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The Mantra on the Esplanade provides unique, modern accommodation in the CBD and is in close proximity to the popular waterfront precinct. Darwin’s dining and nightlife is within walking distance as is Mitchell Street with its shopping and attractions. The hotel provides 24-hour reception, outdoor swimming pool, room service, WiFi and dining at Telegraph Eating House & Bar. All rooms are of contemporary style and boast either city or Darwin Harbour views for a relaxing tropical holiday.
Where to eat:
Telegraph Eating House & Bar, located at the Mantra on the Esplanade, has a relaxed friendly atmosphere and a Modern Australian menu. With both tropical and Asian influences, a variety of seasonal dishes and local produce allow you to sample the very best in ingredients which the Darwin culinary scene is renowned for.
Located in the vibrant heart of Darwin, The Cavenagh Hotel is the perfect spot to dine within the vibrant yet still relaxed atmosphere. Award-winning Chef Lee Amy-Bell and her dedicated team use premium produce to fill the extensive menu with mouth-watering meals like crispy pork belly, a smoked lamb shoulder salad, steaks and more. At the bar you’ll find an impressive wine list, plus 12 beers on tap and a refreshing range of cocktails to delight.
What to do:
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.
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.
While on the Litchfield National Park Waterfalls sightseeing tour, you’ll experience the stunning tropical nature of the famed National Park while also provided with lunch, an experienced driver guide and comprehensive commentary. Your first stop will be at the town of Batchelor (the gateway to Litchfield) before heading on to the magnificent Termite Mounds. It’s then on to view the double waterfalls of Florence Falls from a high vantage point before making your way down to the plunge pool below. Next, you'll enjoy an interpretive walk through the scenic bush and monsoon vine forest surroundings, before continuing on to the spectacular Tolmer Falls which is home to colonies of rare ghost and orange horseshow bats. Time for lunch at Litchfield Café before finishing the day at the popular Wangi Falls which is the perfect place to end your adventurous Litchfield tour.
Your Kakadu National Park and East Alligator sightseeing tour will see your exploring the largest National Park in Australia! With one of the most diverse landscapes you’ll find yourself enthralled by the varying flora and fauna found in the air, on the land and in the water. From Darwin you’ll travel through the pristine wetland regions to Kakadu before you arrive at the Warradjan Cultural Centre. Here you’ll be introduced to the way of life of the Bininj people who are the traditional owners of the land. It’s then on to an exciting cruise along the Yellow Water Billabong which is home to thousands of crocodiles just waiting to be spotted along with over 60 species of colourful birdlife including brolgas and kingfishers. That night you will stay at the luxurious Mercure Kakadu Crocodile Hotel where you can relax after a day full of exciting exploration.
You’ll start day two by exploring the World Heritage area of Ubirr where Aboriginal rock art galleries believed to be over 20,000 years old will take your breath away. Climb your way to the lookout for stunning views over the impressive landscape which includes the floodplains, lush woodlands and dark ribbons of forest that make up the Nadab wetlands. It’s then on to a Guluyambi Cultural Cruise along East Alligator River where an Aboriginal guide will provide insights into the local culture and mythology as well as the rivers food chain and some bush survival skills. With special permission from the local people, you are even allowed to go ashore in Arnhem Land. Next, it’s on to a visit of the Bowali Visitor Centre for a wealth of information on the Park’s ecology and Aboriginal culture before finally returning to Darwin.
If you are visiting Darwin between 1 November 2019 and April 2020 you will have the pleasure of experiencing ‘Tropical Light’- an outdoor exhibition featuring 8 site specific illuminated sculptures activating Darwin’s city parks. This wondrous collection of new and existing work has been created by world renowned artist Bruce Munro, which reflect the artist’s experiences of visiting Australia and the Northern Territory. The exhibition is connected by a centralised self-guided path to wander along with each piece intended to inspire interest during the day and hold special significance when illuminated at night. ‘Tropical Light’ is a free event that opens November 1st 2019 and runs until 30th April 2020 and can be viewed at your leisure with the best viewing time onwards from 7pm till 10pm daily. ‘Tropical Light’ is set to be one of the largest trails of art in the Northern Territory with the exhibition path also having stunning local works from Darwin artists to discover.
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. The Darwin Airport Shuttle meets all domestic and international flights and departs from the front of the terminal. 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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