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Palms City Resort, winner of the Best Standard Accommodation in the NT 2015, 2016 and 2017 Brolga Awards, provides a tropical paradise in the vibrant city of Darwin. Thanks to its 2015 refurbishment, the resort provides modern, comfortable rooms with a splash of tropical colour and airiness that oozes relaxation. Throughout the establishment the tropical ambience envelops its guests thanks to lush gardens, cute bungalows and light colours with wooden accents. It also has a 24-hour reception desk, breakfast café, luggage storage, WiFi and a lagoon-style pool to relax in at the end of a day exploring the city.
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.
Another historic Darwin food lovers-destination is the Stokes Hill Wharf which is conveniently located right next to the Royal Flying Doctor Service Darwin Tourist Facility. The wharf provides a range of alfresco dining within both the Port and Starboard Arcades alongside casual restaurant dining. All eateries specialise in fresh seafood and steak which can be enjoyed while taking in the panoramic ocean views or the famed Darwin sunsets.
What to do:
A Charles Darwin Sunset Harbour Cruise will allow you to experience the city’s famed sunsets while relaxing on the waters of Darwin Harbour. As the sky lights up in flaming reds, oranges and yellows you can take in the mesmerising view from the Sun Deck while enjoying this relaxing two- and half-hour cruise. Commentary on the Harbour and Darwin’s extensive history throughout will keep you informed about your surroundings while a licensed on-board bar means well priced drinks and snacks to enjoy while taking in the spectacularly colourful visuals of a Darwin sunset. Speak to one of our NT Now travel specialists if you would like to upgrade your cruise to include dinner for an extra fee.
If you are visiting Darwin between 1 November 2019 and 30 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.
On sale until 31 July 2019. For travel until 31 March 2020. Seasonal surcharges apply 01 July 2019 to 30 September 2019 and blackout dates apply (15 December 2019 – 18 February 2020 inclusive). If you want to travel between 15 December 2019 and 18 February please click here for our Tropical Light package. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 12 June 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 based on 2 adults. 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.