Ideally located on the city's Esplanade overlooking Darwin Harbour, Novotel Darwin CBD offers 140 contemporary rooms with easy walking distance to the convention centre, many attractions and shops within the city and surrounds. Boasting a lobby bar, award winning restaurant, swimming pool the Novotel Darwin CBD is the perfect location to base yourself for exploring the city and further.
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, mouth-watering pizzas and even kangaroo pie.
What to do:
Our 2-hour tour starts with a friendly welcome from your Walk Darwin guide and an introduction to the Tropical Summer in Australia’s northern-most city under the shade of a beautiful Banyan Tree; a species much loved in the Top End. Tropical afternoons in Darwin are characterised by dramatic cloud formations and the anticipation of nature’s light show. It’s a time of year when nature is ever present and life in the Territory slows to enjoy the rejuvenation that the wet season brings. We explore the character of life in Darwin through art as we casually tour the back lanes of the CBD where huge street murals adorn walls of city buildings, with plenty of rest stops to admire the view. Our tour will take in the CBD light-art illuminations as part of world-renowned artist, Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light exhibition; his first city-wide light exhibition in Australia. We’ll learn about the inspiration for his creations and the stories which connect the exhibits to Darwin, together with unique artworks by local artists. Between a cool tropical ice-cream, one way to enjoy Darwin’s tropical summer, and an ice-cold drink there's an exclusive opportunity to talk with one of the exhibition’s local artists.
Bruce Munro: Tropical Light
1 November 2019 – 30 April 2020
‘Bruce Munro Tropical Light’ is an outdoor exhibition featuring 8 site specific illuminated sculptures activating Darwin’s outdoor spaces. 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. ‘Bruce Munro 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. The collection of illuminated sculptures is connected by a self-guided path featuring works from six local Darwin artists, creating a 2.5 km trail of art experiences.
Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Big Bus Darwin Hop on Hop off pass 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. 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.
On sale until 20 April 2020. For travel 1 November 2019 to 30 April 2020. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. *Rooms serviced every 3 days. ^Minimum of 2 pax to depart. Operates as 2 different tours depending on day of week. Walk Darwin reserves the right to cancel tours due to inclement weather that is likely to be hazardous or where insufficient minimum numbers are reached, or any other unforeseen event or circumstances. In the event a tour is cancelled, clients will be rebooked onto an alternative tour. Walk Darwin reserves the right to refuse participation when guests are believed to be affected by alcohol or drugs for the safety of all guests. Full ticket fares will be forfeited under these circumstances and no refund will be provided. Guests must be capable of walking at a leisurely pace for a period of approximately 2 hours over paved or gravel footpaths, grass and uneven surfaces. We do stop regularly however there are limited places to sit and rest. All guests acknowledge and agree that they participate on our tours at their own risk. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 2 September 2019 and may be subject to change due to availability, surcharges, fees or taxes without notice. Offer may be withdrawn at any time without notice. Prices are per person twin share. Please contact us on 1800 854 897 or firstname.lastname@example.org to enquire. Airfares and transfers are additional unless otherwise specified. For full terms and conditions and details on our refund policy, view our booking conditions. E&OE.
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