Palms City Resort, winner of the Best Standard Accommodation in the NT for the last 5 years in the 2015 - 2019 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 newly renovated 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 and even kangaroo pie.
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.
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF)
6-8 August 2021
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) is an annual event that showcases the contemporary fine art of more than 70 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres. The Fair is held in Darwin, on Larrakia Country.
DAAF provides a unique opportunity for arts industry buyers, and art and design lovers, to purchase art directly from Indigenous owned and incorporated Art Centres.
The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists, featuring stunning art inspired by Australia’s most varied locations – from remote desert and coastal regions, to rural and urban communities. A wide range of styles, mediums and products are presented and available for purchase: paintings on canvas, bark paintings, works on paper including limited edition prints, sculpture, didgeridoos, fibre art and cultural regalia.
DAAF also provides a creative space for visitors to meet artists in person, to learn about Australia’s rich diverse cultural groups and to be immersed in our country’s evolving contemporary Indigenous art scene.
The Fair was originally conceived to complement the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA). It also celebrates the National Indigenous Music Awards and Garma Festival and proudly sits under the umbrella of the Darwin Festival. These prestigious events are held in the same period and together, mark the most significant national festival of national Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander arts in the world.
DAAF boasts a vibrant program of artist workshops, spectacular traditional dance performances, children’s activity stations, film, fashion and more… guaranteeing a memorable experience for all who attend.
Come and engage with the contemporary creations of the oldest continuous living culture in the world!
To find out more or purchase tickets visit: https://daaf.com.au/
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.
On sale until 2 August 2021. Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair dates: 6-8 August 2021. For travel 4-10 August 2021. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 4 February 2021 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 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. This package was previously advertised with the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade Darwin, which is now fully booked.