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Destination Overview: Darwin

Population:

100,000

Vacation Packages Available:

Nature and Adventure
Culture and History
Islands and beaches

Darwin, capital of Australia's Northern Territory, is a modern, tropical city set on a harbor twice the size of Sydney's. Considered Australia's most culturally diverse city. More than 50 nationalities make up Darwin's population, including the area's traditional landowners, the Larrakia Aboriginal people. Darwin is the gateway to the Northern Territory's Top End, servicing other destinations like Litchfield National Park and the Tiwi Islands, and often the launch pad for travel to Kakadu National Park and Arnhem Land.

World Heritage-listed Kakadu National Park is situated 155 miles (250 kilometres) from Darwin. Rugged escarpments, lush wetlands, plunging gorges and waterfalls exist side by side. Known for its natural and cultural wonders, Kakadu has one of the highest concentrated areas of accessible Aboriginal rock art sites in the world. The unspoiled wetlands of the nearby Mary River National Park are packed with birds and plentiful supplies of barramundi.

Arnhem Land is vast – 35,135 square miles (91,000 square kilometres). It is located in the middle of Australia's northern coast and bounded by Kakadu National Park, the Arafura Sea and the Gulf of Carpentaria. Blessed with wild coastlines, deserted islands, rivers teeming with fish, rainforests, soaring escarpments and savanna woodland, Arnhem Land is one of the last great pristine areas of the world. Its small population is predominantly Aboriginal people - Yolgnu being the dominant group - whose traditional culture remains largely intact. This is also where the didjeridu originated. Like a country within a country, access to Arnhem Land is restricted by decree of the traditional landowners. Only select tour operators who have earned the trust of traditional landowners may bring visitors in. It is therefore advised to travel to Arnhem Land on a tour.

Temperature (monthly averages):

  Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Max °C 32 31 32 33 32 31 30 31 33 33 33 33
Max °F 90 88 90 91 90 88 86 88 91 91 91 91
Min °C 25 25 25 24 22 20 19 21 23 25 25 25
Min °F 77 77 77 75 72 68 66 70 73 77 77 77
Rainfall (mm) 426 354 322 102 21 1 1 6 16 73 140 249
Sunny Days 10 8 12 21 29 29 30 30 28 24 18 14
Sunshine Hrs 6 6 7 9 10 10 10 10 10 9 8 7

Source:

Australian Bureau of Meteorology (BoM) - climate averages

   

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