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Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 19, 2016
Car rental for Litchfield  (3 Answers)

Hi we are 2 fir well travelled seniors - on a budget. Tour prices seem a bit expensive for us so we have hired a well priced rental car Hyundai i20. Does this seem an OK car for our self drive to Litchfield. Presumably all of the roads including in the park are sealed. Thanks. Margaret

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 18, 2015
Caravan parks  (2 Answers)

What is the best caravan park to stay in with family

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 26, 2015
Barramundi Fishing  (1 Answer)

We will be in Darwin in July and my husband has always want to go barra fishing. Can anyone recommend an operator? I have seen Helifishing but that would be too pricey and we are going to Kakadu ourselves afterwards.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 17, 2015
Kakadu or Litchfield  (10 Answers)

if you could only to one park visit would it be kakadu or litchfield, and why. plus any other must sees in Darwin only got 5 days

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 15, 2015
2 days in Darwin  (4 Answers)

We arrive in Darwin on a Sunday afternoon and leave on the Ghan on Wednesday what would be the best things to do in this short time span

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 05, 2015
tiwi islands  (1 Answer)

Has anyone done the Tiwi Islands tour by ferry from Darwin? Would you recommend?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 05, 2015

Looking for reasonably priced accomodation in Darwin, preferable self contained. THANKS

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 29, 2014
Tour Transport from Cruise Terminal  (2 Answers)

Wondering how far it is from cruise ship terminal to bus stops that can take me to Aviation Heritage Center or Botanical Gardens or even downtown Darwin. I think there is a Hop On bus (Tub Tours) but can't figure out from their website how close the stop is to the Cruise terminal. Can anyone help?
Thanks! Rosie

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2014
Is a car essential?  (3 Answers)

I'll be living in Darwin for five months beginning September. Is a car essential to get around the city and surroundings or can I rely on a bike and public transport?

Thanks in advance :) Erica

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 27, 2014
What to do and where to stay in Darwin in mid-July  (8 Answers)

So my husband and I are planning to spend 3 nights in Kakadu Park (.5 to drive either way from Darwin, 2 full days in Park). And we know to visit the WWII museum(s). We have several other questions...
1) What else is there to do in Darwin? I had originally planned 3-4 nights just in Darwin, but cannot really tell other items to do. We like beach, history, hiking, etc.
2) Where is the best place to stay in Darwin? We will have a car for at least part of it (do we need it the entire time), but also like to be able to walk to sites/dining.
3) We are automatic-car drivers. Best rental agency?
4) Do we need to book hotels and/or activities well in advance, or is 1-4 days enough time?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 22, 2014
Ferry between Dili (Timor Leste) and Darwin (Australia)  (2 Answers)

We are actually on a wotld tour with our vehicle (classic old Volkswagen Kombi)
Does anybody knows if there is a ferry operating between Dili and Darwin (from Dili to Darwin)
If yes, all details are welcome as : name of the ferry company, phone email website, the timetable, the cost for people and vehicles
Moreover, coming from Java, we foresee to visit Bali, Lombok, Flores. is there a ferry going from Flores to Kupang in West Timor ?
Thank for your coming help

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 13, 2013
Darwin in six days  (7 Answers)

My father served in the RAAF in WWII in Darwin. My sister and I are taking a "pilgrimage" to Darwin for 6 days, What shall we see and do? How can we go to see parts of Kakadu?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Oct 19, 2013
name of shop  (3 Answers)

Hi I bought some 100% rayon hand made pants that were made in Indonesia that came in various colours in a shop in Darwin City. Does anyone know the name of the Shop. These pants were one size fits all. Thanks.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 23, 2013
almost 3,5 days in Darwin area - help to optimise  (4 Answers)

I am arriving at 1pm on Day 1, leaving at 6 pm on Day 4. How to see the most in that time? Can I still visit both parks, Kakadu and Litchfield? How to organize the time? Where to spend nights?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 18, 2013
job searching  (2 Answers)

I am heading back to aus after spending 10 months in Melbourne there. I want to try a different adventure. thinking bout starting in Darwin and working way down east coast, but picking up work along way. Has anyone worked in Darwin, what sort of jobs are there, and how easy are they to come by? thanks!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Aug 24, 2012
9 months to plan  (8 Answers)

So I am an American living in Australia now, moved from Victoria here to Kalgoorlie western australia bout year ago my husband and i are planning on a trip in late May to NOrthern Territory via Alice Springs and all that for approx 8 weeks. Looking for suggestions on where to go wat to see and do from anyone interested in chatting about it to me. things to see, things to avoid, tourist traps, hidden gems. not just in NT but also up Northern WA. Husband and I have 4wheel drive wed like to try while out and about so any suggestions...Thanks a bunch

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 26, 2012
Cahill's Crossing/Stone Country Festival  (6 Answers)

We'll be in the Darwin area in late Aug. We're hoping to go for a few days to Kakadu, then to the Stone Country Festival on August 25. We will be borrowing a friends car (not hiring) and they've said it's ok to use it off-road, but I believe it's 2WD. Will we be able to make it across Cahill's Crossing, if we chose the right time? I'd really love to go the the festival, but don't want to damage the car or drive all the way out there to discover we can't make it across. Any other advice for the area, Kakadu, Nitmulik, or the festival would be much appreciated.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 29, 2012
Enjoying Darwin a couple of days in July  (9 Answers)


I'm gonna travel to Darwin in a few days and I've done some research on the tours and stuff you can do there. I really wanna experience the nature and see as much as possible. I have three-four days roughly, and I would like to focus primarily on the landbased tours, even though the ocean is great as well. What are the best tours I can take now? I've targeted these as good options so far:

1. Venture North Daytrips:
2. Litchfield Day Tours:
3. SeaDarwin:

What I want to experience is as much as possible of genuine nature, wilderness, wild animals and landscapes combined with a guide with a lot of factual knowledge, competence and passion for these things who wants to share. If travelling alone with the guide and not a group is the best option, that's ok.

