Mindil Beach and Marina-view hotels
One of Darwin's greatest natural attractions is Mindil Beach – a 500-metre expanse of golden shoreline facing the Beagle Gulf. Beach meets blackjack at the 5-star SKYCITY Casino, where the discerning traveller will feel right at home with private beach access, an infinity pool and a swim-up bar.
From April to October (the "dry" season), Mindil Beach plays host to the famous Sunset Market every Thursday and Sunday evening, where art and entertainment fill the space between stalls of diverse and delicious cuisine. Alternatively, stay at a hotel circling the marina such as Cullen Bay Resorts to be within arm's reach of delectable Darwin dining options.
Book your room on the Esplanade
Ease into the leisurely Northern Territorian way of life on the Esplanade, where a number of Darwin hotels are found just moments from the city centre. With a mix of hotel rooms and multi-room apartments, the 4-star Mantra on the Esplanade has everyone covered, from honeymooners requiring an ocean-view penthouse suite to families seeking a spacious room close to the must-see sights.
Also earning a 4-star rating is the Novotel Darwin Atrium, located amid a number of hotels and motels on the Esplanade reaching towards Darwin Harbour, where cafes, restaurants and even more hotels line the lagoon.
Departing from Darwin? Stay near the airport
As a university town, port city and multicultural hub, there's a lot to learn and love about Darwin. However, if your time is limited and you're looking for quick and convenient accommodation, there are a few hotels close to Darwin Airport perfect for an overnight stay.
Rydges Darwin Airport Hotel has everything you need on a quick trip, including a complementary airport shuttle service and transfers into the city centre, 11 kilometres away. Nearby is the Best Western Darwin Airport Gateway Motel, with business, executive and family rooms to suit a range of travel needs and a spacious pool to wash away the tropical heat.