The Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront provides modern accommodation right next to the Darwin Wave Pool and Beach Lagoon, a lush grassy area to relax on, walking distance to the popular Stokes Hill Wharf and the dining hub of Darwin’s seafront promenade. The hotel provides 24-hour reception, a gym, free WiFi, a spa and 24-hour room service. Downstairs you’ll find plenty of eateries at your doorstop such as Curve Café & Bar, The Precinct and many more if you have a stroll around the relaxing waterfront area.
Where to eat:
A 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:
Our walk begins at the HMAS Darwin Anchor site, chosen for its connection to the Harbour and Darwin’s former Navy Headquarters in the post WWII years. We follow the path to Darwin’s Waterfront Precinct, stopping to view the installations by local artists. Enjoy a bird’s eye view of the first of 4 Bruce Munro’s Tropical Light installations, ‘Time and Again,’ designed specifically for this exhibition. Discover the stories that inspired Bruce Munro to design a celebration of Darwin’s wonderful tropical summer, captured in light, where water plays a pivotal role in nature’s regeneration. Learn about the Gulumoerrgin Calendar used by the Larrakia, traditional owners of the land on which Darwin sits. We view ‘Sun Lily’; another sculpture composed uniquely for Darwin and one of 3 installations that the Walk Darwin team volunteered on to bring the Tropical Light exhibition to life. We share a ‘behind-the-scenes’ perspective on the intricacies of each art piece and the logistical feat to bring this exhibition from the UK to Darwin. An evening at the Waterfront isn’t complete without a refreshing stop to prepare for even more mesmerising adventures. Our theme of replenishment is enjoyed with a delightful tropical mocktail reflecting the cool waters of Darwin Harbour and a tasting of seasonal and local delights. We continue our walk under the sparkling ‘Light Shower’ and on to the seawall to view the colourful ‘Water Towers’; an interpretation of water tanks synonymous with life rural Darwin. The tour ends in the heart of the Waterfront’s dining precinct; the perfect location to enjoy dinner or simply relax with a refreshing drink and soak up the views.
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.
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.
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 March 2020. For travel until 31 March 2020. Black out dates apply 31 December 2019 and some inclusions may be closed over public holidays. Prices and inclusions are correct as of 18 November 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.