Darwin International Airport is the primary and only airport serving Darwin in Northern Territory, Australia. It is the busiest airport in Australia's Northern Territory and the 10th busiest airport in the country. The aviation facility is located 13km from the city centre, and shares a runway with the Royal Australian Air Force Base in Darwin (RAAF Base Darwin). The airport is equipped with an international terminal, a domestic terminal, and a cargo terminal. Shops and food establishments are available at both passenger terminals.
What to see & do
Kakadu National Park - The national park located 171km east of Darwin boasts of the highest concentration of Aboriginal rock art in the world. The park comprises of over 110,000km2 and is the perfect destination to learn more about Aboriginal culture, arts, and outdoor activities. Kakadu National Park is home to approximately 68 mammals, over 290 bird species, over 120 reptiles, and over 300 freshwater fish species, as well as 2,000 species of plants. It is the largest national park in Australia.
George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens - About 2km north of Darwin's central business district is 42 hectares of botanical gardens known for their large collection of north Australian and tropical species such as cycads, palms, gingers, and heliconias. The gardens are owned by the Northern Territory Parks and Wildlife Commission, but operated by Friends of the Darwin Botanic Gardens.
Mindil Beach - The beach called Mindil Beach is situated near Darwin's central business district. It hosts a seasonal market, the Mindil Beach Sunset Markets, which run from May until October of every year. Also held at the beach annually is the Darwin beer-can regatta. There are playgrounds around for children, and street performances that everyone can enjoy. Additionally, the beautiful scenery and the international cuisine are also not to be missed.
How to get around within Darwin
The best way to explore areas that aren't regularly covered by local transportation is by renting a car at any of the car rental agencies available in Darwin. Travellers can also book a cab online, by phone, at taxi ranks, or hail one right off the street, but this gives less freedom in terms of time management because the availability of the taxis and how quickly they can get to the pick-up location varies. The bus service in Darwin operates daily, with bus interchanges located within the city itself. Tickets can be bought on board or at the interchanges. The buses are air-conditioned, and taking the bus is perhaps the best way to get around Darwin for people who are on a budget but do not want to walk in the heat from one place to another. Some of the buses even have free Wi-Fi for its passengers.
How to get there
Regional airline Airnorth is based on the Darwin International Airport, and links the city to several other destinations in Australia such as McArthur River Mine, Mount Isa, Port Hedland, The Granites, Townsville, and Cairns. The airport is also served by airlines such as Jetstar Airways, Malaysia Airlines, Philippine Airlines, and Silk Air to provide flights to and from Singapore, Manila, and a few other cities in nearby countries.
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