Best Places for Backpackers in Darwin, Australia.

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The best backpackers destinations & accommodation in Darwin, Australia.

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Top 7 hostels in Darwin, Australia.

These are the 7 most awesome hostels and budget places to stay in Darwin, Australia.

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Down Under Hostels on Harriet

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Down Under Hostels on Harriet

Newly renovated - common areas and bathrooms - 2019 Small hostel - easy to meet people Free laundry (washing / drying / powder) Free wifi - unlimited Aircon in the rooms Byo alcohol Checkout at 12pm Friendly staff Tuesday - free bbq Wednesday - backpackers night - free pi...
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Melaleuca On Mitchell – Darwin YHA

82 /100

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Melaleuca On Mitchell – Darwin YHA

Melaleuca On Mitchell located in the heart of Darwin’s vibrant backpacker district, we’ve got some of the best facilities anywhere in Australia! Chill out on our huge first floor sundeck and enjoy 2 swimming pools, a waterfall spa, and pool bar. Join our free Street Art Walking Tour, Parap Market To...
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Value Inn

77 /100

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Value Inn

The best value in town, this clean and friendly budget accommodation has everything you need but also goes the extra mile free use of its nextdoor sister hostels waterfall spa, licensed bar, two pools, communal kitchen and internet cafe. Located in the heart of Darwins vibrant backpacker distri...
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Chilli

77 /100

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Chilli's Backpackers

Providing air-conditioned four, six or eight bed dorms, Double or Twin private rooms (Shared Bathroom), Chillis is a tranquil backpacker haven nestled in the very centre of Darwin. Free WiFi. Cool off on the first floor rooftop sundeck after a day out adventuring! Featuring beautiful hanging gard...
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Gecko Lodge

73 /100

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Gecko Lodge

Under new management, Gecko Lodge is a small, family run backpackers hostel located on Darwin's main street. Gecko is quiet and secluded and just a short walk (or shuttle bus trip) from town, Mindil Beach and the night markets. We just finished the renovation on early 2018 and still offered fre...
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Down Under Hostels on Mitchell

73 /100

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Down Under Hostels on Mitchell

Down Under Hostels on Mitchell offers free laundry, free fast unlimited WiFi, air-conditioned rooms, swimming Pool, BBQ Facilities and shared kitchen in a great location!! Take a short 15min walk to the famous Mindil Beach Sunset Markets which are on every Thursday and Sunday Nights from April un...
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Youth Shack

66 /100

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Youth Shack

Providing air-conditioned four, six or eight bed dorms, Double or Twin private rooms (Shared Bathroom), the Youth Shack has become a home away from home for many satisfied guests during its’ time. Free WiFi. Featuring a large semi-shaded pool, Poolside Bar, great Sundeck, a huge kitchen with adjo...
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Things to see and do while backpacking in Darwin, Australia.

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Wentworth Falls, Charles Darwin walk and the National Pass

This article focuses on easy, well traveled bush routes but common sense should still be applied. If you are going to do a longer trek, extra precautions such as borrowing a free locator beacon from the NSW Police may be advisable. Further advice can be found at the National Parks and Wildlife service site. Wentworth Falls, Charles Darwin walk and the National Pass Wentworth Falls train station is a short journey from the Katoomba station, on the same line with no changes required. The beginning of the Charles Darwin walk is about 10 minutes walk from the station and is well signposted. This walk can be done on its own but leads directly into the walk around Wentworth Falls.

Rebekah V

Leaving

I left Sydney because things were perfect there. As strange as it sounds, I knew that my experience couldn’t get any better and I needed to leave before its panache in my brain became tarnished. One for the worry, I envisaged becoming bored, bitter and resentful so I took myself off to Darwin and have been here ever since. I am exiting my twenties next year and fight a constant battle between conforming to social norms and daydreaming about backpacking in South America – because that’s not cliché at all is it J

Louise Keogh

Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory

Pictures will never make justice to this amazing and awe-inspiring moment. Darwin, the capital of the Northern Territory But first, let me tell you where this little piece of golden sand paradise is: Darwin, Northern Territory. One of the smallest capitals in Australia with a population of around 142,300 people. Being on the northern most point of Australia offers some perks. Its proximity to South East Asia is a bonus for residents that can travel just a few hours to arrive in another island paradise, like Indonesia. It’s also a hot and humid destination. Wet season in Summer means cyclone and monsoon rains for the months of December to March. Temperatures however are steady throughout the whole year. During Winter, you can enjoy nice and (still pretty) warm temperatures with lows only dropping to around 14°C. It’s the perfect destination all year round.

Larissa Tedesco

Experience Darwin life

I am surprised as an Australian, just how many international tourists visit the Northern Territory. The city is bustling with them, for most of them, this was their first and only stop in Australia, and even more surprisingly, a large majority of them, stay much longer than originally planned. This was my first clue. I wouldn’t say the Northern Territory is large in size, meaning there isn’t a lot packed in. Darwin is particularly small, and most of the Northern Territory is vast open desert or open woodland. So this led me to believe there must be more to the NT than endless sights and activities. The east coasters and my  friends from down south turned up their nose when I shared my decision to move here. I got a lot of “be safe, its rough up there” and “what are you doing that for?”. Most Australians, other than those who have braved a trip here, aren’t the slightest bit interested in visiting our top end. They are really missing out.

Maddison Clonan

A perfect road trip in Darwin Australia

My first impression of Darwin was probably, damn it’s hot here! We arrived late April 2016, just at the start of the dry season and since the dry kicked in very late that year it was VERY hot. Around 36-38 degrees and very humid, but once the dry came we had about four or five months of clear blue skies and nice dry heat. When you first get to Darwin it’s easy to get stuck in the tourist traps and a lot of people I’ve met who has traveled through said they didn’t find much to do apart from going out. That’s what I thought as well, but I was so wrong! Sure hanging out at the lagoon (a beach in town where you can swim) with all the other backpackers and going out on Mitchell Street (the street where most of the bars are) every night is a lot of fun and I probably did that every other day but there are so much more to see around this town! There is no way I’m letting you leave Darwin without going on a road trip first, and here is my idea of a perfect one…

Ellen Skoog

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