Darwin Waterfront

The Top 5 Darwin Waterfront Accommodations for 2024

If you’re planning a trip to the vibrant city of Darwin in 2024, you’ll be pleased to know that there is no shortage of exceptional waterfront accommodations available to enhance your stay.

From luxurious resorts offering breathtaking views of the ocean, to cosy boutique hotels nestled along the picturesque shoreline, Darwin has something for every type of traveller.

In this article, we will explore the top five waterfront accommodations that are set to redefine your experience in Darwin and make your visit truly unforgettable. Whether you’re seeking a tranquil escape or an action-packed adventure, these accommodations offer unparalleled comfort and convenience while immersing you in the natural beauty that Darwin has to offer.

Darwin’s waterfront is a top place to stay in Darwin within easy reach of the Darwin CBD, the Esplanade and the Smith Street Mall. The area has a lot to offer the visitor from a range of restaurants and bars, a wave pool for big kids and little kids and a man-made beach for everyone to enjoy.

We have made your search easy for you and we share our top 5 finds from hotels to self-catering apartments.

Here are the top 5 Darwin Waterfront Accommodations for your next fun and well-earned staycation.

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We will be covering the following accommodation in Darwin:

  • Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites
  • Waterfront Darwin Tropical Gem
  • Vibe Hotel Darwin
  • Adina Apartment Hotel
  • Darwin Waterfront Short Stay Apartments
Family fun at the Darwin City Lagoon
Family fun at the Darwin Wave Lagoon – image credit Tourism NT/Shaana McNaught

Best places to Stay in Darwin’s Waterfront

Some of the best Darwin waterfront hotels are:

Vibe Hotel Darwin

The Vibe Hotel offers 121 guest rooms in the heart of the Darwin Waterfront. Some rooms have views of the harbour and rooms are decorated in a fresh and vibrant contemporary style.

We are a big fan of Vibe Hotels after staying at the Vibe Hotel in Hobart and the Vibe in Darling Harbour Sydney.

We find the Vibe Hotels very comfortable, good value and always in great locations for visiting cities. The decor is always modern and funky and they have excellent facilities.

Latest Guest Review:

“The location was excellent. Walking distance to numerous venues, restaurants bars. Wave pool, convention centre and the wharf. The staff were very accommodating and I found the bed very comfortable.”

Address: 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City

The hotel offers free wifi, the Curve Restaurant and Bar, a gym and a swimming pool.

Room options:

King, Twin, Single Guest Room – city view, safe, work desk, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, spacious bathroom and 32″ LCD TV

King, Queen, Twin Guest Room With View – water view, safe, work desk, mini bar, tea & coffee making facilities, spacious bathroom and 32″ LCD TV

Where to dine close by to the Vibe Darwin:

Close by are excellent restaurants, cafes, shopping experiences, and craft beer at the Precinct Tavern, II Lido Restaurant, Wharf One, Hot Tamale and the Oyster Bar.

Adina Apartment Hotel

Located in the same location as the Vibe Waterfront Darwin Hotel at 7 Kitchener Drive Darwin City. The Adina Apartment Hotel is well-positioned to enjoy the facilities of the Waterfront which includes, restaurants, bars, shopping and more.

The apartments offer modern décor and most feature views over the beach, boating lagoon or the park.

The Adina Apartment Hotel offers guests a bar, gym and swimming pool.

Latest Guest Review

“From the first time entering your facility, the staff were more than happy to meet our needs. The views were lovely and relaxing, parking was easy and breakfast was yummy, shall stay again.”

Room Options:

Premier Studio King or Twin Rooms – 35 sq m, city views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier Studio King or Twin Rooms with View35 sq m, wave pool views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier 1 Bedroom King, Twin, Queen Rooms – 45 sq m, city views, fully-equipped kitchen, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Premier 1 Bedroom King, Twin, Queen Rooms with View – 45 sq m, wave pool views, kitchenette, work desk, mini-bar, tea and coffee making facilities, free wifi, 32″ LCD TV

Three of the best Darwin Waterfront Apartments:

If self-catering is preferred view these Darwin Waterfront apartments.

Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites

Just 3 minutes drive from Darwin’s CBD the Darwin Waterfront Luxury Suites offer apartments with a balcony with water views.

Some apartments include access to a Toyota Corolla 5-door sedan (insurance charges apply).

Latest Guest Review:

Right on the waterfront, fully self-contained and plenty of restaurants at the door.

Room options:

1 Bedroom Apartment with views (sleeps 3)

1 Bedroom Apartment with water views (sleeps 2)

2 Bedroom Apartment with free car package (sleeps 4)

2 Bedroom Apartment with free car package (sleeps 5)

2 Bedroom Apartment with Views (sleeps 5)

3 Bedroom Apartment with Views (sleeps 7)

All rooms are based on a 7-night minimum booking.

