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Australia’s Northern Territory is a tropical adventure waiting to be explored. Darwin, the capital city of NT is surprisingly closer to Bali and Singapore than its southern cousins Sydney, Melbourne, or Perth giving it a more exotic feel than the rest of the country. Whether you’re planning a city break or venturing out to the surrounding area, Darwin has plenty to offer travellers. You can reach the majestic national parks of Kakadu, and Litchfield in a few hours’ drive or, stroll along Mindell Beach Sunset Market and get lost in the abundance of delicious foods from around the world. You can even encounter saltwater crocs in their natural habitat. This vibrant city makes it the perfect holiday destination for any wanderer. With so much to discover in and around Darwin, hiring a car will allow you to uncover so much more. Planning in advance saves you precious time on holiday and gives you flexibility with your journey. Book a rental car with DriveNow and it will be ready to pick up as soon as you land at Darwin Airport.

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A Brief Introduction to Darwin Airport

Airport Information

Address: 1 Henry Wrigley Dr, Darwin International Airport NT 0820

Code: DRW

Telephone: +61 8 8920 1811

Location: Darwin Airport is located approximately 8km north of the city centre

No. of Terminals: 1

Timezone: GMT/UTC +9:30

Situated just 8km (a short 15-minute drive) from the city centre in Marrara, Darwin Airport services both domestic and international travel with regular flights departing to popular Asian destinations such as Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, and the Philippines.

The Airport dates back to 1919, making it one of the oldest airports in Australia. In its earliest years it was solely used as a military airfield before civilian airlines were permitted in the mid-1940s.

As well as acting as the primary domestic and international airport for the Northern Territory it was also used as an important refueling stop for airlines flying between Australia, Asia and on Europe right up to the seventies when airlines equipped with longer ranged aircraft were able to fly direct to Australia's main cities.

In 1974, the airport was used to evacuate over 25,000 people out of Darwin after Cyclone Tracy hit and flattened the city. In 1999, Darwin Airport was also used to assist in UN operations in East Timor, and supported medical evacuations during the 2002 Bali bombings.

Fast-forward to 2015 when the airport expanded its present-day terminal building doubling its capacity and costing $85 million, enabling it to grow into the Northern Territory’s premier international and domestic airport.

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