Destination guide

Experience Darwin in holiday homes to rent

On the northern tip of Australia’s Northern Territory, you’ll find the city of Darwin. The Northern Territory is typically sparsely populated, but Darwin is the exception. While the population is small compared with most Australian cities on the east coast, it’s still packed full of attractions that all kinds of travellers can enjoy. When you book holiday homes to rent, you can experience everything Darwin has to offer in luxurious comfort.

Things to do

Points of interest near Darwin holiday homes

No matter where you book Darwin holiday homes, you’ll be close to something interesting. The Darwin Entertainment Centre is one of the most popular locations, as it frequently hosts theatre and orchestral performances that should delight patrons of the fine arts. You may also want to visit the Northern Territory Museum and Art Gallery, where you’ll find works of art that showcase the history of the state. If you’re interested in high-end restaurants and local nightlife, be sure to take a walk down Mitchell Street, the city’s entertainment district. You can even find an open-air cinema here that showcases indie films.


Activities and attractions in and around Darwin

Do you want to find attractions to visit in the area? Although it can be tempting to stay in your comfortable holiday rental, you'll want to check out everything that Darwin has to offer. These are some of the most popular attractions to see, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Crocosaurus Cove (0.2 mi / 0.4 km)
  • Indo Pacific Marine (0.6 mi / 0.9 km)
  • Aquascene (0.7 mi / 1.2 km)
  • Flight Path Golf & Outdoor Recreation (5.9 mi / 9.5 km)
  • Crocodylus Park (6.7 mi / 10.8 km)
Natural highlights

Exploring the natural features in Darwin

Whether you're looking for fun outdoor activities or just want to take in the scenery, Darwin is a great place to get out in nature. These are a few of the area's most eye-catching sights, all within 30 miles (48.2 km) of the city centre:

  • Wave Lagoon (0.4 mi / 0.6 km)
  • Darwin Waterfront (0.4 mi / 0.7 km)
  • Bicentennial Park (0.5 mi / 0.7 km)
  • George Brown Darwin Botanic Gardens (1.4 mi / 2.2 km)
  • Mindil Beach (1.5 mi / 2.5 km)
  • Charles Darwin National Park (2.5 mi / 4 km)

Beaches near your Darwin holiday accommodation

As a major coastal city, Darwin offers plenty of beaches that the whole family can enjoy, no matter where your holiday accommodation is booked in town. One of the most popular locations is Mindil Beach. The beach itself is perfect for relaxing in the sand or going for a swim, and because it faces west, many people gather here to watch the sunset. You’ll also find the Mindil Beach Markets here, in which small shops set up to sell crafts and fresh food. You may also want to visit Fannie Bay Beach. The pristine sand on this beach makes it an ideal spot to take a walk or even traverse the shoreline on horseback. If you visit during the dry season, you don’t have to worry about jellyfish either.

How to get there

How to get to and around Darwin

Fly into Darwin, NT (DRW-Darwin Intl.), the closest airport, located 4.5 mi (7.3 km) from the city centre.

How to get around

Transport to Darwin holiday homes

Getting to Darwin holiday homes is fairly easy as the city is the capital of the Northern Territory. Darwin International Airport is just a few kilometres from the city centre in Marrara, a local suburb. From there, you’ll find bus services and car hires that can get you to Darwin proper. You’ll also find long-distance rail services that reach as far as Adelaide, so you can get in that way as well. Numerous highways lead to the city including Stuart Highway, which stretches the length of the state. Once you’re in Darwin, there’s a bus network that can take you around town and even to some surrounding suburbs.


Events near Darwin holiday rentals

It’s important to consider when you want to book holiday rentals, as Darwin holds several annual festivals you may not want to miss. The Darwin Festival is likely the most popular, as it includes a bit of everything from the world of performing arts. Held sometime during the local dry season from May to October, this festival features numerous events including concerts, theatre productions, dance performances and films. On the first day of July, you can help celebrate Territory Day, one of the few days a year in which fireworks are allowed in Darwin. On Mindil Beach, you can even see a community fireworks display with massive explosions and bright colours as the sun sets.

Where to stay near Darwin?

Our 2019 accommodation listings offer a large selection of 155 holiday rentals near Darwin. From 36 Houses to 94 Condos/Apartments, find unique holiday homes for you to enjoy a memorable stay with your family and friends. The best place to stay near Darwin for a long holiday or a weekend break is on HomeAway.

What are the most popular destinations to visit in Darwin?

There are many lovely places to stay for a long holiday or just a weekend break in Darwin. From HomeAway travellers, the popular destinations to visit are:

  • Darwin City Centre: 84 holiday rentals
  • Parap: 143 holiday rentals
  • Nightcliff: 142 holiday rentals
  • Top End: 145 holiday rentals
  • Rapid Creek: 142 holiday rentals

HomeAway offers you the possibility to discover many other popular destinations in Darwin! Please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday rentals available in other popular destinations.

What are the main cities to discover in Darwin?

Whether you are travelling solo or with family and friends, here are the cities in Darwin with the largest selection of holiday rentals for a perfect city break:

  • Parap: 143 holiday homes
  • Nightcliff: 142 holiday homes
  • Top End: 145 holiday homes
  • Rapid Creek: 142 holiday homes
  • Stuart Park: 144 holiday homes

For other cities, please use our search bar to access the selection of holiday homes available.

Near which points of interest can I spend my holidays in Darwin?

HomeAway offers a large selection of holiday homes near great places to visit in Darwin. From HomeAway travellers, the more popular points of interest to stay for a holiday trip or just for a weekend are:

  • Darwin Waterfront: 150 holiday rentals
  • Casuarina Beach: 148 holiday rentals
  • Cullen Bay Marina: 148 holiday rentals
  • Mindil Beach: 151 holiday rentals
  • Casuarina Square: 151 holiday rentals

But there are many other points of interest around Darwin listed on HomeAway where you can find your place to stay. Just write your wanted destination in our search bar and have a look at our selection of holiday homes.