The best of the Top End: A Darwin city guide

If you’ve landed on this page, it’s a safe bet to assume you’re either a tourist looking for a Darwin city guide, or a local looking for a Darwin city guide to share with all your family and friends who come to Darwin. (We can hardly blame them!)

We’ve pulled together our dot-point version of the best bits of Darwin into a city guide, for you to screenshot before your visit, or send to your nearest and dearest prior to theirs! Sometimes all you need is a good list!

BEST COFFEE

Darwin city guide - best coffee
Fresh Point Parap
  • Trader Bar (City & Winnellie)
  • Postie (City)
  • Ruby Gs (City & Coconut Grove)
  • Fresh Point (Parap & Palmerston)
  • Mad About Coffee (Parap)
  • Johnn Johnns (City)
  • Kopi Stop (city)

BREAKFAST / BRUNCH / LUNCH

City:

Suburbs:

  • Laneway (Parap)
  • Ruby Gs (Coconut Grove)
  • Besser Brew Bar (Winnellie)
  • Sweet Brew (Stuart park)
  • De La Plage (Casuarina Beach)
  • Eva’s (Botanic Gardens)
  • Lucky Bat (Nightcliff)

BARS / PUBS

Darwin city guide - best beer
One Mile Brewery
  • Lola’s Pergola (Cullen Bay, waterfront bar)
  • Sailing Club & Ski Club (Fannie Bay / Vesteys Beach, beach bar)
  • Babylon Bar (CBD, laneway bar)
  • Charlies of Darwin (CBD, gin bar)
  • Trader Bar (CBD, cocktail bar)
  • Doms (Nightcliff, cocktail bar)
  • Stonehouse (CBD, wine bar)
  • Beachfront Hotel (Nightcliff, pub)
  • The Precinct (Waterfront, pub/sports bar)
  • One Mile (Winnellie, brewery)
  • Willing Distillery (Winnellie, Gin)

RESTAURANTS

Waterfront / on the water

  • Hot Tamale (Mexican)
  • Chow (Vietnamese)
  • The Ski Club (Classic Pub Food)
  • Dinah Beach Cruising Yacht Club (Fresh Seafood)
  • Pee Wees at the Point (Fine Dining)

Darwin City

  • Little Miss Korea (Korean)
  • Alfonsinos (Italian)
  • Hanuman (Asian Fusion)
  • Good Thanks (Burger Bar)
  • Charlie’s of Darwin (Local ingredient infused cuisine)
  • The Darwin Club (Fine dining)

Nightcliff

  • Spice Garden (Indian)
  • Cucina Sotto Le Stelle (Pizza van)

DARWIN CITY GUIDE: THINGS TO DO

Sail Darwin Harbour Cruise

DARWIN CITY GUIDE: NATIONAL PARKS

kakadu guide
Maguk Falls – Kakadu

Kakadu

  • Kakadu is at its best at sunrise and sunset – A yellow water cruise at sunrise and Ubirr at sunset is our preferred combination!
  • Glamping tents at Cooinda are a nice treat!
  • A lot of the good waterfalls are down unsealed roads / 4wd tracks – we recommend a 4wd for the full experience!
  • Maguk, Jim Jim & Moline are our faves – and Motor Car falls you can swim at most of the year.
  • The rock art/views at Burrungkuy (Nourlangie) is spectacular.

Litchfield

  • There is accommodation out there – but can also be done in a day from Darwin if you’re short on time.
  • All popular spots are 2WD access – Florence Falls, Wangi Falls & Buley Rockhole.
  • If you’re keen on a hike AND a swim go to Cascades or Greenant Creek Walk.
  • If you’re keen on a 4wd adventure go to Sandy Creek/Tjaetaba falls and Surprise Creek falls.

Nitmiluk (Katherine)

  • Stop at Edith (Leliyn) Falls on the way out & swim at the top!
  • Nitmiluk Gorge is spectacular, experience it in either a Kayak or on a cruise
  • The Katherine Hot Springs are worth a dip
  • Check out our 3 days in Katherine article!

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