The laid-back Australian city serves as the capital of its Northern Territory. A modern metropolis, it also places visitors close to nature, with the Kakadu and Litchfield National Parks close by and a central green area of the Bicentennial Park found at the waterfront. Darwin served as an outpost during the frontier times – a history that can be explored in its Museum and Art Gallery – and was named after the explorer Charles Darwin (who incidentally never actually visited the place). While Sydney harbour may be more famous, Darwin’s is actually five times larger.
Mindil Beach Casino Resort
Like so many Aussie cities, Darwin has great beaches. This resort places guests right beside a stretch of golden sand. But if you’d rather take a dip within the confines of the hotel, you can enjoy the infinity pool, which provides an adults-only beach-club experience complete with bar and beats (DJs play at the weekend). There are walking and jogging tracks through the area, three restaurants, four bars, a spa and Mindil’s main event; the casino. This is open from 10 am to 4 am with pokies and ritzy table games. All of the resort’s bedrooms come with a private balcony or patio, minibars and some with direct lagoon pool access.
Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
Those preferring a self-catering option can book a one, two or three-bedroom suite sleeping up to seven, with optional water views and paired car hire. All have private terraces and require a minimum two-night stay (larger apartments have five and seven-day minimums). Right next to the Waterfront Precinct, many wining and dining establishments are found on the property’s doorstep, although the fully equipped kitchen and BBQ facilities ensure you can cook up at feast in-suite. The venue is ideal for families with a wave pool on the grounds, plus porta cots, high chairs and strollers available on request.