The Best Apartment Rentals to Book in Darwin, Northern Territory

The Adina Apartment Hotel in Darwin has a charming outdoor pool just right for an invigorating dip
The Adina Apartment Hotel in Darwin has a charming outdoor pool just right for an invigorating dip | Courtesy of Adina Apartment Hotel / Booking.com
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5 November 2021
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The northernmost capital city in Australia, Darwin, is a unique place, the last Australian frontier and gateway to Asia. The Top End of the Northern Territory is renowned for its natural wonders, spectacular waterfalls and vast, clear-blue skies and star-filled nights. You’ll witness awesome wildlife and stunning sunsets, while absorbing the tropical lifestyle – expect a worldly fusion of markets, barramundi fishing, larrikin locals and lots of crocodiles. With so much to see and do, renting a holiday home in Darwin makes sense. Check out Culture Trip’s list of Darwin’s best holiday rentals, and book right here on Culture Trip.

Argus Apartments, for family fun

Room at Argus Apartments, Darwin, Australia with balcony and view of the water
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Handily close to the Darwin CBD, these apartments are stylish and spacious – expect a touch of luxury in the tropics, and a truly relaxing home from home. The distinctive, sophisticated open living spaces extend to expansive balconies that are great front-row seats for stunning sunrises or sunset views across the skyline. You’ll find maximum comfort here for both inside and outside living, whether you’re entertaining or unwinding. Need more space for extended family or visitors? Book a premium two-storey penthouse with added storage and a private rooftop balcony. You can cool off together in the refreshing on-site pool.

Adina Apartment Hotel, for heavenly balcony views

Pool and sunloungers at Adina Apartment Hotel, Darwin, Australia
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These apartments are the perfect base for your Top End adventure, set among the luxury Darwin Waterfront residences and precinct, snuggled up to Darwin Harbour and Stokes Hill Wharf. You’re surrounded by waterside restaurants, cafes and shops here, as well being a stone’s throw from the family-friendly wave pool and the safe-swimming beachside lagoon, not to mention Darwin Convention Centre. These modern, upscale studios and two-bedroom apartments have it all, and more – make the most of your balcony with sunrise breakfasts or sundowner nightcaps, and make use of the invigorating pool, fitness centre and on-site parking.

Cullen Bay Resorts, for calm relaxation

Sea and exterior of Cullen Bay Resorts, Darwin, Australia
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Fancy staying at the quieter end of Darwin, overlooking Cullen Bay Marina and the harbour entrance? Book accommodation at these two blocks of apartments – with free covered parking, they are perfectly positioned to give you views of those citrus-bright Darwin sunsets. How to spend the days? You might relax poolside, cook up your own barbecue storm or stroll Cullen Bay boardwalk, ducking now and then into magnificent marina view restaurants and cafes. Or picnic on the grassed lawns and beach for more spectacular sunsets and sea breezes. You’re also just five minutes from the Casino and Mindil Beach Sunset Market.

Elsey on Parap, for local living

Swimming pool at Elsey on Parap, Darwin, facing large trees
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This sweet spot is not in the beating heart of the city, but rather five minutes’ drive away, opposite the market – a deserved hit among locals. You’re sure to fall for the laid-back charm of this place – the eclectic shops, the bakery, food stores and multicultural restaurants, as well as the Saturday markets. These trendy, spacious one- and two-bedroom serviced apartments are kitted out with ultra-modern appliances and private balconies. Idle the hours away poolside, or head down the street to the Darwin Sailing Club or Trailer Boat Club for sunset drinks and meals.

Hudson Parap, for historic intrigue

Terrace at the Hudson Parap apartment hotel, Darwin, Australia
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Directly behind the old Qantas hangar (now a museum), this property references Hudson Fysh, who surveyed the surrounding land before the 1919 Great Air Race from England to Darwin. Drift into this glorious past as you admire the historic photos adorning the walls. All the apartments are fresh and well appointed. Relax by the garden pool and barbecue area. You’ll feel right at home in the leafy Parap suburb, five minutes from the Darwin CBD and home to renowned Saturday markets, boutiques and fashionable places to eat.

Wyndham Ramada Suites Zen Quarter, for sublime sunsets

Living room at Wyndham Ramada Suites Zen Quarter, Darwin with large balcony overlooking the ocean
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Settle in and regain your zen in these modern, fully contained spaces with private balconies and deluxe amenities just five minutes’ walk from the CBD. Soak away your stresses in the extra-long hotel pool, then enjoy a coldie or two in the Horizen Cafe or Zen 360 Rooftop bar and function area on level 16. The views take in Darwin and the harbour, and the mind-blowing sunsets will restore your soul. With secure complimentary undercover car parking to boot, you may never want to leave.

C2 Esplanade Serviced Apartments, for idling in style

Relax good and proper in these massive four-star abodes. Just across the road from Bicentennial Park, they’re fully self-contained and serviced, and range from one to three bedrooms plus a penthouse. All emanate comfort and style, and all boast city or harbour views. Top tip – leave plenty of time for relaxation on the large balconies, toasting the sunset. You’re also mere steps from all the city nightlife, restaurants, bars and shops. Cool off in the outdoor pool, rejuvenate body and soul at the spa, crack a sweat in the fully equipped gym and make the most of the free on-site car parking.

Beach Life Apartments, for city pleasures

Living room at Beach Life Apartments, Darwin with leather sofas and a balcony overlooking the ocean
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Who could fail to fall in love with these tropically furnished apartments? They’re calming and colourful, crisp and breezy, and perfectly positioned near the city centre. Make a splash in the saltwater pool before cooking your breakfast from the provisions provided on arrival. You’ll be stunned by the magnificent 360-degree city and harbour views from your private balcony, and won’t want to move until the sun sets. At which point, step out and stride to city shops, bars, restaurants, shops and tourist sites. You won’t be disappointed – this is real Darwin-delight territory.

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