Fly To Darwin, Australia
Situated in the far reaches of the Northern Territory, Darwin is the quintessential Australian outback city, with a number of features that makes it far less off the beaten track than it may seem.
If you are thinking of Charles Darwin when you hear the name of the city, then you will not be wrong in assuming that he may have influenced the naming process. In fact, John Clements Wickham named the area ‘Port Darwin’ after his ship-mate on previous explorations. This shipmate was Charles Darwin, who would later go on to become one of Britain’s most famous naturalists.
The area also plays a very important role in Aboriginal history, with reserves that can be visited to better understand the indigenous culture of Australia.
Visa Requirements and SA Embassy Details
- South African Passport holders travelling to Darwin do need a Visa to enter Australia. Ensure that you leave plenty of time to get things organised. Your passport needs to be valid for at least 6 months after your planned return, with 2 or more blank pages available for Visas and entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in Australia is situated in Melbourne. Como Towers, Level 16 644 Chapel Street, South Yarra VIC 3141. Phone: + 61 3 8825 4114.
See and do
Darwin offers visitors numerous outdoor attractions, as well as museums and other landmarks. George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens is well worth a visit, as is Charles Darwin National Park. Then there are museums including the Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; historical sites such as Darwin Wharf Precinct; and general landmarks along the likes of East Point Reserve.
Walking tours (self-guided and otherwise) are ideal to get a sense of the city’s history and culture. Aboriginal heritage is very rich in this part of the country, with traditional dancing, music and art to be enjoyed. Wildlife encounters can be enjoyed at spots such as the crocodile park, butterfly park and Aquascene. There are festivals taking place throughout the year, ranging from the Beer Regatta to music, film and almost everything else in between.
Shopping options range from standard malls to fascinating options such as Mindil Beach Sunset Market; practical camping outlets such as NT General Store and speciality shops such as Parap Fine Foods. Things to buy in this city include traditional and/or contemporary Aboriginal art, pottery, jewellery, books, ‘bushwacking’ equipment and arts and crafts.
Walking is a fun way to get around Darwin – it can get very hot however so if you do plan to walk, wear cool clothing and carry drinking water. You can also hire a car if you prefer to travel at your own pace, take a boat shuttle to get out to off-shore locations or take a tour bus or regular bus for a more organised way to see the sights.
Darwin Airport (Greater Darwin) – DRW
Food and beverage: Giancarlo Cafe and Bar, Bumbu, Hungry Jack's.
Currency Exchange: There are ATMs and currency exchange desks in the passenger areas at Darwin Airport.
Lost Luggage: You can report lost luggage through your airline at the Lost & Found office (in Terminal Control Centre on the ground floor next to Gate 6).
Airport Hotels: Rydges Darwin Airport Resort, Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel.
Car Hire: Hertz, Avis, Thrifty, Budget, Europcar.
Airport Hub: Darwin Airport (code DRW) is a hub for Jetstar Airways and Qantas.