Backpackers and the budget-conscious can choose from an array of hostels and motels, many in the heart of the CBD and within strolling distance of bars, nightclubs and restaurants. The city centre also has a variety of mid-range hotel chains that promise comfort but leave you with enough change to enjoy yourself.
If you’re keen to splash out, there’s ample opportunity. In the CBD you’ll find such time-honoured establishments as the Hilton Hotel, which entices guests with its contemporary rooms and upmarket bar and grill. Over at the Wharf Precinct is the more modern Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, overlooking the popular Wave Lagoon and Stokes Hill Wharf dining precinct. There’s also Skycity, on Gilruth Avenue, which is worth a visit for its extensive array of attractions such as a putting green, restaurants, swimming pool, bars and a casino that’s open 24/7.
Our top picks
Skycity Darwin - The Gardens
Gilruth Avenue, The Gardens
Set over seven hectares of lush tropical gardens, this luxurious hotel is a destination in itself with plush rooms and suites, a 24-hour casino, lagoon-style pool, putting green and a selection of chic bars and restaurants.
Mantra on the Esplanade
88 The Esplanade
Superbly placed on the Esplanade, this modern hotel creates magical views of the Arafura Sea from most of its contemporary apartments, accompanied by a refreshing pool, bubbling spa and casual restaurant.
Darwin Central Hotel
21 Knuckey Street
Offering modern stylish rooms and convenient self-catering studios, this fabulously central hotel, a short stroll from the Esplanade, also features a breakfast restaurant, cafe and refreshing plunge pool.
Doubletree by Hilton Darwin
122 The Esplanade
In a prime Esplanade location overlooking Darwin Harbour, this contemporary hotel boasts stylish rooms and suites with floor-to-ceiling windows and balconies, a poolside bar and modern-Australian restaurant.
Travelodge Mirambeena Resort Darwin
64 Cavenagh Street
This city centre resort and its light-filled modern rooms create a welcoming tropical oasis, encircling a lagoon-style pool, cascading waterfall, lush landscaped gardens and a poolside cafe.