Darwin is unique amongst the other major Australian urban centres. State capital of the remote Northern Territory, it is closer to the national capitals of Timor Leste, Papua New Guinea, Indonesia, Brunei and Palau than it is to Canberra. The tropical climate and incredible multiculturalism set it apart from any other place in the country - in fact, you won't find anywhere quite like Darwin.
Darwin overlooks the Beagle Gulf and Timor Sea, with its most popular beaches facing the northwest for spectacular sunsets. Highlights of a visit can include trips to vast and beautiful Kakadu National Park, wildlife encounters, learning about the city's wartime history, wandering the esplanade and perusing the Mindil Beach sunset markets. The surrounding natural attractions and friendly inhabitants will get any cruise off to a great start.
Darwin cruise lines and destinations
Unfortunately there are currently not many cruises offered out of Darwin - the selection is limited to some itineraries by the amazing and all-inclusive luxury line Silversea. Their cruises from Darwin take place on an expedition ship called the Silver Discovery, and include exciting destinations where bigger cruise ships can't go.
A cruise from Darwin with Silversea might take you to other ports in the Northern Territory or Western Australia, Indonesia, Palau and various islands in Southeast Asia. Eschewing the usual itineraries which stop in at Bali, Lombok and maybe Komodo Island, the Silver Discoverer visits a range of smaller and less commercial locales for a range of days and nights to suit your needs.
Darwin cruise port
Although there aren't many cruises departing from Darwin, there are plenty calling in there on their journeys from Perth, Sydney, Brisbane or Singapore, on a variety of big cruise lines like Celebrity cruises, Cunard, Princess, Cruises with P&O, Carnival and Royal Caribbean. World cruises and sectors often stop there on their way up towards Asia, so it is a busy cruise port. If you are interested in venturing up toward Asia, Mystery River Cruises offer fresh water cruising on the beautiful Mekong and its subsidiaries.
A purpose built terminal was built recently to accommodate Darwin's cruise visitors. It is modern and air-conditioned against the Northern Territory heat - a very pleasant way to start your cruise from Darwin!
The cruise terminal is located in the Wharf Precinct area of downtown Darwin, a place with plenty of options for dining, shopping and entertainment. It's simple to get to, just 10 minutes walk from the CBD or a very short taxi ride. The terminal facility also has a market of Darwin products and souvenirs for some great browsing while you wait - aboriginal art, clothing, wood crafts and opals.