Darwin Romance Holiday Guide

If you’ve had enough of cocoa by the fireplace, it could be time to turn up the heat on your relationship with a liaison in sunny, vibrant, multi-cultural Darwin. Share some unique experience and dine on fabulous foods – Asian cuisine, buffalo, kangaroo, mud crabs, crocodile and barramundi overlooking the sea or surrounded by outback. If Hugh and Nicole could still get cosy up here despite all the nauseating theatric distractions, the possibilities for you are endless.

Day 1: Slip into a day of laid back Darwin groove before a night of “I don’t have to work tomorrow”:

  • Spend the morning in town relaxing over breakfast, then check out a few indigenous focused art galleries such as Maningrida Arts and Culture and Karen Brown Gallery.

  • Head to the Darwin Wharf precinct to see the Australian pearling Exhibition before stopping off for lunch at one of the nearby alfresco eateries for some local seafood.

  • Let your hair down at the creatively named The Deck Bar, famous for its enormous deck, 50 beer varieties, signature mud crab soup, liberal attitude towards bad dancing and half price drinks on Fridays and Sundays.

    Day 2: If you don’t have time to dive into the outback, you can always spend time over it:

  • Experience a scenic helicopter flight over Kakadu National Park, including Magela Gorge, Dinosaur Valley and terrain those land roving posers can’t get to anyway.

  • From April to November, you can snuggle up under the stars at the Deckchair Cinema, overlooking the harbour, showing recently released films and contemporary classics.

  • The Char Restaurant @ Admiralty House takes getting fresh to a new level, with their menu of ‘just reeled in’ seafood and ‘almost mooing’ shrine to beef that includes different cuts, brands, breeds and regions cooked to mouthwatering perfection.

    Day 3: It’s been a tough weekend. You deserve a reward or three:

  • Start your day in Darwin with a hot espresso and a warm coconut loaf, or, for those more adventurous, an Indian Breakfast, while lounging around like a Rajah and Rani in a comfortable outdoor setting at the arty Roma Bar.

  • The Cullen Day Spa offering pampering from noggin to toe. With massages, hydrotherapy, facials and treatments going by names such as Island escape, ultimate distress and tropical blitz, where else would you want to be on your last day?

  • As the sun goes down on your weekend, slip aboard Anniki's Historic Pearl Lugger for a relaxing, romantic sunset cruise. Not only is it a wonderful way to finish a your romantic jaunt, you’ll be doing aboard the ship that gave the most expressive female performance in "Australia".

    Recommended hotels:

    If you really want to make an impression, book into the 5-star Crowne Plaza Hotel Darwin plum in the middle of the city’s vibrant café strip. On site restaurant Redsalt Bar & Grill, serves grain-fed quality beef and juicy barramundi as part of its dining repertoire.

    At the SKYCITY Darwin Hotel, you can relax in the pool, laze on the beach and enjoy a game of tennis or golf. Then make the most of our 24 hour entertainment choices including casino tables —not to mention Darwin’s sexiest new cocktail bar, Sandbar.

    And at the end of your busy day, relax at the Vibe Hotel Darwin Waterfront, take a plunge in the pool or a stroll along the promenade and soak up the atmosphere of Darwin.

  • 4 self rated
    7 Kitchener Drive Darwin 0800 Australia

    Situated in the heart of the vibrant Darwin Waterfront, Vibe Hotel features contemporary rooms with free WiFi and a lovely wave pool, just steps from shops and nightlife.With fresh and exciting décor...more

    5 self rated
    Gilruth Avenue, Mindil Beach Darwin 0801 Australia

    Set on 30 acres of tropical gardens beside a private beach, the 5-star Mindil Beach Casino and Resort offers an 8-room day spa. Guests also enjoy free WiFi, over 4 restaurants, 2 swimming pools and an...more


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