The picturesque city of Darwin is packed with traditional ‘summer’ activities – swimming, fishing, camping and hiking. But, luckily for visitors, these pastimes aren’t strictly limited to summer months (or as Darwin locals call it, the wet season).
If you’re considering escaping the chilly winter weather and heading north, put Darwin’s pleasant dry season at the top of your holiday bucket list. Here are four reasons to visit Darwin in winter and accommodation in Darwin to suit you.
To enjoy pleasant temperatures and low humidity during ‘the Dry’
Many say the Top End’s dry season (or ‘the Dry’) is one of the most enjoyable times of year to visit thanks to its average temperature of approximately 27 degrees, its mild evenings and its days with low levels of humidity. Visiting during the Dry means you’ll enjoy comfortable weather for outdoor activities such as bushwalking, camping and cycling. It means most areas in and around Darwin will be easily accessible, as during wet season, road closures or area shutdowns due to harsh weather conditions are common and hard to avoid.
To attend the annual Darwin Festival
Typically held in August each year, the vibrant Darwin Festival program boasts an array of comedy, cabaret, music, theatre, visual arts and other live events the whole family will enjoy. The inaugural Darwin Festival was held in 1979 to promote the beautification of Darwin following the devastation of Cyclone Tracy years before.
Even if you don’t have a ticket to a Darwin Festival event, the atmosphere in Darwin during the festival is palpable – pay a visit to the festival grounds for a drink or bite to eat under plenty of twinkling lights and the balmy Darwin night sky.
To have the best chance of spotting giant turtles
Darwin’s giant turtles begin their plight to nest during dry season, so this a great time of year to maximise your chances of turtle-spotting. At the beginning of the ‘Dry’, hop on a local eco tour to witness turtles laying their eggs, or if you’re visiting towards the end of the season, try to spot turtles hatching from the shore.
To make the most of peak blue water fishing season
Though Darwin is a great place for fishing year-round, the dry season is a particularly great time to catch barramundi, Spanish mackerel and longtail tuna (to name a few species). Reef fishing is also popular at this time of year, when you’re likely to have luck catching golden snapper, black jewfish and coral trout.
Ready to start planning your dream Darwin winter getaway?
You’ll need a reliable base to explore the city from – that’s where we come in. Take your pick from a garden bungalow, hotel room or private villa at the vibrant Palms City Resort. Our convenient CBD location provides easy access to the Darwin Esplanade or the waterfront, and our friendly team are always on call to ensure everything about your stay is perfect. View room rates, special offers and more information at https:///www.palmscityresort.com.