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The capital and largest city of the Northern Territory is the region's cultural, educational and recreational center. Darwin is so isolated from the rest of Australia that the capital cities of five other overseas countries are actually closer in terms of mileage than Canberra is. The tropical climate and large indigenous population makes it seem like an exotic destination as compared to other parts of the country. It's important to have your lodging plans sorted out before getting there, however, as if you find yourself hard up for a bed options are few and far between for hundreds of kilometers in any direction.

Though Darwin is isolated, it has a strong mining and tourism economy, and additionally is host to a U.S. military outpost. Therefore, there are lots of hotel options in the city, including popular chains like Hilton, Novatel and Ramada.

Peak and Low Seasons in Darwin

Darwin's peak season is when the weather is dry from May to October, though some people do specifically visit during the rainy season in the hopes of seeing incredible thunderstorms.

Darwin tourism is centered mostly on historical sites, outdoor nature activities, and getting out into the streets to explore local markets and check out the unique diverse culture. As such, expect more visitors and prices to be higher during the dry season.

Industrial and military needs in the area are actually more likely to spike hotel prices temporarily than a tourist influx. Unfortunately, these are tough to predict in advance unless you have some insider information; as always, the best bet for bargains is to book your trip as far in advance as you can.

Major events and celebrations in the area include The Darwin Festival in August, BASSINTHEGRASS Music Festival on a weekend in May, and the Darwin Triple Crown V8 Supercars race in mid-June.

Hotels Near Popular Destinations in Darwin

Darwin's hotels are almost all clustered in the "downtown" area near the tip of a small peninsula. It's a short drive to anything of interest from this area, in terms of tourism. There are also a handful of accommodations located sporadically along the major roads leading out of town.

Luxury Hotels in Darwin

Darwin's most luxurious five-star hotels are the Hilton Darwin, SKYCITY, and One30 Esplanade. Expect rack rates to be around $90 - $150 USD per night under normal circumstances.

Other upscale options that may not have quite as many features but are priced more aggressively include the Mercure Darwin Airport Resort, H Hotel, Vibe Hotel, Darwin Central Hotel, the Novotel, the DoubleTree by Hilton and the Argus Hotel.

Budget Hotels in Darwin

Darwin is lacking for true budget options. Expect the lowest prices to be found at 2-star and 3-star hotels like the Travelodge and various short-term apartment rentals.

Several backpacker hostels are available, but due to the generally high hotel prices, they don't offer as much of a savings as they do in other parts of the world. Expect most hostel beds in the area to run for $30-50 USD, though they occasionally drop their prices as low as $20 when things are slow.