Darwin is arguably Australia's most cosmopolitan city, boasting a population made up of people from more than 60 nationalities and 70 different ethnic backgrounds. Darwin's traditional owners, the Larrakia people, are prominent and active members of the community, and many still adhere closely to their traditional beliefs and customs. Darwin has evolved from its days as an incredibly laid back frontier town and while it still retains its relaxed charm, it has become a highly sophisticated city.
Darwin enjoys a perennial summer with a unique climate that boasts near perfect weather from May to September (the ‘dry season') with clear blue skies, cool nights, and warm, temperate days around 30 degrees celsius. The ‘tropical summer' season which runs from October to April is different altogether with spectacular lightning storms, cooling tropical rains, and a vibrant natural landscape that really comes alive!
Accommodation in Darwin ranges from hostel and backpacker lodges, to inner city resorts and five star hotels. With international standard restaurants, shopping malls, marinas, a beach-side casino and of course, in August the excitement of Festival time, there is plenty to discover and explore.
Getting to the Northern Territory is easy. Darwin is only a three to four hour flight from most Australian capital cities. Qantas, Jetstar, Virgin Australia, Tiger Air and Airnorth all fly regularly to Darwin. Darwin is also closer to Asia than any other capital city in Australia, with many international routes to neighbouring Asian countries.
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You can ride FREE on Darwin Public Transport with a Darwin Festival event ticket for that same day. Each person travelling must be holding a valid Festival ticket or normal fares apply. Present your ticket to the driver to ride free.
For service times and nearest bus stops to venues, see the Department of Transport's website. You can also jump aboard the Hop On, Hop Off Bus on Fri 5 and Sat 6 Aug to travel between Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair and the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory. The bus leaves from the front of the Darwin Convention Centre 10am each morning.