stokes Hill Wharf and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory.
Location & how to get there
Darwin International Airport (darwinairport.com.au) is serviced by many Domestic and Regional airline carriers including Qantas, Virgin Australia, Jetstar and Air North. Flights mainly operate out of Australia’s capital cities and generally take between 3 – 4 hours.
The airport is about a 15-minute drive from the centre of town. Car hire is available from the counters close to the baggage carousels. There are also plenty of taxis available at the airport cab rank and private transfers can be pre-booked.
Darwin can also be reached by The Ghan, from Adelaide or Alice Springs, with trains arriving weekly on Tuesdays. While the rail station is situated a short drive from the city centre, free transfers are offered to all passengers.
For those driving there are a number of entry ways to access Darwin. Most roads are sealed however some are for the more adventurous 4 wheel drivers. If you are coming from Queensland the best route to take is the Overlander’s Way / Barkly Highway from Mt Isa. If you are leaving from Cairns you can take the Savannah Way which is a rugged, unsealed road which crosses the top of Australia from Cairns to Broome. You can also use the Savannah Way as an access from Western Australia. Other roads leading from WA to Darwin include the Tanami Road that runs across the Tanami Desert and to the north the Butine Highway. The drive from South Australia is especially scenic as you follow the Explorer’s Way through Coober Pedy and past the major centres of Alice Springs, Tennant Creek and Katherine before arriving in Darwin.
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