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The DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Esplanade Darwin is 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.
Where to eat:
While staying at the DoubleTree by Hilton Esplanade, you’ll receive 15% off food and beverages at the DoubleTree restaurant and pool bar, Aqua. The menu provides mouth-watering dishes that all boast delicious Mediterranean influences as well as hints of the Territory – a truly innovative marriage of flavours. You can also choose to soak up the sun by the pool while you sip a glass of fine wine on the outdoor terrace.
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:
National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMA) - 10 August 2019
The National Indigenous Music Awards (NIMAs) are one of Australia’s most exciting music awards, showcasing the rich musical landscape of Aboriginal Australia held at the Darwin Amphitheatre.
Your package includes tickets to awards to create a unique Top End holiday.
The NIMA’s celebrate Aboriginal music coming from all corners of the country bringing together acts who are yet to make their mark on the world alongside those who have achieved international acclaim, such as Jessica Mauboy.
The NIMA’s brings music lovers of all ages and cultures from across Australia together to a enjoy a night of music and celebrations – Yothu Yindi, Troy Cassar-Daley, A B Original and Baker Boy have all performed and won awards at the NIMA’s.
The Awards are a family friendly, not-to-be-missed event in the Australian music calendar.
Telstra National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Art Awards (NATSIAA) - 10 August - 23 November 2019
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.
Entry is free and is held at the Museum & Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. 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.
Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair (DAAF) - 9 - 11 August 2019
The Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair showcases the contemporary fine art of over seventy Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Centres and 2,000 artists from across Australia and is held at the Darwin Convention Centre. This is a free event. The fair provides an amazing opportunity for arts industry buyers, art & design aficionados to purchase art directly from Aboriginal owned Art Centres. The Fair showcases the work of emerging and established artists and provides a space for visitors to meet them and learn from the variety of different cultural groups across Australia. DAAF also hosts a program of artist workshops & demonstrations, cultural performances and storytelling, artist’s talks and the DAAF fashion parades.
Your package also includes tickets to two fashion shows held on 7 August 2019.
Show 1: Gorman & Mangkaja Arts Collection (7.00pm) - Show duration 30 mins
The Gorman & Mangkaja Arts Collection will showcase 40 looks featuring the artwork of artists from Fitzroy Crossing in Western Australia. Gorman is an Australian fashion label that is celebrating 10 years of supporting artists, designers, and makers from around the world.
Show 2: From Country to Couture (8.30pm) - Show duration: 60 mins
"From Country to Couture" celebrates the marriage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander contemporary fine art and high-end fashion. The success of the textile design movement in remote Indigenous communities has led to exciting collaborations with well known Australian designers. And in 2019, From Country to Couture celebrates its 4th year, and will showcase eight remarkable boutique collections that have been designed and crafted in collaboration remote community Art Centres.
Sightseeing in the NT’s capital city is easy with the Hop on Hop off Bus 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 5 August 2019 or until sold out prior. IMPORTANT: Please take note of the included tickets for this package and the dates, as you will be need to travel over this period. 3 night packages must include 10 August 2019 as entry to the National Indigenous Music Award is included on this night. For 5 & 7 night packages, tickets for the fashion show are included on the evening of 7 August 2019, as well as entry to the National Indigenous Music Awards on 10 August 2019. Travel dates must overlap these events. Some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 11 April 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.