Darwin is by far the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory. The Northern Territory is the 'real outback' and within it's borders you will find some of the most recognised natural Australian icons. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities.

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Darwin is the capital city of the Northern Territory, Australia. Situated on the Timor Sea, Darwin is by far the largest and most populated city in the sparsely populated Northern Territory. It is the smallest and most northerly of the Australian capital cities, and acts as the Top End's regional centre. Darwin has grown from a pioneer outpost and small port into one of Australia's most modern and multicultural cities.

Tourism is one of Darwin's largest industries. Darwin is a hub for tours to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park and Katherine Gorge. Tourism is largely seasonal with most tourists visiting during the cooler dry season which runs from April to September. From Darwin, it's a day trip to World heritage-listed Kakadu National Park – a rich tapestry of wetlands, wildlife and Aboriginal rock art galleries. Fly to Australia's Red Centre, home to the sacred, sandstone monolith of Uluru, as well as Alice Springs, Kings Canyon, Finke Gorge National Park and the MacDonnell Ranges.

Darwin is also the departure point for unique Australian adventure. Travel across the continent to Adelaide on historic Explorers Highway or the Ghan train trip. You can also arc through Australia's north-west corner driving the Savannah Way to Broome.

Darwin is the Northern Territory's major mining hub. It's mining and energy industry production exceeds $2.5 billion per annum.

Travelling Around Darwin

Darwin has an efficient and affordable bus network serviced by a range of contracted bus operators, which provides transport to the main suburbs of Darwin. Darwin has no commuter rail system, however long distance passenger rail services do operate out of the city.

The Ghan passenger train service from Adelaide via Alice Springs and Katherine runs two to three times per week depending on the season.

Darwin International Airport is Darwin's only airport. Ferries also operate from Port Darwin to island locations, mainly for tourists.

Weather in Darwin

Darwin has a tropical climate with distinct wet and dry seasons and the average maximum temperature is similar all year round. The dry season runs from May to September. The wet season is associated with tropical cyclones and monsoon rains. The majority of rainfall occurs between December and when thunderstorms are common.

The hottest month is November, just before the onset of the main rainy season. Because of its long dry season, Darwin has the most daily average sunshine hours (8.4) of any Australian capital.

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