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Why you should bring your next business event to Darwin


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There’s just something about Darwin’s relaxed atmosphere and warm tropical climate that makes it a compelling destination to host conference and incentive groups. The cosmopolitan capital of Darwin is Australia’s closest gateway to Asia. A stepping stone to some of Australia’s most inspiring landscapes, untouched wilderness and cultural heritage, Darwin and the Top End leave a lasting impression on all who visit. Well equipped with state-of-the-art conference and event facilities, award winning dining experiences and luxurious accommodation, this is where you should be planning your next business event.

Things to do – spectacular scenery, technical touring, nature-based experiences and cultural connections

 For business event planners who seek to incorporate inspiring elements into their program, Darwin and the Top End provide a multitude of options. From crocodiles and adventure tours to lifesaving critical care facilities and cultural experiences. 


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Delicious dining experiences and one-of-a-kind offsite venues

For the ultimate fine dining experience for your business event, you can’t go past Darwin’s most prestigious restaurants, Char and Pee Wee’s at the Point. Both offer a la carte menus showcasing delicious local cuisine, impressive wine lists and award-winning chefs. While Wharf One delivers absolute waterfront views in a relaxed and casual setting, catering for groups from 20 up to 700 guests. 

Karen Sheldon Catering is a Territory icon with over 40 years of business and catering experience in the Top End. Not only are they the ‘go to’ caterer in Darwin for events big and small, but they also run the highly successful Future Stars Indigenous Employment Program, providing training to help close the gap on Indigenous economic disadvantage.

For a more rural and rustic experience, Crazy Acres Mango Farm and Cafe offers ample space for business groups to enjoy homemade food and drinks under a canopy of mango trees, while Katherine Outback Experience combines a delicious meal with an outback show featuring working dog demonstrations, horse handling and live music.

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Impeccable conference facilities and support services

Darwin Convention Centre, with stunning waterfront views, is just minutes from Darwin CBD. This world class facility features flexible room configurations and a range of multi-purpose event spaces. In addition to this facility, several nearby hotels including three Hilton Group properties, Mindil Beach Casino & Resort, Oaks Elan Darwin and two Mantra properties also boast state of the art conference and event facilities. And finally, The Darwin Entertainment Centre conveniently located near popular hotels and restaurants, also caters for business and incentive groups, providing a range of conference facilities and technical support.


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Accommodation

The Top End’s accommodation portfolio currently offers over 6,772 rooms ranging across hotels, apartments and resorts and includes brands such as Hilton, Doubletree by Hilton and Adina. The 5-star Hilton Darwin is located on Mitchell Street, the heart of the city, making it an easy stroll to restaurants, meeting rooms and other handy services. Doubletree by Hilton boasts two 4-4.5 star, resort-style properties overlooking the picturesque Darwin Esplanade. At the vibrant Darwin Waterfront Precinct, the 4.5-star Adina Apartment Hotel is surrounded by trendy cafes, bars and restaurants and is less than 5 minutes’ walk from the Darwin Convention Centre. Along the coast just past Cullen Bay Marina, lies the 5-star Mindil Beach Casino and Resort, surrounded by lush tropical gardens and views of the sea over the stunning Mindil Beach.

Further afield in Kakadu National Park, the 4-star Mercure Crocodile Hotel (tastefully and architecturally designed in the shape of a crocodile) is a Territorian icon. Further south, in the heart of Kakadu, the recently refurbished Cooinda Lodge offers motel-style accommodation and a new eco-friendly glamping village making it the perfect place to spend the night after a sunset cruise on the spectacular Yellow Waters Billabong. 

For the ultimate in luxury bush retreats, Bamarru Plains (on the Mary River floodplains, between Darwin and Kakadu) and Cicada Lodge (in Nitmiluk National Park, near Katherine) offer secluded lodge-style accommodation with bespoke pre and post touring options for small groups and incentives.


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Easily accessible from across Australia

Darwin is a warm and welcoming gateway to some of the Northern Territory’s premier destinations including the Outback and Kakadu National Park. It is easily accessible by air, with all major domestic airlines offering daily flights from all Australian mainland capital cities. Many of the city’s popular conference and event facilities are located in and around Darwin CBD, making it easy to get around on foot. For pre and post touring across the Top End, regional carriers provide air transfers to Kakadu and Katherine, otherwise private tour vehicles are also readily available.

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A relaxed setting for a successful event

Darwin and the Top End are an event organiser’s dream. Scenic coastal views, tropical weather, an abundance of world class facilities and countless combinations of unique pre and post touring options. While the choices may seem overwhelming, help is at hand. Contact the NT Convention Bureau for local knowledge and advice on hosting your next business event in Darwin.







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Contact the team

The NT Business Events has team members located across Darwin, Alice Springs, Sydney and Melbourne, as well as in a variety of international hubs