I'm travelling alone, am fit, used to rough terrain, heat, humidity, wild animals and whatnot and like to get out there :)

I hope you can give me some tips and recommendations on what I should focus on.

Secondarily, tips on nice stuff to do in Darwin itself is appreciated - like where to grab some good food, good place to grab a beer during the evening, and so on. I also noticed the Botanical Garden as a probable nice place to visit.

Thanks to everybody who takes the time and effort to assist! :)


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 12, 2012
Darwin to Kakadu for 1 day  (5 Answers)

Hi everyone i need some help. will be in Darwin for a few days in August and don't have time for an overnight stay in Kakadu, but would love to see it. Is it possible (read still enjoyable) to go there for a day trip, to see the main attractions.
Also, i will have a Tarago to drive around. Do you need a 4 wheel drive in Kakadu.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 03, 2012
From U S to Darwin  (3 Answers)

My husband and I will be moving to Darwin @May 1 for a three year work project. I am interested in shopping information for locals, not tourists. I hope to pack light! Will the wet season be over? Are there a lot of bugs outside or can you enjoy nights outdoors? Is internet service available in residences? Cable/Satalite tv? What cell phone service is best for international calling? Is there anything that I should bring from U S that I cannot get there?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 25, 2012
North West coast Cyclone season  (4 Answers)

Hi there,

In two weeks we're going to Perth. From there we start our trip by camper to Exmouth, Broome and Darwin for a month. We know it's wet season in February/March but the guy from the travel agency strongly advised us to not go there because of the Cyclone Season. Has someone got experience with that? Is it really that bad or dangerous? Thank you.


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 06, 2012
Darwin Australia  (2 Answers)

I'll be headed to Darwin in March for work. What are the do's and don'ts about the city? How is the night life? How are the women?

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Dec 11, 2011
Camper Van Trip : Darwin - Alice Springs - Ulruru - Alice Springs  (4 Answers)

Planning this road trip over 14 days at mid/end of April 2012

Would appreciate planning advice on what to see - which camp sites to use (or avoid) - how long to spend at each location?

Do I need pre bookings for power camp sites

How busy is this time of year ?

and generally any suggestions on things we should be aware of

Many thanks


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jun 06, 2011
Darwin to Vietnam  (3 Answers)

Hi can anyone advise the best way to travel from Darwin to Vietnam and vice versa. We are coming to Darwin in March next year but stopping off at Vietnam for several days first.
Many Thanks

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jan 11, 2011
swimsuit shop  (1 Answer)

In December I was on a cruise ship and made a purchas at this shop, unfortuantly I DID'NT have my Visa card so layed buy them. On the ship the details were lost. I have now lost the name of the shop except swimsuit was written on the front and I LEFT my name etc. It was on the left intersection and had lovely cloths and swim where and is mentioned in a shopping tourest pamplet.
Would love some one to help me.
Marie Brown

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Nov 09, 2010
Which is the cheapest month to fly to Asia from Darwin  (3 Answers)

Hi, I have been told it is cheap to fly from here to Asia but I want to go next July and the prices are all sky high (lol)! I have July off work but maybe will have to take some additional time unless sales are coming up for July later? Travel Agent told me they will sell out and I have to buy now.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Sep 21, 2010
9 Days in Darwin with a group. Suggestions on how much time to spend.  (3 Answers)

Will be arriving in Darwin on Dec 6 at 6AM and leaving 14 Dec at 3PM with 4 adults n 4 teenagers (from 12 to 16yrs).

We have a car and planning to drive around various parts but do not want to change hotels daily. We like to base in a town and do a few day trips and then maybe move to another town and do the same. Beside Darwin, we thought of looking at Kakadu or even Katherine. If you have better suggestions, please shoot.

We like nature and animals. Please suggest which towns we can base in and how to divide the 9 days.

If you have to know of any good self Catering Accommodation, please advice.

Looking forward for good advice.

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Jul 06, 2010
Travelling with young children to the parks?  (4 Answers)


We are a family with a 2 year-old and a 6 months old baby, and we are thinking of going to Darwin for a few days in Sept, and visiting Litchfield park or Kakadu park.

Do you think this is possible for us? What would be best, by campervan or by car + hotel?
Is there a lot of walking to do, as we'll probably end up carrying our 2 kids...?

Thanks for your help!

Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · May 10, 2010
car in Darwin

We're a Belgium family with three kids and will be travelling around Australia and New-Zealand for one year.

In Australia we will travel with a Toyota Landcruiser.
The car will be used untill the 15th of june 2010 and we will arrive at the 30th of june 2010 in Darwin.

Between the 15th and the 30th of june the car (and all the campingstuff) need to have a safe 'sleeping'place. Can you help us ?


Q   a VirtualTourist member asked a question · Mar 30, 2010
4 hr stopover in Darwin Airport  (6 Answers)


Is it possible to leave the airport and see a little of Darwin, with only a 4 hour stopover? We will be arriving from Brisbane and connecting with a Bali flight.

Many Thanks Magsf

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