Discover Darwin

A city of contrasts and extremes, Darwin is situated at the top of Australia on the doorstep of the world heritage-listed Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Uluru. Darwin Festival celebrates the best of the north Australian lifestyle, taking place across 18 warm, temperate days and nights in outdoor venues designed for relaxing.

Escape the August winter for some hot tropical fun! Come and see how this small city has dialled up the cool and transformed into a hip and fun capital while retaining its unique, old-school charm. It’s time you visited Darwin.

Hot August Nights

The 2020 Darwin Festival runs from 6-23 August. Start planning your HOT AUGUST NIGHTS!

Getting here

Getting to Darwin is an easy three to four hour flight from most Australian capital cities. Darwin is also closer to Asia than any other capital city in Australia, with many international routes from neighbouring countries.

Once you’ve had your fill of the Top End (believe us, you may never want to leave!), consider flying home or onto your next adventure with Qantas – the Official Airline Partner of Darwin Festival.

Where to stay

Accommodation in Darwin ranges from inner city beachside resorts and five-star hotels, to hostel and backpacker lodges – there’s something for every budget. Check out our accommodation partners below.

Secrets of Darwin

Unique Territory dining experiences, a buzzing markets scene, heroic outdoor adventures, an epic coastline from which to worship spectacular sunsets, and of course, a fantastic arts scene! Our friends below are in the know.

Extend your visit

Make Darwin Festival your gateway to the Northern Territory and Australia. Aside from the many and varied croc experiences you can expect from a visit to the Top End (a must do!) our friends at Tourism Top End have sniffed out some of the other best ways to experience the culture and landscape of this unique part of the world.

Plan your itinerary

How to get around

Explore Darwin at your own pace with Thrifty car hire.



Blue Air by Elise Derwin
Birds Eye View by Nichole Taylor
NATSIAA by Elise Derwin
Taiwan in the Park by Connor Askham
City of Darwin Teddy Bears' Picnic by Elise Derwin
Vietnamese Water Puppets by Elise Derwin
CUBE by Elise Derwin
The Aurora Spiegeltent by Duane Preston
Bodies Over Bitumen by Elise Derwin

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