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The capital city of the Northern Territory, the Outback state, Darwin is the city to visit for nature lovers and outdoor adventurers. The city’s parks offer opportunities for fishing, biking, walking and hiking with the beaches being a haven for markets, sunsets and picnics. Darwin holidays and flights offer the chance to enjoy a homely, country town alternative to the more tourist heavy, urban Australian cities.
Darwin is famous for its crocodiles and although you may not want to come across one while swimming in the Darwin Harbour, visiting them at Crocosaurus Cove, Darwin’s Crocodile Park is a fun day out for the whole family. The park allows you to swim safely up next to the crocodile enclosure, hold baby crocs and see other reptiles and sea life in the reptile enclosure and aquarium. All inclusive Darwin holiday and flight packages are a great option for a family getaway and perfect for heat seekers as the temperatures range from the mid-20s to the low 30s.
Darwin holidays and flights from Ireland also provide opportunities to fly over the iconic Kakadu National Park. The ariel views of this unspoilt wonder are something to behold with over 7,000 square miles of flora, waterfalls, mammals, birds, reptiles and fish to marvel at.
If you are feeling brave, take a cruise along The Mary River Wetlands, where you can get up close with the local crocodile inhabitants. The tour is aided by excellent commentary to keep you intrigued and entertained throughout. Darwin is also home to the Padukul Aboriginals and cultural tours allow visitors to learn about the rich history and culture of these indigenous Australians.
Foodies will be delighted by Darwin’s exciting food scene with authentic Vietnamese and Greek cuisine. Naturally there are also BBQ restaurants and beach BBQs all over Darwin for some authentic Australian dining. Abbey Travel offer cheap Darwin flight and holiday packages from Dublin, so get ready to explore this historic and cultural city with the whole family.
Darwin experiences two distinct seasons known as the 'Wet' and 'Dry' seasons. The dry season is almost always rain free and extends from May to October with temperatures averaging around 77ºF (25ºC) during the day and becoming cooler in the evenings. The weather during these months is pleasant and consistent. The wet season from November to April brings high humidity and high temperatures resulting in electric storms in the afternoon that leave the countryside lush and green.
English is the official language of Australia.
The Australian Dollar (AUD) is divided into 100 cents. Banks and bureaux de change exchange most foreign currencies. Travellers cheques are also welcome everywhere, but banks take a small commission and it is better to take cheques in major currencies (e.g. US dollars or Euros) to avoid additional charges. Credit cards are widely accepted and ATMs are freely available throughout the country. Banking hours are generally 9.30am to 4pm Monday to Thursday, and 9.30am to 5pm on Friday, but some banks offer extended hours and some are open on Saturday mornings.