All 1 bedroom apartments include large balconies, views, workstation, LCD TV, BBQ, free wifi, dining, kitchen, lounge and laundry facilities.

Two-bedroom apartments include master with ensuite, fully equipped kitchen, laundry, large balcony, BBQ, free welcome package, hi-speed wifi internet

3 Bedroom apartments include master with ensuite, fully equipped kitchen and laundry, high-speed NB wireless wifi internet, large balcony, BBQ and free welcome breakfast package.

The free car package offered includes:

  • Already waiting for you at the apartment
  • Only selected 1 & 2 bedroom apartments
  • 100 Km’s/ day mileage. Drive to Litchfield Park
  • Limited to sealed bitumen roads
  • Drivers must be 25+ years
  • Bond on Car / Insurance excess $750
  • Current or recent model Toyota Corolla
  • Terms and Conditions apply*

Waterfront Darwin Tropical Gem

Located at 7 Anchorage Court Darwin. The one-bedroom apartment has a private pool, and balcony with sea views just 2.9 km from Mindil Beach and its famous night markets.

Latest Guest Review

“Superb location to see Darwin with kids. Complimentary milk, bread, and other essentials are a great touch. Parking made life easy too.”

One-bedroom apartments include:

  • Patio
  • Garden views
  • Free parking
  • Free wifi
  • Flatscreen TV
  • Fully-equipped kitchen
  • Washing machine
  • Children’s playground
  • Outdoor swimming pool
  • BBQ
  • Mini-market on site

Darwin Waterfront Short Stay Apartments

Located at Shop D4a/19 Kitchener Drive Darwin

Latest guest review:

A great spot when staying in Darwin. we stayed for two weeks with excellent views, nice comfy beds, lots of space close to entertainment but not directly over any restaurants

Room Options:

  • One-bedroom apartment
  • Two-bedroom apartment
  • Two-bedroom family apartment
  • Three-bedroom apartment
  • Premium three-bedroom apartment

Each unit has a patio, a fully equipped kitchen with a dishwasher, a seating area, a flat-screen TV, a washing machine, and a private bathroom with shower and a hairdryer. A microwave, a fridge and oven are also offered, as well as a kettle. Free parking is available.

Frequently Asked Questions on Visiting Darwin

If you are short of time in Darwin what is the best way to see the city?

We would recommend booking tickets on the Hop on Hop off Bus to see the highlights of Darwin.

See the best of Darwin with a 24-hour pass to the city’s hop-on hop-off sightseeing bus, enjoy full-day entry to the popular Crocosaurus Cove, and learn about Darwin’s history at the Royal Flying Doctors Service and Bombing of Darwin Tourist Facility.

When is the dry season in Darwin?

The weather in Darwin is different to the rest of Australia. Darwin has two seasons – the dry and the wet. The dry season for Darwin and the Northern Territory is from May to October. The wet season is from November to April.

Can I hire a car from Darwin Airport?

Yes, you can. We would highly recommend renting a car to see most of Darwin whilst you are visiting. As the rest of Australia at the moment, we would suggest that you book in advance, cars are in short supply and are booked out well in advance. Booking in advance can also save $$ if you can prepay as well.

What is the flight time from Sydney to Darwin?

Darwin is 4000 km away from Sydney and 4 hours flying time. Indonesia is closer to Darwin than Sydney is. Qantas, Virgin and Jetstar have flights to Darwin.

Are there direct flights from Melbourne to Darwin?

Qantas and Jetstar have a direct flight each day, other flights have 1 stop.

What bus service is available for travel to Darwin and the Northern Territory?

Greyhound Australia has regular bus services. Click here for bus times and prices.

When is the wet season in the Northern Territory?

The wet season runs from October to April. You can expect thunderstorms, monsoonal rains and high humidity.

When is the best time to visit Darwin and the Northern Territory:

May to October are the best months to visit the Territory.

What is the best day trip I can do from Darwin?

A visit to Litchfield National Park from Darwin with lunch.

Experience the varied habitats of Litchfield National Park and its monsoon forests, rock formations, and waterfalls. Visit Florence Falls, enjoy a short bush walk, swim in a plunge pool, and enjoy a cafe lunch.

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In conclusion, Darwin’s waterfront accommodations continue to impress with their stunning locations and exceptional amenities.

Whether you’re seeking a luxurious hotel with breathtaking ocean views or a cosy apartment nestled by the marina, there is something for everyone in this vibrant city. As we look ahead to 2024, these top five accommodations are sure to offer an unforgettable experience for any traveller visiting Darwin. From indulging in delicious cuisine at waterfront restaurants to exploring the nearby attractions, these accommodations provide the perfect base for immersing oneself in the beauty and excitement of this coastal gem. So book your stay now and get ready to create lasting memories at one of these incredible Darwin waterfront accommodations!

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