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Darwin, Australia


Darwin Port

Introduction

Darwin is the capital of the Northern Territory of Australia.

Where You're Docked

Cruise ships dock at Fort Hill Wharf. Paid shuttles are provided dropping off in front of the visitor's centre but you can easily walk (if you can stand the heat) using a public elevator to get up the hill.


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Money and Tipping

Australia's currency is the Australian dollar (AUD). Bills are plastic with coins for $2 and under. Australia has eliminated the penny and cash transactions are rounded up or down to the nearest nickel. Taxes are inclusive on sticker prices of items and tipping is not common. Money exchange can be done at any bank. When changing money, make sure you get a good rate and don't pay commission. ATM's are readily available. Tipping is not customary in Australia.

Local Transportation

Darwin is small and the CBD can be easily explored on foot though there isn't much to see. There is usually a pay shuttle service dropping you off in front of the Visitor's Centre. To walk into town, turn right exiting the terminal heading along the causeway toward the new development beside you. Walk past the shops and small beach to take the elevator up and then along the overpass heading straight ahead. A couple more blocks and you'll hit Smith Street Mall.

Hotels

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Sights

  • WWII Oil Storage Tunnels - Entry $5. http://www.darwintours.com.au/tours/ww2tunnels.html
  • Crocodylus Park - Home to over a thousand crocodiles and other exotic animals. Shuttles are usually provided from the cruise terminal and by the tourist info office. Entry $35. http://www.crocodyluspark.com/
  • Litchfield National Park - An hour and a half away from Darwin, this park features gigantic termite mounds and magnetic mounds.

Shopping & Restaurants

Smith Street Mall is the main pedestrian mall. There is a small indoor mall at Mitchell Center with a Coles supermarket (one block west of Smith St) and a Woolworths supermarket off Smith St just north of the Smith Street Mall.

Internet

Try cafes and restaurants along Smith St for free WiFi. There is an internet cafe at the end of Smith Street mall and several around the corner by the hostels on Knuckey St.

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Weather

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