$100 Day

$100 Day : Darwin

$100 Day

Because we were in Darwin for so long, we figured we’d suss out as much as we could and construct an ideal $100 day.  Also, because of the two seasons, we figured it’d be best to put together TWO $100 days to suit whatever time of the year you decide to visit Darwin.


So, here are our action-packed $100 days in Darwin for both the wet season and the dry season.




1. Fish Feeding @ Aquascene $15 each (feeding times depend on the tides – check their website for the schedule)


2. Stroll through Bicentennial Park


3. Check out the Town Hall Ruins and Parliament House


4. Take the stairs down to The Waterfront (if you go on Sunday, you might catch the live music Sunday Sessions)


5.Lunch for two at Chow!

approx. $40

6. Bus to The Gardens


7. Stroll through George Brown Botanic Gardens


8. A Dinner for two @ Mindil Markets

approx. $20


approx $96






1. 1. Crocosaurus Cove (if you have the cash to spend, do the Big Croc Feed Experience for $79 per adult)


2. Two kebabs from Darwin’s Kebabs


3. Walk through Smith Street Mall


4. Take a look at Parliament House and the Town Hall Ruins


5.Check out The Waterfront


6. Two pints of craft beer @ The Precinct


7. Watch the sunset/lightning show from Stokes Hill Wharf



approx $103



Darwin YHA

Darwin YHA

Darwin YHA


Located only a few hundred metres away from the heart of Darwin’s nightlife, Darwin YHA gives you the convenience and affordability of an inner city hostel while still providing a quite place to rest your head.


Unlike the hostels further down Mitchell Street, Darwin YHA is not a rowdy party hostel – even though they have a public bar adjoining their building!  The Darwin YHA is a former motel that was converted to a hostel around seven years ago and has a friendly atmosphere that caters for guests of all ages.



There are 168 beds available, with mixed or single sex dorms containing either four or six beds, as well a private double and family rooms.  Each room has air conditioning, a fridge and an ensuite, instead of a large shared bathroom.


The communal areas include a cosy kitchen and large outdoor BBQ area with lots of seating, a swimming pool surrounded by sun chairs and a dedicated TV room.  There is also wifi available, off-street parking and a well equipped laundry room.


The Dry Season is the best time to visit Darwin, so don’t be surprised if the Darwin YHA gets super busy during this time.  Book ahead to ensure you get a bed or come a little earlier in April.  Carolyn and her team at Darwin YHA also run social events (BBQs, etc) during the Dry Season and are more than happy to help you arrange tours and day trips.




To the South

Bus stop – 200m – Darwin’s public transport system is a network of buses that run from Darwin, Casuarina and Palmerston interchanges to service Greater Darwin and some rural areas.  For more information on bus times and routes, visit http://www.transport.nt.gov.au/public/bus/darwin

Fox Ale House – 220m – This is a great spot for a cheap feed and late night live music on the weekend.

Ducks Nuts – 220m – across the road from the Fox Ale House, Ducks Nuts Bar and Grill is a favourite amongst the locals and tourists.  It’s great for breakfast and coffee, and if you feel like dressing up and dancing when the sun goes down, there is a vodka bar at the back.

Crocosaurus Cove – 400m – an absolute must see destination when in Darwin. Experience of a lifetime!

Shennanigans – 450m – this is a great drinking location with awesome trivia on Tuesday nights.  Try the Sweet Potato Salad or Chicken Parmigiana.

Waterfront Precinct – 1.5km – with a great selection of pubs and restaurants, the Waterfront is a great place to spend your Sunday afternoon.  Have a picnic next to the Recreation Lagoon or have a dip in the Wave Lagoon.

Deckchair Cinema – 2km – another great attraction that is open during the Dry Season, the Deckchair Cinema is a great way to relax while enjoying a movie under the stars.



To the North

Aquascene –550m – this attraction relies on the tides so check their website for fish feeding sessions. The gardens are wonderful as well.

Nirvana – 700m – one of Darwin’s popular destinations for food and live entertainment. http://www.nirvanarestaurantdarwin.com/default.html

Mindil Beach – 2km – during the Dry Season, enjoy the Mindil Beach Markets on Thursday and Sunday nights.  Territory Day, the Beer Can Regatta and various cultural events are also celebrated at Mindil Beach.


Tours are also available to Kakadu National Park, Litchfield National Park, the Tiwi Islands and Arnhem Land Aboriginal Reserve.



Darwin YHA is located at 97 Mitchell Street in Darwin city.  Reception is open from 6am to 10pm – to make a booking, visit the YHA Australia website: http://www.yha.com.au/hostels/nt/darwin-surrounds/darwin-yha-backpackers-hostel/


Phone: (+618) 8981 5385

Email: darwin@yha.com.au


Darwin YHA

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