Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory. It is a friendly, relaxed and modern city encompassed by parkland’s over looking the Timor sea. It is a destination renowned for its tropical climate and colourful characters.
HOW TO GET THERE
The Darwin domestic and international airport are located in the same terminal on Henry Wrigley Drive in Marrara. A 13 kilometer, or approximately a 15 minute drive from the Darwin CBD. Costs approx $30.
Darwin Airport arrivals hall is on the ground level with accessible toilets.
The domestic and international departures are accessible by lift to the first floor with aerobridges to the aircraft.
There are limited accessible public transport options from the airport, with the bus stop approximately 500m from the terminal operating four times a day and not all buses are accessible.
Pre book an accessible taxi with Darwin Radio Taxi or Blue Taxi Company and City Minibus.
Most NT public buses have an easy-access low floor and are fitted with ramps that provide access for standard wheelchairs and light-weight mobility aids.
Accessible taxi’s are a good option, and plan to base yourself in the city so you are only a short distance from many of the attractions.
Wheelchair Recharge Points in the NT
Use the National Toilet Register to find the accessible options.
The Territory is traditionally divided into the wet and dry. It is warm and sunny from May to September, and this is the best time to visit.
The Top End is host to a wide range of incredible, world-class, unique events. Honour Aboriginal culture at indigenous celebrations in remote communities or revel in major sporting events such as the V8 Supercars, Australian SuperBikes and Darwin Cup Carnival.
The Speargrass Festival is held annually the week prior to July’s first full moon and celebrates the alternative Top End lifestyle. The festival activities include music, locally produced films, screen printing, basket weaving, spear throwing, Kubb competition, bingo, communal organic cooking, morning yoga, meditation etc.
GOOD TO KNOW
The central business district (CBD) is relatively flat and easy to navigate with many accessible paths, tourism attractions and services in close proximity of the CBD.
Held every Thursday and Sunday night from April 25th to October, the Mindil Beach markets are Darwin’s largest and most popular weekly markets. They feature a multitude of stalls offering international cuisine, arts, crafts and entertainment. The combination of great food and an electric atmosphere make it a must visit. Enjoy a picnic dinner on the beach while watching a spectacular tropical sunset.
Other popular markets worth visiting are the Saturday morning Parap Village Markets, the Sunday morning Nightcliff Markets and Rapid Creek Markets (Darwin’s oldest markets) and Palmerston’s Friday night markets.
The Parap swimming pool is a short taxi ride from the CBD. It has an aqua-lift to assist people to get in and out of the water.
Parliament House and the Supreme Court are visually spectacular buildings, with the State library open to the public a café and tours all a short distance from the visitor information center and accessible by wheelchair ramps.
Smith Street Mall is almost opposite the Visitor Information Centre, it is a hub for cafes, and shops with an art gallery, playground and food court and markets in the dry season.
Defence of Darwin Experience and Darwin Military Museum – located at East Point over looking the Timor Sea.
The Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery is located in Darwin gives an overview of the history of the area, including exhibits on Cyclone Tracy and the boats of the Pacific Islands. Mitchell Street in the central business district is lined with nightclubs, takeaways, and restaurants. This is the city’s entertainment hub.
Darwin Waterfront Precinct is just five minutes’ walk from the city centre. The swimming lagoon is a favourite. There are accessible bathrooms, but no beach wheelchairs to borrow.
Crocosarous Cove brings together some of the largest Saltwater Crocodiles in Australia & boasting the World’s largest display of Australian reptiles, it is a must see attraction when visiting Darwin and the Top End.
Photo credit: Shaana McNaught/Tourism NT